Archive by year: 2016

Seven legislators is all it took to delay selling cannabis legally in Massachusetts.  The voters agreed that one year is enough to figure out the regulations for cannabis stores. But less than two handfuls of legislators decided to delay the inevitable for six more months. Their excuse is that that we need to figure out what regulations are needed for cannabis stores and for arresting people for driving under the influence of cannabis. While breathalyzers don't work for cannabis, every day po...
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Over 70,000 people were foreclosed on in Massachusetts due to the financial crisis. The banksters were responsible to keep track of the paperwork on who owned the property that they sold. But they didn't. Instead they created foreclosure mills where employees made up paperwork the banks were responsible for keeping. Paperwork, without which, it is illegal foreclose on someone's home. Faced with the deluge of foreclosed properties, the Massachusetts legislature helped the banksters hide the...
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Cannabis is legal today! Thank you to the 1.7 million voters who approved Question 4 to legalize Cannabis. Thank you and congratulations to the thousands of volunteers who put in years of work to make this day possible. A decade ago, getting cannabis legalized was only a dream, but today it is a reality because of the tremendous work of so many! The prohibitionists are still active, whether they are looking at holding up implementation of the law or threatening to raise the age for lega...
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This Saturday, the 17th, we will join Chelsea Manning supporters for a stand out on her birthday. It will be from 1-2pm in front of the Park St. MBTA stop in downtown Boston. Please send her a birthday card and support her struggle.

 

We join 20 civil rights, civil liberties, religious, and community organizations in calling on Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Police Commissioner William Evans to drop their plan to spend $1.4 million on high-tech social media surveillance software. "We need money for community wellness, not surveillance. This high-tech spying program runs counter to the Boston Police Department's mission, which is to do community policing, not 'pre-crime' monitoring of speech and associations." -Kade Crockford...
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November was a busy month. We helped Aaron James earn 2635 votes, the most of any Pirate in Massachusetts. Our first campaign training was well attended. Over 30 people attended the Somerville cryptoparty. We aren't stopping.  Whether the issue is Trump getting his hands on the massive surveillance state Obama perpetuated, the Department of Defense hiding that it wastes at least $25 billion a year or banksters stealing people's houses, the US needs Pirates. And we need you. Today from 2...
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The Boston Police Department secretly tried to buy $1.4 million dollars of social media monitoring software to spy on Bostonians free speech. Since the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) is in Boston PD headquarters, this software will not be limited to just Boston, but will affect all surrounding communities at a minimum. The Public Safety Committee of the Boston City Council found out from press reports. If the Boston City Council wasn't notified of it, then it is very certain that ...
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James O'Keefe is the Captain of the Massachusetts Pirate Party, and a former Green Party candidate for Massachusetts Treasurer. In this podcast, James talks about organizing campaign for local and state offices, with an emphasis on running local. Topics include building a network of supporters, developing a core message, campaign logistics, fundraising and planning finances, the importance of communicating with your supporters, and organizing get out the vote efforts. James's talk was recor...
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On Wednesday, the monthly Somerville Cryptoparty this November will offer a Digital Security 101 workshop that will focus on getting new folks up to speed on protecting their privacy on-line. It will be November 30th at The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville. We will start at 6pm and end at 9pm. It is free.  Kids are welcome to join. Please bring your phone, tablet and/or laptop so we can help you get software installed and setup.  To prepare in advance,you can check out the EFF's Sur...
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Town Meetings are a common form of town legislature in New England, and they're also a working example of direct democracy. In this podcast, Steve Revilak talks about the ins and outs of Massachusetts town meetings. The first half covers town meeting as an institution, and the logistics of getting elected: pulling nomination papers, gathering signatures, and campaigning. The second half covers the mechanics of how town meetings are run: the moderator, the warrant, motions, substitute motions,...
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