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Monthly archive: October 2018

Pirate Podcasts – Episode 13: Sex Worker Rights

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Longtime activist and educator Desmond Ravenstone presents a talk about sex worker rights. He covers the history of bordellos and how they were integral parts of the community in 19th century America, the different legal models in which sex work currently takes place, the social costs of criminalization, and various attempts to conflate sex work with human trafficking. Desmond makes a strong case for harm reduction, and full decriminalization of sex work. This talk was recorded during the Massachusetts Pirate Party’s annual conference, on September 29, 2018. You can listen below, or download the podcast from the Internet Archive.

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Today’s tech meeting canceled

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We are postponing today’s tech meeting due to illness. The new meeting date may be in two weeks on Sunday, 11/11 at 1pm. If you wish to help, please suggest a new time in the comments below. Thanks!

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Vote for Questions 1 & 3

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Election day is 11 days away.  Early voting has started and concludes on November 2nd.  Find your city or town’s early voting times. Alternatively, if you cannot vote on November 6th, you can mail in a request for an absentee ballot to your city or town. Whenever you vote, we ask you to vote yes on Questions 1 and 3. You can find out more about the ballot questions below. We aren’t running any candidates this election, but we have endorsed the Emancipation Initiative’s Donate Your Vote campaign. They will partner you with someone who is incarcerated in prison in MA – who is currently ineligible to vote but wants to make their voice heard. You will engage in dialogue and share how you each want to vote in the 2018 elections. Then you will vote the way they ask you to in the general election! It is up to you whether you donate your vote for one particular elected office or all of them.  You can sign up through this webform. As always, we are looking for candidates for the 2019 town and city elections. If you are interested in running, fill out our supporter/candidate form. More on the ballot questions Question 1 would set the maximum number of patients per registered nurse which would vary by type of unit and level of care. Our increasingly corporate-controlled health care providers are against it as it would harm their profits. Send them a message that people deserve decent healthcare and vote yes. Question 3 prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of public accommodation. The legislature already approved it, but some anti-trans bigots believe that our fellow trans citizens and residents do not deserve equality and are using lies and fear mongering to try to get their way. Don’t let them win; vote yes. … Read more

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Mass Pirates To Organize December 17th Vigil for Sex Worker Rights and Safety

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December 17th is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. 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. Here in Boston, the Massachusetts Pirate Party has taken the initiative to organize a vigil around that day. This follows the Party endorsing full decriminalization for consensual sex work, and support for the sex worker community. Tentatively, we’re looking to hold this on Sunday night 12/16/2018 in front of a government building, to bring home the message that sex workers deserve the same rights and protections as other workers in the Commonwealth. Possible locations include: Boston Police headquarters The Massachusetts State House Offices of Attorney General Maura Healey Anyone wishing to help with planning and logistics, please contact Desmond Ravenstone at desmondravenstone@yahoo.com.

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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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Further information

Sunday: Vigil to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Sunday: Vigil to End Violence Against Sex Workers`

Prevent warrantless searches of our bank accounts

Prevent warrantless searches of our bank accounts`

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