Getting my groove on this Ramadan

July 2014 has been an intense month! Before turning 40 earlier this week, I had a chance to make some strides musically, while making waves as an advocate and organizer.

Over the first two weeks of the month, I spun 6 DJ sets (including my first recorded mix, a live set I mixed at Zeba on July 12 for Mischief) at venues including the PEX Summer Music Festival, Zeba, Tattoo Bar, and a friend's back yard for an overnight pool party. My NSA vs USA music video has continued making the rounds and was tweeted by Anonymous. It's been viewed roughly the same number of times as my video for Bumpin in My SUV, but in only 2-3% of the time (2 months vs. 6 years).

Magic hour crossing a lake on a train (August 2012)

The light follows us 
a ribbon of gold 
splitting a wide 
blue gray meringue
It shifts 
just a bit 

Lunch on a Friday (March 2013)

Her eyes dance
before my mind's
Her touch an unfelt
An inkling
of an echo of future

Explaining a surprising victory in Congress

Earlier this week, I joined host Thom Hartmann on The Big Picture to explain a surprising vote in the House of Representatives to defund parts of the NSA's domestic surveillance dragnet.

Last week, I published a blog post about the vote in greater detail, placing it in a political context, and suggesting some remaining pitfalls confronting NSA reform. As I wrote there:

Mass media featuring "NSA vs USA"

Since we released it on June 5, 2014 -- the anniversary of the first Snowden revelations in the Guardian -- the "NSA vs USA" music video has reached thousands of viewers around the world, and drawn the attention of a rack of journalists and bloggers.

Finding People (February 2001)

Sunday morning
on commuter rail
burned out
by a wild
adventurous night

feeling as though
mired in molasses
which has moved
even into my brain

Raising our voices to defend Due Process

This week, I launched a petition on CREDO Mobilize challenging the judicial nomination of Justice Department lawyer David Barron to a lifetime seat on the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. As I write in the petition:

Assassinating Americans citizens without charge, trial, and the presentation of evidence is unconstitutional — and advancing a legal justification for the executive branch to do so renders Mr. Barron unfit for the federal judiciary.

A consensus among prophets (April 2013)

Love really can conquer all.
That's the only thing
the messengers
actually showed us
Underneath all
the cultural rubble we've heaped
onto their barely
vestigial legacies


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