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State Radio serves alongside Tom Morello on Justice Tour

We just caught wind of this great on-the-road service moment from Boston-based indie rockers State Radio.  They’re currently touring in support of The Nightwatchman (the solo project of Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello). 

I first caught The Nightwatchman with Boots Riley of The Coup at the National Conference on Media Reform in Madison, WI in 2003 and was blown away by Morello’s raw, gritty approach to activism.  Unlike Rage or Audioslave, he does it simply with an acoustic guitar and the sound of his voice.  According to Morello, “Each night of this tour is going to be a freedom party.  We are going to create a little bit of the world we’d like to see.”   

Here’s the report from Los Angeles from State Radio bass player Chuck Fay:

besides the magnitude of players that are coming out for these shows, the real meat of Justice Tour is the local social activism that’s going hand in hand with the performances. on monday, a crew of people from the tour went down to a los angeles PATH facility to serve dinner and hang with the people rolling through. chad, mike, and i got dessert duty, obviously never a bad place to be, which consisted of cutting up and serving some good ol’ fashion pie. (insert cartman voice)   

Hit up State Radio’s Tour Blog entry #18 (to the left) for the complete story. 

chad urmston of state radio and tom morello (aka the nightwatchman) process their experience, photo by chuck fay  chad urmston and mad dawg of state radio do the dishes, photo by chuck fay  the result of some sick service, photo by chuck fay 

Now why service?  “There has been much talk about change this election season, but real change must start with people, not politicians. No matter who is elected, we the people must create justice on the ground,” Morello says. 

We at ServeNext.org couldn’t agree more.  That’s why we’re pushing for the expansion of AmeriCorps by 100,000 members and calling for increased support of the Peace Corps, Senior Corps, and Learn & Serve programs… so that people have the opportunity to serve full-time for year at places like PATH and can be impacted by the transformative power of that experience. 

No stranger to the National Service community, State Radio participated in several events at last year’s City Year convention in Manchester, NH and has made a point of encouraging fans to get involved in public service by inviting local organizations to have a regular presence at their shows.  We’re going to try to catch up with the Justice Tour this weekend in Boston, where The Nightwatchman and State Radio team up for a Sunday evening gig at Berklee Performance Center.


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Boston to Columbus: 34 hours and 807 miles later…


Following the Boston Chapter Launch at City Year’s Headquarters for Idealism, Sean and I hit the hay, woke up early Tuesday morning, met up at South Station, picked up our Discovery Passes, and spent the majority of the day traveling across New York State.  My new friend Twitter caught most of the day’s action including an on-board arrest, Border Patrol asking about our citizenship (separate incident), and a visit to Eerie, Pennsylvania. It was quite the first full day of travel…

We were supposed to have a Verizon Wireless card to share between our laptops but – minor setback – Sean lost it back in Boston somewhere between the bus terminal and the bus.  No biggie over the long-term, but he was totally bamboozled.  The nature of our work is that we’re traveling, preparing, documenting, Twittering, improving, emailing, planning, blogging, organizing, downloading, editing, uploading, and sleeping a little (if we’re lucky).  Access to the Internet is rather essential to keep the momentum.  Welcome, friends, to life on the road!    

Angela Barrett, Program Director at City Year Cleveland, picked us up at the Greyhound Station when we finally got into town at 10:30pm.  The temperature was 68 degrees – gorgeous in contrast to the New England weather we had experienced just hours before.  Angela brought us to her home on the West Side, let us play with her oversized television remote control, blew up an air mattress for Sean, and made us feel right at home.  A few hours later we were up, showered, back out the door, and rushing to the Greyhound station to get tickets for our 4:30am bus to Columbus.  We snoozed on the ride down.

In Columbus at 7:00am, we found a Starbucks so we could get online with my T-Mobile HotSpot.  We had a fun interaction with the baristas – who told us to grab scrumptious breakfast sandwiches from next door – before taking care of the most urgent items on our list, doing a conference call with ServeNext Director Zach Maurin in Washington, D.C., reworking our presentation for more intimate crowds, and proceededing next door to City Year Columbus for our 10:00am roundtable…  

Blog entries from Columbus and Cleveland roundtables coming soon!

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