Can everyday citizens take action, get involved, and work to achieve a greater sense of liberty? "Liberty in Action" -- an event hosted by the Libertarian Party of Delta County (LPDCO) -- will highlight some everyday citizens who are doing just that. Taking place on Saturday, March 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Needle Rock Brewery, this event will showcase speakers and activists involved in local and statewide efforts to reform government and change policies.
"Politics are intentionally intimidating," says Jay Stooksberry, chair of the LPDCO and candidate for city council in Delta. "The entire process scares away good people so that they don't get involved, ask questions, or challenge the status quo."
But it is easy to get involved, Stooksberry asserts -- and he hopes that attendees leave the event with a greater sense of empowerment.
Speakers for the event include a number of Colorado-based activists who are spearheading statewide petition efforts that address significant reforms to Colorado law.
Steve Kerbel, a Colorado Springs native and former presidential candidate, will share his experiences with his current campaign to change how revenue is gathered for traffic tickets and other minor offenses. Called "Stop the Shakedowns," Kerbel's current ballot initiative would require that financial penalties for certain crimes first be allocated to the victim and the remainder be allocated to a designated nonprofit charity of the payee's choice. If there is no victim, then the entire dollar amount would go to the charity.
Also speaking during the event is Debra Schum, a longtime Colorado activist based in western Colorado. Schum was highly involved in the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights (TABOR) campaign. She also founded the LPDCO and served as the chair for 17 years.
She is now working to get the Fair and Simple Tax (FAST) on Colorado ballots. The potential proposition would reduce the current 162-page-long income tax law to a four-line tax return.
Both campaigns -- Stop the Shakedowns and FAST Colorado -- are currently in the petition stage. Event attendees will be able to sign the petition. With enough signatures gathered, Colorado voters could potentially be voting on these issues during the November midterm elections.
In addition to acting as master of ceremony for the event, Stooksberry will share his vision for City of Delta as a potential councilmember.
There is no fee to attend, though donations are encouraged. Food and beverage will be available.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.