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Steve Revilak discusses Arlington, MA's Paper Wall - zoning regulations that limit the supply of new housing (and multi-family housing in particular) in Arlington, and also contribute to higher housing costs. As someone who was involved with a recent zoning bylaw update, Mr. Revilak is able to share anecdotes about how these restrictions came into place. This talk was recorded at an event called The State of Zoning for Multi-Family Housing in Greater Boston, held in Medford MA on July 25th,...
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In this podcast, Aaron James, Adam Friedman, and Joseph Onoroski talk about electoral action. Aaron James was the Pirate Party candidate for 27th Middlesex State Representative in 2016. Adam Friedman the Executive Director of Voter Choice Massachusetts, a movement of volunteers dedicated to educating the public about Ranked Choice Voting. Joseph Onoroski is a member of the Massachusetts Pirate Party. The panel covers topics such as the will of the people vs. the will of the legislato...
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William Fleurant reports on some of the recent work done by the Massachusetts Meshnet group. Will describes how the group provided wireless internet access to Boston's 2018 Freedom Rally, using inexpensive off-the-shelf hardware and free software. This talk was recorded during the Massachusetts Pirate Party's annual conference, on September 29, 2018. You can listen below, or download the podcast from the Internet Archive.


These are two lightning talks from the 2018 Massachusetts Pirate Party conference. (0:00) Joesph Oronoski talks about ways to serve your community, such as volunteering for civic organizations, serving on a committee, or running for office. (7:53) Steve Revilak talks about his work with the Surveillance Study Committee in Arlington Massachusetts. You can listen below, or download the podcast from the Internet Archive.


Longtime activist and educator Desmond Ravenstone presents a talk about sex worker rights. He covers the history of bordellos and how they were integral parts of the community in 19th century America, the different legal models in which sex work currently takes place, the social costs of criminalization, and various attempts to conflate sex work with human trafficking. Desmond makes a strong case for harm reduction, and full decriminalization of sex work. This talk was recorded during the M...
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Gathering information through FOIA or public records requests can be a long-term endeavor. I made a privacy act request to the NSA back in October 2013, shortly after the Guardian revealed that the NSA had been collecting telephony metadata from Verizon customers. I happened to be a Verizon customer at the time, so I asked the NSA for a copy of my telephony metadata, via a Privacy Act Request. The NSA responded as follows FOIA Case: 75473 21 November 2013 Dear Mr. Revilak: T...
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This panel was recorded during the Pirate Party conference on April 29, 2017. It features two speakers: Kendra Moyer and Wendy Joy Welsh. Kendra joins us via video link from Detroit, MI, to present the American Library Association's CRAAP method for evaluating sources. CRAAP stands for Currency (the timeliness of information), Relevance (how information relates to a given topic or question), Authority (who is the source, and what are their credentials), Accuracy (reliability, truthfulness, a...
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Back in 2014, I wrote a blog post about my FOIA request for the CIA's intranet home page Intranet home pages are a prominent part of large organizations; people who work there are likely look at the intranet a couple of times a week -- even if only to see what the cafeteria is serving for lunch. I filed this request because I was curious about what the average CIA employee saw after logging into their computer and firing up a web browser. The CIA denied my request in full, which isn't terribly ...
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Terra Friedrichs is a former selectman from Acton, Massachusetts. She talks about her experience on the board, using a town's permitting authority as a negotiating tool, municipal rights, the importance of doing your homework, and not being afraid to put corporations on the spot. Terra also talks about her no-money campaign for the Massachusetts state senate in 2016, and the difference between big P and little p progressives. This talk was recorded at the Democracy Center in Cambridge Massac...
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James O'Keefe is the Captain of the Massachusetts Pirate Party, and a former Green Party candidate for Massachusetts Treasurer. In this podcast, James talks about organizing campaign for local and state offices, with an emphasis on running local. Topics include building a network of supporters, developing a core message, campaign logistics, fundraising and planning finances, the importance of communicating with your supporters, and organizing get out the vote efforts. James's talk was recor...
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