[Noisebridge-discuss] Bernie?

ITechGeek itg at itechgeek.com
Mon Aug 24 18:43:02 UTC 2015

The IRS appears to feel a little different about issues/ballots/measures
than candidates.

And from what I was reading having discussions among membership is ok, but
the point where the 501c3 is providing support to a specific campaign is
bad and providing space to a bunch of supporters is probably a VERY dark
gray area.

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On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 2:28 PM, Jacob Appelbaum <jacob at appelbaum.net>

> 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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