May 12th, 2021 IRC Meeting

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General list at



Leader: Malt

Video Newsletter/Podcast

Leader: Joseph

  • Pirate news recording scheduled for Sundays, 7pm with go-live at 7:30pm. Unless changed

Trans Advocacy Telethon

Boston Pride Festival

Leader: jokeefe

While in-person events, including outdoor events, are on hold until COVID-19 numbers go down, we should plan for our table at the Boston Pride Festival. Festival is on hold, likely for the year.


  • 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?

Other To Do

  • Application to PPI

Upcoming On-line Events

  • Every Tuesday, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting, on-line
  • Sat., 5/22, 4-6pm, Pirate Moot, on-line
  • Sat., 6/5, 11-1pm, Tech Meetup, on-line


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


  • davidd
  • Deffy
  • hvxgr
  • Mikaela
  • mikey
  • slerman


Approved the following planks:


Freedom for Future Generations Requires a Sustainable & A Livable Future

The Pirate Party stands for sustainability.  In order to preserve a livable future, we need to act today to conserve biodiversity by both protecting established habitat and prevent future pollution by profit-driven industry.

Development should prioritize already developed space, rather than carving away additional bits of wilderness.  Additionally, we must restore natural habitat and rewilding human claimed spaces so that other animals and plants have room to thrive.

Endangered Species & Native Habitat

The Pirate Party supports world wide conservation efforts by mandating the use of native habitat species when designing public green spaces. Furthermore, we support the development of an environmental public works department tasked with, among other things, eradicating invasive species such as oriental bittersweet and knotweed. 

A right to freely access natural spaces is a fundamental human right. Intrinsic to this right is the responsibility to foster habitat through the use of naturally occurring endemic species. This includes replacing ornamental trees and shrubs with wildlife-friendly species, encouraging the growth of micro-meadows and other pollenator-supporting landscapes instead of destructive turf yards, and a unified push to eradicate damaging invasive species from parks and yards. 

Our Renewal Future

The world has enough renewable resources to provide a comfortable life for all, the priorities of a debased ownership class have turned the tools of science away from the pursuit of a fairer, healthier life for all, and pointed them towards their exclusive enrichment instead.

Capitalism will never accept sustainable regulation. In order to prevent private industry from exhausting our shared resources, we must establish a global economic system based on shared need. We need a common wealth for the common people!

Sustainable Agriculture

The Pirate Party supports the widespread adoption of scientifically proven regenerative agricultural practices. We further recognize that many of these techniques were first developed and continue to be used primarily by indigenous tribes, many of whom have been oppressed and displaced by white colonizers.

Sustainablity refers not just to the land, but the people as well. Farm employees deserve a livable wage and safe workplace. Animals deserve to be raised and slaughtered humanely, as an integrated aspect of the agricultural process itself.

Energy policy

We will implement an energy infrastructure which protects the environment and is safe for everyone in the long run. This means a change from fossil energy sources to renewable sources. Renewable resources should not compete with other environmental goals. 

We must rebuild our aging energy infrastructure to be transparent and decentralized. Only in this way can we guarantee participation of all citizens and prevent monopolies.

Full Cost Pricing

Corporations routinely externalize the cost of producing and disposing of a product on to employees and consumers, their communities and the rest of the planet. An object's price must reflect the total costs inherent in producing, distributing and safely disposing of it, including removing any potentially hazardous sources of environmental contamination. 

Placing recycling and product and material reuse on the shoulders of individuals does not work. We must build a professional system in place to process all waste appropriately.

We will seek the best methods from around the world, whether cooperative or competitive, and parther with others outside the United States in promoting life on our shared planet.


Addiction Policy

Addiction is a social disease. It is the end result of an atomized, individualized culture. Addiction is the end result of a person deprived of kinship and kept in isolation. The only true cure for addiction is a society that prioritizes social health and the interconnectedness of all beings within it.

The current, repressive drug policy, whose aim is abstinence, has obviously failed: It has created a black market, where neither minors nor consumers are protected and the rights of non-consumers are ignored. The Pirate Party supports an addiction policy based on scientific facts. This addiction policy is based on the following:
1. Comprehensive, ideology-free education
DARE, and associated police-based drug diversion programs, increase drug use among children exposed to them. True anti-drug education policies must address addiction as a byproduct of a socially isolated society, and provide alternative social engagements for teens at risk of drug abuse.
2. Responsible consumption
It is the responsibility of substance users to minimize the impact their use has on their community. This means safely storing and disposing of products, consuming in such a way that does not cause offense, and preventing your choices from negatively impacting others. 
3. Protection of minors and non-consumers
The regulation of drugs has been shown to reduce abuse in children across the board. By regulating access like the private market does with cannabis dispensaries, it will centralize demand and extinguish the black market. Stringent regulation is far safer for minors and non-consumers than prohibition.
4. Help for high-risk consumers
Addicts and people threatened by addiction need our understanding and easy access to all levels of support. We will introduct addiction management systems that help users live normal lives and keep their addiction in control as has been implemented in Switzerland and other countries.

The Pirates will provide damage-minimizing measures, such as free syringes and drug checking. A wide network of help and treatment centers will not just mitigate the worst circumstances, but also reinforce existing community support networks. These changes will relieve the burden on our public healthcare system.



[9:04pm] jokeefe: Agenda:,_2021_IRC_Meeting
[9:04pm] jokeefe: ids
[9:05pm] jokeefe: James O’Keefe, Somerville
[9:05pm] jokeefe: Anything to add?
[9:05pm] malt: Sam capradae Worcester
[9:05pm] malt: Nope!
[9:08pm] jokeefe: Platform
[9:08pm] jokeefe: How is looking?
[9:09pm] malt: Looking now
[9:13pm] malt: No complaints!
[9:15pm] jokeefe: Reviewing the last three paragraphs.
[9:25pm] malt72 left the chat room. (Ping timeout: 245 seconds)
[9:25pm] malt left the chat room. (Ping timeout: 255 seconds)
[9:34pm] malt joined the chat room.
[9:34pm] malt: I'm back
[9:37pm] jokeefe: hi!
[9:37pm] jokeefe: Just making more changes to
[9:39pm] jokeefe: and a few more changes to
[9:40pm] malt: Ok! Baby sorted, back to it
[9:41pm] jokeefe: excellent!
[9:42pm] jokeefe: I thinkg they are good enough for now.
[9:42pm] jokeefe: What do you think?
[9:43pm] malt: I changed the bit about gummies
[9:44pm] malt: But yea looks good on my end!
[9:45pm] jokeefe: not sure who added that bit
[9:45pm] jokeefe: All in favor of approving both planks?
[9:45pm] malt: Meeee
[9:46pm] malt: Aye
[9:46pm] jokeefe: Aye
[9:46pm] jokeefe: Any opposed?
[9:46pm] malt:  None!
[9:48pm] jokeefe: ok. They are approved, then. will post them.
[9:48pm] malt: Wewt
[9:48pm] jokeefe: still good for Sunday recording ?
[9:49pm] malt: Might be able to make it, depends how long a family thing runs
[9:49pm] malt: Gramma finally gets to hug the baby
[9:51pm] jokeefe: yay!
[9:51pm] malt: Yeah this moment has been hotly anticipated
[9:51pm] jokeefe: We set the next tech meeting for June 5th.
[9:51pm] malt: Okay cool
[9:53pm] jokeefe: On the Trans Advocacy Telethon
[9:53pm] jokeefe: What about paying travel expenses for trans members to go speak at hearings?
[9:54pm] malt: Oh that would be genius!
[9:54pm] malt: Love that idea,is there an org we can partner with?
[9:54pm] jokeefe: Need to find when hearings are likely to be.
[9:55pm] jokeefe: Expect there are. We can ask our members.
[9:56pm] jokeefe: Will put it in the next email.
[9:56pm] malt: Trans educator network,I'm a member.
[9:56pm] malt: I'll ask
[9:56pm] jokeefe: Please ask.
[9:56pm] jokeefe: thanks
[9:56pm] jokeefe: Anything else?
[9:57pm] malt: Good on my end!
[9:58pm] jokeefe: Shall we adjourn then?
[9:58pm] malt: Aye
[9:59pm] jokeefe: good night then. talk on Sunday.
[9:59pm] jokeefe: Will post notes.
[9:59pm] malt: See ya!