Towards a North American Union: Immigration Justice beyond Arizona

(Note: This is from a longer piece I wrote for Tikkun magazine. The thinking was, when it comes to the immigrant rights movement, SB1070 and Arizona apartheid…we know what we are against, but what are we FOR? This is my contribution to the conversation, an attempt to frame our struggle…

A New Poem — From the Queer Open Mic

Identity politics is an interesting thing. So last night I was the first “mostly straight” artist (the organizer’s words, not mine…but I do agree) to get invited to feature at the amazing Queer Open Mic in San Francisco. The show was amazing, with some of my favorite writers from the…

Somebody Blew Up America

[Note: This is re-posted from my weekly spoken word video/commentary for The Progressive magazine.] That there is even any controversy over building a Muslim community center in Lower Manhattan – the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque“- makes me wonder: do we Americans know the depth of our hypocrisy? Or do we…

First Comedy Set Ever! (And it’s So Gay!)

Yep, I did it. I figured, “If I can tell terrible, usually offensive jokes to my friends and family, and no one’s punched me in the face yet…well then, I probably can tell terrible, for SURE offensive jokes to total strangers, right?” So began my career in stand-up comedy. I…

The Art of Resistance — Arizona, Ya Basta!

I  got back in the Bay yesterday after three weeks of vacation. A restful, rejuvenating, way-too-short three weeks. I was able to see one of my best friends get married in Milwaukee, show my Mom where I’m going to get married next year here in the Bay, have my old…