Archive by month: July 2019

Captain James, Quartermaster Joe, First Officer Steve and Activism Director Sam have a free flowing discussion of the latest news including: Orlando police once again ditch Amazon’s facial recognition software Here's The Most Complete Map So Far Of Amazon's Ring Camera Surveillance Partnerships With Local PoliceEquifax Hack $700 million settlementFSB Contractor Hacked13 year old US citizen detained in ICE campHOUSING AFFORDABILITY: What Can Citizens and Municipalities Do?August 4th P...
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It is time to plan our party conference for late September or October. We want your feedback on how we should structure the next conference, when and where it should be, etc.  Please fill out our survey. Thanks!

 

Thanks to everyone who came out to lobby for RCV yesterday, to Voter Choice Massachusetts for organizing it and to Common Cause Massachusetts, MassVote, League of Women Voters Massachusetts and other groups for turning supporters out. It was awe inspiring to see so many Ranked Choice Voting supporters advocating for greater democracy in the State House. If you did not get a chance to lobby yesterday, please take a moment to look up your state representative and state senator and give them ...
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Captain James and Quartermaster Joseph talk about a Pirate foreign policy and nonintervention. Reminder that Voter Choice Massachusetts has an RCV lobby day today, July 16th, 11am - 2pm. We fully support their efforts to bring ranked choice voting/instant runoff voting to Massachusetts. We urge you to join them and other electoral reform advocates to lobby legislators to support RCV. They will meet on the State House steps at 24 Beacon St. starting at 10:15 to pass out t-shirts, sign...
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Voter Choice Massachusetts has an RCV lobby day this Tuesday, July 16th, 11am - 2pm. We fully support their efforts to bring ranked choice voting/instant runoff voting to Massachusetts. We urge you to join them and other electoral reform advocates to lobby legislators to support RCV. They will meet on the State House steps at 24 Beacon St. starting at 10:15 to pass out t-shirts, signs and stickers. They will take a group photo at 10:45am. Lobbying is from 11am to 2pm. The State House is a w...
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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. Here are 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-mannin...
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At the pirate planning picnic, Quartermaster Joe, Captain James, Swarmwise Director Christine and First Officer Steve talked about what democracy means to pirates and why we focus on it. We also talked about upcoming events and our weekly IRC meetings every Wednesday, 9-10pm. Sorry for the audio. We are working to improve it for the next gathering. If you want to help produce these videos, please email us.

 

ICE and the FBI are using state drivers license photos for facial recognition searches. A CBP vendor was hacked which exposed thousands of license plates and car passenger photos. Amazon keeps all Alexa voice recordings forever and they could be acquired by the government for a price. The use of facial and biometric recognition tech is out of control, but we have an opportunity to stop Massachusetts state and local governments from using it.  We need your help to get the ...
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A bill we support and helped H. 2119, is up for a hearing on Beacon Hill at 9am Thursday, July 11th, before the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. This bill would require approval by municipal elected officials before local law enforcement acquires "aircraft, including unmanned aerial vehicles, armored vehicles, bayonets, bombs, directed-energy weapons, grenade launchers, international mobile subscriber identity catchers", also known as stingrays, "launch vehicles, mines, m...
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From Chris Faraone and Jason Pramas of Dig Boston/Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism: There is a second hearing on the journalism commission bill this Wednesday, July 10 at 2pm at the State House in Hearing Room B1, and we encourage readers as well as media makers of all types to attend and/or testify themselves. You can also submit remotely (info below). The bill is An Act Establishing a Commission to Study Journalism in Underserved Communities (S.80/H.181, https://malegisl...
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