Pirate Party Disclosure 1.1: Donations and Fundraising

The California Pirate Party is growing faster than we imagined. It is tremendously exciting to be part of a global movement that promotes radical democracy and creative solutions for our collective problems. New methods for public engagement help us connect with the idea that life IS politics, and digital communication gives us a microphone to realistically build support for a political party that can challenge the established order.  The individuals who operate the California Pirate Party every day are passionately committed to this movement and we will do everything in…
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Pirate Hour: Joe Mathews

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hH3CUdq8V0&t=13s[/embed] The California Pirate Party proudly presents our second episode of the Pirate Hour! For this episode, we speak with Joe Mathews, Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation and author of "California Crackup" and "The People's Machine: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rise of Blockbuster Democracy". Mathews discusses the state of electoral politics in California and the importance of shaking things up. We also discuss opportunities and challenges for the California Pirate Party.
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Pirate Party Analysis: Food and Famine, Part 2

In the previous food and famine blog post, classist and racial undertones were examined as contributing factors to the growing famine plaguing poor and minority communities in California and the rest of the world. When confronted with this dilemma, our current two party system creates solutions such as the 2012 Farm Bill. The House is currently debating a version of the bill that would allow up to $3.5 billion to be cut from food stamps for migrant communities. Under the guise of “laziness” or “immigrants who don’t contribute”, the public either submits…
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Pirate Party Interview: Shane Hamlin, Washington State Co-Director of Elections

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=q7m3zJJZ0yc[/embed] Marc Strassman provides another wonderful interview related to online voter registration. Earlier last week, Strassman spoke with Shane Hamlin, co-director of Elections for Washington State. Strassman and Hamlin discuss online voter registration in Washington and the process for implementing these new systems. California Pirate Party supports online voter registration throughout the state of California. We hope that Marc's interview with Mr. Hamlin will help start a dialogue that streamlines the process of creating online voter registration in California.
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The Pirate Hour: Debut Episode, July 10, 2012

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W6J9a9PBlU&t=18s[/embed] The California Pirate Party proudly presents the first episode of our new video series "The Pirate Hour". The goal of the Pirate Hour is to speak with intellectuals and public figures in a democratic open space to share ideas and information. For the first episode, we were tremendously lucky to speak with David Bollier, author and activist for the commons. Bollier has written 6 books and several other publications regarding the commons and our collective digital future. In 2009, Bollier published "Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital…
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Pirate Party Analysis: The California Student Debt Crisis

California is a beautiful place to live and a tremendous state for higher education. The dream to provide access to quality public education in our state is partially realized by 3 separate institutions: the University of California system, the California State University system and the California Community Colleges. This does not include the huge number of excellent private colleges throughout the state. Universities and colleges in California provide a staggering amount of quantitative and qualitative benefits, but they are also starting to crack under the weight of student debt. Every…
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