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Republicans and Democrats may be sniping at each other over the partial government shutdown, but it’s the Libertarian Party which is putting words to action. Libertarians have organized multiple national park cleanups over the last week to show maybe the government isn’t needed to provide services.
Libertarian Party National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark sees it as a real opportunity.
As Libertarians, we advocate replacing federal taxpayer funding for many services with private charity or privatization. We wanted to show how this could be accomplished by volunteering in our local communities. We know that people are inherently generous with their time and energy. We want to set an example by calling on the public to join us in maintaining our beautiful parks and landmarks this weekend and throughout the government shutdown.
Cleanup - Sunday - LP - Members - Libertarians
The first cleanup was organized last Sunday with LP members, libertarians, anarchists, agorists, voluntarists, and more gathering at the National Mall in Washington D.C. do trash pickup and more. The interesting part about the project is it was inspired by a Facebook post on LP Membership Manager Jess Mears’ wall following media reports saying trash was piling up in the parks because of the partial shutdown.
Mears took it from there, creating a Facebook event which ended up drawing in a few dozen volunteers. She told me it was really worth taking time out of a Sunday to clean up the mall.
Day - Washington - DC - People - Trash
It was a beautiful, sunny day in Washington DC and people I have never met before came out for the trash pickup. We were out in the sunshine, exercising, and thoroughly enjoying the day. We heard lots of thanks from the public, including a Vietnam War veteran. We collected many bags of trash and left the parks cleaner than we left it. I think many people walked by us picking up litter and...
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