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Monthly archive: April 2019

Worcester Pirate Meetup this Sunday

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The Worcester Pirate Meetup is this Sunday, April 28th, 4:30-7:30pm. It will be at the Worcshop, rear entrance, 1168, 233 Stafford St, Worcester. Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/334145973960287/ The Somerville Pirate Meetup will be Saturday, May 18th, 10:30am-1:45pm. It will be at the Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave. The Holyoke Pirate Meetup will be June 22nd at the Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street. It will be in the Board Room. We have the space from 11am to 4pm, so contact us with what times work best for you so we can narrow the time period.  Though if there is interest, we could use the whole time to talk about our platform, teach people how to run for office and how to protect their privacy. At both events we will discuss our plans for 2019, work on our platform for the 2020 elections and teach people how to run for office and protect their privacy. We will have to pay to rent the Worcshop, so if you are able to help defray that cost, we would appreciate your donation. The notes from the Boston Pirate Meetup are up at our wiki page for the meetup.  The platform discussion built on our 2018 party conference platform discussion. If you want to help with an upcoming meetup or organize one in your region, send us an email.

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Free Chelsea Manning Stand-Out, Thursday

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There is a Free Chelsea Manning Stand-Out this Thursday, April 25th 5:30 -7 PM at Copley Square, Boston. Parking is expensive, so take the MBTA to the Copley Square Green Line stop. We expect this protest to be in the open area near Trinity Church.  The event also calls for stopping the extradition proceedings against Julian Assange, pardoning Reality Leigh Winner and pardoning American Indian Movement Leader Leonard Peltier.  We posted other ways you can help Manning, Winner and Assange. Thanks to Roger Jones for his Creative Commons image of Chelsea Manning.

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Congratulations to Stop & Shop Workers!

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Congratulations to the Stop & Shop workers for their successful strike: BREAKING UPDATE: minutes ago, UFCW reached a Tentative Agreement w Stop & Shop. Members have yet to vote on whether to accept, and end the strike. In the meantime, while we wait for the vote to be scheduled over the next couple days, we will return to work tomorrow– [1/2]— Support Stop & Shop Workers (@StopDontShop) April 22, 2019 We voted to fully support the Stop and Shop workers of the United Food and Commercial Workers union who struck for pensions, healthcare and better wages. Pirates don’t cross picket lines: Stop & Shop Workers Walk Out at 1 PM on April 11! From @MassJwJ https://t.co/4t08cWmZuu— Mass. Pirate Party (@masspirates) April 11, 2019 We hope this deal is accepted by the workers of Stop & Shop, but if they decide the deal isn’t acceptable, we will stand with them.

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Whistleblowers need our support!

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Chelsea Manning, Reality Winner and Julian Assange are being held for their efforts to reveal information the United States government wanted to keep secret. Manning and Winner are already in US custody and the Trump administration is trying to extradite Assange to the US for trial. Winner was convicted of revealing US intelligence information on efforts by the Russian government to influence the US election. Manning is in jail for refusing to participate in a grand jury investigating Wikileaks releases prior to 2016 and for which the statute of limitations will end soon. The US government is trying to extradite Assange due to Wikileaks’ release of such documents as the Collateral Murder video of a US AH-64 helicopter firing on civilians during the Iraq war and US government Iraq and Afghanistan war reports. The Trump administration has demonstrated that it does not support government transparency and has no love of the press revealing government secrets that people in the US, and even the world, have a right to know. The US involvement in Ecuador’s revocation of asylum for Assange and arrest by the United Kingdom were done to silence a critic of US government policy. Should the US government win a case against Assange, any one involved in Wikileaks as well as all US news companies, already concentrated in an increasingly smaller number of entertainment conglomerates, will be on notice that they could be next unless they parrot the government’s viewpoint. We must support these defenders of free speech and government transparency. To fail to do so now will embolden those who would limit our First Amendment right to know what our government does in our name. How to Support Chelsea Manning Chelsea needs donations for her legal defense. You can donate at https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/chelsea-manning-needs-legal-funds-to-resist-a-grand-jury-subpoena. She also needs letters of support. … Read more

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Tech Meetup Saturday

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Our next tech meeting will be this Saturday, April 13th from 11am to 1pm. It will be at 25 Moore St., Somerville, which is less than 10 minute walk from the Davis Sq. MBTA Red line stop. Call 617-447-0210 if you need directions. You can also sign up to our Tech mailing list if you want to help outside of the meeting.

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Pirate Council Nominations Close Today

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We are electing of our Pirate Council this month. Positions include Captain, First Officer, Quartermaster, PR/Media Director, Activism Director, Swarmwise Director, Web/Info Director, three Arbitrators and two representatives to the US Pirate Party. The election schedule is: Nominations due Today, Monday, April 8th Ballots sent out by Friday, April 12th Ballots due back for vote counting by Tuesday, April 23rd We will use the same voting mechanism we used in our previous election. Voters will be emailed a randomly generated id that only the voter will know. Once the election is done, we will delete the ids. In this way, we can ensure that only supporters can vote, while also maintaining the secrecy of votes. If you are interested in throwing your hat in for any of these positions, please sign up.

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Pirate Council Nominations Close Monday

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We are electing of our Pirate Council this month. Positions include Captain, First Officer, Quartermaster, PR/Media Director, Activism Director, Swarmwise Director, Web/Info Director, three Arbitrators and two representatives to the US Pirate Party. The election schedule is: Nominations due this Monday, April 8th Ballots sent out by Friday, April 12th Ballots due back for vote counting by Tuesday, April 23rd We will use the same voting mechanism we used in our previous election. Voters will be emailed a randomly generated id that only the voter will know. Once the election is done, we will delete the ids. In this way, we can ensure that only supporters can vote, while also maintaining the secrecy of votes. If you are interested in throwing your hat in for any of these positions, please sign up.

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Boston Sex Worker Arrest Boston Moratorium Reaches 150 signatures

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Sex workers cannot turn to police if threatened or attacked. We created a petition to tell Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross to implement a moratorium on arrests of Boston sex workers. We have 150 signatures and would appreciate your signature and your help in sharing it. Thanks!

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We support Mass. bills limiting biometric tracking tech

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At our March 13th, 2019 IRC meeting, we endorsed two bills meant to limit face surveillance and other “at a distance” biometric tracking technology: SD.671, sponsored by Senator Creem H.1538, sponsored by Rep. Rogers Both bills contain a ban on biometric surveillance technology without passing a bill to authorize it: “Absent express statutory authorization, it shall be unlawful for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or any Massachusetts government official to acquire, possess, access, or use any biometric surveillance system, or acquire, possess, access, or use information derived from a biometric surveillance system operated by another entity.” Both are supported by the ACLU and we will help with getting them passed in the Massachusetts General Court.

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Affirming Individual Autonomy

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At our January 23rd, 2019 IRC meeting we agreed to add a section on Affirming Individual Autonomy to Our Issues blog page. It reads: Democracy can only be sustained when individuals are able to exercise autonomy over their own lives and bodies to assure their well-being and happiness, while respecting the autonomy of other individuals. We call for fully participatory political and social systems, vastly more equitable access to resources, and minimal intrusion by government, corporate and other private interests into the lives of individuals.

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