Almost a year before I helped start Palante in 2010, I attended my first Fighting Burnout Retreat, a yearly event held by the Audre Lorde Project to help people involved in movement organizing identify how our work might be leading to burnout and how we might be able to counter that, both for our own individual health and for the collective health of our movements. I remember discussing our levels of burnout and describing myself as "crispy." That was eleven long and eventful years ago.
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At our most recent retreat we had a generative discussion on our shared values as an organization. We've been working to develop a more formal statement of our principles, which we're excited to share here and on our new Values page! Palante Technology Cooperative and its members uphold and demonstrate the following values and principles in our work:
Palante has published a new technical guide to Zoombombing self-defense! This detailed guide describes steps to take and settings to adjust before, during and after a Zoom event to protect our communities from Zoombombing and other intrusions or disruptions. The guide accompanies our recent post about how Zoombombing works and how we can use existing community safety principles and practices to defend our work and our people in virtual spaces.
While the coronavirus pandemic has slowed down or entirely shuttered much of our world, neither organizing nor the hatred and violence that makes that work essential have stopped. Much of our collaboration and gathering has moved onto the internet; there, we have begun to encounter "Zoombombing" and other kinds of disruption and harassment familiar to gamers and others who have long used the internet for much of their social interaction and engagement. By combining the community safety principles, practices and skills we already use in our movement work with some easily accessible technical know-how, our organizations and communities can become better equipped to prevent and defend against the violent disruption of our work as it moves online.
One of the ongoing services that Palante offers is regular updates of virtual private servers (VPS). VPS run a lot of the critical infrastructure on which our client’s websites and databases depend. Updates to these servers provide critical security patches and are really important to the overall security and uptime of an operation.
Update on May 18, 2020: PAUSE Order in New York State has been extended through May 28. It will likely be even longer before it is lifted in New York City. We will continue to be in touch with tech support clients in the region when we are re-opened for site visits. We'll continue to provide remote-only tech support until then. Update on April 17, 2020: PAUSE Order in New York State has been extended through May 15, 2020. We are continuing to provide remote-only tech support to our clients.