Pirate Party of Brazil to Hold its First General Assembly

Pirate Party of Brazil to Hold its First General Assembly
Pirate Parties are not just a European phenomenon, there are Pirate Parties in all hemispheres of the globe. South America is no exception and from 23 -25 May 2014 Partido Pirata do Brasil (Pirate Party of Brazil, PPBR) will be holding its first General Assembly (GA).
The GA will be held in the city of Curitiba, the  capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Paraná. It is the eight most populous city in the country. Plenty of time is being allocated to  social events such as city tours,  a party and the chance to have a rum with fellow Pirates from around the country and the world.
The Party started in 2007 from a “small” nucleus of 300 persons. In 2009 they held a meeting to make a plan for creating and registering an official political party. The official founding took place in 2012 and they were officialy recognised in December 2013.

At the conference the Brazilian Pirates want to reform its statutes and political program, as well as discuss the party’s stance in the current situation. They also plan to bring Pirate ideology into new areas with civil liberties being the guiding principle. Some of these topics include:

  • decriminalization of cyber-activism involving distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) and website defacement
  • legalization of drugs
  • unhindered self-determination of sexual and gender identities
  • legalization of abortion
  • recognition of family pluratity and freedom of affection
  • euthanasia
  • de-monopolisation of the media

As well as reaffirming basic Pirate Policies on:

  • copyright
  • patents
  • free software
  • network neutrality
  • user privacy
  • public transparency
  • free sharing of culture

The voting will take place at the conference but the discussions are well underway in online forums. They will also plan to collect the half a million signatures required to be able to help complete the registration process, discuss taking part in the demonstrations during the upcoming World Cup and take part in a Marijuana March in Curitiba.

The Party Program shall be voted by the Assembly plenum, open to all associated pirates. The construction of this program and the statute reform are already taking place collaboratively on the Internet, with transparency and participation of all members of the Pirate Movement.

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