Pirate Party Interview: Orion Steele, Boatswain (VP) of California Pirate Party

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=AXjCBF03gBM[/embed] Marc Strassman brings us another great pirate party interview. This time, Strassman speaks with Orion Steele, vice president of the California Pirate Party. Their discussion covers topics such as what it means to be a pirate, what the California Pirate Party stands for and ways that anyone can get involved!
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Excerpts from “Memórias Proibidão”: Pirate Stories for Social Justice

Favelas in Rio de Janeiro One of the most volatile and apparent results of extreme socioeconomic disparity is happening in the big, bright tourist towns of Brazil, invisible to the eyes of many (if not most) Americans. Rio de Janeiro, a city famous for its beautiful beaches populated by beautiful people, tries to hide its dirty secret: its extreme levels of poverty, misallocation of wealth and power, and silent racism, all of which are visible in the numerous favelas towering in the hills above the rest of the city. These…
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General Computation, Copyright and the Future of Our Digital Evolution

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HUEvRyemKSg[/embed] California Pirate Party highly recommends the following speech by Cory Doctorow, blogger, journalist, science fiction writer and co-editor of Boing Boing. In this speech, Doctorow examines the history of piracy regulation and uses our current trajectory to imagine a future where computation is regulated and controlled at all levels of implementation. He makes a compelling argument for a massive re-thinking of our approach to general computation.
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Pirate Party Interview: Andreas Nitsche on LiquidFeedback

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZaCtQUNUVdM[/embed] Marc Strassman talks with Andreas Nitsche, co-developer of LiquidFeedback, an interactive tool for group decision-making. Below, we provided a speech by Jan Hemme at the Personal Democracy Forum. In that video, Hemme discusses the structure of Liquid Democracy. Here, Nitsche talks about the origins, operations, and uses of the program.
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Pirate Party Interview: Lola Voronina, International Coordinator for Pirate Party Russia and Co-Chair of PP International

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QeJ_1kwrkTg[/embed] Marc Strassman brings us another wonderful interview on Pirate Party politics. Today, we present an interview with Lola Voronina, Co-Chair of Pirate Party International and International Coordinator for the Russian Pirate Party. This interview discusses the role of Pirate Party International, platform positions and why the time is right to launch successful pirate party movements around the world. Ms. Voronina provides excellent information for pirates in California and other local communities. Drawing connections between local communities and global activism is one aspect of digital democracy that we celebrate. Please leave a comment…
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Jan Hemme Explains Liquid Democracy

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=n35-HsVavfg[/embed] The Pirate Party stands for a radical new form of democracy that incorporates any and all voices for transparent radical decision making. Liquid Feedback is one way that pirates implement this ideology. Liquid Feedback is an online tool for democratic decision making that allows any member to vote on any issue that is important to them at any time. There are many questions related to the process of using Liquid Feedback. Here is a video presentation by Jan Hemme, who develops online tools for the pirate party in Germany. In the presentation to…
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Pirate Party Interview: Gregory Engels, Co-Chair of Pirate Party International

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=U_rF3WYOnoU[/embed] This week we are delighted to kick off a new series of interviews with prominent figures in the Pirate Party community around the world. Journalist Marc Strassman met with the California Pirate Party at last week's meeting, and his contributions to our discussion were unbelievably helpful. Strassman is a reporter for Etopia News, and he has spent a lot of time recently interviewing members of the Pirate Party around the world. This interview is a discussion between Strassman and Gregory Engels, Co-Chair of Pirate Party International and International Coordinator for the German Pirate…
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Pirate Party Analysis: Ending the War on Drugs

The War on Drugs seeks to present itself as anything but an issue of individual liberties. When pressed it will defend itself as a matter of national security, of protecting children, of immigration and the environment and public health. These methods of framing serve two important functions for current 'democratic' ideology: on the one hand they demonize substances and those who use them, characterizing plants like marijuana as threats to the well-being of society (as opposed to, say, prescription amphetamines and opiates); and on the other, they serve to distance…
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California’s State of Immigration Reforms: Promoting Pro-Immigration Legislation During a Time of Change

The State of California has witnessed very important immigration reforms and proposals in the last two years. Until now, Sacramento has enacted important pro-immigration legislation, including the California Dream Act and the TRUST Act, and promises changes directly contrasting the controversial anti-immigration laws in Arizona, Alabama, and other states. Despite these pro-immigration successes, California cannot afford to suspend its pro-immigration reform platform and should remain a leader for the nation. California’s pro-immigration reform comes at a crucial time for local and national political changes, including Obama’s recent proposal to protect undocumented students, upcoming elections…
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KFBK News Radio Covers the California Pirate Party

Sacramento News Radio station KFBK recently posted an article and audio clip of an interview with Orion Steele, vice-president of the California Pirate Party. The story is excellent, and it is wonderful that Ms. Goldsby chose to emphasize questions regarding women participation in the California Pirate Party. Goldsby also highlights some concerns of blogger Joe Matthews, such as regional accessibility and desirability. Ultimately, the coverage is very impressive, and California Pirate Party is delighted to be featured.
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