This is so far apart from the kind of post I usually make on Tumblr its taken me two days to figure out how to write this.
Two friends of mine, Michael Hall and Michael Roike, were attacked this past weekend. They were jumped while walking two blocks from where they’d been dropped off by a car service to their apartment. Evidence strongly points to this being a hate crime as the attackers seemed more concerned with beating them than stealing anything from them. The attack was so severe that Michael Hall has been in the hospital since and had his jaw operated on yesterday.
Michael Hall is a yoga instructor with no health insurance and the Michaels are also recovering from an apartment fire last month that has temporarily displaced them.
Several fundraising efforts have started to help cover the cost of Michael’s medical bills.
Friends of Michael Joel Hall and Michael Roike is a Facebook group that leads to a Paypal account where you can make a direct donation. Other donation efforts have been posted there as well as updates on Michael’s recovery and the growing news coverage of the attack.
If you live in the DC area you have a few options of in person fundraising events:
COBALT will be donating the proceeds made at the door ($3 cover) this Thursday night.
The DC Yoga community has put together several fundraising events and classes.
If you just have a warm thought/prayer/healing thought/etc. to send their way that’s cool too. I’ve known both Michaels almost as long as I’ve lived in DC and they are two of the brightest, smartest, warmest, awesome people I know. They’ve given back to their friends and their community in so many ways and it’s disheartening and horrifying that they could be attacked like this for being a gay couple.
03 Kid A
07 Meeting In The Aisle
08 The National Anthem
10 Morning Mr Magpie
12 Lotus Flower
13 Go To Sleep
14 The Gloaming
16 There There
17 You And Whose Army?
18 15 Step
20 Paranoid Android
21 Give Up The Ghost
So tonight sees Idioteque dropped from the set for the first time on the tour this year (not really a surprise given the issues with the performances in Newark). Other notes:
- Reckoner seems to be finding a regular position as the final song of the night
- Supercollider is becoming a set regular this leg
- This is the first time that There There has ended the main set this year
- Just the third performance of Meeting In The Aisle (first since Tampa)