Archive by month: May 2015

Restore the 4th is organizing a phone bank to call people to urge their Senators to support sunseting Section 215. They are meeting at 3:30pm at the Starbucks on 755 Boylston St, Boston. This Starbucks is between the Lenox and Mandarin Hotels and across from Lord & Taylor.  Ask for Chris Buell.  Here is a map to find it. The Senate goes into session at 4pm. If you haven't called Senators Warren or Markey, please do so now.


After the Senate rejected two Patriot Act Section 215 renewals, it will return today at 4pm to consider how to renew these provisions. Six months ago very few thought that Section 215 could expire tonight, but through your effort we are very close to ending it. Now is the time to remind Senators Warren and Markey to let these portions of the Patriot Act expire.  Call them before 4pm at: Senator Elizabeth Warren – Facebook / @SenWarren / (202) 224-4543 / (617) 565-3170 & (413) 788-2690...
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Today, Pirates from the Massachusetts and New York Pirate Parties will be speaking at Left Forum at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. The panel is The Pirate Party: Navigating the Seas of Surveillance.  It will be from 3:40 - 5:40pm in room 1.119. Speaking will be Lindsay-Anne Brunner, US Pirate Party First Officer, James O'Keefe, MAPP Captain, and Steve Revilak, MAPP Quartermaster. Halley Murray, MAPP PR/Media Director, will moderate.  


If you've a regular rider of the MBTA, you've undoubtedly noticed a proliferation of surveillance cameras during the last few years. Maybe you've watched yourself in the video monitors over the northbound E-Line platform at Park Street. Maybe you've played "count the surveillance cameras" while walking through Downtown Crossing. Maybe you've stood on the railing and went eyeball to eyeball with the camera on the stairs leading to the Porter Square commuter rail platform. Or, maybe you just pol...
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The Senate rejected two Patriot Act Section 215 renewals.  Both failed to reach the 60 votes needed for cloture.  The first was the USA Freedom Act, which failed 57 to 42.  Senators Warren and Markey both voted for it.  The second was a straight renewal of the expiring sections of the Patriot Act, which failed 54 to 45.  Senators Warren and Markey both voted against it. Thanks to everyone who stood out or called Warren and Markey.  Six months ago it did not look like were close to having one ...
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We will again participate in the March Against Monsanto this Saturday, May 23rd. We will be there because of Monsanto’s excessive control over our food supply and seeds, their support for gene patents, and the tactics they have used against farmers. We will assemble at 12:30pm in front of the State House at 24 Beacon St, Boston.  The State House is just up Beacon Hill from the Park St. MBTA station. The march is from 1-2pm with a rally from 2-4pm at Copley Sq., Boston.  We want you to join...
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Thanks to everyone who attended the vigil in front of the Federal Office building in Boston last night!  Boston, Springfield and forty eight other cities showed their support for ending Section 215 of the Patriot act and halting the NSA's efforts to log who you call, when, for how long and from where. Thanks also to Fight for the Future, Restore the 4th and the many other groups who supported this effort. Six months ago very few thought that Section 215 could expire, but through your effort w...
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WHAT: Mass vigil at sunset against mass surveillance - happening in 50 cities across the U.S. WHEN: Thursday, May 21st as the sun is setting (aka 7pm) WHERE: Boston - Gather outside Senator Elizabeth Warren's office at 2400 JFK Federal Building, 15 New Sudbury Street, Boston, MA 02203. Springfield - Gather outside Senator Ed Markey's office at 1550 Main Street, 4th Floor Springfield, MA 01101. BRING: A cell phone, laptop, tablet, and candles with the already pre-lo...
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Halley Murray, our new PR/Media Director, has been running cryptoparties at Parts & Crafts in Somerville for the last two months. She will run another on Thursday, May 21st from 6-9pm. Parts & Crafts is at 577 Somerville Ave, Somerville. The closest MBTA is the 87 Bus, or a walk from Porter Sq/Red Line. Unfortunately the space is not wheelchair accessible this evening, due to other events in the building. They will be meeting downstairs in the basement. Parts and Crafts is a mak...
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On Saturday, June 13th, we will march in the Boston LBGT Pride Parade.  This is our fourth year marching in it. We want you to join us so our contingent is the largest we can make it.  Sixteen pirates marched last year, and we want to at least double that number. The parade starts at noon, though we never start marching at that time, and it should end around 3pm.  Be sure to wear good walking shoes. Register early and invite your family and friends.

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