September 9th, 2020 IRC Meeting

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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.

Next one set for for 9/26, 11am-1pm

Regional Meetings/Events

Leader: jokeefe

  • Surveillance Mapping Event
    • Come up with a how to video
      • Paper
      • iPhone
      • Android
    • Boston (jokeefe) - Sept 12th
    • Worcester (Malt) - Oct 17th
  • Party Conference
    • Working on streaming options
    • Posting survey. When should it be due by?
  • 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 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.

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
  • 8/29, 11am-1pm, Democracy and Dogfood (Tech) Meeting, on-line
  • 9/12, Boston Surveillance Mapping Outing
  • 10/17, Worcester Surveillance Mapping Outing
  • Fall, Party Conference


  • jokeefe (James O’Keefe, Somerville)
  • srevilak (Steve Revilak, Arlington)
  • Joe (Joseph Onoroski Lowell)


  • davidd
  • ChanServ
  • hvxgr
  • Deffy
  • mikey


Video Newsletter. Next recording, Sunday 7pm.

Democracy and Dogfood (Tech). Looks like we're getting some viable options for streaming the conference.

Surveillance Mapping Event. Steve working on OSM web UI howto, and jokeefe is working on another. jokeefe will bring table and banner on Sat. Boston Common, 11:00-15:00.

Party Conference. jokeefe working on sign up forms. They'll be open for two weeks (until 9/25)

Campaigns. seems to be the main advocate of Yes on 1 (right to repair). Will see if any pirates are currently working with the campaign.

Bills. Not much seems to be happening in the state legislature at the moment.


21:03 <@jokeefe> Agenda:,_2020_IRC_Meeting
21:03 <@jokeefe> ids
21:03 <@jokeefe> James O’Keefe, Somerville
21:03 < srevilak> Steve Revilak, Arlington, MA
21:03 <@jokeefe> Anything to add?
21:04 < srevilak> Don't think so
21:04 <@jokeefe> Projects
21:04 <@jokeefe> Video Newsletter/Podcast
21:05 < srevilak> 7pm sunday is fine for me
21:05 <@jokeefe> Does Sunday 7pm still work?
21:06 <@jokeefe> great. Hopefully, Joe can produce it, but if not the
       jitsi streaming will work
21:06 < srevilak> sounds good
21:06 <@jokeefe> Democracy and Dogfood (Tech)
21:06 <@jokeefe> Looks like progress on the streaming front
21:07 < srevilak> Yes, I think we've got some options
21:07 <@jokeefe> Regional Meetings/Events
21:08 <@jokeefe> Surveillance Mapping Event
21:08 < srevilak> I have a howto in progress
21:08 < srevilak> :)
21:08 <@jokeefe> Wonderful
21:08 <@jokeefe> I’ll email a reminder and post again, hopefully with
       the supporting docs
21:09 <@jokeefe> Not sure about the videos, but will have it for the
       Worcester event
21:09 < srevilak> nice
21:10 <@jokeefe> I plan to bring a table and banner on Saturday. Along
       with print outs.
21:12 <@jokeefe> We have a few sign ups
21:12 < srevilak> I'll be able to come by for a few hours
21:12 <@jokeefe> great. any particular time?
21:12 < srevilak> Will be there for 11:00
21:12 <@jokeefe> thanks
21:13 < srevilak> May have to leave at 2:00, but will try to stay for
       the event
21:14 <@jokeefe> Party Conference
21:14 <@jokeefe> Haven’t had the chance to get the survey our, but
       will by tomorrow.
21:14 <@jokeefe> When should be the due date for submissions?
21:15 < srevilak> Two weeks?
21:16 <@jokeefe> sounds good. 9/25?
21:16 < srevilak> Sounds good
21:18 <@jokeefe> 9/25 it is
21:18 <@jokeefe> Campaigns
21:18 <@jokeefe> I put some updates at,_2020_IRC_Meeting#Campaigns
21:19 < srevilak> I don't know who's behind the Yes on 1 campaign.
       Though they seem to have a presence on the north shore
21:21 <@jokeefe>
21:21 <@jokeefe> I have seen yard signs in Concord
21:22 <@jokeefe> I will ask if any pirates is already involved in these
       efforts and wants to act a commumicatiom comtact
21:22 < srevilak>  good choice
21:22 <@jokeefe> Bills
21:23 <@jokeefe> Not seeing progress on bills in the ma legislature.
21:24 <@jokeefe> Talk of bills for next session, after the elections
21:24 <@jokeefe> Submissions must be in by mid January
21:24 < srevilak> I hope that doesn't mean a whole lot of limbo
21:25 <@jokeefe> COVID Limbo seems to be the case
21:25 <@jokeefe> It is a convenient excuse
21:27 <@jokeefe> ahoy Joe
21:27 < srevilak>  Hi Joe
21:27 <@jokeefe> discussing bills
21:28 < Joe> ahoy, sry for late
21:28 < Joe> currently mobile
21:28 < Joe> Joseph Onoroski Lowell
21:29 <@jokeefe> R4MA will likely propose similar bills to this session:
       police militarization, BRIC reform, asset forfeiture
21:29 <@jokeefe> thoughts on what we should propose?
21:30 < srevilak> BRIC reform and asset forfeiture are worthwhile
21:31 < Joe> asset forfeiture is the heaviest part of what they do though
       it will be the hardest to change.
21:32 <@jokeefe> lots of kids are getting school chromebooks. would be
       good to limit school surveillance
21:32 < Joe> police militarization is what happened to Germany during ww2
21:33 < Joe> strongly opposed
21:33 <@jokeefe>
21:34 <@jokeefe> that seems to be a perenial
21:35 <@jokeefe> that could be a discussion for the conference
21:38 <@jokeefe> Any update on computer donations?
21:38 < Joe> there is quite a bit to discuss, do you think we will get
       to it all?
21:39 <@jokeefe> If we can start the discussion at the conference and
       people are willing to continue it after, it should be ok
21:40 <@jokeefe> Conference should start the discussion.
21:40 < Joe> I still have 4 computers left but I have not had a chance
       to work on them yet
21:40 <@jokeefe> any idea what they need?
21:41 < Joe> I know of the one family I helped but I can ask where the
       others went
21:42 < Joe> user friendly systems
21:43 < Joe> i know the tablets we a big hit but I am sure they are
       happy to get anything
21:43 <@jokeefe> Good we helped
21:44 <@jokeefe> Well, you and Steve. Thanks
21:45 < Joe> They are supposed to give us a certificate for the donation.
21:46 < Joe> Though the person running thing is disabled so it can be
       a bit of a wait
21:46 <@jokeefe> No rush
21:46 < Joe> She does a lot too boot.
21:47 < Joe> Youtube is on for the normal time btw
21:47 <@jokeefe> We set the date for the conference date survey for 9/25 /
2 weeks from when we announce it.
21:47 <@jokeefe> good. thanks
21:48 <@jokeefe> Joe, will you join us Saturday in Boston?
21:48 < Joe> I am gone from 9/26 - 10/3
21:48 < Joe> I will be unable due to child care.
21:49 <@jokeefe> I mean this Saturday
21:49 <@jokeefe> Good to know. We will plan accordingly.
21:49 < Joe> but I can drop off an extra camera for use
21:50 < Joe> w/ stand
21:50 <@jokeefe> thanks
21:51 <@jokeefe> I don’t have anything else
21:52 < srevilak> Motion to adjourn, then?
21:52 < Joe> 2nd
21:52 <@jokeefe> 2nd
21:52 < srevilak> will post transcript
21:52 <@jokeefe> any opposed?