Archive by month: November 2016

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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I spent the evening of Nov 12th at the Democracy Center in Cambridge, MA, listening to Leslie James Pickering talk about his activist work, and years of FBI surveillance. Pickering's career as an activist began in the mid 1990's, doing civil disobedience to protest animal experiments. His first direct action took place at a facility which was studying cats. The researchers would take a cat and drop it, from high enough to cause minor injuries. They'd observe the cat's behavior, and drop i...
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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 on Wednesday, 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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As part of the Massachusetts Pirate Party's "run local" initiative, today we are organizing a series of workshops on how to run in a local election.  We're talking town meetings, city councils, and school committees.  It doesn't take a fortune to run, you don't need an army of volunteers, and the work you do can make a real difference in your community. This event will be held in the Mandela Room of the Democracy Center, 45 Mount Auburn St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, from 1:00 - 4:00pm today...
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Thanks to Aaron James for running for 27th Middlesex State Representative.  He earned 2635 votes, 13% of the vote, and ably took the baton from First Officer Noelani Kamelamela who ran in 2014. A big congratulations to the Yes on 4 campaign.  Massachusetts is now the 6th state to legalize cannabis and has taking a big step in ending the drug war. Congratulations also to the No on 1 & 2 campaigns and the Yes on 3 campaign for their wins. For 2016, we are 4 for 4 on the ballot questions....
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With Kennedy coming out against the TPP, the only hold out amongst the Massachusetts congressional delegation is Rep. Moulton. It is expected that a vote on the TPP will be introduced during the lame-duck session, so we need to get Moulton on our side. There are two events coming up outside Moulton’s Office at 41 Front St., Salem: Picket line on Wed. Nov. 9th, 3:00-5:00pm Rally against the TPP on Friday Nov. 18th 4:00-6:00pm at Derby Square across from his office If you live in his...
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On election day, November 8th, we are running Aaron James for the 27th Middlesex State Representative district. He is continuing the tradition started by fellow Pirate, Noelani Kamelamela, in 2014. If you have time this weekend to help flyer or time on election day to stand out or poll watch, please email his campaign or contact them at their Facebook page. If you are in the neighborhood join us on election night to celebrate. Thanks!

 

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