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Monthly archive: December 2018

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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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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