Thankfully, we haven't seen any advance in the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act) since the Senate Judiciary Committee voted it out of committee. The House version is still being considered by the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. This bill would create within the Copyright Office a Copyright Claims Board which would have the ability to hear claims of copyright infringement and award damages up to $30,000. B...
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The for-profit prison industry lies at the heart of all the problems plaguing our society. With a financial incentive to criminalize their populace, a government enacts harsher laws, instructs police to gather up "undesirables," and makes felons of the working class. As long as the rich can profit from your arrest, there will be no social progress, no increase in freedom, no reprieve from police brutality until we put an end to this. If you can, it is vitally important that you come to Boston o...
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On July 18th, the Senate Judiciary Committee marked up and voted out of committee the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act). This bill would create within the Copyright Office a Copyright Claims Board which would have the ability to hear claims of copyright infringement and award damages up to $30,000. This law is supposed to be an easier way for photographers and other artists to gain recompense when they claim their copyrights were infringed. However, ...
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If you’re upset about the forced internment of children, you’ll probably be upset to learn that the monsters who profit from these crimes are coming to Boston August 1-6. A coalition of community groups are arranging a series of actions to let these monsters know how we feel about them. If you’d like to take part, NoMoreCages has arranged a phone zap tomorrow to convince area hotels not to work with the American Correctional Association. Read more about them here. Register here&nbs...
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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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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.

 

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