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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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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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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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Town Meetings are a common form of town legislature in New England, and they're also a working example of direct democracy. In this podcast, Steve Revilak talks about the ins and outs of Massachusetts town meetings. The first half covers town meeting as an institution, and the logistics of getting elected: pulling nomination papers, gathering signatures, and campaigning. The second half covers the mechanics of how town meetings are run: the moderator, the warrant, motions, substitute motions,...
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This podcast was recorded at True Progress, an Aaron James campaign event. True Progress took place at the Somerville Armory on August 30th, 2016. The program is 0:00 Intro 3:24: Bill Rifkin (President of MassCann), on Ballot Question 4, which would legalize marijuana in Massachusetts. 7:42: Catherine Rifkin (Director of MassCann), on marijuana criminalization and prohibition. 13:36: Steve Mandilli on the benefits of Medical Marijuana for disabled veterans 27:58: Lori (BSafe) Law Enfo...
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Maya Shaffer is a reporter for the Bay State Examiner, and someone who's used Massachusetts public records law enough to know it inside and out. This is a great talk, where Maya tells her stories of public records requesters in the state of Massachusetts. Highlights include, The time Maya made an in-person FOIA request to NEMLEC -- the Northeaster Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council. NEMLEC wasn't sure how to respond to an in-person request, so they called 911. An agency proposed a $...
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