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Monthly archive: April 2017

This week’s IRC meeting moved to Thursday

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The Mass. Pirate Party weekly chat is usually every Tuesday at 9pm, Eastern time. This week we are moving it to this Thursday at 9pm.  To get on: Go to https://webchat.pirateirc.net/ Fill out the web form with the Nickname of your choice and enter #masspirates in the Channel box next to it, then click the Connect button Start typing and reading You can also connect via your IRC client at one of the servers listed at http://pirateirc.net/servers.

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Tonight: Speak for Cambridge surveillance oversight

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We have been working with Restore the 4th and the ACLU to get the City of Cambridge to adopt an ordinance placing city council and citizen oversight over the introduction of surveillance cameras in Cambridge.  The process has taken awhile and was in the hands of the city manager to review the proposed ordinance. That is done now. His proposals for improving transparency regarding current policies and laws governing uses of surveillance technology, and how the data is used and shared, are positive and seem worthy of support. However, the city manager’s proposal resists a key point of the ordinance to go beyond the current law and implement a pro-active, mandatory oversight regime. More broadly, the hindrance this ordinance might provide to city departments casually adopting new surveillance technologies without democratic review is, of course, a key feature. Tonight the city council will review the city manager’s document. As a resident of Cambridge, we hope you will come out tonight and testify. The council meeting starts at 5:30pm and will be at City Hall, 2nd Floor Sullivan Chamber, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139. You can review the agenda. Here are a few talking points you may want to use: The City Manager’s report creates a straw man and then rejects it. In fact, the oversight the ordinance requires wouldn’t be a substantial burden on city agencies. The council could approve requests for surveillance tech that are written broadly enough that agencies don’t have to go back to the council every time they need to replace or install a new camera, for example. That’s up to the council, but the ordinance gives enough leeway to allow that kind of interpretation. The central purpose of the ordinance is to require democratic approval of surveillance purchases. Any proposal that guts this requirement effectively guts the ordinance. The ordinance … Read more

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Campaign Workshop this Tuesday, April 25th, 5-8pm, Holyoke

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Tired of having few choices on the ballot? Run for office! The Massachusetts Pirate Party will hold a campaign workshop this Tuesday, April 25th, 5-8pm.  It will be at the Holyoke Public Library Community Room, 250 Chestnut St, Holyoke. Advance registration is not required, but you can register in advance. We look forward to helping you learn how to win on election day.

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Join us at the March for Science this Saturday

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This Saturday, April 22nd, we will be at the March for Science on Boston Common.  We want you to join us. We will meet at 2pm behind the visitor’s center on Boston Common. Look for the banner. Hope you can make it.

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Pirate Party Holds 5th Annual Conference

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE PIRATE PARTY HOLDS 5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE Boston, MA – April 18, 2017 – The Massachusetts Pirate Party will host PirateCon, it’s 5th annual party conference on Saturday, April 29th at the Community Church of Boston. PirateCon is a yearly event in which Massachusetts Pirate Party members come together with members of the community and other interested parties to discuss issues regarding free culture, innovation, personal privacy and transparency in the local and federal government. “We are excited to hold our fifth yearly conference. The Pirate Party continues to offer innovative ideas for Massachusetts,” said First Officer Noelani Kamelamela. This year’s conference will feature presentations on media ethics, surveillance, electoral action and more. Speakers include: Grace Ross, 2006 candidate for Governor and anti-foreclosure/social justice organizer David Day, founder of the Together Boston music festival JPat Brown, Executive Editor of Muckrock Maya Shaffer, CoFounder of The Bay State Examiner Sevan Chorluyan, Chief of BadMirror Broadcasting Alex Marthews, President of Restore the Fourth, a national privacy organization The conference will also include small group discussions to expand the Pirate Party planks in preparation for the 2018 state and federal elections. “Whether the topic is fake news, expanding corporate and government surveillance, reducing income inequality, rethinking the city or the fight for net neutrality, PirateCon covers it. This year’s conference will continue our effort to bring new ideas for how we can improve Massachusetts for everyone who lives here,” said Captain James O’Keefe. PirateCon will be at the Community Church in Copley Square at 565 Boylston St #2, Boston. It is open to the public and presentations will start at 10am and end at 6pm. The conference will be live streamed. The party will elect its officers during the conference. Tickets are $10. Youth under 18 and press are free. Participants can … Read more

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Western Mass. Campaign Training, April 25th

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We will have a Campaign Workshop on Tuesday, April 25th, 5-8pm.  It will be at the Holyoke Public Library Community Room, 250 Chestnut St, Holyoke. Please register if you plan to attend and tell others about it. We look forward to helping you learn how to win on election day.

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March for Science, April 22nd

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Saturday, April 22nd is the March for Science on Boston Common. We will be there and want you to join us.

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Wednesday: Your Voice Needed at Autonomous Vehicles Legislative Hearing

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The Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation will have a public hearing on autonomous vehicles.  They will be taking testimony on a bunch of bills. Of interest for Pirates is S.1945, which has the strongest provisions relating to privacy and security. The hearing is at 3pm this Wednesday at the State House in Room A-1. If you have academic or professional expertise on the topic of autonomous vehicles and privacy or security, or if you may have availability to testify next Wednesday (or ideally both), please get in touch with Alex Marthews of Restore the Fourth at digitalfourth@protonmail.com. You can find the complete list of bills at this hearing as well as links to the text of the bills at https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/2538.

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Tamerlan Tsarnaev: FBI Informant?

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Michele McPhee has an article in Boston Magazine about Tamerlan Tsarnaev based on new research she has done and documents released via the Freedom of Information Act. One of the claims is that one or more government agencies acted on Tsarnaev’s behalf to push giving him US citizenship. They aren’t likely to do that out of the goodness of their hearts, so the McPhee argues that he was an informant for the FBI. The article, and her book, will certainly give ammunition to the many people who question the FBI’s statements about what they did and knew prior to the Boston Bombing. The FBI, and other government agencies, must release all of the information they have on the Tsarnaevs unredacted. Complete transparency is the only option.

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Annoy Legislators for Freedom Video Posted

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On March 24, Alex Marthews, National Director of Restore the 4th, talked about how the Massachusetts legislature really works and how we can hack it to get Pirate-friendly bills further. The Massachusetts Legislature has thousands of bills to consider.  Quite a few are of interest to Pirates including whether to give millions of dollars in subsidies to video game companies, revising the cannabis legalization law passed by voters, or defining standards for police body cameras. Yet, most bills never even have a committee vote, nevermind get to a floor vote.  The power of the leadership of the legislature is extreme and it isn’t democratic. The legislature doesn’t work the way you were taught in your high school civics textbooks. Alex lays bare the inner workings of the legislature. We hope you find this talk informative. Thanks to Encuentro 5 for hosting.

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