May 20th, 2020 IRC Meeting

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Goals for Q3 2020:

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

Computer donations

Regional Meetings/Events

All meetings on hold due to Covid-19.

Leader: jokeefe

  • Boston (jokeefe)
  • Worcester (Malt)
  • Lowell (Joe)
  • Boston Pride Festival (emailed them that we transferred our table to 2021)
    • 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?

Video Newsletter/Podcast

Leader: Joseph

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


No clue where things are now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Right to Repair

  • out of committee
  • next email will urge supporters to call their state senator/rep. and urge them to support it
  • see if people willing to setup meeting with reps.

Facial Recognition and other bills still in committee.

Platform Discussion

Moved to 2020 Platform Discussion

Democracy and Dogfood (Tech)

Tabled Projects

National Party

Boston Sex Worker Petition

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

  • Summer 2020, ?, Boston Meetup
  • Summer 2020, ?, Worcester Meetup
  • Summer 2020, ?, Springfield Meetup
  •  ?/?, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting, Culture House, Harvard Square
  •  ?/?, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNe Tech Meeting, Encuentro 5, Boston
  •  ?/?, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting, Democracy Center, Cambridge
  •  ?/?, 7-9pm, Mass MeshNet Tech Meeting
  • 5/?, 2pm-4pm, Democracy and Dogfood (Tech) Meeting, on-line


  • srevilak (Steve Revilak, Arlington)
  • Malt (Sam capradae, Worcester)


  • davidd
  • ChanServ
  • hvxgr
  • Deffy
  • mikey
  • MikaelaSuomalainen


Next pirate news recording: Sunday 7pm.


21:22 < Malt> My bad
21:22 < Malt> I was cooking
21:23 < srevilak> no worries
21:23 < srevilak> jamie isn't feeling well and won't be able to make it
21:23 < srevilak> So, just us
21:23 < Malt> Sam capradae, Worcester
21:23 < srevilak> Steve Revilak, Arlington
21:24 < Malt> How goes with you?
21:24 < srevilak> Not bad
21:24 < srevilak> about a week ago, we had a cyclist killed in town,
       hit by a car
21:24 < Malt> Jiminy!
21:25 < srevilak> I've been hit in the  same intersection myself, and
       had a close call on a separate occassion
21:25 < Malt> Well that's terrifying
21:25 < srevilak> Tonight, the bicycle advisory committee had it on
       their agenda,
21:25 < srevilak> So I attended to give public comment
21:25 < Malt> Is it a blind turn?
21:25 < srevilak> Ditto for a Transportation advisory cmte meeting
21:25 < srevilak> No
21:26 < Malt> Ugh that's crap
21:26 < srevilak> Handle bar cam footage of my close call
21:26 < srevilak>
21:26 < srevilak> (Note the black SUV that passes on my left)
21:27 < Malt> Boston should be carless
21:27 < srevilak> Boston has gotten a lot better with bike infrastructure
       over the last few years
21:27 < srevilak> Plus they have a natural form of traffic calming:
       double parking
21:28 < Malt> Lmao
21:28 < srevilak> But there are places in boston that are, well,
21:29 < Malt> Just tear the whole city down and start over
21:30 < srevilak> I don't know.  I have far more gripes with Arlington
       than Boston
21:30 < Malt> This week's politics have been wretched
21:30 < Malt> That's my take
21:31 < srevilak> I think I've largely tuned out nat'l politics
21:31 < Malt> Trump is gaslighting the nation
21:32 < Malt> His supporters have started getting infected
21:32 < srevilak> I make no predictions about the 2020 election, but I
       do know who won't be winning in 2024
21:33 < Malt> AMERICA
21:34 < srevilak> Two songs I've been listening to a lot lately
21:35 < srevilak> Green day's american idiot
21:35 < srevilak> And Zappa's Broken Hearts are for Assholes
21:35 < srevilak>
21:35 < Malt> I am working on my zappa mustache
21:37 < Malt> Been reading up on Andy Warhol lately
21:37 < srevilak> Anything notable
21:37 < srevilak> ?
21:38 < Malt> His early commercial drawings are genius
21:38 < Malt> He repeated himself a lot
21:38 < Malt> I don't get the velvet underground
21:38 < srevilak> campbells soup comes to mind
21:42 < Malt> It fell flat on initial release
21:42 < Malt> I think it didn't get appreciated until after his Marilyn
21:42 < Malt> In
21:43 < srevilak> ah
21:43 < Malt> My take is the art world loved the soup prints for the
       novelty of the mundane
21:43 < Malt> Something unfamiliar to the upper crust
21:49 < srevilak> oh no -- they killed Malt!
21:49 < srevilak> Those bastards!
21:49 < srevilak> I think we're still planning to record news at 7pm
       Sunday.  That work for you?
21:50 < Malt> Think so
21:51 < srevilak> cool
21:51 < Malt> Aight, I gotta go. See you then?
21:51 < srevilak> Was just going to motion to adjourn
21:51 < srevilak> Will see you then