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Comedian Nato Green at SF Board of Supervisors
On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, San Francisco comedian Nato Green gave public comment during a hearing at the Board of Supervisors. The Board was hearing an appeal on a proposed condo development on Valencia Street in the Mission District, and there were concerns that the project would hurt the beloved Marsh Theatre next door.
Smart – Remember the ol’ Occupy Movement? Well they’re still actively shedding light on the massive income inequality in America. Most recently, Rolling Jubilee (part of the Occupy’s “Strick Debt” group) purchased and abolished almost $15 million worth of personal debt, for only $400,000. Intrestingly, most of this was medical debt (exactly the problem that Obamacare is seeking to curb…yes, that’s my opinion). Rolling Jubilee abolished this debt in order to bring awareness about the “secondary debt market,” in which a debt, that has consistently gone unpaid, will be sold at pennies on the dollar to a new creditor – who then makes a profit by demanding the original amount in payment from the debtor. Rolling Jubilee’s abolishment of the personal debt served, not only to free the individuals who just happened to be lumped into the debt purchase, but to change the conversation that debtors can have with their creditors. If the debtors realize their loans have been acquired for a fraction of the original amount, it changes the psychology of their empowerment. It makes me want to call my Mom’s creditors and strike a deal… Nice work, Occupy.
Art – The Jacob Kornbluth’s film, “Inequality for All” is a documentary exploring the current idea of the American Dream. He both collaborates with and interviews Robert Reich (former Clinton-era Secretary of Labor and UC Berkeley professor of Public Policy) in this film, and the naturally funny Reich apparently illustrates our crumbling vision of the middle class, in an engaging way. Listen, I haven’t watched it yet, but I want to…so I’m encouraging you to do the same. Maybe call me if you are planning a viewing - I’ll bring beverages and we can drink and learn (a terrific combination).
Heart - I’m mildly freaking out and significantly having trouble coping with the gravity of my everyday, in the shadow of my decision to move to NYC. I don’t know how to maintain my regular commitments; spend time with the friends and family that I cherish and who are/have been formative in my adult life; prepare for my move and life change; AND keep up with comedy. But I see the thread of familiarity in this anxiety-riddled lament: my struggle with judging my daily choices within the shadow of my goals. In the vision of comedic success, every choice I make that is NOT comedy feels “wrong” and I have subsequent guilt. But my life is not comedy. Comedy is a part of my life (albeit, not a compartmentalized part but a thread/seam/root/dye that touches all areas). I realize, in this moment, that my life takes priority. As long as I’m oriented and moving in the direction of my dreams, I’m still doing fine. This struggle is the process of eradicating the voice of other people’s expectations in my life - that tell me what I “should” be doing – and instead, listening to my own voice tell me what I need for my happiness. I have zero answers. I’m learning as I go. I’m going to be fine AND I’m going to be freaking out. They are both simultaneously true – because that is life.
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