Pirate Party Analysis: Food and Famine, Part 2

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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 Analysis: The California Student Debt Crisis

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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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California Pirate Party Response to the Trans Pacific Partnership Treaty

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San Diego Hilton Bayfront, Stage 13 Negotiations My name is Travis Cochran of the California Pirate Party. I am here on behalf of Pirate Parties International. The Pirate Party is a global progressive political organization dedicated to internet freedom, democracy, and the resources necessary to guarantee both. Under normal circumstances, we would be excited to be here at a stakeholder’s meeting for the 13th round of negotiations to the TPP. Under normal circumstances, this would be a tremendous opportunity to have an intelligent and transparent policy discussion about the merits and implications of the different…
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Excerpts from “Memórias Proibidão”: Pirate Stories for Social Justice

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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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Pirate Party Analysis: Ending the War on Drugs

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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

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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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