158 Ballsy Activists Defy Prohibition Laws at Birthplace of Liberty

PNN #158 Show Notes http://bit.ly/1306hcV


Philly SmokeDown Prohibition 7


Americans Leaving Country, Joining Free State Project


Helen Thomas Dies at 92


Real Threat to Gold is Digital


This is your Peace News for Monday, July 22nd 2013. Silver is trading at 20 dollars per ounce. Bitcoin is trading at 91 dollars per bitcoin. Peace News brought to by friends of WeUseCoins.com and by listeners like you.

Final preparations by marijuana reform activists in Philadelphia are underway for Smoke Down Prohibition VII, the seventh in a series of monthly protests held at Independence National Historic Park.

After six successful rallies, The Panic Hour and Philly NORML, joint organizers of the event, will return to Independence National Historic Park, home of the Liberty Bell, to peacefully protest cannabis prohibition starting on July 26th.

Unlike previous editions of Smoke Down Prohibition, which were one-day demonstrations, this event begins at 4:20 pm on a Friday, and taking a page from last year’s Occupy movement, will continue for as long as necessary — even if it stretches for days, weeks, or months.

Organizers said, quote, “We ask you to join us and peacefully sit in at the Liberty Bell to stand up against cannabis prohibition.”  There will be speakers, activities, arts and crafts and workshops throughout the evening.

Previous protests began earlier in the day and climaxed with a 4:20 pm civil disobedience demonstration, with activists openly smoking cannabis, which led to the arrest of organizers and activists at Smoke Down Prohibition V in May.

This time around, organizers say, the “moment of marijuana reflection” will not be determined beforehand.  Previous protest were peaceful and without incident, until police converged on the park area just before 4:20 pm during May’s rally.

Organizers of the event have created a video, Guidelines for the Smoke Down Sit In, which includes such tips as how — and how not — to be arrested peacefully.

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In other news, Angel Clark reports for Examiner that Americans are leaving the country in search of more freedom, and those who stay, move to New Hampshire as part of the Free State Project.

Activist and expat George Donnelly from Shield Mutual said, quote, “I saw no future for myself there, among the Wacos, the OK cities, the taxes, permits and urban decay of Chicago. I decided to get out and see what kind of a life I could make for myself elsewhere. It wasn’t an easy decision, but I am thrilled that I found the courage to do it. It has changed my life in unforeseen ways. I am happier, healthier and wealthier today because of it. I wouldn’t trade my experiences of living in Japan and Colombia for anything.”

Farmer Frank W. Szabo from Freedom Orchard commented, quote “I left because I did not think that there was anything else that I could do which would make a real difference. I did not feel that my family, or our assets, were safe any longer.”

Traffic on websites that promote leaving America before it’s too late is way up. International Living and The Dollar Vigilante are popular sites and discuss the pros and cons of starting a new life overseas. Confidence in America’s politicians and government is at an all time low, and the conversation of expatriating is now a legitimate topic coming up at family dinner tables.

Many people and families who recognize the loss of freedoms are deciding to work for liberty in their lifetimes via the Free State Project. The Free State Project is an effort to have 20,000 peaceful liberty loving activists to move to New Hampshire to reduce the role of government in their lives. I endorse this option. Learn more at http://FreeStateProject.org .

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In other news, CNN reports that trailblazing White House journalist Helen Thomas has died at age 92 after a long illness.


Starting with JFK in 1961, Thomas covered 10 presidents over half a century and became a legend in the industry.


She was a fixture at White House news conferences — sitting front and center late in her career — where she frequently exasperated government spokesmen with her pointed questions.


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DerrickJ is a media producer with a penchant for peaceful resistance. After serving 60 days of a 540-day sentence for engaging in a "Victimless Crime Spree," he moved back to Philadelphia where he now produces a live podcast on the peaceful evolution happening around the globe.

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