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Monthly archive: February 2017

Cryptoparties and other upcoming events

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There are a number of cryptoparties and other events are coming up over the next few months: 2/22, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville 3/2, 10am+, Dorchester Cryptoparty, Fields Corner BPL Branch, 1520 Dorchester Avenue, Boston 3/24, 3-5pm, Annoying Legislators for Freedom, Encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, Boston. Alex Marthews, National Director of Restore the 4th, will give a talk on how the Massachusetts legislature really works. 3/29, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville 4/26, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville 4/29, all day, PirateCon 2017, our yearly conference We working on or helping with other cryptoparties in Western Mass., Rhode Island, and Boston.  More as we firm up the dates and locations.

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Western Mass. campaign workshop needs a new location

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We were planning to run a local campaign workship on February 25th, but the Holyoke Public Library double booked and we got bumped from our scheduled time. If you can help find a new location in the morning or afternoon on the 25th, please email us at If we cannot find a new location, we will reschedule it. If you want to attend, please sign up so we know how many people are attending. Also, the Mass Alliance encourages Pirates to attend their campaign workshops: 3/4, 9am-5:30pm, Getting Ready to Run workshop, Boston 3/25-26, 9am-5:30pm, Grassroots Campaign Training, Greater Boston 4/29-30, 9am-5:30pm, Grassroots Campaign Training, Western Massachusetts 5/6-7, 9am-5:30pm, Grassroots Campaign Training, Greater Boston Joe T. is working on a series of campaign training videos based on our November talks.

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Anti-foreclosure clinics this week

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We are working with the Massachusetts Alliance Against Predatory Lending to setup clinics where homeowners can learn how to challenge their, usually illegal, foreclosure.  The legislature reduced the time by which a homeowner can challege the legality of their foreclosure from twenty to three years. If you know anyone who is was foreclosed on before 2014, they have until February 23rd to file to challenge their foreclosure.  Please tell them about these free upcoming clinics: Saturday, Feb 18th, noon-4pm, Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Avenue, Somerville Sunday, Feb 19th, 4-6pm, 2nd Congregational Church, 50 Onota St., Pittsfield Monday, Feb. 20th, 4-8pm, Coalition For Social Justice, 105 William St # 26, New Bedford Tuesday, Feb. 21st, 6:30-9pm, Brick House Community Resource Center, 24 Third St., Turners Falls Wednesday, Feb. 22nd, 1-5pm, Burns Building, 575 Warren St., Roxbury

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Saturday: Help us find a better way for members to talk to one another

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At our Democracy/Tech meeting this Saturday, Feb. 18th, 2-4pm, we will set up new software we will test to improve communications between members. The meeting will be in Arlington and is open to all. Email Quartermaster Steve at for the address if you plan to attend. If you cannot make the meeting, but want to help, join the Democracy mailing list.  

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No better time to be a Pirate

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Evan Falchuk, founder of the United Independent Party, switched to the Democratic Party recently. It is unclear what will happen to the United Independent Party, but we hope they will continue without Evan’s assistance.  Evan spoke at our 2015 conference along with other third-party representatives and he remains an articulate speaker. Good luck to him. If you know any United Independent Party voters, tell them the Pirate Party isn’t giving up. The Massachusetts General Court is still the corporate-friendly legislature that raises regressive sales taxes, gives tax breaks to wealthy corporations, puts banksters’ quest for profits over people’s property rights and exempts itself from our still poor Freedom of Information law. It is a legislature that is 80% Democratic, where incumbents run unopposed in the general election 60% of the time. We are looking for Pirate voters, supporters, candidates and donors. There is no better time to be a Pirate.

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Digital Security 101 Workshop, This Sunday, 1-3:30pm

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Concerned about your privacy on-line or the security of your computer or phone? Not sure where to start? Come to a Digital Security 101 Workshop this Sunday, Feb. 5th, 1pm to 3:30pm at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave. The 88 Lechmere/Clarendon Hill and 90 Sullivan/Davis buses stop by the library. We will talk about basic practices you can start using and get you started with computer privacy/communication tools. To find out about more such upcoming events, check out  Want to bring a workshop to your neighborhood, school or organization? The Massachusetts Pirate Party is happy to help. Contact us at

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Somerville Sanctuary City Rally and Cryptoparty This Weekend

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Two events this weekend that Pirates will be at or are organizing: Somerville Sanctuary City Rally on Saturday from 10am to noon at Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave. Digital Security 101 Workshop on Sunday 1pm to 3:30pm at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave. The 88 Lechmere/Clarendon Hill and 90 Sullivan/Davis buses stop by the high school and the library. Hope you can make one or both of these events. We could use your help handing out flyers for the cryptoparty at the rally on Saturday. Thanks!

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PirateCon 2017 will be April 29th

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Our PirateCon 2017 survey is done. Thanks to everyone who participated.  Based on the 22 responses, we chose April 29th as the date for PirateCon 2017. While we know this date conflicts with the Mass Alliance campaign workshops, April 29th received the most votes and gives us a few more weeks to get the conference together.  Thankfully, Mass Alliance has other campaign workshops we hope prospective candidates will participate in. Check out the listings and their contact info at our events calendar. We are looking for locations and would like to chose it at our February 14th IRC meeting. Ideally, we would like a space near public transit with a 100-200 seat auditorium, two to four conference rooms, a place for registration and fast wifi/ethernet. Ample parking in the area is a plus. If you know of any such places (or variations there of) that won’t bust our budget, please email us at PirateCon 2017 was $10/person, and we have no reason to change that. Based on the survey results, we will work on offering childcare for toddlers and older children. Children are always free, though child care may not be. If you want to get a jump on registering, please make a donation on-line or send us a check at Massachusetts Pirate Party, PO Box 440056, Somerville, MA 02144. We streamed the audio from PirateCon 2016, and want to expand to audio and video streaming.  We posted the 2016 audio recordings and there are some video and audio recordings from other PirateCons. Check the menu above. The topics that got a majority of responses were: pirate strategy, net neutrality, open government, organizing, running campaigns, surveillance and countersurveillance, and proposing local legislation. While we will focus on these topics, we will have an hour or more of lightning talks … Read more

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