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Monthly archive: November 2018

Pirate Podcasts — Episode 15: Mass Meshnet Progress

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William Fleurant reports on some of the recent work done by the Massachusetts Meshnet group. Will describes how the group provided wireless internet access to Boston’s 2018 Freedom Rally, using inexpensive off-the-shelf hardware and free software. 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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11/15 Stand out for Reality Winner

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Veterans for Peace is organizing a stand out on Thursday, November 15th to call for the pardon of imprisoned whistle-blower Reality Winner. It will be in Davis Square, Somerville, 5 PM – 6 PM. We support their effort and urge you to come out and support Reality Winner as well as signing the petition calling for her pardon.

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Thanks for voting for transgender equality

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Thanks to everyone who voted for Questions 1 and 3 and to the activists and volunteers who advocated for them. Question 3’s overwhelming victory demonstrated that the voters of Massachusetts support equality for our fellow transgender citizens and residents and have upheld our often proud history of supporting civil liberties. While Question 1 did not win, the corporatization of health care isn’t going away. We expect more fights to make our health care system provide quality health care to all Massachusetts residents. Thanks to the third-party candidates and to those who voted for them. We believe that voters need more choices on election day and are happy to see third-party candidates on the ballot. Not unexpectedly, many Massachusetts incumbents ran without challenge in the general election and the legislature is overwhelmingly Democratic.  At the national level, we again have divided government since the Democrats won control of the House of Representatives. Congratulations to Ayanna Pressley and Lori Trahan for their wins in the House of Representatives. It is good to see the Massachusetts House delegation grow more diverse. We hope that both show the same commitment to upholding our privacy that Representative Katherine Clark has. In Massachusetts and nationally, we expect more corporate friendly policies since many of our elected representatives listen to people with money more than the residents of their districts. We aren’t going away and are gearing up for the 2019 town and city elections. If you are interested in running, fill out our supporter/candidate form.  If you can help with our Dec. 16th vigil to end violence against sex workers, please email Desmond Ravenstone. Also, please sign our petition to Senators Warren and Markey to halt R 6729, which would allow warrantless searches of our bank accounts. Thanks!

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Vote Today

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Election day is today. Polling places are open until 8pm. You can find your polling place at WhereDoIVoteMA.com. If you believe you are registered, but you aren’t listed on the voter rolls, don’t walk away. The law says you can demand a provisional ballot and get a receipt. Follow up after the election to make sure they count it, but your vote cannot be counted if you didn’t cast it. When you vote, we ask you to vote yes on Questions 1 and 3 and support any third-party candidate you agree with. You can find out more about the ballot questions below. 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. On Question 2, we have not decided. Question 2 would create a citizens commission to advance an amendment to the United States Constitution to limit the influence of money in elections and establish that corporations do not have the same rights as human beings. We do not believe that corporations should have the same rights as individuals and I agree that we need to remove the … Read more

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Pirate Podcasts — Episode 14: Lightning talks from Piratecon 2018

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These are two lightning talks from the 2018 Massachusetts Pirate Party conference. (0:00) Joesph Oronoski talks about ways to serve your community, such as volunteering for civic organizations, serving on a committee, or running for office. (7:53) Steve Revilak talks about his work with the Surveillance Study Committee in Arlington Massachusetts. You can listen below, or download the podcast from the Internet Archive.

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New Pirate News: 2018 Elections

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Malt and James talk about the 2018 elections, especially Questions 1 and 3, which the Pirate Party supports. Vote this Tuesday, Nov. 6. Polls open 7am to 8pm. Links we talked about: Voting: Voting absentee (application due by noon Monday, 11/5) Request an absentee ballot form Find where you vote (enter the address where you are registered) Find your voter registration status Pirate Party info: More about the ballot questions Nov. 17/18 Boston Anarchist Bookfair, Boston University’s George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave Boston Dec 16th Vigil to End Violence Against Sex Workers Ask Senators Warren and Markey to stop HR 6729: Prevent warrantless searches of our bank accounts Desmond Ravenstone’s Party Conference talk on the history of sex workers and sex worker rights

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Sign our petition to prevent warrantless searches of our bank accounts

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HR 6729, which would allow warrantless searches of our bank accounts, has not advanced from the Senate’s Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs committee. Senator Warren is on that committee. We started a petition to urge Senators Warren and Markey to put a hold on HR 6729. The more people who sign it, the greater effect it will have on Senators Warren and Markey. Please sign it and tell others about it. Thanks!

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Early voting ends today. Election day is four days away

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Early voting concludes today.  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. To find out more about all three ballot questions or express your opinion on Question 2, please visit our blog post on them. 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.

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Vigil to End Violence Against Sex Workers 12/16/2018 – Update

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Some important updates regarding the vigil on December 16th, in conjunction with the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers: The Harvard Law School’s Sex Worker Advocacy Network, which has been doing research on a possible lawsuit, has joined us as a co-sponsor. We welcome the folks at HLS SWAN, and look forward to seeing more groups and individuals get on board! The location for the event will be Boston Police Headquarters at One Schroeder Plaza in Roxbury. This location was chosen to emphasize the role of criminalization and policing in fueling the harms that sex workers continually face. The headquarters is between the Roxbury Crossing and Ruggles stops on the MBTA Orange line, and a short walk from either. The Mass Pirate Party will be holding events to publicize the vigil and raise money for supplies. Stay tuned for more info. For more info, or to volunteer, email Desmond Ravenstone.

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