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Monthly archive: September 2011

700 IP Mini-books in the Wild, In-Person Meeting Sunday

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We have distributed over over 700 of Nina Paley‘s free Intellectual Pooperty mini-books at various festivals and events so far.  They are at the following book and comic stores: Cambridge Porter Square Books – 25 White St. Somerville Hub Comics – 19 Bow St., Union Square Comicazi – 407 Highland Ave., Davis Square Waltham Outer Limits – 463 Moody St More Than Words – 376 Moody St. Back Pages Books – 289 Moody St. AniMadness – 284 Moody St. Watertown The Comic Stop – 134A Main St. We still have 300 mini-books to distribute and we can certainly use your help to get them out. We are concentrating on getting them into book and comic book stores and have setup a spreadsheet of the locations we are contacting. If you would like to be our distributor for your city please email or call/txt us at (617) 863-6277 (MAPP). In-person Meeting this Sunday, October 2nd, noon-2pm Our next in-person meeting will be this Sunday, October 2nd from noon to 2pm.  It will be at 25 Moore St. in Somerville.  We hope you can make it! Also, our weekly Mass. Pirate Party chat is every Monday at 9:30pm. To get on: Go to our Talk with us on IRC page Fill out the web form with the Nickname of your choice and enter #masspirates in the Channel box next to it, then click the Connect button Start typing and reading Candidate Classes Start in October First Officer J.P. Hollembaek has been working diligently to setup a campaigning class in the Lowell area in October. This class will cover the basics of running a campaign for state and local office and can be applied to a non-electoral campaign as well. Even non-Pirates are invited.  We have posted our draft talk (pdf) and welcome your comments. If you are curious about running or can help find a locations … Read more

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Congratulations to the Berlin Pirates!

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The Pirate Party is an international movement.  Yesterday, the Berlin Pirate Party upset the German political establishment by being the first Pirate Party to enter a state legislature.  So with their 8.9% vote, since Germany uses a form of proportional representation, 15 pirates will soon have new jobs and we have reason to wish them a hearty Arrrrr! Talk Like a Pirate Day is Today! Monday, Sept. 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and we plan to celebrate it by telling people about the Pirate Party. We are leaving it up to our mateys as to how they want to do that. Some, such the pirates in Somerville, Lowell or Newburyport, will be heading out to the street with their pirate kit to talk like and talk about Pirates. Others may choose to print out and hand our brochure to their friends. If you are going to put your name on the line that you’ll be talking like and about Pirates, just do it! Help Distribute Free Intellectual Pooperty Mini-books We had a great time handing out over 150 of Nina Paley‘s free Intellectual Pooperty mini-books at Freedom Rally last Saturday.  We still have over 500 mini-books to distribute and we can certainly use your help to get them out. We are concentrating on getting them into book and comic book stores and have setup a spreadsheet of the locations we are contacting. If you would like to be our distributor for your city please email or call/txt us at (617) 863-6277 (MAPP). Candidates Wanted 2012 will be a time of elections from town select board up to President.  We want you to run! Running for President is overly ambitious for us so we are concentrating on local and state elections.  Local offices include select board, school committee and, where your town charter specifies, town meeting member.  State offices … Read more

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Freedom Rally this Saturday!

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We will be tabling this Saturday, Sept. 17th at Freedom Rally on Boston Common. We will be there from noon on. The weather should be sunny and past Freedom Rallies have had tens of thousands of attendees. This will be a great event at which to tell people about the Pirate Party. We need your help, even for only a half an hour. Please sign up at Facebook, Tweetvite or just email or call/txt us at (617) 863-6277 (MAPP). Thanks! Talk Like a Pirate Day this Monday! Monday, Sept. 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and we plan to celebrate it by telling people about the Pirate Party. We are leaving it up to our mateys as to how they want to do that. Some, such the pirates in Somerville, Lowell or Newburyport, will be heading out to the street with their pirate kit to talk like and talk about Pirates. Others may choose to print out and hand our brochure to their friends. If you are going to put your name on the line that you’ll be talking like and about Pirates, sign up at Facebook or Tweetvite or just send us an email or call/txt us. Help Distribute Free Intellectual Pooperty Mini-books We are distributing about 800 of Nina Paley‘s free Intellectual Pooperty mini-books and we need your help to get them out. We are concentrating on getting them into book and comic book stores and have setup a spreadsheet of the locations we are contacting. If you would like to be our distributor for your city or town, please email us or call or txt us at (617) 863-6277 (MAPP). Next In-person Meeting is October 2nd, noon-2pm Our next in-person meeting will be October 2nd from noon to 2pm. It will be at 25 Moore … Read more

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On this tenth anniversary

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On this tenth anniversary, we pause to remember those who died in the horrific attacks of September 11th, 2001, the valor of those who tried to save them and the families left without loved ones.  We pause also to remember those who have died in the wars and attacks since then, the civil liberties and privacy we have lost, the increases in government security that continue to this day, and those who attempt to bring to light what our government has done and said in our name.

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Candidates Needed

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Want to run for office in 2012?  Offices range from town offices such as select board, school committee and town meeting member to state representative and senator and up to US House of Representative.  We need you! We will run a series of candidate and organizer classes starting in October. They will cover the basics of running a campaign for state and local office and can be applied to non-electoral campaign as well. Even non-Pirates are invited.  We have posted our draft talk (pdf) [UPDATED 10/29/2011] and welcome your comments. If can help find a locations for the classes and put up publicity, please contact email or call/txt us at (617) 863-6277 (MAPP).

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Distributing Intellectual Pooperty & September Events

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We had a productive in-person meeting on the 21st.  So that more members & supporters make it to our October meeting, we have setup a poll for people to suggest the times that they are available. Help us distribute free Intellectual Pooperty mini-books We are distributing about 800 of Nina Paley‘s free Intellectual Pooperty mini-books and we need your help to get them out.  We are concentrating on getting them into book and comic book stores and have setup a spreadsheet of the locations we are contacting.  If you would like to be our distributor for your city or town, please contact us at info at masspirates dot org or call or txt us at (617) 863-6277 (MAPP). September Events For Freedom Not Fear week (Sept. 10-17), we will be tabling on Saturday, Sept. 17th at Freedom Rally on Boston Common.  If  you want to help, please sign up at Facebook, Tweetviteor just email us at info at masspirates dot org or call/txt us at (617) 863-6277 (MAPP). Monday, Sept. 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and we plan to celebrate it by telling people about the Pirate Party.  We are leaving it up to our mateys as to how they want to do that.  Some, such the pirates in Somerville or Newburyport, will be heading out to the street with their pirate kit to talk like and talk about Pirates.  Others may choose to print out and hand our brochure to their friends.  If you are going to put your name on the line that you’ll be talking like and about Pirates, sign up at Facebook or Tweetvite or just send us an email or call/txt us. Various members will be at the Conference on the Constitutional Convention at Harvard University Sept. 24-25th.  If you plan to … Read more

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Two wins for privacy and transparency

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Last week, Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the Eastern District of New York Federal Court ruled that the government needs a warrant and to show probable cause in order to get mobile phone location info.  Other court rulings have a ruled that a warrant was not required, so this ruling was a most pleasant surprise. Then last Monday, August 26th, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston ruled that Boston Police officers violated Simon Glik’s First and Fourth Amendment rights when they arrested him and seized his mobile phone because he recorded their arrest of another person, and so, they claimed, violated Massachusetts’ anti-wiretapping law.  (h/t Universal Hub) Both rulings are exciting and further support individual privacy and efforts to promote government transparency.

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IRC Meetings Tuesday Night

The Mass. Pirate Party weekly chat is every Tuesday at 9pm, Eastern time. To get on:

  1. Go to https://webchat.pirateirc.net/
  2. Fill out the web form with the Nickname of your choice and enter #masspirates in the Channel box next to it, then click the Connect button
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