Happy New Years!
For too long, the liberty movement has been told to vote Republican or Democrat and try to move the Overton Window. For too long, those that have rejected the mistaken belief that we can work through the two-party system have spent millions of dollars on presidential candidates with no chance of winning. For too long, we have worked in a divided party with no direction of where to go. For too long, we have made no difference.
In 2021, across the country, the Libertarian Party has elected hundreds of local leaders, bringing their communities closer to liberty and the world we all want to live in. Last year alone, an off-year election where most seats were not in front of voters, almost 200 Libertarians were elected. Those leaders are building up community loyalty and moving to make real change. Marshall Burts even utilized his success at the local level to fuel a successful run for the Wyoming House, restoring the Libertarian Party to elected state government for the first time in years. This strategy is working across the country because most regulation, taxation, and governmental interference that affects our lives happens in our cities, counties, and states. This model relies on the strength of our county and state Libertarian Parties. We need dedicated volunteers and community leaders to not only step up to run for office but to lead their local parties. This is where all of our focus ought to be.
We're ready. This is the only focus of the Libertarian Party of Alameda County going into the new year. With an updated web and on-the-ground presence and a team of volunteers to help propel candidates to success, winning locally is our number one and, to be frank, only goal. At the launch of our first candidate for the 2022 election cycle, Michael Lema, a community leader who has a visible path to victory, we set a new record for web traffic and candidate donations. This is a vital sign that in 2022 Alameda County can reflect the gold wave of 2021. In addition, the campaign committees for every single one of our candidates are working tirelessly to prepare the groundwork for more announcements that Libertarians are seeking, and running to win, offices across our county.
January Quarterly Business Meeting! Join the Libertarian Party of Alameda County on the second Thursday of January (January 13'th) for our quarterly business meeting and annual officer elections! The Executive Committee will be there to update everybody about the progress of the party and vote on plans for the future. Everybody is invited to weigh in, and liberty advocates from around the county (and perhaps even beyond) will be there to help guide our next quarter! In addition, all members of the LPAC will be able to run for and vote on our Executive Committee leaders for the next year. Get your membership today!
February Meet And Greet: Join the Libertarian Party of Alameda County on the second Friday of February (February 11'th) for our monthly meet and greet! If you want to learn more about libertarianism, the Libertarian Party, or just what we're doing, come out! Please bring enough cash to cover your own food & drink as there will not be separate checks.
California LP Convention! The next Libertarian Party of California (LPC) convention will be held from Friday, February 18, 2022, through Sunday, February 20, 2022, at the Long Beach Marriot Hotel, 4700 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815. Although anyone may attend, to participate as a voting delegate during the convention, you must have been a member in good standing of the party and be registered as a Libertarian Party-affiliated voter 90 days before the convention (i.e., two weeks ago). However, anyone can, and is encouraged to go, even if they are not a delegate, to participate in the decision-making process for our state party and help advance liberty in California! To register to attend the LPC convention, go to the Convention Registration Link at the LPC website. For new or renewed membership in the Libertarian Party of California, go to their website via the following links: New Members and Renewal. Note that you will need your previously used login information to use the renewal link.
National LP Convention! The next national Libertarian Party convention will be held nearby in Reno, Nevada, at the Nugget Casino Resort from May 26 to May 29, 2022. Anyone may attend the convention, but to participate as a voting delegate, you must be a member in good standing of the national Libertarian Party or of the Libertarian Party of California, be a registered Libertarian Party voter, and be nominated and approved at the Libertarian Party of California convention or by the LPC Executive Committee (all at least 90 days before the convention).To register for the national LP convention, go to the Convention Registration Link at the national LP website. To join the national LP, go to their website.
Holiday Party And Toy Drive
Last month the LPAC had a lot to celebrate. At our annual December Holiday Party, we gathered to celebrate the holiday season with friends, reflect on the victories we are setting up for the 2022 election, and commemorate the 50'th anniversary of the Libertarian Party and the Libertarian Party of California.
In addition, we held a toy drive for the Hayward Fire Department. The kids asked and you delivered! Thanks to the generous efforts of LPAC members, we were able to help disadvantaged kids have a great holiday season by donating toys they could open on Christmas morning. The effort was organized by Michael Lema, our Secretary, and candidate for Hayward City Council (see below)!
Michael Lema For Hayward
Michael Lema, the LPAC Secretary, announced his candidacy for Hayward City Council late last year. Always an active participant in his community, Michael kicked off his campaign to give back to his town by coordinating our toy drive (see above) and attending the annual Christmas party at Mayor Halliday's house in Hayward to work closer with existing leaders and work to improve Hayward, even out of office! Next month (February 24th), Michael will be holding a meet and greet at Hayward Moose Lodge so be sure to mark your calendar!
Already, his candidacy has broken our candidate fundraising record and web traffic goalposts. He has a clear path to victory, community support, and a great campaign team. If you want to get involved, the campaign needs volunteers and donors! Be on the lookout for events in the future!
Donate To The LPAC!
The system is rigged. From filing fees designed to keep Libertarians off the ballot to news stations that only cover community leaders who can pay, American politics is designed to disenfranchise you and silence your voice. It shouldn't cost us hundreds of thousands of dollars to get your presidential candidate on every ballot, but it does. It shouldn't cost your candidates thousands of dollars to run a winnable campaign, but it does.
However, your donation will begin to reverse the tide. Money donated to us goes to promoting candidates and community leaders, defeating big government measures on the ballot, and tearing down the system that oppresses you. We will tear down unfair systems and restore control to the people. With your support, we can do anything, together.
Calling All Student Libertarians!
The future of the liberty movement is already here! Across the country, young Americans are pushing back against the narratives pushed by older generations, Republicrats, and (unfortunately) some schools and teachers. Recognizing that today's high schoolers and college students are the LP's future, the Libertarian Youth Caucus (LYC) is organizing and coordinating these students into powerful groups operating on campuses across the country. The LYC seeks not just to spread the message of liberty to America's youth but to cultivate future leaders and candidates for the Libertarian Party. Their members go out into the world with party connections, knowledge of actual campaigns, and the toolset to start channeling their ideals into real-world action.
If you are interested in starting or joining a local LYC chapter, email [email protected]. If you want to learn more or join the caucus:
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