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On January 21st, we will help Restore the 4th Massachusetts organize a lobby day for S.899 (An Act relative to forfeiture reform). We want you to join us and encourage others to support this important bill. Civil asset forfeiture laws harm our 4th Amendment right to be free of unreasonable seizures of our property. It is most often directed at poor people and people of color. While it is justified as a measure to fight crime, it really helps pad police budgets in a manner that is unaccou...
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We are helping Restore the 4th Massachusetts organize a lobby day for S.899 (An Act relative to forfeiture reform) and want you to join us. Civil asset forfeiture harms our 4th Amendment right to be free of unreasonable seizures of their property. It is most often directed at poor people and people of color. While it is justified as a measure to fight crime, it really helps pad police budgets in a manner that is unaccountable to elected oversight. The lobby day is Tuesday, January 21st,...
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Our next tech meeting is this Sunday, January 5th from 11am to 1:00pm. It will be at Diesel Cafe, 257 Elm St, Davis Sq., Somerville. We will work on our discussion/decision making system. You can also sign up to our mailing list for the tech committee at https://lists.mayfirst.org/mailman/listinfo/democracy_masspirates.org.

 

There is a No War in Iran protest today from 2pm to 4pm. It is outside the Massachusetts state house at 24 Beacon Street near the Park Street MBTA station in downtown Boston.  It is initiated by Codepink and the ANSWER Coalition and endorsed by Massachusetts Peace Action. We haven't endorsed it, but ending our forever wars is an issue we have long advocated. I hope some of you will join me. There is another protest outside the Rhode Island State House in Providence. It starts a...
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Our next tech meeting is this Sunday, December 8th from 11am to 1:00pm. It will be at Diesel Cafe in Davis Sq., Somerville.  We're working on: finding a discussion/voting system;finding a way to better stream audio and video from our events, especially via P2P tools;updating CCTV camera map data to include older cameras outside North America we didn't include;writing an mobile app to record the location/ownership of CCTV cameras;whatever else we think up. We are open to sug...
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We are advocating for a moratorium on the use of facial recognition technology in Massachusetts and the recent hearing at the state house demonstrated that there is a lot of support for it. However, efforts to adopt this technology by police often goes unnoticed or is hidden from public view.  Thankfully, MuckRock and Open the Government have setup a system to use FOIA requests to find out whether police are using facial recognition technology and how. Only four requests have been filed in M...
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Due to personal reasons, I canceled the Holyoke Pirate Meetup we scheduled for this Sunday, November 24th at the Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street. Hopefully, we will schedule another one in the Spring. If you want to help with an upcoming meetup or organize one in your region, send us an email.

 

This weekend's Boston Anarchist Bookfair will not be at Boston University. Instead, the schedule is: Booksellers and Vendor Tables, Saturday, November 9
The Democracy Center, 45 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA
Noon-6:00pm

Workshops, Sunday, November 10
Makeshift Boston, 549 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA
10:30am-6:00pm Space is limited at either location. Unfortunately we will not have a table with MassMesh on Saturday. We wish everyone at the book fair well and encour...
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The Holyoke Meetup will be Sunday, Nov. 24th, 11:00am-3:30pm at the Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke, MA 01040. We'll work on our platform and organizing in Western Massachusetts and teach attendees how to protect their privacy. Email us if you plan to attend or want to help.

 

City elections are this Tuesday. While we haven't endorsed any candidates, here are a few candidates we have worked with in the past who deserve your consideration: Cambridge Ilan Levy (https://www.vote1ilan.net/) is running for Cambridge City Council. He helped get MassMesh setup. He pledges to: Place people and environment before money.Demand accountability and transparency of elected officials, the City administration and its processes.Work to reinvent our local Democracy to better ...
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