Archive by month: October 2018

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 M...
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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!

 

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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 vo...
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