The Massachusetts Pirate Party condemns in the strongest terms the Boston Police Department's decision to destroy the wheelchairs and medicine of Boston's homeless. Regardless of their excuses, this action was designed to scare people out of Boston and drive them to neighboring towns. This kind of violence only drives people further underground, leaving them more vulnerable to exploitation. In a state that purports to be as left-wing and progressive as Massachusetts, we do our populace a massive...
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Quartermaster Joseph is organizing a Pirate Picnic in the Lowell-area on August 24th starting at 1pm.  It will be at 35 Whitney Ave., Lowell, MA 01850. Email us at info@masspirates.org if you want to help or can bring food.

 

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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We are planing 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. We will be closing it soon. Thanks!

 

Our next tech meeting will be this Saturday, August 10th from 11am to 12:30pm. It will be in Arlington. Email us for the location and directions. While we will focus on updating the wiki to the latest wikimedia version, additional topics we want your help with include: find a discussion/voting system;update CCTV camera map data to include older cameras outside North America we didn't include;write an mobile app to record the location/ownership of CCTV ca...
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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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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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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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