Source: US Pirate Party (from e-mail sent August 14, 2011)
I am sorry that I have not sent out this newsletter before now. I had planned on sending it Wednesday, but things got in the way, and well, it’s being sent now. Better late than never.
At the meeting held August 9th, 2011, it was decided to dissolve the USPP. This upcoming Tuesday, August 16, 2011, it will be decided as to what to do with the various assets of the USPP. There aren’t many.
You can see the list of items here: http://wiki.pirate.is/index.php?title=Talk:2011-08-16
And the official agenda is here: http://wiki.pirate.is/index.php?title=2011-08-16
Quite a few people have asked me what this dissolution means to the Pirate Party in the United States.
There are two parts to this dissolution.
1. We dissolved the corporation known as the USPP. We were registered as a corporation in Arizona. For our purposes, we realized that having the USPP listed as a corporation isn’t really what we needed. (This actually still needs to be done)
2. We dissolved the central organization known as the USPP, as that too, didn’t suit our needs. Instead of having a central USPP control the various state parties that exist (such as the Florida Pirate Party, Massachusetts Pirate Party, etc), it would be better to let the state parties control their own political destiny. In effect, the various state parties are in control of the Pirate Party. It is possible that they may chose a “spokesperson” to be the voice of the party as a whole.
Each state party will, of course, have its own website, but we planned on using the main USPP site to be like a clearinghouse of Pirate information. We’re still in the planning stages on how this “new” USPP will work. But we have been talking about having a forum where people from different states can meet and form their own state pirate party chapter. Most pirates are separated by many miles, even within the same state. Each state also has its own laws concerning how third parties are formed, we planned on having this information easily accessible on the site as well for each state.
Rest assured, as long as there is one person in this country that calls themselves a Pirate, there will always be a Pirate Party presence in the United States.
This is kind of the way political parties in the US are run anyway. There is no singular “Democratic Party” there’s the “Florida Democratic Party” and the “Georgia Democratic Party” etc.
Does this help?
Are there any questions?
The following places are where you can reach the party, or myself:
http://wiki.pirate.is/index.php?title=Main_Page – for making meeting items and such in the IRC Meeting section.
http://us.pirate.is/ – The new website of the USPP, there isn’t a lot on it, we’ve been having a few issues with it.
And of course, my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org
As always, you can contact me for any assistance.
One or two people have asked me for alternate ways to join the meetings of the USPP, well, here’s how I join the meetings:
I go to http://pirateparty.ca/ the website of the Canadian Pirate Party and click Chat at the top of the red bar, then I click PJIRC on the left and wait for the Java page to load up. It deposits you into #canada, but by clicking Channels at the top, you can then select #uspirateparty and #meeting – which is where the USPP meets.
We are having a meeting Tuesday, at 10 PM EST.
Your participation in our meetings is crucial to the success of our party, we do not want to be a select few running the whole, we love democracy, and you cannot have a true democracy with 5 people making major decisions for the entire group.
The link above will above will also take you to our day-to-day channel #USPirateParty which is where you can talk politics, or with the leadership team.
For those of you who have your own client you can use the following server information:
#Meeting & #USPirateParty
August 4, 2011: United States Pirate Party: The End of the USPP
July 23, 2011: United States Pirate Party: The Current State of Affairs
July 7, 2011: United States Pirate Party: State of the Party