4/22/2015 New Castle County Meeting

Our first New Castle County Meeting for 2015 is next Wednesday and there is no shortage of issues to tackle.

The problems surrounding education in the State of Delaware continue to pile on and there has been no significant momentum to fix them.

With the desperate need for political leadership to straighten out these issues, we will now be organizing activists to ramp up the pressure on our politicians.

Next Wednesday, we’ll be covering . . . 

  • the latest school district referendums
  • the push for “opting out” of standardized testing
  • the path forward for education freedom

We will also have brief updates on the municipalities where we are engaged, such as Newark and Wilmington.

Here are the details for our meeting next Wednesday:

New Castle County – Wednesday, April 22, from 7-9 p.m.

Bear Library
101 Governors Plaza
Bear, DE 19701
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

In Liberty,
Eric Boye
Delaware State Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty

P.S. Please join us next Wednesday at the Bear Library in Bear, DE. Get involved in fighting for change in your town and school district.

Let’s use your money to buy property.

Hey, it’s time for us to buy some property!

No? That’s okay, I couldn’t afford it either.

The interesting thing is, the City of Newark can’t afford it . . .

. . . but that does not seem to be stopping them.

At the upcoming December 8th council meeting, the City will be holding an Executive Session to discuss “site acquisitions for publicly funded capital improvements.”

What that means specifically, we do not know, as Executive Sessions are done BEHIND CLOSED DOORS.

What are they trying to hide?

This situation reminds me of the recent case where the City Council — again, behind closed doors — arranged for a land swap to expand their parking lot behind the Galleria.

They got this land by loosely using the threat of eminent domain against the private owner who had land they wanted.

This is the land that the City is proposing to build a $14 Million parking garage on.

There are three issues with that.

First, the City does not have the money. In fact, we are in the midst of budget season, and the city is threatening the residents with another $1.6 million in tax increases!

The University of Delaware owns nearly half the land in the town, but they do not pay property taxes, and every bit of land the City buys is just more land that generates ZERO property tax revenue.

In other words, more than half of the land in this town contributes $0 in property taxes toward the city’s budget.

And instead, that share is payed by YOU as part of the land-owning minority that is forced to pay property taxes, or a tenant of one.

Second, the City should not be involved in the parking garage business.

The city charter is only to provide essential services, yet they have been neglecting $8 Million of storm water drainage repairs for over 16 years!

Third, there is no evidence that a $14 Million parking garage is needed. Personally, I never have trouble finding a parking spot around Main Street . . .

. . . and the city has not provided any data to prove that it is essential to take on $14 Million of debt for such a project.

Instead of spending $14 Million that the City does not have, they would be much smarter to sell the land they propose to build the garage on.

That way, a private business could decide to either maintain the parking lot as it is, or — if there really is a market demand for more parking — build a garage.

Either way, they would be using their own money, not ours.

And it would give the City Administration an immediate infusion of cash so they could almost fully fund the repairs to the #1 essential service problem of the City; our crumbling storm water system.

Each time it rains heavily, our neighbors’ houses get damaged and local businesses have inventory destroyed by the flood waters.

Fixing this problem seems way more important than forcing a property swap and taking on another $14 Million of new debt for a parking garage.

We must insist that the City Council instruct the City Administration to change their proposed budget and act in a more financially responsible way.

Fix the problems and stop wasting our money!

In Liberty,

Jeff Lawrence
Newark Local Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty

P.S. The City of Newark pushed a land swap to expand their Main Street parking lot using the threat of eminent domain. Next, they threaten to add $14 Million of new debt onto our backs to build a non-essential parking garage on that land.

It would be much more responsible to sell that land, fix our flooding streets, and let a private company handle the parking lot.

And they are at it again. At this Monday’s Council meeting, they are going BEHIND CLOSED DOORS again in an Executive Session to discuss the acquisition of more land.

Tell them to stop buying property and focus on the neglected essential services that our city charter demands.

The Mobsters Meet This Monday

Campaign for Liberty

Politicians in the City of Newark are acting like cutthroat mobsters, and their actions could affect every citizen in the State of Delaware.

There are real problems facing the city, but the new mayor and the city council are still dedicated to lining their pockets with cash — as well as the pockets of well-connected corporations.

The Newark City Council Meeting will be held at City Hall, this Monday, December 9, at 7p.m.

On the meeting agenda, there are three items that need to be defeated:

  • Water rate hikes
  • Rain tax
  • Increase in pay for the mayor and council

After hammering the citizens with an unproven, costly, and unnecessary deal with Honeywell Corporation to install new meters last year, the council increased electric rates earlier this year.

Then they increased their pensions.

Now, not only is the Newark City Council and the new mayor planning to stiff taxpaying citizens with a 7.2% increase to their water rate, but they also want to make even more money for all of this fine work.

And the icing on the cake? A rain tax…

You may have heard about the rain tax in our neighboring state of Maryland. Literally, it’s a tax on the rain that runs off of the land of each property.

Council Member Stuart Markham is leading the charge and no council member is voicing any opposition.

The city of Newark will initially implement flat storm water utility rates of $7.50 per month for residential properties and $30 per month for commercial and industrial properties.

THEY SAY THE STORM WATER DRAINAGE SYSTEM IS IN DIRE NEED OF $8 MILLION WORTH OF REPAIRS.

IRONICALLY, Newark is ready to give a $7.5 million grant to a private corporation to build a data center and power plant that the citizens of the town do not want in their backyard.

I don’t know about you, but getting a $7.5 Million dollar grant for the city storm water repairs sounds like a much better idea.

The city council meeting is Monday, December 9, at City Hall, at 7p.m. Every citizen in Newark should attend and demand that the water rate hike and rain tax be defeated.

Politicians can never pass up on new opportunities to TAKE more money from the citizens. Every politician across the state is going to jump on this new tax idea if it passes in Newark on Monday.

Meanwhile, how much do you think the newly elected mayor and council members are planning to increase their pay?

Council members will receive an extra $1,500 per year, while the mayor will receive an additional $2,100.

There’s CERTAINLY one drainage system WORKING in Newark — the flow of taxpayer dollars into the hands of politicians and bureaucrats.

Please help by notifying anyone you know in the city limits of Newark about this important meeting.

If you want to stop getting shaken down by a handful of mobster politicians, make sure these measures in Newark get stopped in their tracks on Monday.

In Liberty,

Eric Boye
Delaware State Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty

P.S. The Newark City Council is planning on passing a rain tax, water rate hikes, and an increase to their own salaries this Monday, December 9, at City Hall, at 7p.m.

Tell all Newark property owners to show up early and register with the secretary for up to 3 minutes of speaking time at the start of the meeting.

Summer Recruitment Results and a Call to Action

Campaign for Liberty

I have great news, but I need to ask you a question first.

Are you concerned about how our state and federal governments are working hand-in-hand to obliterate our right to privacy?

Governor Jack Markell and Delaware State Legislators have been skating by, year after year, passing legislation to continue a nasty downward spiral that can only end badly.

If you are as concerned as I am about any of the following grievances, we need your help to reach more like-minded citizens:

  • Eroding education standards –- most recently with Common Core, and the new, robust database for collecting the most personal and private information on all of us through our children.
  • Draconian gun control measures — using isolated national tragedies to advance a radical profiling agenda through firearm registration schemes and phony mental health background checks.
  • Increased camera surveillance –- awarding more contracts to foreign billionaires that are falsely ticketing drivers, causing more accidents, and pushing us further down the road of a police state.
  • All-out health care control –- giving all personal medical records to busybody bureaucrats, and handing over the keys for your life and death decisions to complete strangers who can deny anything without shedding a tear.
So, here’s the good news: We’re getting closer to stopping all of it through our dedicated, professional activism in the Campaign for Liberty.I want to THANK all of the volunteers who have helped with our recruitment efforts this summer.

Without the help of grassroots supporters like you, the results I’m about to share with you would not have been possible.

Between our door knocking teams and three event booths this summer, we added nearly 250 new supporters in the last 2 months
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That’s more than 100 per month — a figure that any grassroots organization would be proud of.

In fact, up here in New Castle County, our West New Castle Team is averaging 10 to 20 new supporters every time they go out!

As you know, the more supporters we have, the more achievable victory becomes.

Many of you may have heard that Meredith and I welcomed our new son into the world on August 25th. With that addition into our lives, it was just a little too difficult for me to keep the same pace these last few weeks.

However, with that wonderful event now 3 weeks behind us, and only 2 months left on our walk team calendar, we’re ready to DOUBLE DOWN and hit the streets again. Are you?

Our goal is to bring in another 400 new contacts between now and November 16th. We are going to concentrate on 8 Saturdays, starting on September 28th.

With 5 walk teams over 8 Saturdays, this goal is very attainable. It means an average of just 10 contacts per team each week.

A major part of hitting that goal will be to get a big start on Saturday, September 28, and Saturday, October 5!

Could you help us with either — or better yet — BOTH of those days?

Please reply to this email, and fill in your name and phone number next to the time period(s) you are available to walk on the days below.

Saturday, September 28, 2013
10a.m. – Noon
1p.m. – 3p.m.
3p.m. – 5p.m.

Saturday  October 5, 2013
10a.m. – Noon
1p.m. – 3p.m.
3p.m. – 5p.m.

Thank you for your commitment and dedication to the cause of liberty.

In Liberty,

Eric Boye
Delaware State Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty

P.S. We’re committed to reversing the many ways that government is shredding your privacy rights. Help us in our ongoing Campaign for Liberty! Reply to this email with your name, phone number, and any Saturday shift listed above that you can volunteer to join a Walk Team in your local area!

Common Core and Septic Tanks

Campaign for Liberty

What do Common Core and septic tanks have in common?

I’m sure you could come up with some colorful answers to that question, but the answer (as far as this letter is concerned) is — they are both top priorities for Delaware Campaign for Liberty.

Property and education — two fundamental, human rights — are under fierce attack in Delaware.

The bureaucrats at Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) have come unhinged with their unconstitutional lawmaking to invade and run your property.

“Control” seems to be the top item on their agenda.

Their latest regulations regarding water treatment systems are an egregious abuse of power that further gouges the wallets of homeowners, and forces them into a centralized, high-rate system.

And then there is Common Core… The minds and future career plans of our children are now being handed to rich, corporate elitists and their cohorts in the federal government.

The “ObamaCore” child-tracking database sounds like something out of the Soviet Union in the 1960’s.

It’s time to implement an effective battle strategy to win on both of these issues.

Your efforts paid off on the fight to keep and bear arms this past spring.

Now, your help is needed to win the property rights and education issues before us.

Here are the times and locations for our August meetings and events:

Kent County – Thursday, August 15th, from 7:00-9:00p.m.
Levy Court Complex, Room 221
555 South Bay Road
Dover, DE 19901

Sussex County – Friday, August 16th, from 7:00-9:00p.m.
Abundant Life Church
20488 Donovans Road
Georgetown, DE 19947

EVENT BOOTH – Middletown Peach Festival
Saturday, August 17th, from 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Main Street
Middletown, DE

West New Castle County – Monday, August 19th, from 7:00-9:00p.m.
Newark Senior Center (Activity Room)
200 White Chapel Drive
Newark, DE 19713

North New Castle County – Wednesday, August 21st, from 7:00-9:00p.m.
Emmanuel Presbyterian Church
1006 Wilson Road
Wilmington, DE 19803

South New Castle County – Thursday, August 22nd, from 7:00-9:00p.m.
M.O.T. Senior Center
300 South Scott Street
Middletown, DE 19709

Please mark your calendar and attend the next meeting in your region.

With good people like you, and our proven strategies — we can defeat the enemies of liberty.

In Liberty,

Eric R. Boye
Delaware State Coordinator
Campaign for Liberty

P.S. Don’t forget to visit (or volunteer) at our Middletown Peach Festival event booth on August 17th!

Please attend one of the meetings listed above and play a key role in restoring a society of prosperity and freedom.

One Victory Leads to More

Campaign for Liberty

Our amazing victory on House Bill 88 late last month was called a “grassroots miracle.”

It literally stopped the remaining gun grab bills dead in their tracks and made national news
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Prior to that, Delaware state legislators had passed two bills on the statists’ anti-gun agenda. Three more were on the “Ready List” — waiting to be voted through.

Our first victory on HB-88 was on Thursday, June 27th. However, powerful players were at work and tried to bring it back on June 30th, the last day of session.

Many supporters were at the State Capitol with me on that last night as we stared down the politicians into the wee hours of the next morning, and we kept them from bringing HB-88 back for a second attempt.

Hundreds more were at home, making the phone calls that kept the pressure on from around the state.

When they ended session for the year at 1:30 AM, we had won. And you have to admit, it sure feels good to finally see liberty win.

Remember, at the start of this session we were a new group in Delaware. Other groups that were larger than us led the way, while one unconstitutional bill after another crossed the finish line into law.

It’s important for you to know we are not going to allow this winning momentum to stop.

Last month, each county group discussed potential local fights to take on, revolving around five basic issues:

  • Property Rights
  • Unmanned Law Enforcement Devices
  • Education Freedom
  • Firearms Freedom
  • Healthcare Freedom

In every group, there were major concerns related to property rights and education — specifically the adoption of Common Core. Health care, Unmanned Law Enforcement Devices, and firearms were unanimously considered for statewide fights.

We also started to assemble our door-to-door canvassing volunteers. We wrote down shirt sizes for each volunteer so we could order C4L polo shirts. The shirts will give us a professional look that will help us to achieve results when canvassing neighborhoods.

I’m pleased to report that each of these volunteers will receive their C4L polo shirt at the meetings this month.

And finally, we’re moving at a rapid pace in terms of events across the state.

On July 4th, Kent County C4L volunteers enjoyed the afternoon at a booth in the Dover Independence Day Celebration.

People lined up to sign the Declaration of Independence, and we brought in 100 new contacts after just a few hours at this event. Days after the event, people in Dover were still talking about their interest in Campaign for Liberty.

At the end of this month, we will have the same booth set up across the street from the State Fair. (Our Kent County meeting for this month will be at that location.)

And in August, we have secured a booth at the famous Middletown Peach Festival, where over 40,000 people are expected to be on Main Street!

In our meetings over the next two weeks, we’ll continue to roll out our strategy for local fights and sign up volunteers for events and more door-to-door canvassing.

Here are the times and locations for the June meetings:

West New Castle County – Monday, July 15th, from 7-9:00pm
Newark Senior Center (Activity Room)
200 White Chapel Drive
Newark, DE 19713

South New Castle County – Thursday, July 18th, from 7-9:00pm
North Star Grill & Lounge
380 E. Main Street
Middletown, DE 19709

Sussex County – Friday, July 19th, from 7-9:00pm
Abundant Life Church
20488 Donovans Road
Georgetown, DE 19947

North New Castle County – Wednesday, July 24th, from 7-9:00pm
Emmanuel Presbyterian Church
1006 Wilson Road
Wilmington, DE 19803

Kent County – Thursday, July 25th, from 7-9:00pm
Chick’s Saddlery
18011 S. Dupont Hwy
Harrington, DE 19952

Let’s keep that excitement going and not let a good victory go to waste.

I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

In Liberty,

Eric R. Boye
State Coordinator
Delaware Campaign for Liberty

P.S. Help contribute to the fight for liberty in Delaware. Join us at the next meeting and get involved.

We’re growing fast and making great progress. If you believe in freedom and want to bring meaningful change to our local and state governments, please be at the next meeting in your area.

The Hard Truth in Delaware

Campaign for Liberty

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.” ~Thomas Paine

Here’s a hard truth — we all need to assume some responsibility and work together to regain our lost liberty.

As state legislators in Dover end the 2013 legislative season-of-slaughter on your God-given rights, you and I need to rally more ground forces to confront them next year and focus locally.

Debating current events online (or just watching our country unravel in the media) is a sure-fire way to always be disappointed. It’s just plain unproductive.

Our meetings for June may be the most important yet, as we continue to build our strength in the fight for liberty in Delaware.

I’ll list those dates and times in a moment, but first let me list the productive, grassroots activities we will engage in at our meetings this month.

POTENTIAL BATTLES

Together, we will discuss how we can get the word out on the following issues:

  • Property Rights
  • Unmanned Law Enforcement Devices
  • Education Freedom
  • Firearms Freedom
  • Health Care Freedom

There’s a battle to be fought at every school board, town board, and county council — every single day.

The June meeting is the perfect chance to raise attention to any local, anti-liberty legislation regarding those five issues
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We’ll assess each one, using the tools we have been taught; and watchdogs will be assigned to follow specific, potential battles to take on.

It’s absolutely critical you bring ideas to these meetings.

GRASSROOTS GROUND GAME

People talk, but patriots walk.

Trust me, I remember how comfortable the couch is after a long week of work.

But my own wife, who is 30 weeks pregnant, will be leading three 2-hour shifts of door-to-door canvassing, in West New Castle County, this Saturday.

And bless her heart — I couldn’t talk her out of it. If she can do it, so can the rest of us.

Members will work together to establish door-knocking teams and schedules at each meeting, so we can reach out to local communities, and find out where our neighbors stand on the five liberty issues listed above.

Then, we can mobilize like-minded neighbors.

Our goal is to have active door-knocking operations statewide by July, and boots-on-the-ground in all 3 counties every Saturday this summer.

But I need your help to make that a reality
.

Remember the words of American Patriot Nathan Hale as he was about to be hanged by the British on September 22nd, 1776:

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

I hope you agree that we can all do more for our liberty.

And every step you take on pavement this summer will help us take on politicians at the local level for the rest of this year and beyond.

Here are the times and locations for the June meetings:

West New Castle County – Monday, June 17th, from 7-9 p.m.
Newark Senior Center (Activity Room)
200 White Chapel Drive
Newark, DE 19713

South New Castle County – Thursday, June 20th, from 7-9 p.m.
North Star Grill & Lounge
380 E. Main Street
Middletown, DE 19709

Sussex County – Friday, June 21st, from 7-9 p.m.
Abundant Life Church
20488 Donovans Road
Georgetown, DE 19947

North New Castle County – Wednesday, June 26th, from 7-9 p.m.
Emmanuel Presbyterian Church
1006 Wilson Road
Wilmington, DE 19803

Kent County – Thursday, June 27th, from 7-9 p.m.
Levy Court Complex, Room 221
555 South Bay Road
Dover, DE 19901

Your freedoms on all five of the above issues are under heavy attack today, and will continue to be in the foreseeable future.

The grassroots of Delaware must come alive in an efficient and aggressive counter-attack to the statist agenda.

I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

In Liberty,

Eric R. Boye
State Coordinator
Delaware Campaign for Liberty
302-SAY-2-CFL (302-729-2235)

P.S. Help contribute to the fight for liberty in Delaware. Join us at the next meeting in your region, and bring your ideas for potential battles.

P.P.S. Please join our door-to-door canvassing effort. Without your help, we are one patriot short of fighting the statist, big government forces in Delaware.