Souraya Faas Latest to Switch to LPF

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March 26, 2019

Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

Contact: Souraya Faas
sourayafaas@gmail.com

 

Souraya Faas

MIAMI – Marcos Miralles, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Florida, announced today the newest convert to the LPF, Souraya Faas, Miami-Dade County Republican Executive Committee Committeewoman for Dist. 32.

“As a Libertarian, I want to highlight the party and show people that they are Libertarians,” Faas said today. “I registered Republican since I was 18 because I thought I had to choose between one of the two major parties. But I’ve always considered myself a libertarian because I was conservative about some things, and moderate about others. I was in the Republican Liberty Caucus.”

Increasingly, politicians are choosing Libertarian to run for office. Faas joins Coconut Grove Village Councilwoman Courtney Omega as the latest

Souraya Faas with Marcos Miralles

South Florida politician to switch from Republican to Libertarian Party during the past year. In 2012, Gov. Gary Johnson left the Republican Party to run for president as a Libertarian.

Faas, 37, has been active in politics most of her life. In 2016, she ran for president as a write-in Independent in 2016, but lost her lawsuit to get on the ballot in Texas. At the time, she was the youngest person and the first person of Arab descent to run for the office. Last year, she made a bid for U.S. Congress, but lost to incumbent Rep. Carlos Curbelo in the Republican Primary.

During the 2018 campaign, Faas denounced the U.S. intervention in the Syrian War and praised a House Democrat who opposed U.S. military involvement.

“Time and time again we see history repeating itself where, in the name of freedom and peace, wars have been provoked and fought for special interests,” she wrote in a RT op ed piece last year.[1]

“The Libertarian Party is a place where diversity is valued and a place where everyone works together to enhance our community’s quality of life,” Miralles said.

Faas says she will continue to seek public office. “I feel like people have lost the perception of what it’s like to be a politician,” Faas said to the Miami Herald last year. [2]

“Politicians are no longer what they used to be: for the people,” she said today. “They are more worried about getting re-elected and listening to special interests than they are about listening to the people.”

 

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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[1] Divide & conquer: America’s blueprint for ‘world peace’ simply a roadmap to disaster

[2] Miami congressional candidate says chemical attacks in Syria were staged




Florida Libertarians Welcome Ocasio-Cortez’ Mother to State of Low Taxes and Maximum Freedom

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March 06, 2019

Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

 

MIAMI – Libertarian Party of Florida Chairman Marcos Miralles welcomes the mother of Democratic Socialist Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez to Florida and invites her to join the LPF!

“Blanca Ocasio Cortez did what anyone would do to escape a financially abusive environment,” Miralles said from his Miami home. “Welcome to Florida Ms. Ocasio-Cortez! Please leave those excessive New York tax policies behind.”

In a Daily Mail article Monday, Blanca Ocasio-Cortez revealed she left New York because she feared losing her home due to high taxation. Ocasio-Cortez is mother to U.S. Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, the youngest person elected to Congress. As a result, she moved to the Central Florida community of Eustis shortly before her daughter announced her candidacy.

Downtown Eustis, Fla.

“I was paying $10,000 a year in real estate taxes up north,” Ocasio-Cortez is quoted in the Daily Mail. “I’m paying $600 a year in Florida. It’s stress-free down here.”

Within weeks of taking the oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution, Ocasio-Cortez proposed a marginal tax as high as 70 percent on income above $10 million to pay for her “Green New Deal Resolution.” Additionally, she proposed forgiving all student loans, providing free public colleges and trade schools, and a single-payer healthcare system.

Florida has among the lowest tax burdens in the country, according to several evaluations done by Wallethub, both CNN Money and Fox News, and others.

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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#LevelUpLPF Day One – 11% Closer to Fundraising Target

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March 1, 2019

Contact: Marc Golob,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida Fundraising Committee
fundraising@lpf.org

MIAMI – In just the first few hours of March 1, the Libertarian Party of Florida surpassed 10 percent of its goal for March’s Level Up LPF fundraiser.

By 5 p.m., $2,990 of the $27,000 goal was raised. The achievement was a terrific first step to a steep hill according to Marc Golob, chairman of the LPF Fundraising Committee.

“The dedication and support Libertarians have for the success of their party can be amazing,” Golob said Friday. “This is a terrific start, but it is just a start. I know the momentum will grow.”

#LevelUpLPF targets the following goals in 2019 and 2020:

> Level Up The Ballot – Put more LPF candidates before the voters in 2020.
> Level Up The Message – Reach more members, more Florida voters and more media outlets.
> Level Up The Impact – Promote 2020 Ballot Amendments consistent with Libertarian values.

Top fundraisers among LPF County Affiliates and Regional Representatives will be honored at the LPF Annual Convention and Business Meeting in May. Throughout March, the #LevelUpLPF Team will offer tips, support and inspiration. Friday, both Golob and Larry Sharpe, Libertarian National Party activist and past candidate for New York State Governor, urged the public to contribute to the voice of liberty in Florida.

“We have to win the hearts and minds of Florida so we can win the hearts and minds of the entire nation: we can do that, this month, March” said Sharpe.

Go to https://www.lpf.org/levelup/ to contribute and watch progress. Updates will be provided daily at LPFlorida on Facebook, LP_Florida in Twitter and lpflorida on Instagram.

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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Libertarians Reject Rub ‘n’ Tug Busts

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Feb. 25, 2019

Contact: Marcos Miralles,

Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida

chair@lpf.org

 

MIAMI – It is no joking matter: every day, thousands of consenting adults are charged with the crime of engaging in “sexual acts” with other consenting adults.

Why? Because two adults engaged in an activity deemed immoral by lawmakers. No one is harmed; yet still a “vice” by those who believe their choices are better than our own. Subsequently, the criminal prosecution system drains the bank accounts of ruined lives.

Jupiter Police Chief Daniel J. Kerr

And law enforcement officials just love busting people engaged in “vice,” both vendor and client. They coordinate “stings” with each other. They conduct covert surveillance to observe adults engaging in sex acts. They arrest bunches of people and hold press conferences. They appear indignant and self-satisfied, satisfied that they were able to watch two consenting adults have sex. And arrest ‘em for doing so.

Why? Because two adults engaged in consensual activity that entailed the transfer of funds. If no funds were transferred, what these folks choose to do would be perfectly “legal.”

Last week, a notable sports figure fell victim to one of these stings in Jupiter, Fla. Jokes flew, but what is no joking matter is innocent people had their lives turned upside down. While there were allegations of something called “sex trafficking,” no one was arrested for kidnapping or slavery – two acts commonly associated with the trafficking of humans. No arrests.

So why then? Why do we continue to criminalize consensual conduct? It’s time to ask ourselves that question and answer it: let’s end all criminalization of consensual sexual acts, whether or not commerce is involved.

 

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

 

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LPF Responds to Raw Story Article

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Feb. 1, 2019
Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

MIAMI – In the Jan. 31 Raw Story article titled, “WATCH: Libertarian activist stalks and harasses county-employed janitor until he cries and quits,” the use of the word “libertarian” does not accurately convey the beliefs of the Libertarian Party of Florida.

The subject of the article, Ian McGuire of Charlotte County, Fla., is described as a “libertarian activist” in the caption and a “libertarian first amendment ‘auditor’ ” in the lede. Mr. McGuire’s filmed anti-government exploits has thousands of YouTube followers. Mr. McGuire came to notoriety in 2017 appearing at the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Offices shouting “God bless the shooter. It’s a good thing he did.” He was also seen wearing a sign that said, “2 cops dead in Orlando, God bless the shooter.” These comments refer to the accused murderer of two law enforcement officers in Orange County that year.


Ian McGuire seen standing outside CCSO days after murders

In the Raw Story article, Mr. McGuire is quoted confronting a Charlotte County employee, accusing him of filming Mr. McGuire. The janitor became upset, and reportedly resigned. The quotes came from Mr. McGuire’s own YouTube video of the confrontation. Mr. McGuire’s account was subsequently suspended.

To clarify, Mr. McGuire is not a registered Libertarian Party voter. Mr. McGuire is registered with the Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections as an NPA – “No Party Affiliation.”

The differences between “libertarian” thinking and Libertarian Party members are often confused. To the minds of many, they are one and the same. They are not. While there are always overlaps of philosophy in many belief systems, many of Mr. McGuire’s beliefs do not represent Libertarianism.

Certainly, Libertarian Party members embrace free speech wholeheartedly. To that end, Mr. McGuire is free to film any public activity and any public employee. Libertarians also oppose violence for any reason other than self-defense. Indeed, party members are asked to pledge their support the NAP – the “Non-Aggression Principle.” This policy eschews any act of aggression except in preservation of life or property. Mr. McGuire’s comments and actions endorse violence and violent acts. These are not even “libertarian,” a principle of responsible freedom of choice, let alone Libertarian.

Everyone who believes in life, liberty and the pursuit of freedom is encouraged to join the Libertarian Party – including libertarians.

Marcos Miralles, Chairman,
Libertarian Party of Florida




LPF Endorses Venezuelans Demand For Liberty

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January 24, 2019
Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

MIAMI – Florida Libertarians showed their solidarity with the Venezuelan liberty movement by endorsing Movimiento Libertario de Venezuela.

Brandi Hicks, Secretary for the Libertarian Party of Florida and mover of the motion, said it is important for all Libertarians to join the call for freedom worldwide.

“This resolution is modeled after one recently released by the Libertarian Party of Nevada,” said Hicks. “I had already been considering putting forth a motion, and when my friend Zach Foster from the LPNV approached me about adopting a similar resolution here in Florida, I took the opportunity. Since joining the liberty movement I’ve met some wonderful people in other countries such as Cuba, Uganda, Venezuela, etc. that aren’t as fortunate as we are here in America, but yearn for freedom and self-ownership just the same. I know it means a lot to them when we recognize their struggle and call attention to their situation.”

The LPF Resolution reads as follows:
Whereas the Libertarian Party of Florida stands in support of the Libertarian Movement of Venezuela;
Whereas the Libertarian Movement of Venezuela rejects the presidency of Nicolas Maduro as illegitimate and his reelection and inauguration to be equally illegal and illegitimate;

Whereas the Libertarian Movement of Venezuela endorses the National Assembly’s imminent selection of a provisional president for the sole purpose of peacefully forcing Maduro to resign immediately;

Whereas the Libertarian Movement calls on Maduro to renounce the presidency immediately and remove himself from government affairs;

Whereas the Maduro dictatorship has been denounced as illegitimate by the Libertarian parties or movements of Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, and Chile;

Whereas the Libertarian Party of Florida would immediately denounce a similar dictatorship and in a similar manner if it ever arose in the United States;

This Twentieth day of January, 2019, it is RESOLVED that the Libertarian Party of Florida and its body of members do not recognize Maduro’s right to the presidency nor the one-party state under the United Socialist Party that claims sovereignty over Venezuela, and we call on Maduro to step down;

Furthermore, it is RESOLVED that the Libertarian Party Florida hereby affirms its support for the Libertarian Movement of Venezuela, temporarily recognizes Alianza Soy Venezuela as the legitimate representative movement of the Venezuelan people, and will look to the Libertarian Movement to be our guides in which future Venezuelan governments and individual public servants have freedom’s best interests at heart.

The MLV can be contacted here: www.movimientolibertario.com.ve
Or on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/MovLibVzla/

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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Florida Libertarians Join Nationwide Park Cleanup Effort

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Jan. 11, 2019
Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

 

MIAMI – Libertarian Party of Florida affiliates will join with Libertarian affiliates around the nation this weekend to respond to the federal government’s failure to fulfill its commitment to the public.

Brevard and Sarasota County Libertarians will be out working to maintain local national parks in response to the ongoing “Government Shutdown” which furloughed park maintenance employees. Through LP volunteering, visitors will see what “We the people” can do for the Republic, rather than waiting for the Republic to serve the people.

Sarasota Libertarians will meet at Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. Brevard Libertarians will meet Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. at the Apollo Visitor Center at Cape Canaveral National Seashore, 7611 S Atlantic Ave, New Smyrna Beach.

“This is a great opportunity actually,” said Mike Avi, Membership Chairman at the LPF. “We’re not just forging bonds with our local communities through service. We’re showing them how voluntary action is just as efficient as the government at solving the needs of our communities.”

 

Canaveral Nat’l Seashore LPBC Cleanup

“We have a history of beach cleanups here in Brevard many of which have been maintained by local programs that still need help,” said John Olivadoti Jr., chairman of the Libertarian Party of Brevard County. “This national park is directly affected by the shutdown and we feel it’s a great opportunity to practice what we preach and show the public that private ownership can still maintain the beauty of our environment.”

“It sounded like fun,” said James M. Ray, a Sarasota Libertarian and cleanup event organizer. “A few of the participants may have a relative buried there so it will have special meaning for them.”

Libertarian National Park Cleanups have spread throughout the country in the past few days. From the National Mall in Washington D.C. to Yosemite National Park in California, Libertarians are working to replace government services.

The National Park Cleanup also inspired Libertarian affiliates to clean up local parks as well. Orange County Libertarians will join other

Lake Apopka Nature Drive LPOC Cleanup

community organizations Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Lake Apopka Nature Drive. 2849 Lust Rd, Apopka.

“Libertarians across the country are stepping up to clean up federal parks due to the government shutdown,” says Derek Ryan, Orange County LP chair. “Since we don’t have any federal parks in Orange County, we decided to partner with the City of Apopka and the Boy Scouts to clean up a city property that will soon be a new park. If we want to reduce government then we must be willing to volunteer our time in our communities and be an example.”

For more information and to volunteer, please see:

Canaveral Seashore Visitor Center Cleanup: https://www.facebook.com/events/293096901406434/

Sarasota Cemetery Cleanup: https://www.facebook.com/events/2354060538159337/

Lake Apopka Cleanup: https://www.facebook.com/events/519515848536887/

– By J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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