Fellow Pirates and n’er-do-wells of the political seas,
I am here to happily announce to you that the US Pirate Party will be hosting two events in the upcoming month of September!
In the aftermath of the attacks on 9/11/2001, the USA government took a series of steps which inordinately changed the landscape of our towns and cities. Surveillance is a fact of our lives online, with advertisements attempting to monopolize our eyes so as to subsequently gain a foothold in our wallets. But surveillance is also a fact of our bodies offline. The US had about one security camera for every four people in 2019. This number continues to grow. In protest of the laws that brought spyware to our cities, in solidarity with those who lost family in the attacks, whose memory is slandered by governmental and corporate misuse of tragedy, we are walking, and we are looking back.
Please join us for the first ever National Security Camera Walk. On the 9th, 10th, and 11th of September, in localities all across the nation (a full list will be published soon!), we will gather, we will form community, and we will add all the cameras we see to a national open source publicly-editable map of security cameras. In this small act of protest, we will affirm that every human has the right to privacy, and that community spaces should be controlled by community.
On every snub of land and body of water, ‘Talk Like a Pirate Day‘, September 19th, has been a star on our calendar – for some of our members, since nearly its beginning back in 1995! Some of us have spoken – how those old ideals of the golden age of piracy managed to prefigure our own. In that spirit, in the spirit of hoisting the flag and having a rumpus on the decks, in the spirit of celebration, of bringing forth our ideals and basking in camaraderie:
Through the entirety of that day, from ten in the morning to ten at night (US Eastern time, that is), we’ll be gathered online and celebrating – with a livestream of faces, Pirates from all over the world.
But of course, we both know: talking like a Pirate is more than a manner of speech. Talking like a Pirate means keeping an open mind, means thinking about solutions to every-day problems, means knowing, in your skull and in your bones, that there’s a democratic solution – it’s just a matter of finding it.
I hope you are able to participate online or offline in both of these exciting events!
More details to come soon!
If you want to help organize, or if you would like to have a Security Camera Walk in your city, please join our discord [link]