July 2017 Meeting Notes

It was great seeing everyone for our July meeting Here's what we discussed.

General Announcements

We have purchased the lpatl.com domain name and have it forwarding to our main lpatl.org domain! This will make it easier for people to find us. We also have our bank account set up and can start receiving donations. Please head over to http://www.lpatl.org/donate and test it out(read:make a donation).

Public Policy

These are the issues we are working on being proactive on advocating for, but is no means an exhaustive list of the issues we will take part in. If there is anything that is important to you, feel free to mention it at a meeting or send me an email at lpatl@lpatl.org!

Marijuana Legalization

The Peachtree NORML Potluck was a lot of fun, even if it was sweltering hot. It was great to just hang out with folks and really meet and socialize with other people who believe individuals shouldn't be criminalized for what they put in their own bodies.

The same as last month, there is still a proposed city ordinance, 17-0-1152, to decriminalize possession of under an ounce of marijuana. It is held up in committee so we need folks reaching out to the Atlanta City Council, specifically folks on the Public Safety and Legal Administration Committee, and let them know that we support the ordinance!

Here is a list of the council members that are part of that committee:

Andre Dickens - Chair - adickens@atlantaga.gov
Michael Julian Bond - mbond@atlantaga.gov
Cleta Winslow - cwinslow@atlantaga.gov
C.T. Martin - cmartin@atlantaga.gov
Yolanda Adrean - yadrean@atlantaga.gov
Ivory Lee Young, Jr.ilyoung@atlantaga.gov
Felicia Moore - fmoore@atlantaga.gov

School Choice

We've reached out to EdChoice to see what sort of options we have as an organization. They have pointed us towards two organizations:

Georgia GOAL

Georgia Center for Opportunity

More research needs to be done to see if these organizations are a good fit for us to get involved with.

Fourth Amendment

We've launched http://www.lpatl.org/fourth_amendment! Big thanks to Tim Smith and Laura Williams for working on this and getting it ready to be published!

With Attorney General Jeff Sessions making a renewed effort to increase civil asset forfeiture, the Libertarian Party of Atlanta is taking a stand against it. We will be launching a petition soon to tell Georgia legislators that we want them to pass legislation to limit the states ability to use civil asset forfeiture.

We are also working on other Fourth Amendment issues that are affecting the people of Atlanta, and Georgia to help insure protections are in place.

Political

If you'd like to be a candidate or help on a campaign, please sign up at http://www.lpatl.org/political. We are always looking for people to run for office as our goal is to run Libertarians up and down every ballot in Atlanta! If you're unsure of where you want to run and just want to talk to someone about it, please reach out to me at lpatl@lpatl.org.

Current Candidates

  • Ryan Graham - Public Service Commission for District 3 - https://graham4ga.com/
  • Demond Kennedy - Georgia House of Representatives for District 90
  • Keith Lisenbee - Brookhaven City Council for District 1

Outreach

On July 16, Venezuelans organized an unofficial referendum to challenge a grab of power by President Maduro. The Ryan Graham for Georgia campaign and the Libertarian Party of Atlanta were invited to be international observers during this process. It was absolutely amazing to see so many people getting out and making sure their voices are being heard! Our newest member, Luis Lovera, spoke to us at the meeting about what is going on in Venezuela.

We'll be working on getting some LP Atlanta folks out to Pure Heat Community Festival to hand out libertarian messaging. Our aim is to get a booth, but if we can't raise enough money we'll be out and about talking to folks and spreading the ideas of liberty. Please donate to the party to help with costs.

LP Georgia will be tabling and marching during Atlanta Pride. We will also be tabling at the Netroots Nation convention coming up August 10 - 13. We'll be looking for volunteers for those opportunities soon.

We are still looking for more opportunities to table at festivals around Atlanta.

Kevin Fortune volunteers regularly to head out to popular places around town, like Little 5 Points, and hand out literature and talk Liberty. It's an excellent opportunity to get experience and help the brand! If you're interested, please contact me at lpatl@lpatl.org and I will get your information to Kevin.

Social

Brunch at Cafe 458

We will be having a brunch at Cafe 458 on July 30 at 10:30AM. Cafe 458 is a restaurant that supports the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency and has excellent food! Looking forward to making this a Libertarian Party of Atlanta tradition! Make sure to RSVP so we have a good head count for the day of!

August Anniversary

Our August meeting will be a bit special as it is the unofficial anniversary of the Libertarian Party of Atlanta starting to meet up! We will be moving the time from 2PM to 6PM and we'll have special speakers from the various projects we've worked on! Please be sure to check it out! The Facebook event can be found here.


June 2017 Meeting Notes

Our June meeting was an enormous success! It was wonderful seeing so many fresh faces. We are going to grow this thing and we're going to make some changes in our local community!

Public Policy

These are the issues we are working on being proactive on advocating for, but is no means an exhaustive list of the issues we will take part in. If there is anything that is important to you, feel free to mention it at a meeting or send me an email at lpatl@lpatl.org!

Marijuana Legalization

We went over a few topics to do with efforts to get marijuana legalized. Peachtree NORML, an advocacy group we have partnered with to advance these efforts, is having a potluck in Grant Park on 7/9 at 1PM in lieu of their typical monthly meeting. We should all get out there and attend if possible! Wear your Libertarian shirts to make sure they know we support them!

There is still a proposed city ordinance, 17-0-1152, to decriminalize possession of under an ounce of marijuana. It is held up in committee so we need folks reaching out to the Atlanta City Council, specifically folks on the Public Safety and Legal Administration Committee, and let them know that we support the ordinance!

We have a quick facts page created by Laura Williams that should help people spread the message of how prohibition is hurting Americans. The site can be found at http://www.lpatl.org/marijuana.

School Choice

We have launched a quick facts page on School Choice as well! A big thank you to Donte' Thompson for writing it up! This should help people to understand the issues at hand and what we are trying to do to overcome the problem. Please review at http://www.lpatl.org/school_choice.

Fourth Amendment

Tim Smith is currently putting the finishing touches on the quick facts page for this issue. 

Fulton County Tax Assessments - #AppealATL

With the outrage in Fulton County over the outlandish increases in people’s tax assessments. The Libertarian Party of Atlanta seized the opportunity to fight for reducing taxes. Laura Williams drafted a press release that contained a link to a document that could be downloaded and used as a support guide to appealing your tax assessment. The guide was downloaded over 500 times! Fulton County has since frozen the tax assessments at 2016 levels. I like to think we played a role in that, no matter how small.

Political

If you'd like to be a candidate or help on a campaign, please sign up at http://www.lpatl.org/political. We are always looking for people to run for office as our goal is to run Libertarians up and down every ballot in Atlanta! If you're unsure of where you want to run and just want to talk to someone about it, please reach out to me at lpatl@lpatl.org.

Current Candidates

  • Ryan Graham - Public Service Commission for District 3 - https://graham4ga.com/
  • Demond Kennedy - Georgia House of Representatives for District 90
  • Keith Lisenbee - Brookhaven City Council for District 1

Outreach

We need people to start identifying opportunities for tabling around Atlanta. We want to get out to as many festivals as possible given Atlantans love affair with the almighty festival. Even if we can't get a table reserved, we can show up and hand out collateral as many places as possible to help spread our message.

Kevin Fortune volunteers regularly to head out to popular places around town, like Little 5 Points, and hand out literature and talk Liberty. It's an excellent opportunity to get experience and help the brand! If you're interested, please contact me at lpatl@lpatl.org and I will get your information to Kevin.

Social

Brunch at Cafe 458

We will be having a brunch at Cafe 458 on July 2 at 10:30AM. Cafe 458 is a restaurant that supports the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency and has excellent food! We had a blast a few months ago when we did this and plan on doing it more often. Make sure to RSVP so we have a good head count for the day of!

August Anniversary

Our August meeting will be a bit special as it is the unofficial anniversary of the LP Atlanta starting to meet up! We will be moving the time from 2PM to 6PM and we'll have special speakers from the various projects we've worked on! Please be sure to check it out!

 

 


Libertarian Party Helps Fulton County Residents Fight Tax Hike

Residents shocked by 2017 assessments can use new one-page guide to appeal

[Download Press Release]

Atlanta, Ga. June 15, 2017– Fulton County residents appalled by 2017 assessments drastically increasing, in some cases doubling, property taxes have found common cause with local Libertarians who are leading a mass appeal of the new valuations. The Libertarian Party (LP) of Atlanta created a guide for residents navigating the county’s appeal process, consistent with party goals of lower taxes and less government interference.

The guide is available at http://bit.ly/AppealATL-17 and has been downloaded 350 times as of this writing. The local Libertarian Party is asking residents to share the link, and to print hard copies to share with neighbors who might have limited access to online resources and to legal help.

Read more

May 2017 Meeting Notes

As usual, it was great seeing those who were able to make it out to Manuel's. We were able to go over some goals and recap some key information on the divisions we have set up. Most importantly, we grew our numbers by two and each new member actively picked up a role in developing some content for the party!

Political Division

Right now, we have two members who have shown interest in a particular office. Ryan Graham has filed to run for the Public Service Commission office for District 3. Demond Kennedy has expressed interest in running for the District 90 office in the Georgia House of Representatives.

We will continue looking for candidates to run, so if you know anyone who would be good, or are interested yourself, please reach out to lpatl@lpatl.org, or sign up on the website. Locally, we are targeting the Mayoral, Atlanta City Council, and State House/Senate races. Municipal elections are in 2017, and the House/Senate races are 2018. Every single House and Senate seat is up for election next year, so it's a great opportunity for the Libertarian Party to move in. You can also find a list of the statewide offices up for grabs in 2018 on our website.

Also, while this is not necessarily just for candidates, I think it fits best in this division, Laura Williams will be setting up a learning session on communication and persuasion. Be on the lookout for an event for that as well.

Public Policy Division

We went over the three major targets for public policy for Atlanta:

  1. Marijuana Reform
  2. School Choice
  3. 4th Amendment Rights

Laura Williams has done a fantastic job setting up a fact sheet for Marijuana Reform. Donte' Thompson has agreed to do the same for School Choice, and Tim Smith has agreed to work on 4th Amendment Rights, so be on the lookout for more!

Outreach Division

We are still planning on doing work with Lost-n-Found Youth. Ryan will be working on getting more information on the status of our paperwork there. We've also mentioned multiple times about getting more involved with the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency so we'll be following up with them to see what sorts of opportunities might be available.

We also need to start targeting various festivals around town. Please look for some that are upcoming so we can get a tent and a table. If we can't get a tent and a table, we should see about just going up and handing out collateral. Send potential tabling opportunities to lpatl@lpatl.org.

The Libertarian Party of Georgia will have a spot in the parade and a table at the Atlanta Pride Festival this year. We will let you know as details develop on how to volunteer for that. I did it last year and it was a blast.

Social Division

I think everyone had a good time at Cafe 458 a little over a month ago, and we want to do that again. All profits, including tips, go towards the ACSS and the food is FANTASTIC! We'll be organizing that again soon so be on the lookout for the Facebook event.

We also want to plan some sort of social in the next couple of months. Something where we can all just hang out and have a beer, maybe invite a few friends who are on the cusp to hang out and talk liberty.

As I mentioned, it was a great meeting, and it was great to see the new faces! Hopefully we can keep on growing and become even more effective at spreading the message of liberty throughout Atlanta!


The Drug War and Libertarian Messaging

Recently, I had a friend tell me he was unsure of making marijuana legal because he didn't want to smell it everywhere in the streets. This infuriated me, and made me want to make a snide comment about locking people in cages so he doesn't have to smell smoke on the street.

Then I thought about the recent comments by Arvin Vohra, Vice-Chairman of the Libertarian National Committee, and it struck me that my response would be quite similar. My friend has been a victim of years of propaganda and doesn't even put the two together. He doesn't even understand that he said he'd rather have people spend their lives in a cage than have an unpleasant smell attack his senses as he walks down the street, a free man.

This represents an obvious opportunity for our movement. We must educate people and help them to connect the dots. When people go to jail for victimless drug offenses, we are sticking them in cages for years where they are much more likely to be assaulted, be the victim of torture, physical and psychological, and become much more violent themselves. It's immoral.

I hope we are able to become better messengers and can educate society to the immorality that we inflict on people every day.

In Liberty,
Ryan Graham
Vice-Chairman, Libertarian Party of Atlanta

LP Atlanta Visits Cafe 458

One of the goals of the Libertarian Party of Atlanta is to do some good in the community through voluntarism, but we also want to let loose sometimes and socialize and just have a little fun! Cafe 458 gives us the opportunity to do both at the same time! Cafe 458 is a restaurant completely run by volunteers for the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency. The ACSS provides the homeless with vocational training, resume building, housing, and a plethora of other services. They do good work in the community! Cafe 458 also has an AMAZING brunch!

We plan on working with the ACSS and planning more of these brunches in the future, so be sure to keep on the lookout for another of these events!

 

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February Meeting Notes

I just wanted to send out a quick recap of the meeting from last Sunday and give some information on the items we talked about.

First of all, a huge thanks goes out to Demond for giving a wonderful speech on how libertarians can connect with black communities. He talked about libertarian issues that disproportionately affect black people such as a high incarceration rate due to the war on drugs, taxation being a cause of income inequality, civil asset forfeiture, and social welfare programs being used by the people in power to distract us from the massive amounts of corporate welfare going on. The point of the speech, "The government should only be a referee, not a player in the game."

Ted Metz announced his candidacy for State Chair. He also spoke to us about Cannabis Advocacy Day which happened today at the capitol. Our very own Laura Williams went up to help with the lobbying efforts, and I'm proud to announce that SB 105, a bill to decriminalize up to two ounces of cannabis, passed out of the Senate committee and is now under floor consideration! This is a huge win for Georgia and for Liberty! Ted Metz and Kevin Fortune also talked about the Cannabis legalization rally on April 20th at Liberty Plaza!

We also talked about plans going forward. We will be working in multiple committees depending on your interests.

  1. Political - A group that will help to find candidates, and assist in running campaigns and navigating campaign law in Georgia.
  2. Outreach - This group will organize efforts to get the word out about the LP. They will coordinate tabling at special events as well as volunteering around the community.
  3. Lobbying - This group will organize around specific issues. They will work with organizations who are working on issues we support and help to organize lobbying efforts, petitions, or issue specific outreach.
  4. Communications - People in this group will make sure that our Facebook, Twitter, and any other social media accounts we get up and running are constantly posting Libertarian materials. They may also send out emails as needed.

The committees also correspond to the goals of the Libertarian Party of Atlanta. We've decided to move forward with helping a variety of groups based on those goals.

  1. Outreach - As far as helping out in the community, we've decided to put some effort into volunteering for Lost-n-Found Youth. A group that helps young, homeless, LGBT individuals find food, shelter, job training, and even jobs. They have many volunteer opportunities. Please visit their web site for more info at https://lnfy.org/. Also please make sure to sign up for a volunteer orientation on their site on either Thursday, March 9 or Saturday, March 11. After that, we'll organize events to make sure we volunteer together or we can just start working with them individually.
  2. Lobbying - Peachtree NORML is a cannabis legalization advocacy group. They work at the state capitol to lobby to push laws allowing greater freedom of cannabis use. Their next meeting is Tuesday, March 7 at 7PM. Their website is at http://www.peachtreenorml.org/
  3. Just fun for us! - Cafe 458 is a restaurant on Edgewood that uses it's profits to support training and taking care of the homeless in Atlanta. It's a great cause and a great way for us to just get out and have some fun as a group! I'll be setting a date for some Sunday in March for us to get together and help fight homelessness and hang out together.

Please check out the rest of the web site and send any feedback to lpatl@lpatl.org!

I'm looking forward to working with each of you as we grow the Libertarian Party of Atlanta!


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