Don't miss the annual LP State Convention where we will hear from our presidential candidates. Other activities will include the business session, workshops and speakers. This year the event takes place within driving distance, so plan on attending one or more days. Visit ca.lp.org to register or for more information.
Annual Officer Elections will be held on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020 at Marie Callenders, 185 E Daily Dr, Camarillo. (Note new location.) Come early for a bit of social time at 6:00 PM; the meeting will start at 6:30 PM. We will be recapping 2019 events including membership and donation letter campaign results, social media sites,successful Libertarian candidates and issues, and the year-end annual treasurer's report. This event is open to all including members, friends, volunteers and contacts. However, only active dues-paying members will be able to run for office or vote.
The Libertarian Party of California will be hosting the 2020 Convention in the West Los Angeles area this year and you're invited! The convention will be held at the beautiful Doubletree by Hilton located at 6161 Centinela Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230 and will take place over President’s Day weekend, February 15-17, 2020. As an early holiday gift for you and your family, you can get special pricing until the end of the year! Sign up now at https://ca.lp.org/convention/
I truly believe this will be one of the most important conventions for the Libertarian Party of California in years. In addition to considering major changes to the Platform and Bylaws we will be electing four At-Large members of the LPC Executive Committee and Alternates, our Libertarian National Committee Regional Representative and Alternate, and our Judicial Committee who will serve for the next two years. We will also be endorsing candidates for our 2020 elections and conducting a Presidential Straw Poll. We need you to be there to take part to ensure everyone’s voice is heard!
The Libertarian Party of the United States was founded on December 11, 1971, in a living room in Colorado Springs. A group of determined Liberty advocates led by David F. Nolan spent five months meeting, debating, and amending what would become the Libertarian Party’s first platform. Recognizing that the Republicans and Democrats had abandoned the original principles of Liberty the American founding fathers had set forth, this group, including John Hospers, Ed Crane, Manuel Klausner, Murray Rothbard, Roy Childs, Tonie Nathan, and Jim Dean, formed a party dedicated to the ideas of all markets being completely free. Today we are celebrating our 48th birthday.
Who remembers Jack Herer? Perhaps you saw the 1999 documentary about his alter ego, the "Emperor of Hemp." Jack Herer created several versions of a marijuana initiative over his lifetime; unfortunately it was Proposition 64 (Adult Use of Marijuana Act) which passed in 2004, creating a set of laws so dubious that voters were uncertain whether to be for or against it. Now, proponents for the Cannabis Hemp Heritage Act 2020 want to set things right. They are basing this new petition on the one created by Jack Herer. At a recent meeting the California Libertarian Party endorsed the petition.
Jon Prosser has been elected to fill the Central Area Coordinator position recently vacated by Justin Quigly. His role is to work with all Central Area LP county organizations providing information and assistance. As reported earlier, the LPVC's regional affiliation was changed from the Southern Area to the Central Area. This decision, initiated at a past state convention, was made to more evenly distribute California's LP members among the three Area Coordinators. Jon will oversee ten counties including Ventura County.
Watch "The Pursuit," a documentary on Netflix which is being called "the film capitalism needs right now." It follows one man's belief in the free market and its ability to lift people out of poverty.
During the weekend of November 9th and 10th we have three events happening at the Doubletree Hilton-Westside, 6161 West Centinela Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230.
On Saturday the 9th we will be holding our 4th Quarter Executive Committee Meeting and any member may attend. Included on the agenda is the elections of the National Platform and Credentials Committee representatives for the 2020 National Convention in Austin. If you’ve wanted to get involved in the national party, this is an excellent opportunity to do so. We will also be making endorsements for our 2020 candidates. If you are running for partisan or non-partisan office I hope you will come and seek the Party’s endorsement.Read more
"The Libertarian Party should never again put up national candidates whose views are similar to those of Gary Johnson and Bill Weld."
That was the resolution of a public debate hosted by the Soho Forum in New York City at the SubCulture Theater on September 10, 2019. It featured comedian and podcast host Dave Smith and Nicholas Sarwark, the chairman of the Libertarian National Committee. Soho Forum director Gene Epstein moderated.
Arguing for the affirmative was Dave Smith, whose 2017 comedy special Libertas was ranked as the number 1 comedy special on iTunes for three weeks. Smith is the host of the popular libertarian podcast Part of the Problem and a co-host of the comedy podcast Legion of Skanks.
Nicholas Sarwark argued for the negative. Sarwark is currently serving his third term as chairman of the Libertarian National Committee, which is the executive body of the Libertarian Party.
It was an Oxford-style debate: The audience votes on the resolution at the beginning and end of the event, and the side that gains the most ground is victorious. Smith won the night by convincing 20 percent of the audience, while Sarwark convinced 16.8 percent.
The Soho Forum, which is sponsored by the Reason Foundation, is a monthly debate series at the SubCulture Theater in Manhattan's East Village.