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Monthly archive: May 2017

Today is the last day for Pirate Council nominations

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We need people who want to build the Pirate Party and ensure that you have privacy and the government does not. Nominations for our Pirate Council, three Arbitrators and our two representatives to the US Pirate Party, are open until today, Tuesday, May 23rd. The Pirate Council supports local chapters and makes the day to day decisions that move the Pirate Party forward. It is made up of: Captain First Officer Quartermaster PR/Media Director Activism Director Swarmwise Director Web/Info Director We encourage you to run. Please submit your nomination today. Thanks!

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Wednesday: Chelsea Manning Getting Out Party

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What: Pot-luck celebration and fund-raiser for Chelsea Manning on the day of her release from prison When: Wednesday, May 17, 7:00pm Where: 14 William St, Somerville (close to Davis Sq subway – up College Ave 4 blocks) Contact Susan McLucas, SusanBMcL at gmail dot com or (617) 776-6524 Chelsea Manning, the WikiLeaks whistle blower who has spent 7 years in jail for telling the truth about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is getting out on May 17. We will celebrate the happy occasion and also pass the hat to raise money to help her start her new life on the outside. Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years for releasing classified documents that truly portrayed the nature of US wars and other foreign policy. Obama commuted her sentence before leaving office to 7 years. Even that shorter sentence is the longest a whistle blower has ever served. If it’s easy, bring a dish to share. You can check in with Susan, if you know what you’ll bring, but you don’t have to. If it’s not convenient to bring something, come in any case. There aren’t too many causes for celebration in the political sphere these days and we should take advantage of any such occasion. Hope you can make it!

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Pirate Podcasts – Episode 12: Qualifying the Integrity of Media Sources

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This panel was recorded during the Pirate Party conference on April 29, 2017. It features two speakers: Kendra Moyer and Wendy Joy Welsh. Kendra joins us via video link from Detroit, MI, to present the American Library Association’s CRAAP method for evaluating sources. CRAAP stands for Currency (the timeliness of information), Relevance (how information relates to a given topic or question), Authority (who is the source, and what are their credentials), Accuracy (reliability, truthfulness, and correctness), and Purpose (what is the source’s goal). Wendy talks about the danger of false slogans, namely “Money is not Speech”. She argues that regulating political speech could have the effect of giving corporate media a monopoly in this area, while silencing other groups. The problem is corruption, rather than paid speech. Wendy has produced several videos on the subject, which can be found at http://theanswerislocal.com. You can listen below, or download the podcast from the Internet Archive.

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Chelsea Manning Getting Out Party, Wed., May 17, 7:00pm, Somerville

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What: Pot-luck celebration and fund-raiser for Chelsea Manning on the day of her release from prison When: Wednesday, May 17, 7:00pm Where: 14 William St, Somerville (close to Davis Sq subway – up College Ave 4 blocks) Contact Susan McLucas, SusanBMcL at gmail dot com or (617) 776-6524 Chelsea Manning, the WikiLeaks whistle blower who has spent 7 years in jail for telling the truth about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is getting out on May 17. We will celebrate the happy occasion and also pass the hat to raise money to help her start her new life on the outside. Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years for releasing classified documents that truly portrayed the nature of US wars and other foreign policy. Obama commuted her sentence before leaving office to 7 years. Even that shorter sentence is the longest a whistle blower has ever served. If it’s easy, bring a dish to share. You can check in with Susan, if you know what you’ll bring, but you don’t have to. If it’s not convenient to bring something, come in any case. There aren’t too many causes for celebration in the political sphere these days and we should take advantage of any such occasion.

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Saturday, March for Accessible, Secure & Open Internet Standards

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We’re now in the final showdown phase of the fight to keep Digital Rights Management (DRM) out of HTML and Web standards. All approval of the DRM standard has been granted *except* the crucial final stamp from Tim Berners-Lee, the Web’s inventor. He’s taking forever to make the decision, because there’s tremendous pressure from both sides. Enter K8 and Jak, artists from Allston, who recently became involved in the struggle to stop DRM in the Web. They, local developers, artists, Free Software advocates and digital citizens are planning a march this Saturday, May 13th in Cambridge, demanding Tim reject DRM using creative signs and street theater. The march starts starts at 2pm in front of Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave in Central Sq. The march ends at the W3C at MIT. Quartermaster Steve Revilak will be there and we want you will come out and speak out for an accessible, secure & open internet that won’t be locked down my corporations. Thanks!

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Pirate Council Nominations Extended to May 23rd

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Thanks to everyone who attended PirateCon, especially the volunteers who made it happen.  We were able to get video streaming working and appreciate everyone who watched the live stream.  We recorded all of the conference panels and will post when we have put them up. It looks like Pirates are starting chapters for Boston, Somerville and possibly Lowell. However, we did not elect our Pirate Council, three Arbitrators or our two representatives to the US Pirate Party, and decided to reopen nominations until May 23rd with email ballots due a week later on May 30th.  Current office holders will remain until the election is complete. The Pirate Party needs people who want to build the Pirate Party and ensure that you have privacy and the government does not. The Pirate Council supports local chapters and makes the day to day decisions that move the Pirate Party forward. It is made up of: Captain First Officer Quartermaster PR/Media Director Activism Director Swarmwise Director Web/Info Director We also have three Arbitrators who mediate disputes between members as well as two representatives to the US Pirate Party. Please submit your nomination by Tuesday, May 23rd. Thanks!

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