Although founded in Sweden as a relatively single issue party, on the basis of patent and copyright reform, Pirate Parties across the world have stood as representatives of the common folk. We believe in evidence based policies, abandoning the left-right political scale in favor of policies that benefit the working class and common man, not the richest citizens and interests of corporations. Truly, Pirate Parties are a representation of the “for the people, by the people” idea. We are not politicians, but members of the working class. We work 9-5s, in the tech field, in the food business and construction sites. Pirates stand to represent the under represented: the largest group in our society, the working class. Without the workers, society could not function. It’s about time DC had someone representing the everyday worker, and that’s what the ILPP hopes to achieve.

Pirate Parties are the party of the internet. Pirates often unify together on common issues, standing true to our core values on privacy, patent/copyright reform, and human first decision making. But without the internet, the Pirate Party would not exist. In the 21st century, nothing is perhaps more important than ensuring the internet, the world’s most valuable tool for information and communication, remains free and open. It is the modern day Library of Alexandria or Baghdad House of Wisdom. All the information the internet has to offer must be free and available.

When we meet

Our meetings are the first and third Wednesdays of the month, with local branches meeting on the second and fourth Wednesdays. Meetings take place via IRC using the channel #ilpp. Jitsi will be used for the IL Pirate Conference and may also be used for meetings and casual meetups. Discord being the primary communication source for IL and US Pirates. In-Person meetings may be organized at the local level.