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Music is the art form we turn to when we need to build bridges and make ourselves plainly understood.

In January 2020, the United States was in crisis. The president was holding vital defense support to Ukraine hostage as a means of coercing their government into investigating the son of a political rival.

My civil disobedience action inside the Senate’s Russell Rotunda – performing Sara Bareilles’ “Brave” in an area where protest is strictly forbidden – was a call on Republican Senators to join Democrats in voting to remove that corrupt president from office.

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Boston8/7/23TBABerklee Performance Center*
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Reston, VA8/18/236pmLake Anne Plaza
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Bio / Artist Statement

My name is Tae Phoenix and my favorite party game is “two truths and a lie.” See if you can guess which is which:

The answer is in the footer of the website.

My work is about themes that everyone can relate to on some level: rejecting conformity, embracing authenticity, and finding the connections between healing ourselves and building the world we want.

Sometimes, when I’m stuck on where a musical idea belongs, I’ll write lyrics from the perspective of a fictional character and see where that takes me. I love this approach because I tend to obsess over stories: telling them, absorbing them, analyzing them. It doesn’t really matter as long as I’m immersed. I’ve written songs that started out as screenplays and the beginnings of musicals that I originally thought were novels. It all makes me ridiculously happy.

My favorite thing about using music as a storytelling vehicle is that a well-timed and well-written song can convey a tremendous amount of information just with the placement of a quarter note rest. I learned this the first time I performed in a Sondheim show. (“Into the Woods.”) I looked at the score, thought, “wow! It’s turtles all the way down, “and never looked back.

The performing arts world is a wonderful place for many reasons, but it’s also not an easy space for me to enter. As an Autistic, I get easily overwhelmed by loud, chaotic environments like music clubs. In a people-oriented business, missing a social cue, facial expression, or change in tone of voice can have implications that aren’t always obvious in the moment. One of my goals as I work in this space is to build more inclusive and accessible spaces for “neuro-spicy” artists and our supporters.



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Accusations of Anti-Semitism in the Women’s March are Ludicrous3 min read

After the historic, woman-led electoral shift of November 6, 2018, right-wing extremists are more terrified of the intersectional feminist coalition than ever before. That’s why they’re working to fan flames of mistrust wherever they can find them within our ranks. There is no better example of this than the intellectually dishonest guilt-by-association talking points currently swirling around Women’s March leaders Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour.

At issue is the fact that both Tamika and Linda have organized with famously anti-Semitic and LGBTQ-phobic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. According to some, this means that Tamika and Linda must be anti-Semitic and LGBTQ-phobic themselves; and nothing short of their publicly denouncing Farrakhan will prove otherwise.

I am a queer Jewish woman and I say that we need to put this mishigas to rest once and for all.

The talking points about Linda and Tamika vis-á-vis Farrakhan actually originated with NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch last summer. In the wake of the terrorist attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, they have now found their way into the mouths of some prominent liberal white women. This is a victory for everyone who would like to see our coalition fracture, get back in the kitchen, and fix them a sandwich.

What is most important is that both Linda and Tamika have spoken out repeatedly, categorically against the anti-Semitism and hatred towards queer and gender non-conforming people that Farrakhan espouses. That’s good enough for me. I might feel differently if the Tree of Life shooter had been radicalized by Farrakhan, but he wasn’t. He was radicalized by the white supremacist right. It makes no sense why anyone is making Black / Muslim women the problem here.

The bottom line is this: I can’t know for certain that Linda and Tamika don’t hold any kind of bias against me as a Jew or a queer person, but I do know that many Black and Muslim women have continued to organize with me despite my own biases against them. They’ve extended me that grace because they can see that I’m doing the work to address those biases.

I witnessed Tamika and Linda’s dedication to that work firsthand when we peacefully protested the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh together in Washington, DC. To the extent that either one of them holds biases against any of my identities or anyone else’s, I trust them to do the work to learn and grow.

These difficult conversations naturally come up within diverse coalitions. Transforming them into the kind of infighting we’ve seen over the last couple of weeks is the oldest trick in the right wing playbook for one simple reason: it works.

The stakes are much too high for us to be fooled by these same tired tactics yet again. That’s why this January 19-21, you’ll find me working, learning, celebrating, and singing at the Seattle Womxn’s March second anniversary weekend. Interested readers can find out more at https://www.seattlewomxnmarchingforward.org.



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6 responses to “Accusations of Anti-Semitism in the Women’s March are Ludicrous3 min read

  1. You are blaming the right for problems in a movement that claims to be of the left. You claim that the “taking points” originated with the NRA which firstly is factually incorrect , Mallory’s association with Farrakhan was pointed out before the NRA remarks, but secondly and more importantly nothing in those “talking points” was untrue. You can’t be a progressive and embrace and praise a bigot and call him the GOAT. Quite frankly your tactic of blaming conspiracies by the right are exactly the tactics that the right uses to defend the lies and crimes of Trump.

    • The right is fanning the flames of an issue on the left that requires nuance, compassion, empathy, and sensitivity rather than knee-jerk responses. The left has to stop falling into this trap.

      I agree that Farrakhan is repugnant and I am far from thrilled by Tamika’s association with him, but I do not believe her to be an irredeemable anti-Semitic bigot who must step down from leading an organization she helped to shape. It’s important that we give her the grace to learn and grow.

  2. We are living through an unprecedented time in this country. The confluence of propaganda, nationalism, economic inequality has permeated through our deeply undereducated society.

    Some changes have been gradual, so slow that our minds don’t notice (wage stagnation, economic inequality, failing schools.) Others have risen sharply (overt racism, anti semitism, mass shootings, hate crimes against all minority groups)

    It’s hard to know what to do in the face of so much hatred and violence… except stay united. Keep having the difficult conversations, stay involved, feed the flame of love in your hearts and be mindful of the hatred and fear that our enemies would use to divide us!

  3. Shalom Tae, good thinking here. Hope you might get a chance to speak with Tamika and Linda directly and ask them if they can separate out Israeli governmental policies from Jews. Blessings to you and your work. Me’irah

    • If I do have a chance to speak with them, I’ll make sure to bring that up.

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