March 28th, 2016 IRC Meeting

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Review & Decisions

Endorse the #MakeGEpay Protest on Monday, 4/4

The protest is Monday, 4/4 from 3:30-6pm at 60 State Street, Boston.

Campaigns Status

PirateCon 2016

  • Date set at 6/25. Have 1-2 speakers.
  • Looking for location
  • Looking at streaming options
  • Need sign up page and conference page

2016 Campaign

  • Aaron James running for 27th Middlesex State Rep. district
    • Noe and jokeefe met with him and members of his campaign team
    • Starting with signature gathering
    • Formal announcement this week
  • Next email announcement will focus on asking people to run

2016 Campaign Plan & Task Status

Upcoming Events

  1. 3/28, 5:30-7pm, Privacy in the 21st Century: Security vs. Privacy, with PayPal CEO Dan Schulman and Eli Sugarman of the Hewlett Foundation, Tufts University, 160 Packard Ave, Medford, MA 02155, USA
  2. 3/30, Digital Fourth meeting, noon-1pm, 101 Main Street, Cambridge
  3. 3/30, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, 577 Somerville Ave., Somerville
  4. 3/31, 6pm, Signature gathering for Aaron James
  5. 4/1, 3:30pm-5pm, Privacy in 2016: Policy and Technology, a panel discussion on Apple v. FBI and related issues with Kade Crockford of the ACLU of MA, RSVP, Tufts, Anderson Hall: Nelson Auditorium, 200 College Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
  6. 4/2, noon?, Signature gathering for Aaron James
  7. 4/4, 3:30-6pm, #MakeGEpay: Rally to Un-Welcome General Electric, 60 State Street, Boston
  8. 4/6, Digital Fourth meeting, noon-1pm, 101 Main Street, Cambridge
  9. 4/13, Digital Fourth meeting, noon-1pm, 101 Main Street, Cambridge
  10. 4/20, Digital Fourth meeting, noon-1pm, 101 Main Street, Cambridge
  11. 4/26, Middlesex Community College Cryptoparty
  12. 4/27, Digital Fourth meeting, noon-1pm, 101 Main Street, Cambridge
  13. 4/27, 6-9pm, Somerville Cryptoparty, 577 Somerville Ave., Somerville
  14. 5/3, 5pm, Last day to drop off nomination papers at cities/towns for signature validation

Every Wed., Digital Fourth meeting, noon-1pm, 101 Main Street, Cambridge


  • igel
  • BenC
  • Bluestreak
  • jokeefe
  • noe
  • paper_waves
  • srevilak
  • Kendra


  • davidd


#MakeGEpay Protest on Monday, 4/4, 3:30 PM - 6 PM, 60 State Street. Vote to support: 4-0 in favor.

Piratecon. Potential spaces:

So far, we have two people interested in speaking. Looking for more speakers.



[9:03pm] jokeefe: Agenda -,_2016_IRC_Meeting [9:03pm] jokeefe: ids - James O’Keefe, Somerville [9:03pm] srevilak: Steve Revilak, Arlington [9:04pm] paper_waves: halley, occupied wampanoag territory, cambridge [9:04pm] noe: Noelani Kamelamela, Somerville [9:04pm] noe: ahoy all! [9:04pm] Bluestreak: Lucia Fiero [9:05pm] BenC: Ben C, Quincy [9:05pm] jokeefe: Review & Decisions - Endorse the #MakeGEpay Protest on Monday, 4/4 [9:06pm] jokeefe: [9:06pm] jokeefe: “GE is getting $150 million in tax breaks from Governor Baker and Mayor Walsh.” [9:06pm] jokeefe: It is Monday, April 4 at 3:30 PM - 6 PM in Boston [9:07pm] paper_waves: I can'T make it but I'm all for it [9:07pm] BenC: I can probably make it to that [9:07pm] BenC: will this be at the capitol? [9:07pm] noe: I'll probably be gathering signatures. [9:08pm] noe: Not at this protest, but I approve. [9:08pm] noe: Seems to be a protest of the GE welcome party. [9:08pm] jokeefe: 60 state street [9:10pm] jokeefe: any more discussion? [9:10pm] • srevilak will be at selectmens and/or redevelopment board meetings on monday [9:10pm] Kendra joined the chat room. [9:10pm] paper_waves: do we vote to endorse something? is it the 3+ rule? [9:10pm] paper_waves: hi kendra [9:10pm] srevilak: support endorsement though [9:10pm] Kendra: hi [9:11pm] jokeefe: discussion, then vote, paper_waves [9:11pm] Bluestreak: 2nd endorsement [9:11pm] BenC: that's right near Faneuil Hall, by the way [9:11pm] paper_waves: 3rd endorsement [9:11pm] jokeefe: all in favor? [9:12pm] BenC: aye [9:12pm] srevilak: aye [9:12pm] paper_waves: yup [9:12pm] jokeefe: aye [9:13pm] jokeefe: any opposed? [9:14pm] jokeefe: motion passes then [9:14pm] jokeefe: Campaigns Status - PirateCon 2016 [9:14pm] jokeefe: Looking for location [9:15pm] paper_waves: who are the speakers we have so far? [9:15pm] jokeefe: srevilak - is Community Church available? [9:15pm] srevilak: jokeefe: sorry, haven't had opportunity to check [9:16pm] jokeefe: ok, would you be able to do so this week? [9:16pm] srevilak: sure, will do [9:17pm] jokeefe: thanks [9:17pm] srevilak: I've been getting tied up in one warrant article after another, it seems [9:17pm] jokeefe: any other suggestions for places to consider? [9:17pm] Bluestreak: Democracy Center [9:17pm] Bluestreak: Again [9:17pm] srevilak: there was a request to consider RCC. I can call them as well [9:18pm] jokeefe: thanks, srevilak [9:18pm] jokeefe: Bluestreak, last we checked, the Democracy Center doesn’t have wheelchair access and the internet wasn’t strong. [9:18pm] paper_waves: make shift? I haven't been there but I know they host events [9:19pm] jokeefe: that said, it did have different rooms [9:19pm] jokeefe: got a url? [9:19pm] jokeefe: [9:20pm] noe: They also list United South End Settlements and Community Church: definitely our kind of place [9:20pm] jokeefe: they are open until 5 or 6pm [9:21pm] jokeefe: what is the space like, paper_waves? [9:22pm] paper_waves: well I just checked and MS is booked on 6/25 [9:22pm] paper_waves: it's the building where the lucy parsons bookshop used to be [9:22pm] BenC: the NonProfit Center has different-sized conference rooms for rent [9:22pm] paper_waves: oh wait nevermind, it's not booked, I read it wrong [9:23pm] jokeefe: found these pictures [9:23pm] noe: <--United South End Settlements, I have been to USES and they are bus/orange line accessible. [9:24pm] jokeefe: [9:24pm] jokeefe: [9:24pm] paper_waves: I can write an inquery to make shift about using their space and find out how much it will be [9:25pm] BenC: it does not look like there is a lot of seating there [9:25pm] noe: Nonprofit Center: <--also worth checking out, thanks BenC [9:25pm] jokeefe: thanks [9:26pm] BenC: I also know the manager there [9:26pm] jokeefe: Non-profit center has two rooms we could use: [9:26pm] jokeefe: Wayne Glynn Community Room (75 theater style, 42 seated rounds) [9:26pm] jokeefe: Videoconferencing Room (20 seat roundtable) [9:27pm] jokeefe: $575 for both, though [9:27pm] jokeefe: those are full-day [9:28pm] BenC: I think the Wayne Glynn room alone would be big enough [9:28pm] jokeefe: what is the wifi like there? [9:28pm] BenC: I'm not sure. I could check it out [9:29pm] srevilak: Wayne Glynn community room looks nice [9:29pm] Kendra: The YMCA in Chinatown has a meeting space [9:29pm] jokeefe: Thanks, BenC. Please do. [9:30pm] jokeefe: paper_waves, would you be able to check on Make Shift? [9:30pm] paper_waves: yeah and I'll ask what their capacity is [9:31pm] jokeefe: thanks! [9:31pm] noe: For the YMCA: there's a number, but the information requires calling during business hours. [9:31pm] jokeefe: United South End Settlements seems expensive unfortunately [9:31pm] noe: [9:31pm] jokeefe: what about the South End Tech Center? [9:32pm] paper_waves: so as we're still looking for a place, do we have any speakers lined up already or know people that we want to ask to present something? [9:32pm] srevilak: jokeefe: SETC is probably too small [9:32pm] Kendra: You could check with SETC, but is seems small [9:32pm] jokeefe: we have two people who have asked about speaking, paper_waves, but we are looking for more [9:33pm] jokeefe: thanks for the SETC updates, srevilak / Kendra [9:34pm] Kendra: I forgot to mention that there is the bigger meeting room at Tent City across from Back Bay [9:35pm] BenC: I have someone local in mind who I will ask about giving a talk [9:36pm] jokeefe: cool. [9:36pm] Bluestreak: Tent City is clean and accessible. [9:36pm] Bluestreak: Easy to get to [9:37pm] Kendra: Also if we ask far enough in advance, we would probably get it, we have a good relationship. [9:37pm] jokeefe: is there a web address for tent city? not finding one [9:37pm] BenC: [9:38pm] Kendra: It is across from the Back Bay entrance where Nieman Marcus is [9:38pm] Kendra: They have a big conference room we went to something there a while back [9:39pm] srevilak: don't see mention of meeting room, though [9:39pm] jokeefe: worth asking. Very close to the T at least [9:39pm] paper_waves: just checked, make shift is sliding scale 300-1000 for a day, or 30-150 per hour [9:40pm] Kendra: It is near copley station, the librry and the mall at back bay station, I'll email Susan and Mel King and ask [9:40pm] srevilak: Kendra: thx! [9:40pm] Bluestreak: Ask Jason Pramas [9:40pm] Bluestreak: Ask Suren [9:40pm] jokeefe: they have chairs, paper_waves? [9:40pm] Bluestreak: They ran the meeting we attended there. Was only an hour though. [9:41pm] jokeefe: I can email them. [9:41pm] jokeefe: Track down who to talk to . [9:42pm] Kendra: Tent City Community Room [9:42pm] jokeefe: Noe, would you have time to check on the YMCA? [9:43pm] paper_waves: I can ask. I imagine so because they have meetings there a lot [9:43pm] jokeefe: thanks [9:43pm] jokeefe: also, need to know what wifi situation is like [9:44pm] jokeefe: Looks like we have some good places to check on. Shall we aim to decide next Monday? [9:44pm] noe: good idea. this has been really productive. [9:45pm] BenC: sounds like a plan [9:46pm] Kendra: 30 Dartmouth Street Boston, MA 02116 (617) 267-8195 [9:46pm] jokeefe: thanks [9:47pm] jokeefe: srevilak, how did things go in Arlington? [9:47pm] srevilak: I have good news and bad news [9:47pm] Bluestreak: Eek [9:48pm] srevilak: good news: BoS decided to comission task force to study homelessness, rather than proposing a bylaw to prohibit camping [9:48pm] srevilak: bad news: the redevelopment board wants to change the definition of "basement". [9:48pm] jokeefe: oh? [9:48pm] noe: wha? [9:48pm] srevilak: In my neighborhood, would cause a lot of 2-story houses to become 3-story houses [9:48pm] srevilak: mine included [9:49pm] noe: is this to extract money from homeowners? [9:49pm] jokeefe: underground story? [9:49pm] Kendra: Onlly $1000 a month (per room) [9:49pm] srevilak: Redevelopment board says "to comply with state" [9:49pm] jokeefe: does that mean that the basement can be rented out? [9:50pm] srevilak: jokeefe: means that we're in a zone that limits bulding height to 2.5 stories. If we become three stories, we're non-conforming buildings [9:50pm] srevilak: limits what one can do to, in terms of remodeling, adding addition [9:50pm] jokeefe: grandfathered? [9:51pm] srevilak: Not sure. Trying to get in touch with zoning board to ask [9:51pm] Bluestreak: Well it hasn’t been voted on yet, right? [9:51pm] srevilak: For example, the addition we've been planning for a year might be kaput [9:51pm] Kendra: It seems counter productive for home owners who vote [9:51pm] Bluestreak: Or is this a done deal? [9:52pm] srevilak: Yes, and counter productive to a community that will very much need prop 2.5 overrides to make ends meet over the next few years [9:52pm] noe: Is the point to evict current homeowners? [9:52pm] srevilak: Most of arlington's income comes from residental property tax [9:53pm] srevilak: if you limit development of existing properties, they become less valuable [9:53pm] jokeefe: which also lowers prop values and so taxes [9:53pm] Kendra: We have a suburb where people build huge homes on tiny lots next to tiny ranch homes, it sounds likt avoiding overbuilding [9:53pm] srevilak: Not a done deal, but redevelopment board has is as a recommended action for town meeting [9:53pm] srevilak: But we have to fight it [9:53pm] Kendra: those are big, mundane battels [9:54pm] srevilak: THere are probably 80 homes in my precinct that would be in the same boat [9:54pm] srevilak: it really sucks [9:55pm] jokeefe: sounds like a reason to flyer them [9:55pm] srevilak: Yep [9:55pm] srevilak: We have town elections on Sat. After that, time to start agitating [9:55pm] jokeefe: We are almost at time so I will do a quick 2016 Campaign update - Noe and I met with Aaron James. He is going forward with running for 27th Middlesex. Start gathering signatures this week. [9:55pm] noe: Awesome [9:55pm] Kendra: I sounds like you can get a groundswell if people see they are being restricted [9:56pm] jokeefe: ping me if you want help flyering, srevilak [9:56pm] srevilak: jokeefe: will do [9:56pm] srevilak: I want to see who gets elected to town meeting in my precinct [9:56pm] srevilak: So I can enlist them [9:56pm] noe: Nice! [9:56pm] jokeefe: aye [9:57pm] jokeefe: anything other business? [9:57pm] jokeefe: any other business? [9:57pm] Kendra: I'll email Mel and Susan at SETC tomorrow. Motion to adjourn [9:57pm] paper_waves: sounds good [9:57pm] jokeefe: thanks, Kendra [9:58pm] jokeefe: also have a Together Boston cryptoparty in May, probably the 22nd. [9:58pm] jokeefe: 2nd [9:58pm] jokeefe: all in favor of adjourning [9:58pm] jokeefe: ? [9:58pm] Kendra: aye [9:58pm] BenC: aye [9:58pm] paper_waves: yep [9:58pm] srevilak: aye [9:59pm] Kendra: nite all [9:59pm] Kendra left the chat room. (Quit: Web client closed) [9:59pm] jokeefe: thanks all [9:59pm] paper_waves: cryptoparty this wednesday in somerville, see you there! x [10:00pm] noe: night!