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On Taking a Knee: The Text of My Solidarity for Peace March Speech

What appears below is the speech I gave earlier today at the Solidarity for Peace march in Seattle. The italicized portions are elaborations on the themes I touched on in the speech. I have also provided links to sources wherever possible. The Solidarity March for Peace is a nonpartisan event rooted in our thirst for a […]

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My Thinking on Punching Nazis Has Evolved

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the optics of punching Nazis and how it plays into false equivalencies. I’m sorry to say that I was wrong. I’m not a fan of violence; be that immediate fisticuffs or the horrifically banal racist violence that is part and parcel of our system. I’m very […]

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On Many Sides: Punching Nazis & The Importance of Nonviolent Resistance

I’ve rethought this somewhat. Read my update here. Dear Black Bloc, I don’t need to tell you how important it is that we win this fight for the soul of America. The future of humanity is at stake. I agree with your mission, but I cannot condone your methods. A movement that remains peaceful in […]

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On November 4, we must be the adults in the room

This weekend, white supremacists from all over the country tried to take over Charlottesville, VA. They showed up with more firepower than the state police and used pickup trucks as weapons. Before the weekend was over, the senseless violence that necessarily follows from their vile rhetoric had killed Heather Heyer and injured many others. At […]

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Get a Sneak Peak of “Personally”

Dear Friends, Just after the election last year, I wrote a protest song called “Personally,” in response to people in my life telling me not to take it personally that they voted for Trump. The song has been a big hit at protests around the Pacific Northwest, so I decided to make a recording in […]

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An open letter to the pro-Trump counter protesters I met at yesterday’s Seattle’s Refuse Fascism rally

Today, I had the privilege of playing my new song “Personally” (and a cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine”) at the Refuse Fascism rally and march in Cal Anderson Park. We were joined by a handful of pro-Trump counter protesters. I talked with some of them after my set. Below is a letter I’ve written to […]

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New Original Song – If They Come For You, I’ll Be There

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.” – Martin Niemöller

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New Cover: To Make You Feel My Love

  You can get a free download of this song (and a bunch of other great free downloads) by signing up for my mailing list here: https://madmimi.com/signups/79634/join I’m going to start posting more of these covers, and what better place to start than this classic song? I’ve loved it since forever because it conveys such longing and loss, and those […]

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Photos from #Scoble50 at City Winery in Napa

I have had the distinct honor of knowing the hilarious and brilliant Robert Scoble (a.k.a. Scobleizer) for a decade now. Robert and his wonderful wife Maryam threw a stunning, lively party in Napa to celebrate his 50th birthday and they invited me to sing a few songs along with Pete Stringfellow, Roem Baur, Philip Nelson, Clint […]

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