Archive by month: June 2019

Yesterday, in an 11-0 vote, the Somerville City Council voted to ban the city from using facial recognition technology. It is the second city to do so, after San Francisco, and the first city outside of California. Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, who has stated he supports it, is expected to sign it. 👤Somerville’s #FacialRecognitionBan PASSES unanimously!👤

Thank you to everyone who has worked to hard to bring us to this moment ✊️— Ben Ewen-Campen (@BenForWard3) June...
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Captain James and Quartermaster talk about surveillance in the USA and two bills (S.1385 and H.1538) that we support which would ban facial recognition tech in Massachusetts' state and local government. They also talk about our upcoming Pirate Planning Picnic and helping Chelsea Manning, Reality Winner and Julian Assange and why supporting them supports free speech. More info on S.1385 and H.1538;Sign up to be a volunteer and get a notification when the upcoming Pirate Planning Picnic w...
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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 t...
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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.


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. Keatin...
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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, s...
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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 ...
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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 org...
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