[Noisebridge-discuss] Bernie?

Jacob Appelbaum jacob at appelbaum.net
Mon Aug 24 18:28:14 UTC 2015


On 8/24/15, girlgeek <girlgeek at live.com> wrote:
> A small group of volunteers for Bernie Sanders would like to meet in
> Church or Turing when it is not otherwise in use.   Does anyone know, is
> there anything in our 501c3 rules (or other rules) that applies for
> political campaigns?  We wouldn't be doing any fundraising.
> Just figuring out what we are doing among volunteers.
>

Noisebridge is a very political space - we've held lots of meetings
that had specific political goals, especially around issues of wealth
inequality and social injustice.

Of course, there is no consensus on supporting Bernie and as such, I
see little to endanger the 501c3 status of Noisebridge. This was true
for OccupySF and for many many other political causes, especially
around Free Software, that have been openly and freely operating in
the space. If Noisebridge ever directly came out in support of a
political leader, I guess it would have to involve Cthulu or another
elder god. I think Bernie isn't old enough, nor has he eaten the souls
of enough people to qualify for even holding a discussion that could
threaten our status.

Have a great meeting and good luck overthrowing the American oligarchy!

All the best,
Jake


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