KEENE – Last fall, liberty activists in Keene organized the first “Keenevention”, a 3-day conference featuring all New Hampshire-based activists as speakers. “The purpose of Keenevention is … to give people a reason to come visit New Hampshire in the fall and while here, meet key in-state activists, discuss various types of activism, and experience the Keene area and the activism here.” said conference founder Ian Freeman, host of the nationally syndicated liberty talk radio program Free Talk Live, on the event’s website. In addition to a variety of speakers and panels, the event afforded attendees opportunities to participate in “Robin Hooding” (feeding expired parking meters to save people from getting parking tickets) and CopBlocking activism. It also included social activities such as hiking, karaoke and bowling.
The event was so successful that plans are underway to repeat it this year. This year’s event will be held at the Best Western hotel in Keene from Friday, October 31st through Sunday, November 2nd. Earlier this month the first keynote speaker was announced: Rich Paul. Paul is credited with creating the “420 events” in downtown Keene, where activists peacefully smoke marijuana in public in defiance of anti-drug legislation. Each April 20th a larger smoke-in takes place at the State Capitol in Concord.