Being a Pirate in your Local Community
You are a Pirate, and you’ve time on your hands. You would like to get more involved but there are no active Pirate groups near your location. There are two ways to get active.
Start a local chapter of the Pirate Party in your region. We have an article already written. Or…
Get involved with a local group, like a residents’ association. If you cannot find one your area, talk to your local government. Otherwise, according to your interests, you might like to join a sports club, crafts collective or gardening club. In any case an organisation that has a defined membership and an organising committee.
Once you have joined and you understand the workings and aims of the society you can begin to suggest Pirate principles where appropriate. There are various things you can do depending on circumstances.
- Suggest the adoption of open source software
- The use of the internet and social media to find out the wishes of the residents
- Suggest ways to share resources in the community
- If you feel able and there is an election or a vacancy then offer yourself for board positions
You will not only be benefiting the community, you will be gaining valuable experience and knowledge for the Pirate Party. You will gain recognition and friends in the community, and that can be used to campaign for a Pirate candidate in the future. And that candidate might well be you.
But don’t go over the top. Don’t troll the entire community and to try win everyone for the Party. Of course you can let people know your political affiliation but let your Pirate ideas win people over, if they want to be.
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About Andrew Reitemeyer
I joined the Pirate Party of Lower Saxony in Germany in April 2012, once I found out that non citizens were welcome to join and become active members of the Party. I joined the Pirate Times soon after it was started as a proof reader and am now an editor and author. Since then I have returned to my native New Zealand and joined the Pirate Party of New Zealand. Politically I come from the libertarian left and have, up to now, not regarded any political party as having a solution for the democratic deficit that envelops the world. With the advent of the Pirate Party, which truly embraces grass roots democracy, I have found a political home. The Pirate Times is a way I can contribute to furthering the Pirate Movement around the world. Skype: frithogar