Archive by month: September 2013

From 6 to 8 pm tonight, Thursday, September 26, the City of Cambridge is hosting a community meeting to discuss a draft surveillance-camera policy proposed by the Cambridge Police Department. The draft policy poses significant risks to privacy. It would: Use "preventing terrorism" as a justification, when there's no evidence that cameras like this deter terrorism, or even that they deter crime at all. Allow other cities' police to monitor public activity on Cambridge streets Provide fe...
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Join us for a Cryptoparty on Saturday September 28th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, at the South End Tech Center, 359 Columbus Avenue in Boston. We'll focus on Mesh Networks in general, and on CJDNS in particular.  We will also have key signing. Have you heard of a mesh network? Mother Jones reports on a mesh net in Athens: It's actually faster than the Net we pay for: Data travels through the mesh at no less than 14 megabits a second, and up to 150 Mbs a second, about 30 times faster than the commerc...
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Boston will hold its preliminary election this Tuesday, September 24th. If you are a voter in Boston, we urge you to vote for Seamus Whelan who is running for a Boston City Councilor at-large position. We endorsed him earlier. Polls are open from 7am to 8pm. Click here to find your polling place. We do not have any further endorsements in this election, but Francisco L. White did speak at our 2013 conference, and a number of us met him during the Boston Pride Parade. He deserves a look sin...
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Boston Software Freedom Day will be this Saturday, September 21st from 9:30am to 5:30pm. It will be at Cambridge College, 1000 Mass Ave, Cambridge. A map is below. Steve Revilak, our quartermaster, will present the first talk, Protect Your Privacy in the Digital Age, at 10am. Presentation slides: protecting-privacy.pdf We will also table and are looking for volunteers. View Mass Pirates Events in a larger map

 

The Pirate Party is proud to announce our endorsement of Seamus Whelan for Boston City Councilor. Seamus Whelan is an Irish immigrant and long-time Boston resident who is active in the local nursing union. As a nurse at Cambridge Hospital, Whelan has advocated for safe staffing ratios of patients to nurses to assure the highest quality of medical care. Whelan stands with the Pirate Party in supporting government transparency, open innovation, and open culture. Most importantly, Seamus Whel...
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We are joining with the ACLU of Massachusetts, Digital Fourth, and other Fourth Amendment activists in Boston on Constitution Day, Today, September 17, at the Boston Public Library. Together we will call for privacy legislation and educate the public about the surveillance state. Where: Boston Public Library, Copley steps When: 5-7 PM, Tuesday, September 17 What: Educational speakout for Constitution Day and 21st Century Privacy Rights Come talk to your neighbors and fellow Massachus...
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We had a great time tabling at Freedom Rally last weekend and signed up many new Pirates. Freedom Rally was two days this year, which gave us an opportunity to meet more people and tell them about the Pirate Party and the revelations about the US government's mass. surveillance. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to talk with us or who helped table especially First Officer Lucia, Quartermaster Steve, Jason, Kendra, Master Gunner Garret, Joe, Brian and Captain James. Here are a few pictu...
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We are looking forward to tabling at the 24th Freedom Rally, this weekend, Saturday & Sunday, September 14th & 15th. Freedom Rally will be on Boston Common and we hope you will join us or stop by. We are at space 18 near the Crafts Tent on the map below. It is right next to one of the entrances to the underground garage and on the path to Park Street. Or you can use this Google Map:
View Mass Pirates Events in a larger map We encourage you to dress in your favorite pirate g...
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  NO WAR ON SYRIA! The People have spoken. They don't want military intervention in Syria. The Mass Pirates made their voices heard along side other activists in the streets of Boston last Saturday. We even marched to John Kerry's HOUSE. But powerful, monied interests have out leaders' ears, and those interests are salivating for war. Money talks. We need to talk louder. Persistently. Until they hear US. From MPP "Master Gunner" Garret Kirkland: President Obama has put milit...
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Last week we took a stand against bombing Syria and joined with others in protest on Saturday.  In the past we have steered clear of such statements, but it made sense based on our values and the increasing surveillance we all are under. President Obama has asked Congress for a resolution allowing him to bomb Syria, but not limiting the attacks to only Syrian government forces or even to Syria.  Reports are that the Senate will vote on this resolution today. Please contact our Senators and...
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