I don’t get into the legal realm very often, but this is important. The Festival Lawyer has put out a quick, easy to follow video with tips to make sure your phone is protected just in case the cops decide to ruin your day. Little things, like password protection, ways to speak to them that don’t inadvertently waive your rights, and even apps to download to help you record the cops. These little things are all presented quickly, easily & The Festival Lawyer totally has a great voice for radio. I’m definitely following all of the steps & subscribing to the new Festival Lawyer network, because that’s gonna be useful at some point. I can promise you that much. Get the video into your face & show your stupid friend, you know the one I mean.
(I was given the incredible honor of speaking to Dede Goldsmith, mother of Shelley Goldsmith, who died of heatstroke in Washington DC at a dance event. Mrs. Goldsmith is leading an army of artists, non-profits, volunteers & activists to Amend The Rave Act. Join ravelrie, NY DanceSafe, Stay Safe Seattle & I as we talk about her work!)
1. Can you tell us a little bit about Shelley & how she inspired you to begin this massively important campaign? Shelley was an amazing young person. She was full of life, ready to tackle the world’s injustices head on. From an early age, she viewed herself as a citizen of the world. Although active politically her whole life, (I worked for our local congressman for 28 years so she had little choice!) the events of 9/11 cemented her role as an activist for international peace through justice. Continue reading
Halloween is upon us and with it, some of the largest parties of the season. To expand on what’s happening 4:30 PM (1:30 PM PST) during our #FestFriday discussion on Twitter, I wanted to explain one of the biggest problems in the dance community today, the RAVE Act. I’ve written about this extensively on a much larger blog, EDMTunes. The short story is, laws that were created to prosecute people who rented to crack dealers, were used to prosecute rave producers. Public comment on the laws and aggressive prosecution especially after tragic events essentially destroyed the EDM boom of the mid 2000’s. Any of us old enough to be keeping score can tell you about how certain clubs got obliterated, gangbusters style. NYC, DC, LA, you name it, nights were being ruined. This was done under the pretext of protecting children from unscrupulous dealers, and Joe Biden did his best to ensure that no one danced to hardstyle, happy hardcore or techno again.
Instead of shutting the damn thing down, the French Open kept the crowd in the stadium and had a mini-dance battle while waiting for the rain to stop. It’s almost as if we don’t need to kick thousands of attendees out of a place just because shit is a little moist(via White Raver Rafting).
1. How did you go from regular law to festival & drug law?
I actually have a “real job” as a law partner in my own criminal defense firm. It’s super satisfying and busy enough that I don’t have any need to use “The Festival Lawyer” to market for new clients. I write under “The Festival Lawyer” name in part because I want people to understand that I’m not their lawyer and not trying to represent them. I just really like music and festivals and believe that if I can pass on some of the things that I know, that it might make everyone feel a little safer and more empowered. The basic Festival Lawyer message is that we can make festivals (and everywhere else, actually) better through Education, Empowerment and Positivity.