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.
Palante Tech Blog
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.
In early January all eight Palante workers gathered in our cooperative's original home base of NYC for our winter retreat. We met in the conference room at The Muste Institute, a Palante client and a hub for social justice organizing in NYC that also houses the War Resisters League, another longtime Palante client. We soaked in the revolutionary energy of the space and let it inspire our hard work towards building a stronger, more sustainable and more effective cooperative to better support ourselves and our movements. We were also excited to borrow the balloon arch that we found in their office for our traditional retreat photo!
Palante stands in solidarity with non-profit employees unionizing across the country who are exercising their rights to collectively bargain for better wages, benefits, and working conditions. As a democratic, worker-owned cooperative that serves non-profit and community organizations advancing social justice, we believe that the internal structures of our movements and organizations should model the liberated world we are trying to build.
Palante is excited to welcome Jessica Oros as our newest worker! Jess is a software engineer with more than ten years of professional experience developing, maintaining and supporting websites and applications. As an activist and organizer, Jess is a longtime participant in struggles for social justice like the ones she'll be supporting through her web work at Palante. We're excited to add Jess' expertise to our team, expanding our capacity to support our clients as well as allowing us to contribute more to the open source projects we use and benefit from daily.
This past June, the Palante Technology workers met up in upstate New York for our summer retreat. Nina joined us remotely from Michigan. Many snacks were eaten, many important conversations were had!