Archive by month: September 2015

Wikileaks is turning 9! Help us celebrate with cake and by singing Happy Birthday to You, now liberated from the shackles of copyright. Wikileaks was founded on October 4th, 2006. For the last two years we have celebrated its birthday and all of the secrets it has helped reveal. This year we will do it again. This Sunday at 1pm, join us in Davis Sq., Somerville. We will meet in the park next to JP Licks (4 College Ave) and across Holland/Elm Street from the Somerville Theater. Davis Sq. i...
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Freedom Rally is always a festive event and this year was no exception. We had a great time, and we'd like to thank everyone who helped out. In particular, we'd like to show our appreciation for The 15 people who came to our tent and tabled during the weekend; The 93 people who signed MassCann's petition to "permit the cultivation, distribution, possession, or use of marijuana by persons of age 21 and older" (aka ballot petition B); The 66 people who signed the PassMassAmendment's petit...
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The recent unsealing of court documents concerning Rhode Island's loan guarantee of Curt Schilling's video game company, 38 Studios, remind us how much we need to oppose H.2487 and H.2606. Rhode Island lost $75 million in that deal. H.2487 and H.2606 are before the Massachusetts legislature now. They would provide tax credits to Massachusetts video game companies as high as to 25% of their operating costs. Our own calculations indicate that Massachusetts could be giving away $50 million eve...
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We're there every year because it's a great time and a good opportunity to meet activists (aka future pirates!) We will be tabling at the 26th Freedom Rally this weekend. It will be on Boston Common.  Saturday is from noon to 8pm, Sunday from noon to 6pm. This is our sixth year at Freedom Rally and fifth year tabling at it. We hope you will help us make it a success. We are in the area marked by the X in the map below. It is right next to one of the entrances to the underground garage ...
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On Tuesday, in addition to testifying against subsidizing video game companies, I also gave the following testimony to the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture at the State House. The hearing was very well attended with at least one hundred people testifying, only three of which were against labeling GMOs. Thanks to Lucia Fiero for the text that I copied from and to Massachusetts Right to Know for organizing a great rally and turnout. Thank you Chairs and Committ...
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On Tuesday, October 13th, Cory Doctorow will be participating in a round table discussion: "The Remote-Controlled Society". It is sponsored by Suffolk University and the Ford Hall Forum. It will be at the C. Walsh Theatre, Suffolk University, 55 Temple Street, Boston, starts at 6:30pm and ends as 8:00 pm. Cory Doctorow will be signing copies of his latest books after the round table. We are proud to have helped make this event possible and hope you will be able to join us there! "No Mat...
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Today, I will give the following testimony to the Joint Committee on Revenue at the State House in Hearing Room A-1. Thanks to everyone who reviewed my testimony and offered suggestions and advice. Thank you to the Chairmen and Joint Committee on Revenue for allowing me to speak today. I am James O’Keefe, Captain of the Massachusetts Pirate Party. Throughout the world, whether in Sweden, Russia, Brazil, or Massachusetts, the Pirate Party stands for transparency and against sweetheart deals fo...
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Congratulations to the Kilton Public Library for voting to restart their Tor node! The Lebanon, New Hampshire library started a Tor node in July as a pilot project by the Library Freedom Project to bring Tor nodes to public libraries. Recently they took down the Tor exit node after a visit by local police notified by the Department of Homeland Security. We are proud of them for sending a clear message to DHS that they will not tolerate censorship.  A big thanks also to the Library Freedom ...
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First the Pirates brought you the why, now we bring you the how, as in how to act on this important issue. September 22 will the only public hearing for GMO labeling in Mass. during 2015 or 2016 and is a critical time to show how much support there is for transparency in food labeling. Yes, Sept. 22 is the beginning of Yom Kippur. Unfortunately we weren't able to pick the date! In light of this, the committee has offered to allow those who need to get home before sundown the chance to speak b...
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Rick Falkvinge gave PirateCon 2015's closing talk on Pirate Strategy. The video is available: We are looking for people to help format, clean up and titles the the like to the videos we took of the talk. The raw video files are on MEGA. Please contact info@masspirates.org if you want to help with a talk. The talk details are listed at our 2015 conference page.

 
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