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Yearly archive: 2018

Sign the Moratorium on Boston Sex Worker Arrests

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At our vigil to end violence against sex workers we called for Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross to implement a moratorium on arrests of Boston sex workers.  We have created a petition to raise the call further and to remember sex workers lost to violence in 2018.  We would appreciate your signature and your help in sharing it. Thanks! The call is reproduced below:   Implement a Moratorium on Arrests of Boston Sex Workers Criminalization of sex work in the United States is a major contributing factor to the violence that sex workers face. Transgender sex workers of color make up a disproportionate number of those who are lost to violence, showing how sex worker stigma intersects with racism and transphobia, and abuses by law enforcement make up a substantial portion of this violence. We have come together to voice our commitment towards ending this system of violence. We join with sex workers, human rights groups such as Amnesty International, and many other organizations and individuals, in calling for the full decriminalization of sex work as a gateway by which sex workers may achieve greater safety, dignity and respect. As a step towards this goal, we call upon Boston Police Commissioner William Gross to declare a moratorium on all arrests involving consensual transactions for commercial sex work. Sex work is real work, and sex workers rights are human rights. Let us honor both, in word and in deed, here in Boston, across the country, and around the world. SEX WORKERS LOST TO VIOLENCE “Z” Fry | January, 2018 | Sante Fe, NM Leah Holly | January 2018 | Baltimore, MD Ines Carmen Perez | 1/28/2018 | New Haven, CT Leila Rivera | 1/30/2018 | New Haven, CT Morgan Huennekens | March 2018 | Milwaukee, WI Kala Franz | 3/16/2018 | Santa … Read more

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Pirate News: Government Shutdown

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Pirate officers Malt, Joseph and James discuss the federal government shutdown: Happy New Year!

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Mass Mesh Network End of Year Party Tuesday

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The last Mass. Mesh Net weekly tech meetup of 2018 is this Tuesday, 7-9pm. It will be an end of year party at Industry Lab, 288 Norfolk St, Cambridge. The first meeting of 2019 will be January 8th. Feel free to bring food or drinks. The Massachusetts Mesh Network is building a net neutral, community alternative to internet service providers that cares about your privacy. You can find them at https://massmesh.org/.

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Thanks for Participating in the Vigil

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Thanks to everyone who attended the vigil to end violence against sex workers on a cold and rainy Sunday evening. Another way you can help is to sign our petition to urge Senators Warren and Markey to put a hold on HR 6729 and ask others to sign it. HR 6729 would allow warrantless searches of our bank accounts using the justification that it would stop sex trafficking. Like FOSTA, which was sold with the same justification, we expect it will fail. However, HR 6729 would be another step in eliminating our 4th Amendment rights to be free of unreasonable searches.

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This Sunday: Vigil to End Violence Against Sex Workers

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This Sunday is the Vigil to End Violence Against Sex Workers. The vigil starts at 7pm and will be in front of Boston Police Headquarters at One Schroeder Plaza in Roxbury (Boston). The headquarters is between the Roxbury Crossing and Ruggles stops on the MBTA Orange line, and a short walk from either. You can park in residential parking spots and metered spots are free. We are happy to join with the Harvard Law School’s Sex Worker Advocacy Network for this event. With FOSTA, HR 6729, and the increasing corporate concentration of the ways we communicate, sex workers face an even more precarious life.  This is why the December 16th vigil to mourn sex workers lost to violence, and to renew our commitment to greater rights and safety for all sex workers is so important. Attempts to equate all sex work with sex trafficking got us FOSTA. Supporting people’s right to control their bodies is part of the effort to end laws that hinder our ability to speak and share freely. There are multiple ways you can help make the vigil successful: Tell us you plan to attend Join our Facebook event Encourage your friends to attend the vigil Share this post, the sign up page or the Facebook event Additionally, please sign our petition to urge Senators Warren and Markey to put a hold on HR 6729, which would allow warrantless searches of our bank accounts, and urge others to sign it. For more info or to volunteer, please email Desmond Ravenstone at desmondravenstone@yahoo.com or info@masspirates.org.

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Pirate Podcases — Episode 16: Electoral Action

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In this podcast, Aaron James, Adam Friedman, and Joseph Onoroski talk about electoral action. Aaron James was the Pirate Party candidate for 27th Middlesex State Representative in 2016. Adam Friedman the Executive Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts, a movement of volunteers dedicated to educating the public about Ranked Choice Voting. Joseph Onoroski is a member of the Massachusetts Pirate Party. The panel covers topics such as the will of the people vs. the will of the legislators, Ranked Choice Voting, the effect of “spoiler candidates”, and how the wording of ballot questions affects conversations around the issue. This podcast was recorded at the Massachusetts Pirate Party’s annual conference on April 29, 2017. You can listen below, or download the podcast from the Internet Archive.

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Apple & FOSTA take aim at Tumblr, Vigil Sign Making Party Today

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Tumblr recently announced that it was banning all explicit images from its site and started notifying posters which of their images would be removed.  As we expected, the algorithms were too broad, identifying images that showed clothed people, abstract art, dinosaurs and even a vase. Tumblr took the action after Apple removed the Tumblr app from its app store due to claims that Tumblr displayed child porn. That Tumblr took the posts down once they were notified, per CDA Section 230, didn’t matter.  Apple’s heavy handed action demonstrates the power that gigantic corporations have over what we are allowed to see and post. Faced with their profits or right to free speech by the millions of Tumblr users who weren’t sharing child porn, it isn’t hard to see which one wins in the eye of corporations. FOSTA, a law which removes CDA Section 230 protections for web sites if they are found to have hosted posts by sex traffickers even if they removed the post, likely affected Tumblr’s decision.  What better way to remove anything a sex trafficker might post than by removing any explicit post.  Verizon, Tumblr’s owner, gets to show they are doing something and removes its liability. FOSTA was justified as a way to fight sex trafficking, which it failed at.  Now it is a tool to promote censorship, whether by corporations or individuals. The internet sex panic that FOSTA started won’t end with trolls going after ASMR creators or Tumblr censoring explicit images. This is why our December 16th vigil to mourn sex workers lost to violence, and to renew our commitment to greater rights and safety for all sex workers is so important. Attempts to equate all sex work with sex trafficking got us FOSTA. Supporting people’s right to control their bodies is part of the effort to end laws that hinder our ability … Read more

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Tech Meeting, Sunday, 12/9, 1pm

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Our next tech meeting will be this Sunday, December 9th, from 1pm to 3pm. We will setup our voting system so pirates can revise our platform. It will be at 25 Moore St., Somerville. Call 617-447-0210 if you need directions.

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Help organize a Dec. Vigil for Sex Worker Rights & Safety

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On Sunday, December 16th, we will join with the Harvard Law School’s Sex Worker Advocacy Network to organize a vigil to End Violence Against Sex Workers. We will meet at 7pm  in front of Boston Police Headquarters at One Schroeder Plaza in Roxbury. Each year, sex workers and their allies gather in events around the globe to mourn those lost to violence, and to renew their commitment to greater rights and safety for all sex workers. We chose this location to emphasize the role of criminalization and policing in fueling the harms that sex workers continually face. The BPD headquarters is between the Roxbury Crossing and Ruggles stops on the MBTA Orange line, and a short walk from either. This Saturday, December 8th from 2-4pm, we will hold a sign making party at the Capital One Café community room in Copley Square, 799 Boylston Street, Boston. Here are a few ways you can help make this event successful: Tell us you plan to attend Join our Facebook event Encourage your friends to attend the vigil Share this post, the sign up page or the Facebook event Join the sign making party this Saturday Distribute flyers or put up posters Encourage an organization you work with to co-sponsor the event Donate to help pay for the event For more info or to volunteer, please email Desmond Ravenstone at desmondravenstone@yahoo.com or info@masspirates.org.

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Dec. 16 Vigil to End Violence Against Sex Workers

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The Vigil to End Violence Against Sex Workers will be December 16th. It will be in conjunction with the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. It is sponsored by the Massachusetts Pirate Party and the Harvard Law School’s Sex Worker Advocacy Network. The vigil start at 7pm and will be in front of Boston Police Headquarters at One Schroeder Plaza in Roxbury (Boston). The headquarters is between the Roxbury Crossing and Ruggles stops on the MBTA Orange line, and a short walk from either. We have started to distribute flyers to tell people about it. If you can help us to pay to print for more flyers, please donate. For more info, or to volunteer, email Desmond Ravenstone.

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