Lauren Carario started it, putting
coins in the parking meters of autos in danger of being ticketed in
around 2007 or 2008. It was not an all the time thing, but something
she did because she thought it was wrong to fine people for parking
on the streets for which they pay. The people are the government,
after all. No one asked them if they wanted to fine themselves.
Sometimes from small impulses large
things grow. Feeding the meters has continued by others following
her example, on and off, since Lauren's first impulse. About a month
ago, things heated up.
In the last two weeks the peaceful
Evolution of Robin Hood has captured national, and international,
attention as Keene filed a law suit against activists, naming, among
others Graham Colson.
In response, Graham and others went
down to the City Hall to talk to City Attorney Tom Mullins, who
refused to hold a discussion on camera, ignoring the public's right
The City of Keene, say Graham and his
fellow activists, can make no case anyone was harmed, the central
claim in the law suit they filed. The City of Keene, the victim
named, is not a person, but a corporation, a fiction used to,
supposedly, serve the people of Keene, who are the government.
There is no victim and no crime.
In fact, feeding coins into the parking
meters is not even a victimless crime. But doing so denied those
who 'manage' services for the town of 23,395 a stream of income on
which they have come to depend. As such, the Keene Robin Hooders,
are a problem for them.
The Robin Hooders, who also identify themselves as The Shire Society, calling for Peace,
Love and Liberty, are also affiliated with the Free State Project,
which drew many to New Hampshire starting over ten years ago. These
freedom seekers, arriving from all across the country, decided it was
'freer' in New Hampshire, but now are looking for ways to finish the
Victimless crime or not, the
powers-that-be, sequestered at Keene City Hall, are determined to
prosecute their case against several of the activists, including
Kare Aga, Ian Bernard AKA Freeman, James Cleaveland, Graham Colson,
Garret Ean, and Peter Eyre. Along with putting coins in the parking
meters the activists are charged with harassing city employees. The
documents can be viewed HERE
Legally, the City Attorney, Tom Mullins
and City Manager, John MacLean, are on thin ice. The group claims to
have hundreds of hours of film prove no one was harassed. Since they
expected a reaction would be elicited from City Hall, this is most
likely true. Tom Mullins and John MacLean, who the Keene Robin
Hooders also referred to as “Prince John,” most likely are
depending on being able to intimidate the activists into inactivity.
This does not appear to be a likely
outcome. The folk of the Shire are peaceful, but determined to make their point.
Indications are that attorneys are
contacting them, in response to a signal opportunity for publicity to take on
the self-appointed Castle of Keene, confiscated from the people by
stealth. In this modern remake of the original Robin Hood story no
one is waiting to be rescued from the devious behavior of Prince John.
The real government of Keene, the people, are doing it themselves
using the truth and transparency.
To date, no one about to receive a
parking ticket has complained. Donations are flowing in at a gratifying rate, both from local residents and elsewhere.