Damian to perform at Aaron Swartz Memorial, January 19


Last Friday, Aaron Swartz killed himself in his apartment in Brooklyn, NY. Tomorrow afternoon, his friends, family, and many people who didn’t know Aaron but were inspired by his life and saddened by his death will gather together at Cooper Union in New York City to mourn and celebrate him. The event is open to the public. Damian will perform a song in tribute.

Aaron was richly talented; a singular person who dedicated himself to protecting and furthering an open Internet and the free exchange of knowledge and ideas. Sadly, for a minor offense he committed in defense of the principles he believed in he was being prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and facing 35 years in prison; a factor many say contributed to his decision to end his life. We hope you’ll take a moment to read more about Aaron’s life and work.

Memorial Website
Thoughts from Cory Doctorow
Thoughts from Lawrence Lessig
An interview with Lawrence Lessig about Aaron

And most importantly, if you are thinking about harming yourself in any way, please seek help. Make a phone call to a friend or to a help line in your country. In the US you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. There are suicide hotlines for dozens of countries. Please call one, if you are ever in need.

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