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Monthly archive: January 2013

Party update: Committees & Finances

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Last Sunday we had our best in-person meeting, with ten Pirates, new folks and regulars, attending. The meeting was very productive.  With all of the projects we are working on, we decided that we needed to formed the committees to handle the work and provide a way for folks to help.  The current line up is: Welcoming & Outreach Policy & Identity Dogfood & Democracy Treasury Technology If you want to help with any of them, please contact us at info@masspirates.org and we will hook you up with the committee leaders. The Committees page is up on our wiki, though it is just getting started so it is a bit sparse. Additionally, the Pirate Party needs to lead the way in being open and transparent.  To that effect, we put up some pages on our wiki about our 2013 event plans and 2012 finances.  We also put up 2012 Year-end Review so we won’t forget what we have done in the rush of 2013. Thanks for your support!

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Keep the TSA out of the MBTA this Saturday

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We are supporting the TSA out of the MBTA Day of Action on Saturday, Feb. 2nd. We will gather to demand an end to random, un-Warranted bag checks in subways by TSA, DHS, and Transit Police. Simultaneous marches will commence at noon at five MBTA stations (Kenmore, Harvard, Ruggles, Lechmere, and South Station) and travel different routes through Boston and Cambridge to converge at 2 p.m. for a rally at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Commons. Come, have fun and show your Pirate Pride!

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Honor Aaron this Friday

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UPDATE:  If you haven’t signed on to petitions to remove prosecutors Carmen Ortiz and Steve Heymann, please do. We encourage you to attend the peaceful protest to honor Aaron Swartz this Friday. It will start at 3pm and will be in front of the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse at 1 Courthouse Way in Boston. You can take the MBTA Silver Line to the Courthouse stop or walk from South Station. There are also parking lots within walking distance of the courthouse. Flyers are available as is his Guerilla Open Access Manifesto. This Sunday, the 27th, from 2-4pm we will hold our monthly in-person meeting. It will be at 40 Moulton Park Rd., Framingham, MA. If you would like to attend and need a ride, please email us and we will find someone to give you a ride. Erik has offered to pick people up at the commuter rail station in Framingham as well. The meeting agenda/minutes page is at the wiki. We are supporting the TSA out of the MBTA Day of Action on Saturday, Feb. 2nd. We will gather to demand an end to random, un-Warranted bag checks in subways by TSA, DHS, and Transit Police. Simultaneous marches will commence at noon at five locations (Kenmore, Harvard, Ruggles, Lechmere, and South Station) and travel different routes through Boston and Cambridge to converge at 2 p.m. for a rally at the Parkman Bandstand on Boston Commons. Finally, we are working on some other events including our June party conference, a September/October cryptocurrencies conference and more cryptoparties.  Contact us at info@masspirates.org if you want to help.

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Aaron was a casualty of the War on Sharing

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Aaron Swartz, a dedicated advocate for open knowledge and accomplished hacker, who was facing a potential 30+ year jail term and over a million dollars in fines for liberating JSTOR scientific research papers from behind a pay wall, took his own life on Friday, January 11th. On behalf of all Massachusetts Pirates, we express our condolences to his family and those he loved.  Aaron was a resolute fighter for the right of people to share knowledge and worked untold hours to defeat bills such as SOPA/PIPA, ACTA, CISPA and a whole host of bills or treaties that would hinder our First Amendment right to free speech on the Internet.  We will miss him for his insights, purpose and vigor in the years of struggle we have before us. Whatever paeans are spoken for him, never forget that Aaron was a casualty of the War on Sharing.  He is not the first and nor will he be the last. Some casualties are well known and include Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm, Peter Sunde, Carl Lundström, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Joel Tenenbaum and Kim Dotcom.  Others such as Tarek Mehanna and Jammie Thomas-Rasset are less well known, but no less important.  The persecution they have received from governments and corporations has been called a tragedy and we agree. Yet the number who have suffered is far higher than those reported in the press.  Some have had to defend themselves against France’s draconian three strikes anti-file sharing law that can deny whole families access to the Internet because one person is accused of file sharing three times.  Others have had their domains or servers seized without trial based on the copyright cartel’s assertions that these sites were sharing copyrighted files. While we often focus on the efforts to stop people from sharing a song from their favorite … Read more

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Pirates join the crew of the Two Hotheads Show

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1st Officer Lauren Pespisa and I recently appeared on the Two Hotheads Show to talk about the Pirate Party, the sad and unexpected death of Aaron Swartz and other Pirate topics.

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