Make Art, Not War

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Party and I'm off to D.C.

And then all of a sudden, I look up and it's November!

In less then a week, we are having a fundraiser party to send me and Sophia (Sophia and I) to this summit in D.C. that Code Pink is putting on. I was asked to go by Medea Benjamin herself when she came to Minneapolis for a talk and I got to perform my poem about drones at the event. She really liked it, and asked if I would perform it at the summit. So, I am going to be performing sometime on Saturday, and then they asked if I would lead a workshop about poetry on Sunday!

I am really excited to be going (even if I hate to travel) and to participate in the summit in general. The AWC has been part of the effort here in Minneapolis to address the issue of drones, because as a movement we really need to get a handle on it. Along with opposing the war, we need to oppose these monsters as the new preferred tactic of war. Sophia and I are going to bring our energy, and experience, and hopefully learn a lot and come back better equipped to build an anti-drone peace movement. I am also really excited to talk to fellow activists who want to see art play a part in such a movement. I have never run a workshop before, but I've certainly been to plenty. I hope some creative people come and bring good questions. I'm nervous, but also I can't wait.

Before that, however, we party! Meredith Aby and her family, are hosting a dinner and drinks type fundraiser for us to raise the cost of plane tickets. Hopefully, we will have a place to stay for the weekend. So, we are asking our friends and members of the peace movement to help get us there. I will be performing at the party too! (Cause, as a poet, I know how to sing for my supper) So, if you haven't been able to make it to any of my performances this year, and you wanted to, come to this one! It should be a lot of fun!

Saturday, Nov 9th 7-9pm
3731 44th ave s, MPLS

Here is the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/438770089567175/