About Me

I am a political philosophy student, attorney, technologist, co-founder of Black Movement-Law Project, a legal support rapid response group that grew out of the uprisings in Ferguson, Baltimore, and elsewhere. I am currently a partner at O’Neill and Hassen LLP, a law practice focused on indigent criminal defense. Prior to this current work, I was the Mass Defense Coordinator at the National Lawyers Guild. I have also worked as a political campaign manager and strategist, union organizer, and community organizer.

I am particularly interested in exploring the the dynamic nature of institutions, political movements, and their interactions from the perspective of Complex Systems studies.

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Some Quotes I Like

Tell no lies. Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories.

― Amilcar Cabral

To be a pessimist means that you have agreed that human life is an academic matter.

— James Baldwin

Racism, in other words, is neither attitude nor bigotry nor prejudice. It is an act, and it is a repetition of the act of racism that makes race looks like a real entity.

— Barbara Fields

The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best – and therefore never scrutinize or question.

— Stephen Jay Gould

Clichés, stock phrases, adherence to conventional, standardized codes of expression and conduct have the socially recognized function of protecting us against reality

— Hannah Arendt

Knowingness is a state of soul which prevents shudders of awe. It makes one immune to romantic enthusiasm.

— Richard Rorty

Like physics, economics is more or less closed to the layman through being technical and counter-intuitive: unlike physics, however, it does not repay this loss by presenting reliable and agreed results, or indeed by being manifestly superior in its judgments to those of the layman.

— Ernest Gellner

Selected Media and Publications