August 29th, 2017 IRC Meeting
- 1 Review
- 2 Decisions/Endorsements
- 3 Projects
- 4 Other To Dos
- 5 Upcoming Events
- 6 Participants
- 7 Summary
- 8 Minutes
8/26 Pirate Picnic
- What went well?
- What didn't?
- What do we need to make it better?
- Next one?
Freedom Rally Planning
Planning doc: https://piratenpad.de/p/FreedomRally2017
Planning for 2018 Elections
Other To Dos
S.1241 - Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017
Approved our opposition to S.1241. Need statement (Joe)
Worcester farm group is interested in having some FOSS tutorials. Perhaps:
- how to do basic labels in GIMP,
- work through a few sample spreadsheets related to seed cost and
- similarly applicable real-world situations, depending on the needs of the group
Basically how to do graph design & product management with open source tools. Malt will put together a one paragraph description of what we need and we can mail it out to ask pirates to help.
- Review regular IRC meeting day. Poll sent to email list - Sent (jokeefe)
- email Loomio invite to supporters (jokeefe)
- set up torrents for PirateCon videos (creynolds)
- post remaining audio for PirateCon talks (srevilak)
- finish setup of myBB (jokeefe)
- install mattermost as slack alternative (jokeefe)
Mayfirst is looking at setting up a Discourse instance we could use.
- 8/26, noon-3:30pm, Pirate Picnic/Surveillance Camera Mapping Outing, Boston Common, Boston
- 8/30, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville
- 9/15-17, Freedom Rally, Sign Up Form
- 9/19, International Talk Like a Pirate Day
- 9/27, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville
- 10/4, Wikileaks' 10th Birthday Party
- 10/25, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville
- 11/4, 11am-2pm, South Boston Cryptoparty, South Boston BPL Branch, 646 East Broadway
- 11/8, City Election Day
- 11/11-12, Boston Anarchist Bookfair, Boston University George Sherman Union
- 11/29, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville
- 12/17, Chelsea Manning's Birthday
- 12/27, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, The Sprouts, 339R Summer Street, Somerville
See: 2017 calendar
- jokeefe: James O’Keefe, Somerville
- Joe: Joseph Onoroski, Lowell MA
- Malt/Malt_: Sam Capradae, Worcester MA
- admech: Matt Fealy, Boston
45,000+ attended. Festive environment. Handing out cookies and flyers went well. More in the minutes.
8/19 Pirate Picnic
Went through the Planning Pad and updated it. Will ask attendees to also sign up for things. Possible idea of either selling brownies or taking up a collection.
Updated the Planning Pad. Will email list asking more people to sign up for things.
Joe suggested a number of ideas:
- Auction: Have people put up things to auction via secure auction site.
- Drives such as can drives or door to door drives
- Could work well for candidates
Malt will pull together some possible future events and send it to the list.
[20:48] == Joe [email@example.com] has joined #masspirates [20:56] == Malt [firstname.lastname@example.org] has joined #masspirates [20:57] <Malt> evening! [20:57] <Joe> Ahoy my friend [21:00] <Joe> Shall we wait? [21:00] <Malt> Sure [21:04] <Joe> I just received word from our Capt'n. He will not be able to make it. [21:04] <Malt> phooey! [21:04] <Joe> Let me pull up the meeting notes. [21:07] <Joe> https://masspirates.org/wiki/August_29th,_2017_IRC_Meeting [21:07] <papegaai> Title: August 29th, 2017 IRC Meeting - Mass Pirate Wiki (at masspirates.org) [21:07] <Malt> I didn't feel like putting them up on the agenda but I mailed out a list of possible events that we could consider [21:07] <Joe> Ok [21:08] <Joe> Lets do the review first, if that's ok [21:08] <Joe> 8/26 Pirate Picnic [21:08] <Joe> What went well [21:09] <Joe> The cookies and flyers. [21:09] <Joe> I think [21:09] <Malt> yeah [21:09] <Malt> I was a little surprised at how far my group had to trek to get to the location [21:09] <Joe> We got a lot of attention but not as much as I was hoping for. [21:10] <Malt> i had assumed we would have been closer, and i feel foolish not figuring out vespucci ahead of time [21:11] <Joe> I love the fact that we had food for us, but unfortunately I don't feel the cost to interest ratio was quite where we wanted it. I think the cookies would have been enough. [21:11] <Malt> sandwiches are a task-intensive meal [21:11] <Malt> relative to salads and pie [21:11] <Malt> and cookies, yes [21:11] <Joe> We need something to catch people attention as well. Things that would get them interested in what we are doing. [21:12] <Joe> I think we should get someone(not me) dressed up in cosplay or the like. Something fun and interesting. [21:13] <Malt> flags are always fun [21:13] <Joe> If we do another picnic, perhaps something that was pre-made that we can sell for money for the party it [21:13] <Joe> itself [21:13] <Joe> true, flags are fun. [21:14] <Joe> We also had a troll sit and argue with us for quite awhile, which I think took away from the event. [21:14] <Malt> the russian woman? what was up with that? [21:15] <Malt> oh also, selling something on the common might run afoul of park rules [21:15] <Joe> She was one of the organizers for the free speech thing. [21:16] <Joe> We would have to get the proper permission. [21:16] <Malt> ah okay [21:16] <Malt> so, garrett sent one of his friends to fuck with us [21:16] <Malt> grand [21:17] <Joe> Well, that is a good sign actually, that means we are getting noticed at least [21:17] <Joe> The more we clash against the other side and keep a clear and cool head, the better we will be [21:17] <Malt> i think he's just bitter we kicked him out [21:18] <Joe> Maybe, but I'm ok with it if we get proper attention, but from what I saw I did not get the impression. [21:18] <Joe> Another thing we can do is have a fund raising dinner. [21:19] <Joe> Holding an event in the park to sell tickets for the dinner may actually work out really nice. [21:19] <Malt> yeah [21:19] <Malt> good point [21:19] <Malt> it's smart to have events leading into other events [21:20] <Joe> As far as the picnic, I would have to say we should probably focus on smaller areas as well, so we don't get too spread out. [21:21] <Joe> You agree or disagree with that? [21:21] <Malt> agreed! [21:22] == admech [email@example.com] has joined #masspirates [21:22] <Joe> I am going to request that we put the next picnic to a vote at the next meeting for new dates in time. [21:23] <Joe> Ahoy admech! [21:23] <Malt> welcome Admech [21:23] <Malt> yeah [21:23] <admech> Ahoy all. Sorry I'm late. [21:23] <Malt> no worries [21:23] <Joe> lolz, forgot to do ids [21:23] <Joe> no worries [21:24] <Joe> Joe, Lowell [21:24] <admech> Matt Fealy, Boston [21:25] <Joe> Anything to add Admech before we continue? [21:25] <admech> No. [21:25] <Malt> Sam, Worcester [21:26] <Joe> ok, so we just finished the review of the picnic with a request for a vote next week. Any thoughts you would like to add? [21:27] <Joe> The vote being on the next picnic's date/time [21:27] <admech> I'm going to trust you've covered it, and I'll email out anything after I read the notes [21:28] <Joe> ok, thank you! [21:28] <admech> For next year, or another mapping event soon? [21:29] <Joe> or picnic to just spread the word. [21:30] <Joe> There are no decisions/endorsements so lets move right to Projects [21:30] <Joe> https://piratenpad.de/p/FreedomRally2017 [21:31] <Malt> i got the map! [21:31] <Malt> er [21:31] <Malt> tent [21:31] <Malt> it's a little dusty but it seems in good repair [21:31] <Joe> Very nice [21:32] <Malt> msg Joe there's a hookah bar and tea shop art house for sale in Worcester, ever heard of Spiritual Haze? [21:32] <Joe> I have spoken with Tom about the generator. It seems that gas powered are not allowed. Only Diesel, electric(batteries) or propane are permitted. [21:32] <Malt> pfft whoops [21:32] <Joe> lol [21:33] <Joe> you can email/text/phone me any time Malt <3 [21:33] <Malt> so, for freedom rally, did we want to focus on educating people about the changes to the legalization? [21:34] <Joe> I am sure there will be plenty on that front [21:34] <Joe> I think we should continue to focus on the issues we fight for and our differentials. [21:34] <admech> Yeah, and there's a nice tie-in to our general electoral/reform goals, given that FOUR LEGISLATORS altered the results of a statewide ballot question. [21:35] <Malt> i mean, how beacon hill just neutered the proposition that was passed [21:35] <Joe> Why us over a lib or a dem, etc. [21:35] <Malt> yeah, we should figure out if there are any recall efforts we could boost [21:35] <Malt> or petitions to overturn [21:36] <admech> It's also a good springboard into: 1. why representation matters 2. how to follow bills 3. what we stand for [21:36] <Malt> weeee could have scripts for a phone bank [21:36] <Malt> OH [21:37] <Malt> if we figured out generators, we could have a bunch of phone chargers [21:37] <Joe> Well, this would be a really good time to promote any and all events we are doing as well as get some fund raising activities going. I recommend having a few fund raisers planned before the rally so that we can get more momentum. [21:37] <Malt> let people call or email in support of legalization while charging [21:37] <admech> Joe: what do we plan to spend money on in the next year? [21:38] <Joe> Even though we will be there to support the legalization, that is not the only issues we fight for and I would be hesitate to focus only on that. We should use it to engage people but honestly I would let the conversation go where it does. [21:39] <Malt> having an action people can take goes a huuuuge way towards building group identity [21:39] <Joe> The actual plan for money to be spent is for campaigns and more events. [21:39] <admech> Malt: I like it, but might be complicated without a generator. At the very least: help people find their legislators, maybe introduce MyLegislator, have a list of related votes. [21:40] <admech> *MyLegislature. If you haven't seen it, https://malegislature.gov/MyLegislature [21:40] <Joe> There is a limit to how much any one person can raise so we have to be consistent for future goals we have yet to come up with. [21:41] <Joe> Let me worry about the generator, I already have a few picked out [21:42] <admech> Awesome. Thanks. [21:42] <Joe> Besides, I already run a forge with propane anyways so the generator will be of that type. [21:42] <Joe> A full take = 9 hours of run time. [21:43] <Joe> take - tank [21:44] <Joe> For the Rally, are there specific messages we would want to put through? [21:44] <Malt> i think we should find specific legislation about legalization we can back [21:44] <Malt> and get folks to call, text, or e-mail about that [21:45] <Malt> i think having a few charging ports would get us a looooot of foot traffic [21:45] <admech> As above: democracy is broken in this state, here's how you follow bills, here's your legislators and how to contact them, it matters!, here's our roadmap to making things better [21:45] <Malt> ^^agreed [21:46] <Joe> May one of you look in to this? I have the fund raising and bill on my plate atm. [21:46] <admech> I'll look into upcoming bills. I assume other orgs (MassCann? NORML?) have covered details of current law better. [21:46] <Malt> i was thinking the same [21:46] <Joe> Thank you [21:47] <admech> I'll also put together a quick intro to the tools I mentioned. [21:47] <Joe> The last item is Planning for 2018. Are any of us running this year? [21:47] <Malt> not i [21:48] <Joe> Any talking points we have will be good points for the rally. [21:48] <admech> Not me, and definitely not in Boston. [21:48] <Malt> yeah, tbh, the specific legislation doesn't matter as much as having something people can do to join the group [21:48] <Joe> As well as future events and activities. [21:48] <admech> Agreed. Let's try to turn conversations into list signups if at all possible. [21:49] <Joe> I also plan to bring lanyards to hand out if I can. We could get our main party page printed on them. [21:50] <admech> Especially, I'm not sure how much I can be there, so please, please point Boston residents to my contact info and/or @boston_pirates. I need help. [21:50] <Joe> I would like to help with a campaign this year if possible so I can be even more ready for my own in 2019 [21:50] <Malt> masscann has lobby materials available on website http://masscann.org/activism-helps/yeson4/join-us-for-lobby-da/ [21:50] <papegaai> Title: Lobby Day Materials | MassCann/NORML (at masscann.org) [21:51] <Joe> I know I will be staffing the table that first day and a good chunk at the end of the event. [21:51] <Malt> joe- we could reach out to Run For Something to find people to support [21:51] <admech> Honestly, my impression is that we need *members* before we need candidates. [21:52] <Joe> Ok, that would be amazing. Maybe I can troll a republican or something ^.^ [21:52] <Malt> not quite like that [21:52] <Malt> yeah, let's focus on capacity building [21:52] <admech> But I've been working on a non-Pirate campaign, partly, to build skills. [21:52] <Malt> we ought to reach out to the groups we met at saturday's rally to invite them to the crypto party [21:52] <Joe> it's the chicken or the egg really [21:54] <Joe> Still need to do that bill. Sorry I have been slacking on it. [21:54] <admech> A reprise of the E5 infosec for the left/organizers event, especially out towards you folks, might be useful. [21:54] <Joe> May you please send the info for that to the activist list? [21:55] <admech> Also, we have 5 minutes. Anything to cover quickly? [21:55] <Malt> in response to the worcester group, i haven't made any progress setting anything up [21:55] <Joe> I think we made it through all the of material. Shall we adjourn? [21:55] <Malt> but i think i want to focus on an issue in employment law, employees hired as contractors [21:56] <Malt> 1099 versus w2 contracts, massachusetts has really strong worker protections that aren't enforced [21:56] <Joe> Esp with phone apps [21:56] <Malt> yyyyyyyyyyep [21:56] <Malt> it's huge [21:56] <Joe> Such as Uber and Task Rabbit [21:57] <Joe> We could get union support if we start taking on those issues too. [21:57] <Malt> the IRS has a form employees can fill out to request them to re-evaluiate their employment clasification [21:57] <Malt> if we could convince a decent percentage of workers to file, it would cause haaaaaaavok [21:57] <Malt> it's bitten my ass personally so this is what i've been working on the past few days [21:57] <admech> one way or another... [21:58] <Joe> Adjourn? [21:58] <Malt> seconded [21:58] <admech> Agreed. [21:58] <Joe> All in favor? [21:58] <Joe> Aye [21:58] <admech> Aye [21:59] <Malt> night! [21:59] <Joe> Thank you guys! [21:59] <admech> Goodnight all. [21:59] <Joe> I'll email a copy to Jamie so we can get the night recorded.