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Monthly archive: October 2018

Vote Early! Not Often

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The 2018 state and federal elections are coming up on November 6th. While there are few choices on the ballot for candidates since roughly 40% of the Massachusetts Legislature has an opponent in the general election and even fewer US House districts, we urge you to vote Yes on ballot measures 1 and 3. If you won’t be able to vote on election day, you can: mail in a request for an absentee ballot to your city or town; vote early between October 22nd and November 2nd.  Find your city or town’s early voting times. We are looking for candidates for the 2019 town and city elections. If you are interested in running, fill out our supporter/candidate form. Thanks!

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Today, Standout for Whistle-Blower Reality Winner

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Veterans for Peace is organizing a stand out today to call for the pardon of imprisoned whistle-blower Reality Winner. It will be in Central Square, Cambridge at the Corner of River St. and Mass. Ave, 5 PM – 6 PM, Thursday, October 18. We support their effort and urge you to come out and support Reality Winner as well as signing the petition calling for her pardon: We Will Not Leave Reality Leigh Winner Behind-Join the call of Stand with Reality, Veterans for Peace, Courage to Resist, Code Pink, About Face, Roots Action, Freedom of the Press Foundation and many other organizations for a pardon by President Trump Ms. Winner had been charged under the Espionage Act, a 100-year-old statute originally designed for spies and saboteurs aiding foreign governments in time of war, for allegedly giving a document vital to the public’s understanding of potential Russian interference in U.S. election systems to Intercept, an on-line news organization. On June 26, 2018 Ms. Winner entered a guilty plea to the espionage charge in the Federal District of Georgia in Augusta. On August 23, 2018 the judge acting on the recommendation of the prosecution formally sentenced her to sixty-three months in jail and three years of supervised probation thereafter. She had served over a year in pre-trial confinement having repeatedly been denied bail before trial. By pleading guilty, Ms. Winner has given up her right to appeal the espionage statute as applied to her and/or its constitutionality. That leaves a presidential pardon or commutation of sentence as the only serious remedies. This is the stiffest sentence ever given to a civilian whistle-blower. We believe the sentence against Ms. Winner is grossly disproportionate to her offense and is designed to create a chilling effect on investigative journalism by dissuading sources from sharing information … Read more

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Not registered to vote? Do it today!

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Today is the last day to register to vote in Massachusetts for the November 6th election.  You have until 11:59pm tonight to register to vote at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/.  If you will be 18 by November 6th, then you can pre-register as well. When you register, you can specify Pirate as your political designation if you wish. You will need an id issued by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.  If you don’t have an id, you can use this website to fill out a form that you can get to your city elections department or town clerk. As long as it is postmarked today or received at their office today it will count.  You can call your city or town to find out when they close today, but the state elections division says they will be open until 8pm tonight. If you won’t be able to vote on election day, you can mail in a request for an absentee ballot to your city or town; vote early between October 22nd and November 2nd.  Find your city or town’s early voting times.  

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Tell Senator Warren Today: No warrantless bank account searches

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On September 26th the US House approved HR 6729, “Empowering Financial Institutions to Fight Human Trafficking Act”. Using the excuse of fighting human trafficking, this bill would allow warrantless searches of our bank accounts. This bill is an extension of FOSTA which is already leading to an increase in attacks on sex workers. Capuano, Clark, Kennedy, McGovern and Neal voted against it. Tsongas, Lynch, Keating and Moulton voted for it. It took only a week from introduction for the House to vote on it. The bill is now before the Senate’s Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs committee and may be discussed in today’s hearing. Senator Warren is on that committee and we need people to contact her office today and urge her to oppose HR 6729. The more people who contact her office today, the more likely she will pay attention to this bill. The most effective way to reach out to Senator Warren is to call her Washington, DC office at (202) 224-4543.  Simply tell her office that you oppose HR 6729 since it will allow warrantless searches of our bank accounts. If you cannot call, please send Senator Warren a message via her contact page.  We created a message template you can use: Dear Senator Warren, I am contacting you as a concerned voter to urge you to oppose HR 6729, “Empowering Financial Institutions to Fight Human Trafficking Act”. This bill would breach the financial privacy and security of individual Americans, allowing law enforcement to engage in warrantless searches of our bank accounts. Law enforcement already has the means to track financial information related to crime without violating our due process protections. HR 6729 would circumvent that under the guise of “fighting human trafficking,” with law-abiding citizens having virtually no recourse when they are wrongly targeted. Please oppose … Read more

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