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Monthly archive: March 2017

PirateCon will be at the Community Church of Boston

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PirateCon 2017, our annual conference, will be at the Community Church of Boston. It will be Saturday, April 29th. The Community Church is in Copley Square at 565 Boylston St #2, Boston. It will start at 10am and end at 6pm. If you are interested in presenting or participating in a panel, sign up. We have at least six hours available and an hour for lightning talks. Please sign up by March 26th. 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. Conference details and updates are at the 2017 PirateCon page. We will elect our Pirate Council and three Arbitrators. Submit your nomination by April 28th.

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Providence Cryptoparty, March 19th

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The Providence Public Library will offer a cryptoparty on Sunday, March 19th, 1:30-4:30pm.  The library is at 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903. An LGBTQ community-focused Cryptoparty is tentatively scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, March 25th. Hopefully it will be at Make Shift Boston, 549 Columbus Ave, Boston. Other cryptoparties we know about are: 3/29, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville 4/26, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville 5/21, noon-6pm, Together Boston Cryptoparty, Cambridge Keep track of upcoming cryptoparties in the Boston-area at the Boston Cryptoparty page.

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On March 24th, learn how to annoy legislators for freedom

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On Friday, March 24, Alex Marthews, National Director of Restore the 4th, will talk about how the Massachusetts legislature really works. It isn’t what you would expect from your civics textbooks. It will be from 3-5pm at Encuentro 5, 9A Hamilton Place, Boston. Encuentro 5 is within easy walking distance of the Park St. MBTA stop.

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James & Kamelamela on The Young Jurks Tonight

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Aaron James, 2016 Pirate Party candidate for the 27th Middlesex State Representative district, and First Officer Noelani Kamelamela will be on the The Young Jurks show tonight starting at 6pm. You can listen to it live at http://wemfradio.com/Live/. The show ends at 7:30pm. Show archives are posted at http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/the-young-jurks.

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Dismiss all drug convictions made with tainted evidence

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On Monday, we joined with a coalition of 40 Massachusetts-based community, religious, advocacy, and civil rights organizations to demand that prosecutors immediately dismiss all drug convictions tainted by the Hinton and Amherst Drug Lab scandals. Everyone is entitled to a fair trial and prosecutors must not get away with convicting anyone of a crime with tainted evidence. The letter called on prosecutors to expeditiously repair the harm done to the tens of thousands of people with tainted convictions who continue to suffer collateral consequences including trauma, loss of public housing and benefits, deportation, and criminal records. The coalition also asks prosecutors to support SD500 and HD1794, proposed state legislation to end mandatory minimum drug sentencing. Captain James joined demonstrators on Monday in front of Boston Municipal Court to voice support for these demands and stand in solidarity with the over 40,000 people impacted by the drug lab crises. A huge thanks to the No Drug Arrests Collective, for organizing this letter and event, for all of the organizations who signed the letter and for everyone who attended the protest. Expect more events until the tens of thousands of people with tainted convictions are made whole. The full letter is below: February 27, 2017 District Attorneys, We the undersigned constituent community, religious, advocacy, and civil rights organizations urge you to swiftly dismiss with prejudice all drug convictions tainted by the Hinton Drug Lab scandal. Justice delayed is justice denied. The recent Supreme Judicial Court ruling in Bridgeman v District Attorneys gives your offices until April 18, 2017 to decide which of these tainted cases you will dismiss with prejudice. We are aware that your offices have the power and discretion to dismiss all the tainted convictions outright. Dismissing every tainted conviction with prejudice is the only just, prudent, and responsible course … Read more

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Worcester Pirate Meetup, 4/28

March Pirate Meetups

Sign the Moratorium on Boston Sex Worker Arrests Petition

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IRC Meetings Wednesday Night

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