October 14th, 2020 IRC Meeting

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Party Conference

  • What are the times? - perhaps noon to 6pm Sat & Sun
  • How long should the sessions be? - 1 hour, 1.5 hour?
  • Session types:
    • platform discussions over Big Blue Button
    • group discussions over Big Blue Button
    • panels/single speakers over jitsi/YouTube

Policy on Energy


Goals for Q3 2020:

  • 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)

Work continues on streaming options. Set goal of have options set up by next meeting.

Meeting Minutes

Next one set for for 10/24, 11am-1pm

Regional Meetings/Events

Leader: jokeefe

  • Surveillance Mapping Event
    • Come up with a how to instructions
      • Paper - done
      • iPhone - done
      • Android
    • Come up with how to videos
    • Boston (jokeefe) - Sept 12th - done
    • Worcester (Malt) - Oct 17th
  • Party Conference
    • Working on streaming options
  • Nov. Anarchist Book Fair
  • 2021 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 meeting upcoming. Contact jokeefe for details if you want to attend.
    • Planning new event
  • Yes on 1
    • Post on our support for it
    • Who could reach out to campaign to ask how we can help?
  • Yes on 2
    • Post reminder of our support for it
    • jokeefe reached out to campaign on helping. Will followup.
    • Yard signs available.



  • 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 Archive.org Suit
  • Post statement on our support for Question 1: open access to vehicle telematics systems.
  • Post statement on our opposition to S.4051 - Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act.
  • Post statement on retaining section 230 protections. Docket RM-11862. Per TechDirt, 9/17 is the last date for submissions for the 2nd round. - done

Tabled Projects

National Party

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
  • 10/17, Worcester Surveillance Mapping Outing, Downtown Worcester
  • 10/24, 11am-1pm, Democracy and Dogfood (Tech) Meeting, on-line
  • Fall, Party Conference



  • ChanServ
  • hvxgr
  • Deffy
  • mikey


Date of party conference set for November 14th-15th.

Pirate News recording set for Sunday, 7pm start, 7:30pm live start. jokeefe will schedule.



[9:07pm] jokeefe: Agenda: https://masspirates.org/wiki/October_14th,_2020_IRC_Meeting
[9:07pm] jokeefe: ids
[9:07pm] Joe: Joseph Onoroski, Lowell
[9:07pm] jokeefe: Anything to add?
[9:07pm] Joe: yes
[9:08pm] jokeefe: James O’Keefe, Somerville
[9:08pm] Malt left the chat room. (Ping timeout: 258 seconds)
[9:08pm] Joe: I would like to discuss our policy on energy
[9:08pm] Malt joined the chat room.
[9:08pm] Malt: Sam capradae Worcester
[9:09pm] jokeefe: ok, Joe
[9:09pm] jokeefe: Decisions/Endorsements
[9:10pm] jokeefe: Party Conference
[9:10pm] jokeefe: What are the times for the conference?
[9:10pm] jokeefe: 10am-6pm Sat/Sun seems too long
[9:11pm] jokeefe: noon-6pm?
[9:11pm] Joe: 10 to 430 with a 30 break for lunch?
[9:12pm] Malt: 6 hours?
[9:14pm] Joe: too long both days?
[9:14pm] Malt: How much programming do we have?
[9:14pm] jokeefe: that is the question, Joe
[9:15pm] Joe: we have quite a bit to discuss on direct, candidates and overall direction of the party.
[9:15pm] Joe: direct = platform
[9:16pm] jokeefe: So far, srevilak and I came up with these topics:
[9:16pm] jokeefe: open/close
[9:16pm] jokeefe: Housing policy (srevilak)
[9:16pm] jokeefe: MassMesh node setup (jokeefe)
[9:16pm] jokeefe: What have we learned from public engagement during the pandemic and how can we continue the best parts after the pandemic (open discussion)
[9:16pm] jokeefe: various platform topic discussions
[9:16pm] jokeefe: running for office
[9:16pm] Malt left the chat room. (Quit: https://webchat.pirateirc.net/)
[9:16pm] Joe: we came up with a lot of topics but not hashed out policies on them
[9:17pm] jokeefe: we need to hash them out.
[9:17pm] Joe: energy policy is a good one to add to the list.
[9:18pm] jokeefe: agreed
[9:18pm] Joe: also, when that is done we should focus some time on individual pages for the leaders of the party.
[9:18pm] Malt joined the chat room.
[9:20pm] Malt: Y'all, I gotta duck early. I haven't been able to generate a lot of enthusiasm for Saturday. I've lost the crew url also. Battling HD failure Tonight
[9:20pm] Malt: Sorry, see y'all there
[9:20pm] jokeefe: Will send you the link
[9:20pm] jokeefe: take care
[9:21pm] Malt left the chat room. (Client Quit)
[9:23pm] Joe: https://youtu.be/-Ss_wHCS1Aw
[9:23pm] jokeefe: Renewables are good
[9:24pm] Joe: we should go geothermal, like Iceland. the US is one of the largest grow markets for this but we have a long way to go.
[9:24pm] jokeefe: I have a friend in NH who uses it for heating and cooling.
[9:25pm] jokeefe: Why do you think 10 to 4:30pm for the times of the conference?
[9:26pm] Joe: I think it's the best for people's attention.
[9:27pm] Joe: maybe even 10-2 but honestly I doubt we will cover enough if we shorten it much.
[9:27pm] jokeefe: My only concern is that 10am is too early.
[9:28pm] jokeefe: What about 11-5, with a recorded session during lunch time?
[9:28pm] Joe: maybe day 1 its 12-630 & day 2 is 10-430
[9:28pm] Joe: I would like to record the entire event tbh
[9:29pm] jokeefe: Ideally, but some sessions could be prerecorded and not live.
[9:31pm] jokeefe: having a prerecorded session during lunch means people can watch it at anytime
[9:32pm] jokeefe: perhaps we should line things up and come up with the schedule to fit it.
[9:33pm] Joe: If you want but seems like it would be extra. after discussing policy and the like I am sure we will need a break.
[9:33pm] Joe: send to lists?
[9:34pm] jokeefe: using a tool like Big Blue Button, we could have multiple platform discussions that occur at the same time.
[9:36pm] Joe: I figured we could do them one at a time. The big ones first obviously. Old business before new business and what not.
[9:36pm] jokeefe: hour long sessions?
[9:37pm] Joe: 55 min with 5 cross overs?
[9:37pm] jokeefe: sure
[9:37pm] Joe: just cause we
[9:38pm] Joe:  have me whom likes to talk
[9:39pm] jokeefe: I know I do 
[9:39pm] jokeefe: 55 & 5 sounds good
[9:40pm] jokeefe: discuss hours over email
[9:40pm] Joe: awesome.
[9:40pm] jokeefe: In the tech meeting, we came up with:
[9:40pm] jokeefe: platform discussions over Big Blue Button
[9:40pm] jokeefe: group discussions over Big Blue Button
[9:40pm] jokeefe: panels/single speakers over jitsi/YouTube
[9:42pm] Joe: I would prefer to keep it as one big group with you as its leader.
[9:43pm] jokeefe: need to figure out how many platform groupings we need
[9:44pm] Joe: We have more platforms than I suspect we will be able to attend to.
[9:44pm] jokeefe: I think a draft text divided up into manageable chunks can get reviewed and approved
[9:45pm] Joe: Sound good.
[9:45pm] jokeefe: my concern is we won’t lock it down if each group has to chew on too much
[9:46pm] jokeefe: Policy on Energy - do you want to add that to the platform, or discuss what should be in it?
[9:47pm] Joe: May as well add it to the pile but I am all for thermal/green only. not for nuke or coal, etc.
[9:48pm] jokeefe: aye that
[9:48pm] jokeefe: Projects
[9:49pm] jokeefe: Video Newsletter/Podcast
[9:49pm] jokeefe: record 7, live 7:30pm?
[9:49pm] Joe: this Sunday we should be good.
[9:49pm] jokeefe: great
[9:50pm] jokeefe: Democracy and Dogfood (Tech) - Work continues on streaming options. Set goal of have options set up by next meeting on 10/24
[9:50pm] Joe: we should engage our audience
[9:50pm] jokeefe: how do you suggest we do that?
[9:51pm] Joe: there should be a chat window where you set the stream to live.
[9:52pm] Joe: its been a bit since I was in there so it is probably totally different.
[9:52pm] jokeefe: so chat window in the video?
[9:53pm] Joe: in the Youtube portal, ya.
[9:54pm] jokeefe: what do you need?
[9:55pm] Joe: Nothing much, I can walk you through it next recording.
[9:55pm] Joe: thats all I have.
[9:56pm] jokeefe: thanks
[9:57pm] jokeefe: I am updating the conference page. Will have it up by Thursday.
[9:57pm] Joe: I should be able to dive in to Zazzle tomorrow.
[9:58pm] jokeefe: great
[9:58pm] jokeefe: shall we adjourn?
[9:58pm] Joe: aye
[9:58pm] jokeefe: aye
[9:58pm] Joe: gn sir
[9:58pm] jokeefe: have a great night
[9:59pm] Joe left the chat room. (Quit: -a- IRC for Android 2.1.59)