Brazil Conference – The Pirate Party of Brazil is no Longer
Partido Pirata do Brasil (The Pirate Party of Brazil) is no longer with us. The party’s members held their first ever General Assembly, and in an unusual move, the Pirates of Brazil decided to change their name to simply the “Pirate Party”. No more Pirate Party of Brazil but just plain Pirate Party. Not only that, they decided to change their official logo to the vanilla black on white Pirate P on a white background. Someone should tell Amazon. We’ll report about that later.
The assembly added nine new “immutable clauses” to their constitution. Here is the complete list of immutable clauses:
- The protection of human rights and civil liberties
- the right to privacy
- free access to information
- free sharing of culture and knowledge
- public transparency
- full democracy
- the secular State;
- freedom of expression
- colaboratividade: open cooperation
- gender equality, in all its expressions
- combating all forms of discrimination
- combating all forms of authoritarianism
- the inalienable right to resist oppression
- defending hacker activism
- full enjoyment of citizenship rights regardless of nationality, including the right to act as politician, hold assets and liabilities
- full individual self-determination
- net neutrality
Also the assembly decided that
- The party cannot merge with another party.
- The immutable clauses may not be removed or have their effectiveness muted or nullified.
- The rights and guarantees in the constitution do not prevent others from deriving other rights and guarantees as long as they do not contradict the Declaration of Principles.
- and adopted other documents of the Party.
The assembly elected a leadership for the Pirate Party in Brazil. They trust this team will take the Party through the process of bringing together the nearly half a million of signatures that they need for the next step to official registration.
The First Secretary is Fabiane Kravutschke Bogdanovicz. She is 29, a psychologist working in a technological incubator of cooperative businesses in the city of Ponta Grossa where she lives. She was active in the student movement and in academia. Currently she’s a counsellor at the women’s Municipal council for which she was nominated for her work in feminist activism, ecofeminist and transfeminist. She is active for animal rights and takes part in the collective of Alternative Culture ZWPG.
The Second Secretary is Felipe Magnus, 24 years old. He has been a Pirate since 2009 and is a co-founder of the Pirate Party. He is a web developer and lives in Porto Alegre.
The move to change the name to just the Pirate Party is interesting and points to the members grasping the fact that the we are all part of a world wide movement that is growing. While each Party is autonomous we are somehow holding together to achieve mutual goals.
Maybe we should stop referring to the Pirate Party of Germany or Sweden or Turkey or Europe but rather the Pirate Party in Germany, the Pirate Party in Sweden, the Pirate Party in Turkey, the Pirate Party in Europe.
What do you think?
Featured image: CC BY-SA 3.0 The Pirate Party ( in Brazil)
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