Happy New Year from the Libertarian Party of California! Last year, we saw a rise in membership numbers and are confident this momentum will continue. Things to look forward to this year include our state convention, our national convention, and the midterm elections.

Thank you for being a dedicated subscriber of The Beacon. Cheers to advancing liberty in 2022. 🗽


The Libertarian Party of California 2022 Convention is next month, in Long Beach on February 18th-21st.


Delegates will be able to Vote on Bylaw and Platform changes, Candidate Endorsements, elect several seats on our State Party's Executive Committee, and elect our state's delegates to the Libertarian Party National Convention, to be held in May, (Memorial Day Weekend) in Sparks, Nevada.


Guests and speakers will be sharing Liberty wisdom during meals, Friday evening's Reception, and the Saturday Night Gala. Guests include Current LNC Chair Whitney Bilyeu, 2020 Libertarian Presidential Candidate Jo Jorgensen and Michigan Congressman Justin Amash. Click here to view all guests.

  • The business portion (voting) of the convention is always free
  • Basic Tickets include all speakers and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday,
  • Premium Tickets will add lunch on both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Platinum Tickets adds access to the Gala.
  • You may also purchase the Gala a la carte, as well as Monday's training.
  • To register for the weekend, view the schedule, book a room at the Convention hotel with our group rate, or for more information, visit https://ca.lp.org/convention/. 
  • January 25th is the deadline for booking with the group rate for rooms at the Long Beach Marriott.
  • For volunteer opportunities, reach out to Terry Miller terry.miller@lpoc.org.
  • Address: the Convention will be held at The Long Beach Marriott, 4700 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815.
County Affiliate Spotlight: Sacramento. Liberty Is Alive In Sacramento!
By: Ben Weir, Secretary @ LP Sac

2021 was rough on California. We have faced never-ending mask mandates, vaccine mandates, the permanent closure of many businesses, record high unemployment, over 2.6 million acres lost to wildfires, and failed recall elections. Not all is lost though! One good thing to come out of all of this, it’s the incredible wave of new activists and libertarians popping up all over the State!

As the Secretary for the Libertarian Party of Sacramento County, I can attest to this first hand. The two party system is broken. We, as Libertarians, have the greatest political philosophy in the history of man. A philosophy of peace, prosperity, and absolute freedom. Our country has never been more divided over politics. We have the opportunity to create a lasting and permanent change in our community.

Click here to read this featured article.

The War on Covid - And Other Unlearned Lessons
By Zack Kincaid
We find ourselves 20 months into flatten the curve, the latest excuse for state expansion and abuse, in the 20th year of you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide. It should be surprising to see Americans, who claim such a rich history of rugged individualism and a codified protection of universal human rights and liberties, so eagerly trade personal responsibilities and freedoms for authoritative centralized control, tyranny disguised as a false sense of security. It should be, but fear can be leveraged by petty despots, inspiring enough doubt among the masses to convince even those generally considered secure and steadfast to relinquish not only their own sovereignty, but also that of their fellow countrymen. This could be no more apparent given only a brief overview of the repeated failures of the War on Poverty, the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, and our current bout against an abstract enemy where the overwhelming majority of Americans beg for a savior even when the most well intentioned intervention consistently delivers not only dangerous and destructive, but generally opposite results of the stated goal.

Click here to read this featured article.
EMPOWER PEOPLE, Not Government
Santa Clara County's Libertarian Christmas Tree
Christmas Tree Decorating Crew (l-r): Don Cormier, Mike Van Roy, Elizabeth Stump, Joe Dehn, Robert Goodwyn

The Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County participated in the long standing San Jose tradition, “Christmas in the Park.”  Each year, the downtown park, Plaza de Cesar Chavez, has hundreds of Christmas trees that are decorated by numerous local community groups, charities, children's schools, civic groups, and businesses.  The Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County reserved a tree, and Thanksgiving weekend, had volunteers decorate their tree with porcupine ornaments, letter-banner slogans for garland, buttons with pro-Libertarian messages and ornaments in red, white, blue and gold themes.  Robert Goodwin created a Lady Liberty holding a light of freedom for the tree topper.



2022 is an election year for federal midterms, the California gubernatorial race and local elections.  Two candidates who have announced their run for office are Kelly Carden and Michael Lema.

Kelly Carden
I’m Kelly Carden and I’m running for Kern County Supervisor because I want to make life better in my community. Police response times are terrible where I live. My neighbor complained to the Sheriff's Department who said he should make an online complaint to the County Board of Supervisors. Interactions like that have grown my confidence in my decision to run. These local offices have so much influence on our daily lives and most of us are not being represented by the people elected. We can field Libertarian candidates who are relevant; normal community members can run and win. Click here to read Kelly's statement.
Mike Lema

Michael Lema, the Secretary for the Libertarian Party of Alameda County, announced his candidacy for the Hayward City Council last November. To kick off the campaign, he hosted a toy drive for the Hayward Fire department and continued park cleanups that he spearheaded earlier in the year.

Working to make change even when not in office, he attended the annual Christmas party at Mayor Halliday's house in Hayward to work closer with existing leaders and start to improve his city. Already, his candidacy has broken Alameda County's candidate fundraising record and web traffic goalposts. He has a clear path to victory, community support, and a great campaign team. If you want to get involved, the campaign needs volunteers and donors (sign up at www.lema4hayward.us). Click here to read Michael's full story.


If you plan to run for office this year, let the staff at The Beacon know so you can be featured in the next issue, highlighting your campaign and spreading the word so that volunteers and donors can find and support you.  Contact The Beacon co-Editor Elizabeth Stump at estump@ca.lp.org



Meme of the Month

Featured Podcast

Muddied Waters

This podcast is hosted by Matt Wright, former Vice-chair of the Libertarian Party of Pinellas county, and Spike Cohen, 2020 Libertarian Vice Presidential Candidate.  Matt and Spike continue to put out episodes touching on the current events of the week, hoping to educate their listeners on what is happening, how our personal freedoms are being infringed upon, and what we can do to change the path our country is currently on.

Featured episode: 2021 in Review


Matt and Spike take a humorous look back on 2021 and give you a year's worth of content in roughly 2 hours.Plus, a Personal Injury Attorney Chris Reynolds Attorney-at-Law anchor Call-in-Moment!



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