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DC LP 2017

  Any person registered to vote as a Libertarian in Washington, D.C. or interested in becoming a member of the Libertarian Party of Washington, D.C.
RE: Indication of Interest to Re-Establish the Libertarian Party of Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. Libertarians,
This past election cycle saw great strides taken by the Libertarian Party in Washington, D.C. Now, we need your help to officially re-establish the local Libertarian Party of D.C. so we can capitalize on this success.
The 2016 election cycle saw three Libertarian candidates on the ballot in D.C.: Martin Moulton, Matt Klokel, and Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson.  In particular, Moulton and Klokel ran as Libertarians for local D.C. offices even though the Libertarian Party was not officially recognized by the DC Board of Elections in 2016. Moulton and Klokel put themselves “into the arena” in a very real way, and their campaigns earned enough votes to begin the process of having the Libertarian Party officially recognized by the Washington, D.C. government once again. Anyone that cares about the voice of Liberty being heard within the boundaries of the District of Columbia owes Martin Moulton, Matt Klokel and everyone who volunteered for them a big “Thank You” for all of their efforts.
Now, we need to act to make sure that D.C. does in fact officially recognize the LP again.
Even though our candidates received enough votes to achieve Major Party status in D.C., there is still a process that needs to be followed for that to actually happen. Paperwork needs to be completed. Administrative items need to be taken care of. These action items are not sexy, but they are desperately needed to make sure that we can build on the foundation that was laid in 2016 and can maintain our Major Party status in the future. 
We are looking to hold an initial meeting of the Libertarian Party of D.C., and are targeting sometime in the first quarter of 2017. This meeting will only be open to people who are registered to vote as Libertarians in Washington, D.C. 
At this meeting we will be able to elect officers, which is one of the first steps needed to officially restart the local party. We are in the very early stages of securing a location for the meeting, but in order to do that we need to have a sense of how many people might be interested and willing to participate in this first meeting. Having a general head count will allow us to get a space of appropriate size.
We are asking the following:
1)       If you are registered to vote as a Libertarian in D.C. and are interested in attending an initial meeting, please either respond to this or send an email to
2)       If you are a D.C. resident, but are NOT registered as a Libertarian in D.C., please use the following link to register as a Libertarian in D.C. The whole process takes about 6 minutes and is free of charge:
3)       Please forward this on to anyone you think may be interested in lending a hand.
For far too long, D.Chas been a “one party” state. We now have the opportunity to change that. It will take time and hard work. We look forward to taking a stand for Liberty with you.
Yours in Liberty,
The Libertarian Party of the District of Columbia 



Libertarian Gary Johnson Earns Endorsement From Major Va. Newspaper — CBS DC

WASHINGTON — The 2016 election has long been billed as “Hillary vs. Trump.” Hillary Clinton has been the clear favorite to win the Democratic nomination for well over a year, and Donald Trump surprised many by overtaking a crowded stage of Republican nominees to earn the GOP nomination. For months, it’s been between those two…

via Libertarian Gary Johnson Earns Endorsement From Major Va. Newspaper — CBS DC

Reschedule Cannabis Saturday

Emergency National Mobilization to Reschedule Cannabis

Citizens, Activists and Leaders Rally and Roll Up to the White House with

51 foot “Joint” on Saturday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Mass Consumption of Cannabis to Occur at 4:20 p.m.
WASHINGTON, DC – On Saturday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m.DCMJ—the organization that played a critical role in passing Ballot Initiative 71, which legalized marijuana in our nation’s capital—along with leaders, activists, advocacy groups and citizens will gather along Pennsylvania Avenue directly north of the White House to demand that President Obama use his authority to reschedule cannabis now. Why on April 2nd? The Obama Administration has been a big ZERO on cannabis reform, so DCMJ is rescheduling and actively removing the “ZERO” from “4/20.”
DCMJ has officially requested that President Obama reclassify cannabis as a less harmful substance multiple times since he has taken office in January 2009.  However, no action has been taken to reschedule cannabis to date. Meanwhile, the placement of cannabis in the same category as drugs like heroin—which brutally kills thousands of Americans each each year—remains not only irresponsible, unjust and unfitting, but also makes a continued mockery of the Controlled Substances Act.
On Saturday, April 2 at 4:20 p.m. in response to the Obama Administration’s lack of action on descheduling cannabis, Americans will gather at The White House to demand immediate action is taken. Event participants will also help to carry a 51 foot “joint” at what is being called the “Emergency National Mobilization to Reschedule Cannabis.”

Peace in Colombia

Colombia: Peace at Any Price?

Policy Forum 
March 30, 2016 

4:00PM to 5:30PM


Hayek Auditorium 
Featuring José Miguel Vivanco, Executive Director, Americas Division, Human Rights Watch; and Adam Isacson, Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy, Washington Office on Latin America; moderated by Juan Carlos Hidalgo, Policy Analyst on Latin America, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute. 
The Cato Policy Forum was initially scheduled for March 15 at noon but has been rescheduled to the new date and time listed above.
Colombia’s half-century war with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and remains Latin America’s longest armed conflict. After more than three years of talks, the Colombian government and the guerrillas are nearing a self-imposed deadline for the completion of peace negotiations. Despite the support that the peace process enjoys outside Colombia, key provisions already agreed to are leading many to reject the agreement. José Miguel Vivanco will explain why the lack of meaningful accountability for crimes against humanity committed by both parties contravenes international law, delegitimizes the negotiations, and undermines the chance for sustainable peace. Adam Isacson will make the case in favor of the agreement.
If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it live online at and join the conversation on Twitter using #FARCPeace. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.

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America’s Secret War

America’s Invisible Wars

Policy Forum 
March 21, 2016 

11:00AM to 12:30PM


Hayek Auditorium 
Featuring Emma Ashford, Visiting Research Fellow, Cato Institute; Bronwyn Bruton, Deputy Director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council; Charles Schmitz, Professor, Towson University, and Vice President, the American Institute for Yemeni Studies; and Moeed Yusuf, Director, South Asia Programs, United States Institute of Peace; moderated by Mark Mazzetti, Correspondent, New York Times
Between January and March 2015, U.S. Special Operations forces deployed to over 80 countries. Although many of these deployments focused on training exercises or advisory roles, it is an astounding measure of the scope of the U.S. military’s involvement around the world. U.S. forces are engaged in active conflict in at least 6 countries, ranging from the well-known (Iraq; Afghanistan) to the largely invisible (Somalia; Yemen).
The public often seems blissfully unaware of America’s wars, reflecting a blurring of the line between war and peace. The ubiquity of the “Global War on Terror,” the emergence of non-state actors, and technological advances have contributed to a situation in which the United States is involved in a range of conflicts around the world, most of which are invisible to the people who pay for them.
What is the nature and scope of America’s involvement in these conflicts? Does lack of public awareness impact U.S. national security debates? And does U.S. involvement actually serve U.S. interests? Join our panelists for a discussion of these questions in the context of three “invisible” wars: Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia.
If you can’t make it to the event, you can watch it live online at and join the conversation on Twitter using #USInvisibleWars. Follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.

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