During the month of November the Pirate movement grew with 63.957 followers on Facebook and 12.364 followers on twitter. This brings the total amount of people following a pirate party on Facebook or twitter to 661.852 people.
Hipsters were born from the counter-culture. In the past decade the hipster movement has grown and has gradually moved from periphery into the mainstream of society. When punk became plastic and the hip hop lost their momentum for social change, the remaining counter-cultures merged together into a single, continuously mutating trans-atlantic melting pot of styles, tastes and habits, which can be described as a hipster movement, explains Douglas Haddow.
Everyone likes getting a present, especially children but also Pirates (who are children at heart). Winning the hearts of your fellow Pirates at conventions and children whilst campaigning is important.
It has been known for a long time that something was wrong in the office of Franc Kangler, the Mayor of the city of Maribor. The media constantly reported over corrupt and non-transparent practices by his administration. On Monday 26 November the situation escalated and led to unrest when thousands of people expressed their demands for the Mayor to step down.
Over 60 Pirates attended the annual meeting of the Pirate Party of the Netherlands on 25 November 2012. They elected members to their “Core Team” and although some positions remained vacant they developed a way to enable people who, although not gaining enough votes to gain a position, if they got a simple majority they could become reserve board members. They also reinvigorated the party’s commitment to the Uppsala Declaration and further strengthened the democratic principle with structure changes.
Last weekend, the Pirate Party of Germany held their second federal party convention of 2012 in the Ruhr city of Bochum, Northrhine Westphalia. Over 2000 registered Pirates from all over the country came to discuss and vote on motions for the party manifesto. The party’s working groups had improved upon the motion texts tirelessly for months – through late-night teleconferencing sessions via Mumble, the primary working mode of PPDE, as well as on several face-to-face meetings, like EuWiKon earlier this year. Compared to earlier Pirate conventions, the agenda was quickly agreed upon. After that, however, progress became increasingly slower.
A very good campaign that attracted the attention of people, which can be seen in their elections results as well as the greatly increased followers in social media, gave Pirates de Catalunya a rise to their electoral influence. In the early elections for local parliament held on Sunday, November 25, they got more than double of their previous percentage, 0,21% in 2010 increased to 0,49% in this election. This increase also meant that they nearly tripled the number of votes obtained, from 6.451 to 17.942. This result was achieved with the help of more than 150 candidates in all 4 regions.
Another electoral success for the Pirates, this time in Austria. In the local elections for the City of Graz , the second largest citiy in Austria PP-AT added another politician to the growing army of elected Pirates world wide. On 25.November 2012, with 2.7% of the vote the party entered the town hall for the first time with one seat. “We have arrived and we will stay”, said Philip Pacanda, the leading candidate for the Graz Pirates.
On Saturday 24 November 2012 Iceland Pirates voted the newest Pirate Party into existence.
PP-IS Pirate Eva Þuríðardóttir told the Pirate Times;
“We were all so excited finally the day was here, an Icelandic Pirate party the air was electric both figuratively and literally speaking, it has been such a joy and privilege to work with such a cohesive and a talented group of people, what characterises this group is how ready and willing everyone is to work together for future undertakings, we are just beginning.