Local Party Organization
Becoming a State Party
Steps are listed to help your state Pirate Party on its way to political influence.
- Have between 3 and 10 dedicated people with a decent amount of free time.
- If there are less than 3 people in your state, look for more until you have 3. You can't really do much with less than that.
- If you find 3 or more people in any area (city or town) make them their own local group.
- For special projects like maintaining a website have at least 3 dedicated people before starting.
- Start a state Pirate Party page on Facebook and spam it to the USPP Facebook page.
- If there already is one, contact the page administrators and assimilate them or be assimilated by them.
- Join the weekly Tuesday meetings on IRC where states come together to get help with their issues and talk politics or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you with resources and advice.
- Canvasing Strategies
- Leaflets and Flyers
- Participating in Organized Events
- Writing Letters
- Campaigning Materials/SWAG
- Communication and Conflict Resolution
- Organize a Demonstration
Note: only the most basic things are mentioned
- Go to city council and school board meetings. This is where everyone starts.
- Collect contact information for all local political blogs and send them a letter letting them know the Pirate Party is in town.
- Run for office if for no other reason than you fear being ruled by someone who will make worse decisions than yourself. (Currently, the bar is really low.)
- Set up a website. This is the world's window into your state's movement. We can provide you with a subdomain at http://pirate.is. For a subdomain contact, email@example.com
You may get the push back, "Well, Joel is a thief who should be punished." You could counter with, "Well if he *is* a thief, and he stole a CD from a store, which is say 12 songs, the most her would get is a $500 dollar fine and/or probation, right? So these MPAA and RIAA fines are absolutely ruinous, and hardly in the spirit of American justice." That can be a very disarming argument, as people tend to be very justice minded. Then you can proceed to make your point about sharing culture, etc.