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California Pirate Party (or CAPP) is a radical political movement seeking to become a qualified political body and run candidates for office in California. Described below is the organizational structure, defining membership and methods of operation.

Organization

Membership

All members are equal and free to work on whichever task, project, or issue they choose within the party. Rocket.Chat labels are assigned to members to identify areas which they are most active. Labels are the preferred method of delegating responsibility and the formation of formal committees is discouraged. Three signatory positions are required for use on official documentation with the State of California and the Internal Revenue Service. These positions hold no authoritative power and are effectively labels that act symbolically but do not serve any higher purpose nor carry any responsibility. Signatory labels last 12 months and are elected annually (with inaugural elections taking place June 19th, 2017).

Operations

CAPP operates with radical transparency, maintaining public records of all party decisions and communications. While simultaneously upholding the individual privacy rights of all members. All party communication shall be considered Public unless specifically designated otherwise. Rocket.Chat in particular should be considered Public, but also any activity taking place over WordPress, MediaWiki, Github, Twitter, and Facebook. For Private communications we recommend using Wire. Wire allows for end-to-end encrypted ephemeral group chat. There are many alternatives available, but upon weighing the various needs of Pirates we have settled on Wire. Flexibility is key to the functioning of Operations. CAPP considers itself an evolving political experiment. With few rules in place to restrict membership actions there may be times when a particular endeavor is not succeeding as anticipated. Maintaining flexible operations allows members to collectively change directions with little hesitation. It is better to find what works rather than continuing down a failed path. And so individual members are encouraged to ask for forgiveness rather than request permission, and contribute directly in any way they see fit.

Local Groups

Local Groups utilize a decentralized approach acting independently underneath the larger CAPP umbrella. "All politics is local", and the technological notion of decentralization perfectly compliments this sentiment. Anyone can create a Pirate Party local group, there are no restrictions or requirements. One of the many roles of the California Pirate Party is to serve as an anchoring point for all local groups, CAPP's various communications outlets can be used to promote the activities of Pirates throughout the State of California.

Active local groups in California: Greater Los Angeles Pirates, Ventura County Pirate Party

Communications

Rocket.Chat

Rocket.Chat is a Web Chat Server, developed in JavaScript, using the Meteor fullstack framework. It is a great solution for communities and companies wanting to privately host their own chat service. California Pirate Party uses Rocket.Chat as its primary means of all party communication. Anyone can register and join discussions in our Rocket.Chat at [[1]]. CAPP recommends downloading the mobile app to easily stay involved in the party. If you are on Android, avoid the app labeled Rocket.Chat+ and instead opt for this one as Rocket.Chat+ is still in Beta. Descriptions of each channel can be found below. Default channels appear in uppercase, channels requiring opt-in appear in lowercase.

  • #INTRODUCTIONS - This channel is the default location for all new members to be met by greeters. This channel also serves as a location for pinging members or groups of members for specific tasks.
  • #GENERAL - This channel is for all general discussions. Most party communications occur here.
  • #OPERATIONS - This channel is for technical discussions of active operations. This channel can also be used as a rlive chat while working on projects or hosting Jitsi Meetings.
  • #POLICY - This channel is for discussing the political structure of the California Pirate Party. Platform, values, organizational structure, policies, rules, guidelines, legal, finance, and everything under the sun.
  • #bay_area - Bay Area.
  • #glap - Greater Los Angeles Pirates.
  • #ventura_county - Ventura County.

members assigned the label of Greeter are responsible for personally engaging each new member as they arrive. Greeters shall assist new members in navigating the various platforms (Rocket.Chat, Github, MediaWiki), explain the California Pirate Party platform, values, organizational structure, and method of operations (as necessary). As well as to identify useful resources, skills, location, and time availability of. New members should be directed towards the appropriate local group and are encouraged to introduce themselves and begin participating immediately.

Jitsi Meetings

There is always a 24/7 "rolling meeting" occurring inside Rocket.Chat. However, more formal meetings occur on a bi-weekly schedule. These meetings shall be referred to as Jitsi Meetings, the scope of which is only to provide a summary of recent activity and informational updates regarding future activity.

  • Jitsi Meetings take place every two weeks on Mondays at 7pm.
  • Agendas are to be crowdsourced using a Etherpad, then posted immediately to the website following each meeting.
  • Meetings are to be streamed Live on YouTube (responsibility for streaming shall be claimed within each Agenda)
  • Meetings are not to exceed 1 hour in length.
  • The #INTRODUCTIONS channel shall serve as a live chat during meetings, the log of which can be copied and pasted into the Meeting's Etherpad.

Informal video chats may be initiated at any time by any group of members from the Rocket.Chat community using informal "shotgun rules". For these meetings, only the preservation of Meeting Minutes is required.

Platform

California Pirate Party has chosen not to create a Platform at this time, and instead focus on more prudent goals. Several members have collaborated to create a series of Bullet Points and Platform Blurbs. And the Old Platform page is still available as well.

Tools

Further details about CAPP's approach to Tools is cataloged on the Technology use approach page.

Rocket.Chat

Rocket.Chat is the primary form of communication of the California Pirate Party. Please see above for a complete description.

MediaWiki

MediaWiki is a free software open source wiki package written in PHP, originally for use on Wikipedia. It is now also used by several other projects of the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation and by many other wikis, including this website. Anyone can register and contribute to this website. For a simple and accessible introduction, check out Wikipedia's "Cheatsheet". For a full list of editing commands, see the Wikitext markup page. To directly experiment with editing try use the Wikipedia sandbox. For a complete guide to editing, see this How to edit page. And finally, for a PDF -printable cheatsheet- download this pdf. If you don't want to use wikitext markup, try using a VisualEditor instead.

Etherpad

An Etherpad is a highly customizable Open Source online editor providing collaborative editing in real-time. California Pirate Party uses Etherpads to crowd-source the creation of our Jitsi Meeting Agendas and to organize projects. For a complete list CAPP Etherpads, go here.

Github

GitHub is a development platform inspired by the way you work. From open source to business, you can host and review code, manage projects, and build software alongside millions of other developers. California Pirate Party uses Github's Issues Tracker to organize and manage active tasks and projects. Anyone can register and create or solve issues within the party using the CAPP GitHub Issues page. Greater Los Angeles Pirates (GLAP) also have their own GLAP Github Issues page.

Wire

Wire is a cross-platform, encrypted instant messaging client. It is available for iOS, Android, Linux, Windows, macOS and Web browser clients. It uses the Internet to make voice and video calls; send text messages, files, images, videos, and audio files. It can be used on any of the available clients, requiring either a phone number or email address for registration. California Pirate Party recommends registering online using an email address to maximize privacy prior to downloading the mobile application. Otherwise, registration requires publicly providing ones phone number. See Public vs Private above for more details.

External Links

Website, E-Mail, Rocket.Chat, Github, Reddit, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook