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Monthly archive: May 2014

A Good Weekend

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It was a busy weekend, but a good weekend. Members of the Massachusetts Pirate Party took part in three events: the March Against Monsanto, the 2nd Boston Security Meetup, and an interview with The Young Jurks on WEMF Radio. March Against Monsanto. We marched to the State House and Copley Square with Pirate literature and a large Pirate sign. Many members of diverse political parties were in attendance including Socialist Alternative, Green-Rainbow, and We The People. Approximately 3,000 people participated, and the entire event clocked in at around five hours. We’ll continue to participate in events that rally against corporate excess, especially corporations like Monsanto who abuse IP law flagrantly. Boston Security Meetup. Captain James gave a talk called How Dare You Molest the Sea, to an audience of pirates, ninjas, and other security-minded folk. The Young Jurks. Noe and Joe ended the day with an interview on WEMF’s The Young Jurks. You can watch the interview at mikecann.net.

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Massachusetts Pirate Party Fields First Two Candidates

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Massachusetts Pirate Party Fields First Two Candidates Boston, MA — May 22nd, 2014 – Noelani Kamelamela and Joseph Guertin, the Massachusetts Pirate Party’s first two candidates for 2014, will meet at noon today to file their nomination paperwork to appear on the November ballot. Ms. Kamelamela is running in the 27th Middlesex State Representative district. Mr. Guertin is running in the 8th Worcester State Representative district. “I’m happy to run with support from Pirates and non-Pirates,” said Kamelamela. ”It has been galvanizing to go door to door and speak with those who feel that their concerns regarding personal privacy, telecom greed and government transparency are dismissed by the Democratic and Republican parties in Massachusetts.” Two big challenges that face the 27th Middlesex District are economic development and the planned Green Line Extension. Kamelamela, a Harvard University research chemist and union representative, is concerned that vulnerable populations do not have a choice or voice regarding development. She will also make sure that we avoid disasters such as the introduction of the biased 2013 tax on software services. It was repealed two months after it came into effect after widespread opposition by the tech community. “Affordable high speed internet access remains a challenge in Massachusetts”, said Guertin. “We need legislators on Beacon Hill that understand the need to bring affordable high speed Internet access to all of Massachusetts. There is a new, decentralized economy developing on the Internet and a handful of ISPs are working to throttle it by opposing network neutrality. If we do not keep up, that economy will leave Massachusetts behind.” Joe Guertin works as a personal trainer out of a desire to help people live healthy lives. His concerns about the high cost of Internet connectivity in his community drove him to seek a position … Read more

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Noelani & Joe are Ballot Bound!

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Our State Rep. candidates, Joseph Guertin and Noelani Kamelamela will be on the November ballot! Both candidates and their campaign supporters worked hard and gathered far more signatures than they needed to. On Thursday, May 22nd at noon, they will submit their signatures to the Massachusetts Election Division. We will be out to support them in front of the State House and we want you to join us. Fill out the form below if you plan to come to this event or one of the other events we will be at in May and June. The March Against Monsanto and the Boston LBGT Pride Parade are approaching rapidly. Thanks!

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Thanks!

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Thanks to all who attended our 4th anniversary party and especially to those who made it happen. We were able to raise over $600. Joshua Chance Scafidi’s rapping and Mr. Precision’s tunes were fantastic. It wouldn’t have happened but for the work of our candidates Noelani Kamelamela and Joe Guertin, First officer Lucia, Quartermaster Steve and Arbitrator Kendra, as well as Marc, Kit, Fish, Leilani, Bobbi, Erica, Jean, Joan & Maurice. Big thanks to Garret and Frank for getting the word out. If I missed you, please know that your help was vital. If you weren’t able to attend, we missed you, but it isn’t too late to support our cause by contributing or volunteering. Feel free to post your suggestions for how we can make next year’s anniversary party even better in a comment below. Thanks!

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4th Anniversary Party Tonight

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Our 4th anniversary party is tonight, Friday, May 9th.  It will be at the Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138. Noelani Kamelamela and Joseph Guertin, two Pirate Party candidates for State Representative, will be there.  Joshua Chance Scafidi will MC.  Music will be by Mr. Precision. The party starts at 7pm with a social hour.  From 8-9pm, we will discuss the Pirate Party’s next four years.  Music and dancing will be from 9pm-11pm. As you would expect, there will be cake. This event is also a fundraiser. Preregistration is $20 ($10 for students). Door registration is $40 ($10 for students). You are welcome to give more if you can. Please tell your friends.  There is also a Facebook Event you can share.  We also have a flyer and poster you can download, print out and distribute.

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Support Innovation: Keep Net Neutrality!

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The FCC is a week away from deciding to kill net neutrality by allowing ISPs to create fast lanes for favored companies and slow lanes for everyone else. Netflix and YouTube can afford to pay AT&T and Comcast’s tolls. Future Internet startups won’t be able to pay up.  Innovation and the US economy will suffer. Please contact our Senators TODAY and urge them to tell the FCC to support net neutrality.  Their contact information is below: Senator Elizabeth Warren – Facebook / @elizabethforma / (202) 224-4543 http://www.warren.senate.gov/contact.cfm Senator Ed Markey – Facebook / @MarkeyMemo / (202) 224-2742 http://www.markey.senate.gov/contact.cfm

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Cryptoparty, Sunday, May 18th

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We are helping the Together Boston Music Festival and General Assembly put on a cryptoparty in South Boston. It will be from noon to 4pm, and will teach participants a number of communications security programs in a hands-on fashion. It is free, but they ask you to register on-line.  It helps if you bring a laptop or other computer. Please share this event with others and take a look at the Together Boston Music Festival and General Assembly.

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Our 4th Anniversary Party is a Week Away

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Our 4th anniversary party is the evening of Friday, May 9th.  It will be at the Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138. Noelani Kamelamela and Joseph Guertin, two Pirate Party candidates for State Representative, will be there.  Joshua Chance Scafidi will MC.  Music will be by Mr. Precision. The party starts at 7pm with a social hour.  From 8-9pm, we will discuss the Pirate Party’s next four years.  Music and dancing will be from 9pm-11pm. As you would expect, there will be cake. This event is also a fundraiser. Preregistration is $20 ($10 for students). Door registration is $40 ($10 for students). You are welcome to give more if you can. Please tell your friends.  There is also a Facebook Event you can share.  We also have a flyer and poster you can download, print out and distribute.

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Support International Day Against DRM this Tuesday

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International Day Against DRM is this Tuesday, May 6th. We have endorsed this day of action and urge you to support it as well. So called Digital Rights Management or DRM technologies have crept out of music (where they are being abandoned) into movies and e-books. They are even in cars and coffee makers. If we don’t stand up, DRM will be in the next version of HTML, potentially lock down the Internet. As writer Cory Doctorow noted with DRM in e-books: Anytime someone puts a lock on something you own, against your wishes, and doesn’t give you the key, they’re not doing it for your benefit. The Free Software Foundation has suggestions for what you can do on and leading up to the 6th. Locally, the LibrePlanet Boston Desktop GNU/Linux Users Group is holding a protest outside the Best Buy at 401 Park Dr. in Boston. It starts at 6:45pm. Hope you can make it.

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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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