So I’m playing this big #LegalizeItMN show on Saturday w/ Mike Mictlan,Mixed Blood Majority, Shiro Dame, ECID, Metasota, Manchita, Greg Greaseand more. Aside from being a great lineup, it’s a cause I think is important; figured I’d talk about it:
I don’t smoke weed. Never have, never will. So for me, this isn’t about the recreational use of a substance. It’s about the fact that marijuana being illegal hurts people.
Because marijuana-related arrests get people into “the system,” whether or not they get locked up. Because some people GET locked up, sometimes as a third offense with an absurdly long sentence. Because enforcement of prohibition disproportionately targets people of color. Because prisons are overflowing with non-violent drug offenders, and that costs money, destroys lives, and has a generational impact. Because the drug war is a multi-billion dollar failure, everyone knows it, but no politician will do anything about it. Because there’s a connection between the militarization of police and that drug war. Because medicinal marijuana works and is working in other states. Because it’s the right thing to do, and the right time to do it.
Come to the show, or check out MN Norml for more info.
Quicksand by Guante
IT’S HARD TO BE THE COOL KID AT A FUNERAL
NEW VIDEO FOR MY NEW SONG.
It’s a song about death. If you’ve ever lost someone, or even if you haven’t, you may be able to relate.
Produced by Ganzobean, shot by Adam J. Dunn.
Wednesday night! More info here.
Some background on Wednesday’s show, plus some great links to examples of how people all over have been fighting back against street harassment and rape culture
Friday at 7:30: free, all-ages poetry show featuring me and Tish Jones at the U of MN’s Whole Music Club in Coffman Union.
Here’s a song we made about the political weaponization of sex-negativity, and the importance of comprehensive sexual education.
Reminder to self.
Some extended thoughts on my new video.
Guante - “Quicksand” (Saint Paul Poetry Slam)