There's a rally against the surveillance state in front of Union Station on Saturday, October 26.
If I have the scratch, I may be there.
Here's more info:
A stellar group of whistleblowers, activists, researchers and others from both sides of the political spectrum will be speaking at this historic event. The list includes:
Congressman Justin Amash
Former senior NSA executive and whistleblower Thomas Drake
Social critic Naomi Wolf
Indie pop senation YACHT
Lt. Dan Choi, LGBT advocate and U.S. veteran
Rainey Reitman, EFF
Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned security technologist
Craig Aaron, Free Press
Kymone Freeman, Director of the National Black LUV Fest
Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson
Khaliah Barnes, EPIC
Shahid Buttar, Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Malachi Byrd, DC Youth Poetry Slam Team
Wafa Ben Hassine, writer and human rights advocate
Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Laura Murphy, ACLU
NOT4PROPHET, Hip Hop MC and community organizer
Black Alley, DC-based soul-garage band
Marchers will gather in front of Union Station at 11:30 a.m. by the Christopher Columbus Memorial Fountain in Columbus Circle. Shortly after noon we’ll march to the National Mall at 3rd Street and Madison Dr. NW, in front of the Capitol Reflecting Pool, where there will be a stage set up for our rally speakers, musicians, and performers.
I think I've picked my latest hopeless crush -- Molly Crabapple. You'll meet her in this video. Not only is she gorgeous, not only is she politically perfect, she's a famous contemporary artist who can actually draw
. I try not get all insanium-in-the-cranium about younger women, but I will allow myself to do exactly that for -- oh, I dunno. Give it 12 hours. Things should be back to normal afterwards.
(Seriously, I'm glad that I'm way too old for her, because my fifteen-years-younger self would be planning elaborate stratagems to meet her, inevitably resulting in much facial crimson and public humiliation and restraining orders and all those other horrors that used to be such a common part of my life.)
(So what was it I was supposed to be talking about? Oh, right. The NSA. Yeah, I've been bitching about those guys for decades. Your big takeaway from this post is this: Spooks bad, Molly Crabapple good.)