December 2nd, 2020 IRC Meeting

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Police Reform Law


Suggest we urge people to contact Baker about supporting it. Doesn't go far enough, but has some important improvements.


Goals for Q4 2021:

  • Organize meetups
  • Revise platform
  • Organize Fundraiser
  • Organize candidate trainings

Video Newsletter/Podcast

Leader: Joseph

  • Next pirate news recording scheduled for Sunday, 7pm unless changed

Democracy and Dogfood (Tech)

Next meeting is Dec 12, 11am-1pm on-line

Surveillance Mapping

  • Come up with a how to instructions
    • Paper - done
    • iPhone - done
    • Android
  • Come up with how to videos

Regional Meetings/Events

In-person events, including outdoor events, on hold until COVID-19 numbers go down.

Leader: jokeefe


Boston Pride Festival

  • table booked
  • setup signup sheet
  • Announce
  • Need to purchase insurance
  • Need volunteer sign up form
  • Tie to an activity, mapping the CCTV cameras in Boston or along the Pride parade route?


  • Free the Moderna Vaccine
    • Planning new event



  • EARN IT Act
  • PATRIOT Act renewal


  • Legislature extended session
  • Push to get Right to Repair bill to a vote.
  • Some of facial recognition moratorium is in the police reform bill

Computer donations

Platform Discussion

Moved to 2020 Platform Discussion

Other To Do

  • Application to PPI
  • Post statement on Suit
  • Post statement on our opposition to S.4051 - Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act.

Tabled Projects

FOSS Tutorials

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.

Upcoming Events

  • Every Tuesday, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting, on-line
  • Sat., 12/12, 11am-1pm, 'Democracy Meeting, on-line


  • jokeefe: James O’Keefe, Somerville
  • Malt: Sam capradae Worcester


  • ChanServ
  • davidd
  • hvxgr
  • Deffy
  • mikey
  • slerman


Will email supporters and post email urging pirates to contact Gov. Baker to sign the police reform bill. Malt will write draft text. jokeefe will get it out.

Pirate News recording/live stream will be at its regular time on Sunday evening.

Democracy and Dogfood (Tech) - Next meeting is Dec 12, 11am-1pm on-line

Need to set date for platform discussion. jokeefe will activist list.



[9:01pm] jokeefe: Agenda:,_2020_IRC_Meeting
[9:01pm] jokeefe: ids
[9:01pm] jokeefe: anything to add?
[9:01pm] jokeefe: Joe and Steve won’t be here
[9:01pm] Malt: Nyet
[9:02pm] jokeefe: James O’Keefe, Somerville
[9:02pm] Malt: You got the police reform bill on there
[9:02pm] Malt: Sam capradae Worcester
[9:02pm] jokeefe: yep
[9:03pm] jokeefe: Police Reform Law
[9:03pm] Malt: I'm impressed it's made it past house and senate
[9:03pm] jokeefe: WBUR has a summary:
[9:03pm] Malt: It was 14 short of veto proof
[9:04pm] jokeefe: Besides most of a ban on facial recognition, it also restricts no knock warrants.
[9:04pm] jokeefe: And: Law enforcement officers who have sex with or indecently assault a person in custody can be charged with rape or indecent assault and battery.
[9:05pm] Malt left the chat room. (Quit:
[9:05pm] Malt joined the chat room.
[9:05pm] jokeefe: And: records on police misconduct investigations are subject to the public records law
[9:06pm] Malt: Shocked it wasn't already
[9:06pm] jokeefe: no requirement that schools have School Resource Officers
[9:06pm] jokeefe: bill bans chokeholds entirely, restricts officers from firing into a fleeing motor vehicle unless there’s a risk of imminent harm and creates rules around the use of tear gas, dogs or rubber bullets
[9:07pm] jokeefe: So likely doesn’t go far enough, but these are important changes
[9:07pm] Malt: It's better than what we have
[9:07pm] Malt: Have the unions weighed in?
[9:07pm] jokeefe: Shall we urge our supporters to call Gov. Baker and tell him to support it?
[9:08pm] jokeefe: Police unions are opposed
[9:08pm] Malt: Yes let's
[9:08pm] jokeefe: Some of the issues it didn’t cover
[9:08pm] Malt: I'll make the draft
[9:09pm] jokeefe: Thanks!
[9:09pm] Malt: It's an exciting development
[9:10pm] jokeefe: I will send it out in the morning and post about it.
[9:11pm] Malt: Siiiiick
[9:11pm] jokeefe: Video Newsletter/Podcast still set for Sunday evening. Assemble at 7pm
[9:12pm] Malt: I think I will be will occupied
[9:12pm] jokeefe: Still good for you?
[9:12pm] Malt: I've got a thing at 5 I expect to run long
[9:13pm] Malt: I'll let you know if I'm around
[9:13pm] jokeefe: If it ends early, hope you aren’t too tired to join
[9:13pm] Malt: But probably safe not to expect me
[9:13pm] jokeefe: ok
[9:13pm] jokeefe: Democracy and Dogfood (Tech) - Next meeting is Dec 12, 11am-1pm on-line
[9:13pm] Malt: Fun!
[9:13pm] jokeefe: Emailed democracy list. Will post about it and include in the email.
[9:15pm] Malt: That's about all I got
[9:16pm] Malt: No luck finding candidates
[9:16pm] Malt: I'm glad trump is giving in
[9:16pm] jokeefe: Platform Discussion - Need to setup a regular time to meet. Any times better for you?
[9:17pm] jokeefe: He wants to run in 2024. Ugh.
[9:17pm] Malt: Monday 9 to 10?
[9:17pm] Malt: He says, anyway
[9:17pm] Malt: Maybe he'll be in jail
[9:18pm] jokeefe: That would be a first, I think.
[9:18pm] Malt: Pray for a kwanzaa miracle
[9:19pm] jokeefe: Aye
[9:19pm] jokeefe: That is all I have. Still recovering from the holiday.
[9:20pm] Malt: Captain dan the pirate rapper dropped a new album
[9:20pm] Malt: Shall we adjourn?
[9:21pm] jokeefe: cool
[9:21pm] jokeefe: got a link?
[9:21pm] Malt:
[9:22pm] Malt: Old goons from SA history
[9:22pm] jokeefe: cool
[9:22pm] jokeefe: My only thing about Monday is it is after our Sunday recording session and national meeting.
[9:22pm] jokeefe: Will email the list for ideas
[9:23pm] jokeefe: 2nd on adjournment.
[9:23pm] jokeefe: Have a relaxing evening!