PNC 01/24/21

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Old Business




  1. updated the theme at
  2. adding a link to the Discord server

Next tasks:

  1. set a regular IT meeting
  2. moving it list to
  3. update old pages in the blog/wiki such as the state contact pages






We did not have quorum so all attendees are non-voting.

  • pmchi: Mitchel Davilo, Chicago/ILPP
  • jokeefe: James O’Keefe, Secretary, Massachusetts
  • Joe: Joseph Onoroski, Treasurer, Massachusetts
  • Korath: Frank Yanez, Oregon
  • ZachGibbens: Zachariah Gibbens, US Citizen in Canada
  • Olivia_: Olivia Kristiann, volunteer


Discussion of organizing methods including:

  • Having state parties help to organize their regions
  • Setting up a way for the party to appoint one or more organizers when a state party doesn't exist

Platform discussion


Record of the meeting


[9:02pm] pmchi: Should we do ID?
[9:02pm] jokeefe: thanks
[9:02pm] jokeefe: sure
[9:02pm] pmchi: Mitchel Davilo, Chicago/ILPP
[9:02pm] jokeefe: James O’Keefe, Secretary, Massachusetts
[9:03pm] Joe: Joseph Onoroski, Treasurer, Massachusetts
[9:03pm] jokeefe: Anything to add to the agenda:
[9:03pm] papegaai: Title: PNC 01/24/21 - United States Pirate Party (at
[9:03pm] jokeefe: Though we don’t have quorum, so not really a meeting, per se
[9:04pm] jokeefe: What about the idea of selecting organizers for a state.
[9:04pm] jokeefe: ?
[9:04pm] jokeefe: An intermediate step to membership
[9:04pm] ZachGibbens: Oh right, meeting time.
[9:04pm] jokeefe: that way we have one or more people listed as contacts for each state
[9:05pm] Korath: Frank Yanez, Oregon
[9:05pm] ZachGibbens: Zachariah Gibbens, US Citizen in Canada
[9:06pm] Olivia_ joined the chat room.
[9:07pm] jokeefe: welcome
[9:07pm] Olivia_: Olivia Kristiann, volunteer
[9:07pm] Olivia_: Sorry I'm late.
[9:07pm] pmchi: Welcome!
[9:08pm] Olivia_: Hope everyone is doing well!
[9:08pm] jokeefe: thanks! you too!
[9:09pm] pmchi: @jokeefe: how did you want to organize at the state level? Maybe recruitment by members via region?
[9:09pm] jokeefe: Anyhow, we have few organized states, that having contacts listed for each state would help people connect
[9:09pm] pmchi: Like where we already have organization, have those states be Pirate regional areas of recruitment
[9:10pm] pmchi: MA overseeing New England, IL oversees the Midwest, etc
[9:10pm] jokeefe: that is a good idea too. MA could concentrate on New England, certainly.
[9:11pm] Olivia_: Yari in California overseeing the West coast?
[9:11pm] pmchi: ^^ exactly
[9:11pm] jokeefe: Poor Yari
[9:11pm] jokeefe: We have people who signed up at, but haven’t been organized, so letting a state organizer contact them would help.
[9:11pm] Korath: So there will be regional conferences of pirate parties?
[9:12pm] Olivia_: We have new people!  I'm reading the minutes now what I missed.
[9:13pm] pmchi: Korath: to get the organization process going. Just means Oregon won’t have to worry about getting Indiana off the ground
[9:13pm] Korath: I have a hard time seeing a pirate party in Indiana
[9:14pm] Korath: makes sense that so far the parties have been in New England/West Coast
[9:14pm] Olivia_: Do they have the Discord so to meet and possibly organize?  I'll finally join this week after I couldn't for months losing my account.
[9:14pm] Olivia_: California is just restarting again after however many years not being active.
[9:15pm] yari joined the chat room.
[9:15pm] jokeefe: Encouraging people to join the discord server would be good
[9:15pm] jokeefe: ahoy yari
[9:15pm] yari: shoy
[9:15pm] yari: ahoy
[9:15pm] pmchi: I can’t see a state where a pirate party wouldn’t be welcomed. Indiana is a tougher sell, but I think support from every state isn’t impossible
[9:15pm] yari: Rose Klein, California
[9:16pm] yari: We still in meeting?
[9:16pm] pmchi: Also saw someone made ILPP a Twitter, shout out to whoever that was
[9:16pm] Korath: Discord is honestly the best way to recruit people. If the US Pirate Party Discord makes partnerships with other Political/Technology servers on discord for promoting its platform that would be excellent.
[9:16pm] jokeefe: Created this permanent link:
[9:16pm] papegaai: Title: US Pirate Party (at
[9:16pm] jokeefe: Just talking yari
[9:16pm] yari: okay
[9:17pm] pmchi: Was anyone able to get the access to the USPP handle?
[9:17pm] pmchi: I know Liz has the keys to it
[9:17pm] jokeefe: pmchi: which USPP handle?
[9:17pm] pmchi: For the official Twitter
[9:18pm] jokeefe: I got notice that Bosun was given access, but we could use more people on it
[9:18pm] Korath: Will there be a outreach meeting this week
[9:19pm] pmchi: I believe so?
[9:19pm] yari: Hi Korath!
[9:19pm] yari: Yes, there will be
[9:19pm] yari: nice to meet you!
[9:19pm] jokeefe: what about having a video chat every two weeks? we could have a sign up page on the blog that will distribute the actual url and we could email our supporters with it
[9:20pm] yari: I agree that discord is an important platform we should promote more
[9:20pm] Joe: we can post that video chat right to youtube
[9:20pm] Olivia_: Yes cideo chat people like seeing faces is what I always hear.
[9:21pm] Olivia_: video*
[9:21pm] Olivia_: Was a platform decided?
[9:21pm] Korath: The IRC is good for party meetings and I prefer using IRC over discord
[9:21pm] Olivia_: BBB or Jitsi or new alternatives?
[9:21pm] jokeefe: no, Olivia_
[9:21pm] Korath: but most people are on discord these days and its hard to get people on IRC
[9:21pm] Olivia_: okay
[9:22pm] jokeefe: not for national atleast
[9:22pm] pmchi: Discord is great for casual conversation and getting info out, but this is far more professional
[9:22pm] pmchi: Imho
[9:22pm] jokeefe: Korath, do you have any experience connecting IRC and discord
[9:22pm] jokeefe: ?
[9:22pm] Korath: What do you mean by connecting?
[9:23pm] jokeefe: post to IRC, have it appear in Discord and back
[9:23pm] Korath: Afraid not
[9:24pm] jokeefe: please look at and see if you think there are enough notices about the Discord
[9:24pm] jokeefe: no worries, Korath
[9:24pm] Korath: the discord invite is easy to see and works fine
[9:25pm] pmchi: Discord access clear and visible from the jump
[9:25pm] Olivia_: Do you want a new blog post announcing the Discord?
[9:25pm] Korath: that would be good
[9:25pm] yari: Couldn't hurt
[9:25pm] pmchi: Great idea
[9:26pm] Korath: I would like to talk about setting up a ambassador role once the discord opens up
[9:26pm] Korath: for contacting other servers to promote the party
[9:26pm] yari: We have to assume that discord will not stay open and free forever. Having a discord<->IRC bridge is something we should pursue more doggedly
[9:27pm] yari: Korath I like that idea
[9:27pm] yari: We can definitely talk more about that at outreach
[9:27pm] Korath: I mean discord is bad because it collects and sells user data to make money
[9:28pm] Korath: that is how it remains free and without ad for the most parts
[9:28pm] Korath: we should promote the use of IRC because they are open source and free
[9:28pm] jokeefe: We could use Element, but not sure it has the same feature set
[9:29pm] jokeefe: One problem with IRC is if you aren’t logged in, you won’t see a message.
[9:29pm] Olivia_: There is Discourse too it's open source and a forum.  I don't know if they have private forums though because the PPI one for the GA is public.
[9:30pm] pmchi: I was about to say the SRA uses Discourse and it works really well if that’s the direction to go
[9:30pm] Korath: I think using discord to recruit people is still the best option for now though
[9:30pm] Korath: since a lot of people are familiar with it and on it
[9:30pm] Korath: most people dont even know what a IRC is
[9:31pm] jokeefe: We have tried so many different tools and not gotten anywhere. hopefully discord will help.
[9:31pm] pmchi: Discord is a good recruitment spot and information spreader
[9:32pm] Olivia_: There's Telegram but it's like Element where it's just one stream of info with no boards and sub boards.
[9:32pm] Korath: I wanted to ask if the platform committee was still active since it mentions it on the website
[9:33pm] Olivia_: Hundreds of millions of people just went there in the past 2 weeks after all the drama with WhatsApp.
[9:35pm] jokeefe: Korath, I believe we need a leader for the platform committee
[9:37pm] jokeefe: Element allows you to organize rooms into Communittees such as this
[9:37pm] papegaai: Title: Element (at
[9:37pm] Korath: What about scheduling a weekly meeting time for the platform committee and those who are interested in participating can pick a leader who would be approved by the leadership
[9:38pm] jokeefe: That would work
[9:38pm] Joe: I would be willing join this platform committee, if I can do both
[9:39pm] jokeefe: sure
[9:39pm] Joe: We should make the platform process as open as possible though
[9:40pm] Korath: Well it could be like the PNC meetings which anyone is free to attend
[9:40pm] Joe: Such as this is what we decided on this topic, and put them to popular vote
[9:40pm] Korath: We could establish procedures for drafting and passing platform policy at the meetings
[9:40pm] Joe: Thinking more or less work on a given piece and then bring it back that week to the national committee for voting
[9:41pm] pmchi: ^^
[9:41pm] Joe: you know, like what you said but with different words. 
[9:41pm] jokeefe: Joe/Korath, you two want to start the platform ball rolling?
[9:41pm] pmchi: The committee works out the kinks and presents it to the PNC for voting is excellent
[9:42pm] Joe: We need at least three pirates to make it offical
[9:42pm] Korath: Yes but the leadership would have to vote on establishing the meetings and the times they place right
[9:42pm] Korath: are there enough voting members here to do that
[9:42pm] Joe: More or less
[9:42pm] pmchi: I volunteer to be apart of this committee
[9:42pm] Joe: This is more of a brainstorming meeting than an official one.
[9:42pm] jokeefe: looks like we have three?
[9:42pm] pmchi: If you need three
[9:43pm] pmchi: Looks like it
[9:43pm] Joe: Lets make it official next week and work out a time
[9:43pm] yari: I have to leave, but I'm excited that a new committee is starting!
[9:43pm] yari: Have a good night, everyone
[9:43pm] Joe: It's an important one too
[9:43pm] Olivia_: What would the meeting be used for?  I'll join if I can help in some way.
[9:43pm] yari: Hope to see some of you at the outreach meeting on tues
[9:43pm] Olivia_: Goodnight Yari!
[9:44pm] Korath: Drafting policy positions for the party
[9:44pm] yari left the chat room. (Quit: Leaving)
[9:44pm] Joe: To clarify our stance on the multitude of problems that face the nation
[9:44pm] Korath: it talks about it on the website
[9:44pm] Korath: Uploaded file:
[9:45pm] pmchi: Very important committee. I noticed some people were turned off at the vague nature of the USPP’s platform. This would be essential moving forward
[9:45pm] Olivia_: What day and time will this meeting be? 
[9:46pm] Joe: I'm particularly keen on the education system and labor parts myself. I agree pmchi, a lot of people don't know what we stand for because a lot has to be clarified.
[9:46pm] Korath: I guess we are working the time/day at next week PNC meeting
[9:46pm] Olivia_: There is already a meeting on Sunday, Tuesday, and MassPirates on Wednesday.  How about Friday?
[9:46pm] Joe: Day/time should be figured if we have full approval of the council's leading members, we will have to wait to decide unfortunately
[9:47pm] Olivia_: What day and time is the PNC meetings?  I've never been to one if it's open to volunteers too.
[9:47pm] Korath: The PNC meeting is this one
[9:47pm] Olivia_: OH!  lol
[9:47pm] Olivia_: Thank you!
[9:47pm] Korath: What time is the outreach meeting on tuesday
[9:47pm] Olivia_: 9:00pm
[9:48pm] Olivia_: EST
[9:48pm] pmchi: Why don’t we bring this to outreach when we have a full house
[9:48pm] Joe: I have a covid resource council on tuesdays and local townhall meeting the same day.
[9:48pm] pmchi: Then next week?
[9:48pm] Joe: We could always schedule it for right after the PNC
[9:48pm] pmchi: ^^
[9:49pm] pmchi: Very good idea
[9:49pm] pmchi: Those in committee could just stick around
[9:49pm] Joe: That way we are already here for this meeting and then just discuss policy afterwards
[9:49pm] Joe: Or anyone else too <3
[9:49pm] Korath: Will we be discussing the discord during the outreach meeting on tuesday
[9:49pm] pmchi: What are we if not open!
[9:49pm] Korath: was curious when the server would open up
[9:50pm] Joe: Liz still has control of that but I have a more basic version if we would like to use it.
[9:50pm] Joe: Discord servers are not that hard.
[9:50pm] pmchi: We will discuss. It’s open but still in its major infancy stages
[9:50pm] pmchi: Not very active
[9:51pm] Joe: That is all I have. Motion to adjourn?
[9:51pm] pmchi: 2nd
[9:51pm] Joe: all in favor?
[9:51pm] pmchi: Aye
[9:51pm] Joe: aye
[9:51pm] Olivia_: 3rd
[9:51pm] pmchi: Are the minutes posted?
[9:51pm] Joe: Good night eveyone!
[9:51pm] Korath: see you guys on tuesday
[9:52pm] Korath left the chat room. (Quit: Connection closed)
[9:52pm] Olivia_: Goodnight everyone!
[9:52pm] jokeefe: pmchi: yes the minutes are posted at
[9:52pm] papegaai: Title: PNC 01/24/21 - United States Pirate Party (at