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Monthly archive: June 2019

Wednesday, learn to use 2FA token devices

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This Wednesday, June 26, the Somerville Crytoparty will talk about how to setup and use a 2FA token device, such as Yubikey. It will be at The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville and starts at 6pm. It generally ends between 8 and 9pm. The Sprouts is in the garage in the back at the end of the driveway and is a short walk from the Davis and Porter Sq. MBTA Red Line stops. If you want to help with future cryptoparties or just ask questions about how you can protect your privacy, join the cryptoparty mailing list or check out their website.

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Pirate News: Trump Talk & Local Government

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Quartermaster Joe talks with First Officer Steve and Activism Director Malt about what the Trump administration has been doing including: defying House subpoenas; * possible war with Iran; Mueller Report; election security; China trade standoff. First Officer Steve, a town meeting member in Arlington, talks about what is going in local government there. The crew talks about some problems with charter schools, running for office and an update on the national party.

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House votes for unconstitutional and warrantless surveillance

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The US House of Representatives voted against prohibiting the unconstitutional and warrantless surveillance of Americans as authorized by Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act in an amendment to a government spending bill. The vote was 175 to 253. Other amendments to limit the use of facial recognition technology by the federal government also failed. For the Massachusetts delegation, Representatives Clark, Kennedy, Lynch, McGovern, Neal and Pressley voted for our right to privacy. Keating and Trahan voted to continue unconstitutional and warrantless surveillance. Moulton abstained. While the fight in the House is likely over for now, we can still win in Massachusetts. We urge you to contact your representative and tell them to oppose facial recognition surveillance and other “at a distance” biometric tracking technology by supporting two bills: S.1385, 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 bills are supported by the ACLU and we will help with getting them passed in the Massachusetts General Court. Hearings are coming up and we need as many people as we can to speak in favor of S.1385 and H.1538. If you want to speak for these bills, start preparing your testimony now and email us so we can save a space for you at the hearing. Thanks!

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Holyoke Meetup Postponed

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Due to factors outside of our control, we have postponed the Holyoke Pirate Meetup we scheduled for June 22nd at the Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street. We do not yet have the new date, but will post it as soon as we have found another date. While we have a Facebook event we moved to a temporary date. 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 have the space from 11am to 4pm, so contact us with what times work best for you so we can narrow the time period.  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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Rally for Whistleblowers Today

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The Smedley Butler Brigade, Veterans for Peace, Boston and its allies are standing out on June 11 from 5 to 6 PM in Harvard Square, calling for freedom for heroic Wikileaks whistler-blower Chelsea Manning and for WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange not to be extradited to the US. Chelsea Manning, released when the grand jury that had demanded her testimony was closed, was called before another grand jury and jailed for refusing to participate with it.  The US Government has entered more charges against Julian Assange in order to have him extradited to the US. Reality Winner is still held for revealing US intelligence information on efforts by the Russian government to influence the US election. Trump expanded Obama’s attack on whistleblowers. We must support 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. Additionally, here are other ways you can support Chelsea Manning, Reality Winner, Wikileaks and Julian Assange: 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. Visit https://xychelsea.is/#support to find out how or consult the steps in this graphic: How to Support Reality Winner You can write letters of support to Reality Winner at: REALITY WINNER 22056-021FMC CARSWELL FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTERPO BOX 27137FORT WORTH, TX 76127 Do not mail anything of value, including money or stamps. Do not use an address label with her name on it when sending mail. All correspondence is reviewed by prison staff. She can receive books sent to her directly from Amazon.com. More information about communicating with Reality, including how to send her money for her prison commissary account. How to Support Wikileaks You can donate … Read more

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Standout for Reality Winner This Tuesday

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On Tuesday, June 4th, please join us for the standout for Reality Leigh Winner on the second anniversary of her imprisonment. From 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm we will meet in front of the Park Street MBTA Station on Boston Common. 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, with sharing a document about Russian interference with the 2016 election to The Intercept, an on-line news organization. We will join with Stand with Reality, Veterans for Peace, Courage to Resist, Code Pink, About Face, Roots Action, Freedom of the Press Foundation and many other organizations calling for a pardon for her. Trump expanded Obama’s attack on whistleblowers. We must support 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. Additionally, here are other ways you can support Chelsea Manning, Reality Winner, Wikileaks and Julian Assange: 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. Visit https://xychelsea.is/#support to find out how or consult the steps in this graphic: How to Support Reality Winner You can write letters of support to Reality Winner at: REALITY WINNER 22056-021FMC CARSWELL FEDERAL MEDICAL CENTERPO BOX 27137FORT WORTH, TX 76127 Do not mail anything of value, including money or stamps. Do not use an address label with her name on it when sending mail. All correspondence is reviewed by prison staff. She can receive books sent to her directly from Amazon.com. More information about communicating with Reality, including how to send her money for her prison commissary account. How to Support Wikileaks … Read more

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