Archive by month: February 2017

PirateCon 2017 will be Saturday, April 29th in Greater Boston. It will start at 10am and end at 6pm.  Conference details and update are at the 2017 PirateCon page. Besides holding talks on a variety of topics, we will elect our Pirate Council and three Arbitrators. Submit your nomination by April 28th. Registration Registration is $10. Youth under 18 are free. You can pay in advance or just tell us you will attend if you prefer to pay at the door or are under 18. Last year we re...
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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...
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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 info@masspirates.org. 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: ...
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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, F...
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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 srevilak@masspirates.org for the address if you plan to attend. If you cannot make the meeting, but want to help, join the Democracy mailing list.  

 

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 cor...
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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 cr...
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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...
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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 cal...
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