‘Liberty Kids’ shake up L.A. Republican Party, look to other states

Last month in July we had one of our biggest meetings to date. Reuters journalist Sharon Bernstein came to see what the Los Angeles County Republican Liberty Caucus was all about and wrote a piece on the activism the “Liberty Kids” as she called us, are accomplishing in Southern California. And though there was some conjecture in the piece, it is a great representation of what is to come with the future of the Republican Party!


(Reuters) – Amir Zendehnam passionately supports marijuana legalization, same-sex marriage, abortion rights and the Republican Party.

He is not alone. The 26-year-old aspiring restaurateur and chairman of the party’s West Los Angeles central committee is one of a raft of ethnically diverse young libertarians who hold seats in L.A. County’s huge GOP apparatus, injecting youthful energy into its operations at a time when the state’s Republican Party is nearly moribund.

After winning control the executive board of the Los Angeles County Republican Party in December 2012, the “Liberty Kids,” as they call themselves, are seeing the fruits of their activism. This year one of their own is running as the Republican nominee for Congress from the San Gabriel Valley, with Zendehnam serving as policy adviser.

The Liberty Kids are challenging the party’s social conservatives and are drawing the attention of Democrats, who see liberal youth as part of their base. And in what could be a harbinger for the GOP, they have begun campaigning in other states, aiming to increase their influence beyond California.

“I want you to look around the room,” Zendehnam said at a meeting last week, “because this is what the face of the Republican Party is going to look like.”


Click this link to read the entire article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/06/us-usa-california-republicans-idUSKBN0G522C20140806

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The Road to Rand Paul

Yes, Rand Paul is coming to Los Angeles! Will our RLC chapter be ready? Here are the next 4 dates you should mark on your calendar:
Sat June 28 - As SB828, the 4th Amendment Protection Act, makes its way through the California Assembly and on to Jerry Brown’s desk, more defenders of the 4th Amendment are organizing to commemorate one year since the NSA/Snowden incident. See you at the Glendale Public Library at 7:45pm for a FREE event. More details here.
Sun July 27 - Regular Meeting + Potluck. Bring some food, we’ll have a lot to chew over. RLC-endorsed candidate for congress Art Alas will be our special guest speaker. Agenda to be announced. At FilmTools in Burbank (1400 W. Burbank Blvd) at 3pm. More details here.
Sun August 17 - Regular Meeting plus Day of Action. At 354 E. Rowland St. in Covina at TeamArt HQ, offices of Art Alas for Congress at 2pm. More details here.
Sat September 20 - Well, really it all starts on the 19th, it’s the California Republican Party (CRP) Convention at LAX Marriott. But the 20th is the big one. Rand Paul will be the keynote speaker, same day as RLC-CA’s special event. Plus, just to pack the day with more action, our chapter’s Board Election Meeting will take place as well.
Email nhankoff@gmail.com with any questions.

As always, we encourage you volunteer for and support these endorsed campaigns:
Art Alas for Congress http://electalas.com (San Gabriel Valley)
Zachary Taylor for Assembly http://electzacharytaylor.com (Sherman Oaks)
Matthew Munson for State Senate http://munsoncampaign.org (San Fernando Valley)
More candidates at http://rlcca.org/endorsements

Also keep up with LA Parking Freedom at http://parkinglosangeles.com

June 15 Meeting – Action Committees Report plus Membership Appreciation Day

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The next meeting for the RLC of LA County will be Sunday, June 15 at 3pm inside FilmTools, 1400 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91506
You can RSVP at the Facebook link here.

Yes, the next Republican Liberty Caucus of Los Angeles County meeting is on Father’s Day! Even if he’s a neocon, bring your dad!
June 15 at 3pm within the FilmTools office in Burbank, 1400 W. Burbank Blvd.
Don’t miss your chance to hear from and join our brand new Action Committees. Let me remind you that your Membership Dues are now shared with the LA County RLC chapter, not just national RLC and state RLCCA. Examples:
Payment of a Regular Membership of $45/year means $15 in this local chapter’s piggy bank.
Students/Military who join at the $30 Membership rate bring in $7.50 to this local chapter’s piggy bank.
You can pay with cash or check at our meetings. If you want to pay online, this is the only link that ensures the local chapter gets a share: https://members.rlc.org/d/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=2

The June 3 Primary is over, time to plan for November 4! Congrats to these young, future statesmen:
Art Alas for Congress 2014 (District 32 – San Gabriel Valley)
Zachary Taylor for Assembly (District 46 – Sherman Oaks)
Matthew Munson for State Senate District 20 (San Fernando Valley)

AGENDA:
1 - Report by Chair
2 - Report by Treasurer
3 - Report by Secretary
4 - June 3 Primary Results, Organizing for November 4 General Election
5 - Action Committee Reports
5a - Membership
5b - Fundraising
5c - Social Media
5d - Blog & Online Resource for Candidates/Members
6 - Rand Paul to Keynote September 19-21 California Republican Party (CRP) Fall Convention at LAX Marriott
7 - Other New Business

This is how we win. Meeting & Special Event on Thurs Nov 14 #LAvsNSA

Because the venue has a strict capacity policy (thanks Fire Marshalls), you MUST reserve your FREE tickets online to attend:
https://lavnsa.eventbrite.com/

The Los Angeles County Republican Liberty Caucus will be holding its first meeting since electing a new Board in September. All Republicans and their friends are invited to attend.
Directly following the RLC meeting, the special coalition event begins. The success of Asm. Tim Donnelly’s AB-351, the RLC-endorsed legislation from the RLC-endorsed candidate for Governor, barring any agency or officer in California from cooperating with federal “indefinite detention” policies, has raised interest in another effort. This time the target is unconstitutional mass surveillance by the NSA.

6:30pm Thursday, November 14 at the Huffington Center 1324 S. Normandie Ave (at Pico)
Free Parking! Food details still to come.

You will hear from the following organizations:
Republican Liberty Caucus of LA County
Restore The Fourth Los Angeles
Tenth Amendment Center
Antiwar.com
Oath Keepers of Los Angeles County
ACLU of Southern California
Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP)
Stop LAPD Spying
Young Americans for Liberty
Bill of Rights Defense Committee

The goal is to come together across all ideological boundaries and agree to a specific action. The potential coalition nickname is #LAvsNSA and our target would be all local governments throughout the county as well as college campuses. Through resolutions, ordinances, and bills, we will demand the Constitution be upheld here even if it won’t be in Washington, D.C.

What exactly does the NSA do? How does it do the things it does? What’s the proper response? What’s our strategy to win?

On matters of national security, our voice – the one of liberty and localism – ought to be the loudest within GOP circles. We were right to take on the NDAA when other Republicans didn’t, and it’s now time to bring them into the fold to defend the 4th Amendment.

To join or re-new your RLC membership dues, just come to the meeting or you may do so securely online by clicking here.

After the initial revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, Dr. Ron Paul went on CNN to say, “It’s an awakening call. Let’s hope we can get progressives together with the libertarians and constitutionalists and say Enough Is Enough!” Let’s implement the same “Ron Paul strategy” that propelled AB-351 to become law in California.

Meeting & Board Elections on Wed Sept 18 at 6:30pm

Republican Liberty Caucus of L.A. County invites you to celebrate our chapter’s 2nd Year Anniversary. Join the action and support true adherence to our founding principles during Constitution week!
Members pay yearly dues of $45 or $30 for military/students. Couples pay $75!
Schedule:
6:30pm – Dinner is served. Pizzas, pastas, salads, and desserts will be ordered in advance to serve our large group. Be prepared to kick in $10. RSVP and let Nick Hankoff know your food preferences. nhankoff@gmail.com
7:30pm - RLC Meeting, Agenda to be announced.
8:00pm – New RLC Board Elections. Members vote for Chair, Secretary, Treasurer
8:30pm – Special Surprise Speaker
9:00pm – Order more pitchers of beer and plot the next victory for liberty

Republic or Empire?

Locally, we can pull the rug out from under big government, and we have done just that. Assembly Bill 351 passed!

Governor Brown will sit down to a bill refusing compliance with the federal government’s “indefinite detention” claimed powers after AB 351 passed the State Senate floor. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly’s AB 351 nullifies the unconstitutional authority signed by Obama on Dec 31, 2011 that seeks to deny all persons, Americans included, the right to a trial, lawyer, jury, etc. Habeas Corpus and due process are enemies of Empire precisely because they are part of the fabric that made the American Republic exceptional. RLC members and vast coalitions fought back at the city hall level across California to prevent a repeat of our dark history. Tyrants imprisoned Japanese Americans in California just a few generations ago but no such policy will be implemented on our watch. This is how a Republic works. You “keep it” as Benjamin Franklin would say.
Now we face the danger of Washington, D.C.’s anti-constitutional, treasonous war on Syria. We must stick together, and strengthen the Republican Party so that it can be the party of the Republic.

Winning on and for Liberty! This Saturday, August 10 at 4:30pm

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/176056292579902/

We are meeting at Papa Cristo’s Greek restaurant at 2771 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, 90006 (near Normandie)

HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT: Guest speakers will be Xander Snyder from Restore The 4th and Chris Kolski, RLC-CA endorsed candidate for Assembly in the 45th district (San Fernando Valley).
ACTION ALERT: It takes less than 15 minutes and must be completed BEFORE the August 10 meeting. Details here: http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2013/07/california-action-alert-ab351-help-stop-indefinite-detention

Thanks to everyone who made it to the Big Brother potluck in June. We made new friends who agree the #1 enemy of liberty is this anti-constitutional federal government.

Did you see RLC-endorsed Congressman Justin Amash make another breakthrough for the Liberty Republican brand when he grew a coalition of progressives and conservatives against funding the anti-constitutional NSA?
Now WE must organize and act. LOCALLY. Some actions are clear and direct, others are mercurial. Where will you fit in?

Keep checking this event page for updates.
Some topics to be covered at the August 10 meeting are:
- Stopping NDAA “indefinite detention” and other coalition projects — an Action Alert is up at http://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2013/07/california-action-alert-ab351-help-stop-indefinite-detention
- Building a Home Offline and Online
- Planning for CRP Convention in Anaheim on October 4

Did you know? August 10, 1776 was the day word of the Declaration of Independence reached London.
OK, betcha didn’t know August 10, 1949 was the day President Truman signed the NSA Amendment, replacing the Department of War with the Department of Defense.

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/176056292579902/

Silver Circle MOVIE PREMIER + Raffle/After Party with LA County Republican Liberty Caucus

Come out to North Hollywood on Friday, April 5 for the Premiere of the independent film Silver Circle. LA County RLC will hold a raffle so show up early! Win a 1oz silver round, End the Fed T-shirt or bumper sticker!

Laemmle NoHo 7
5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
Showtime is 7pm but show up early for the raffle! And stay late, we’re all heading over to Big Wangs afterward.

LACRLC members are notified via email of general meetings. Other liberty-themed and GOP events and activities are on the calendar.

Power or Party?

by Nick Hankoff

The Rand Paul (13-Hour) Moment marked the beginning of the end of the Republican Party’s incessant militarism. How so? The divided interests are no longer Principle vs. Party as during Ron Paul’s campaign, but rather Party vs. Power. The militarists aren’t going away, but they won’t overreach again without considering the civil rights wing which has gained the respect and trust of grassroots conservatives. This new reality puts the momentum behind the liberty movement, but its long-run strategy must not rely on historic gifts from on high in the chambers of Congress.

Republicans like Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain see America as a battlefield, under attack and at the same time an essential military force for civilization worldwide. This crazed murder-suicide mentality leads them to champion causes (read: powers) that align them with elitists.

“When they say, ‘I want my lawyer,’ you tell them, ‘Shut up. You don’t get a lawyer. You’re an enemy combatant,’” Lindsey Graham blasted on the Senate floor rallying for support of provisions authorizing military kidnapping of all persons, citizens included, on US soil under the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act.

“[Army General and Chief of Staff Ray Odierno] cannot replace the men and women serving in Afghanistan under this sequestration because he doesn’t have the ability to train their replacements. Isn’t that alarm enough for us?” John McCain pleaded of his colleagues in an effort to block so-called disastrous cuts to the so-called defense budget.

Republicans like Graham and McCain are not growing their Party with these imperial delusions. More than 2/3 of Americans want out of Afghanistan. More than half think the United States is losing the War on Terror. But must the people be restricted to expressing their dissent on issues of national security through the cheerleading of a few exceptional legislators on Capitol Hill? The liberty movement must show a better path for representation and reform in foreign policy matters.

Across the country, anti-militarist coalitions are disregarding Left-Right politics to pass local resolutions and state bills that insure individual liberty against unconstitutional, authoritarian forces of the federal government. From criminalizing TSA search and seizure to limiting drone surveillance to non-compliance with indefinite detention over 40 bills are being heard. This is the good kind of blowback to the American Empire, and it’s only the beginning.

Here in California, 4 cities have passed resolutions condemning the McCain-authored NDAA indefinite detention provisions. The LA County RLC has endorsed a petition demanding the same from the LA City Council. And now, finally, in Sacramento there is AB 351, introduced by Republican Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, which states in part:

(8) Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112-81) violate portions of federal law, the United States Constitution, and the California Constitution and are invalid and illegal in this state.
(c) It is the policy of this state to refuse to provide material support for or to participate in any way with the implementation within this state of Sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (Public Law 112-81).

What an opportunity for the liberty movement to follow up on Rand Paul’s epic speech – with action! Washington, D.C. is not going to curb its practice of usurpation based on any direct appeal from the people, especially on the war powers it claims. A broad-based movement with narrow goals and decentralized tactics will succeed where a presidential campaign could not. Rand Paul’s filibuster was only the beginning, but it alone cannot be the end. Paul has brought the issue of militarism into the spotlight and now the ball is in our court. The future of liberty depends on us meeting with our neighbors, city councils, and state legisaltures where our voices, and therefore the Constitution, are less easily ignored. Start by joining the Facebook group where Californians are currently plotting the next step to pass AB 351 and stop indefinite detention in their state.

The politically-connected McCain and Graham care more about preserving their power than revitalizing the party, and obviously more than the Constitution. Once upon a time, the libertarians were damned for defending principle before party. Now those principles are the life of the party, and the neocons are being left behind.

January Meeting with LA County RLC; GUEST SPEAKER: Tyler Koteskey

5pm Saturday, January 12 at Philippe The Original 1001 N Alameda St in Chinatown
RSVP on Facebook and Meetup

Tyler Koteskey, Secretary of the 54th AD Central Committee and President of Young Americans for Liberty at UCLA, will be the night’s guest speaker.

LA County RLC has the muscle, and it’s time to flex. We are forming action committees aimed at making this club the premier political threat in the county and state. Check back for more details and invite your friends/family.

This meeting is open to all Republicans and their guests. Lots of free parking. There is no collective food order, just order what you like!

June 23 in Pasadena – Film Screening and Potluck Picnic – NULLIFICATION: THE RIGHTFUL REMEDY

http://nullificationmovienight.eventbrite.com/ – GET YOUR TICKETS NOW
Now that the June 5 Primary is over, California is looking ahead to November to throw the bums out, and take back the federal government. But is that the best path towards liberty?

The Los Angeles County Republican Liberty Caucus is presenting a special screening of a documentary that makes a better case for restoring the Constitution. Saturday, June 23rd in Pasadena you’re invited to come see Nullification: The Rightful Remedy, a groundbreaking film that covers an idea Rachel Maddow prefers remain unthought. What if the states just said No? What if they already are right now!

Bring your own picnic and enjoy the outdoor screening with like-minded patriots seeking limited government. For $5 you also get access to boating, fishing and swimming so what are you waiting for? Click here to get your tickets before the event reaches capacity.
For ALL the details go to http://nullificationmoveinight.eventbrite.com