A Year In The Making 5.14.2018
A year in the making, America Speaks Podcast is now out to the world; and picking up steam. These conversations go beyond my usual work of capturing an image and giving life to the issues I have focused on for eighteen years. The synergy of hearing from those who have impacted my journey has taught me so much more about my identity as an American.
So how do I continue to have the stamina to cover the ongoing turmoil that plagues our country. I am speaking to fiercely dedicated freedom fighters. When I began putting together these interviews I did not realize what a resource this series would offer to all of us . My goal was to highlight those I have covered on the trail, the remarkable Americans from all walks of life , as well as political leaders, authors, historians, and renown public figures to share their story, during my eighteen year long journey.
It was Dennis Macdougal, from the very beginning, who embraced my passion to take on this visual documentary. of America's contemporary milestones. A longtime journalist and acclaimed writer, Dennis stepped in as my mentor. America Speaks recently interviewed Dennis about his forthcoming book on Jerry Brown’s legacy. This edgy and humorous dialogue explains how great leaders, leaders who have made lasting impact by doing great things, are the celebrated figures history remembers. Not the scoundrels, or sensationalists. Leaders who have lead the way. Leaders who inspire the future, leaders like Jerry Brown. What a timely message this conversation is for us all right now.
And what an honor it was to speak to Martin Sheen, who I first met in 2003. when he was marching against the invasion of Iraq. We recently engaged in a remarkable discussion on the urgency facing the undocumented community with Karla Estrada and Justino Mora, emphasizing the sorry state of our humanity today, in the U.S.. Martin declares that we are the guards of the 800,000 young undocumented who we have been thrown to the curb with this current administration. This remarkable series on immigration has been highlighted by the fearless work of Enrique Marones who has devoted his life, to being the defender along the U.S./Mexican border for those who are in transit, seeking asylum, and a better life for their family. Stay tuned for this powerful conversation with Enrique TBA.
In 2006, I first met Jonathan Granoff when I was brought to photograph Ban-Ki moon, who was Secretary General of the United Nations. Jonathan is a scholar, an adjunct law professor, CEO of Global Security Insititute, and a Nobel Laureate whose life has been devoted to an end to all wars. I was humbled to meet heroes like Garrett Reppenhagen, right after he had just returned from several tours of duty in Iraq. Impacted by the horrors of war Garrett is now fighting for peace and health and preservation of the planet. Garrett joins Jonathan for a groundbreaking conversation. Both my esteemed guests speak about what's at stake, and about taking risks to oppose corporate development that has destroyed our commons, oceans and the bio-shere.
America Speaks is bringing you the freedom fighters who are striking out with their work.
In last week's episode we are inspired by Robert Richter, whose work I have followed for decades. Robert is an award winning journalit who is the only living member of the edward RMurrow Fred friendly team, alive today. Robert produced Walter Cronkite's evening news for over a decade; a respected CBS producer. This episode illustrates the lengths that journalists/documentarians must go to get the truth out, and how Robert risked his life to tell the story.
I write this newsletter this month grateful to be able to offer our audience the guests that we are about to hear from in furure episodes; conversations that will continue to individuate our podcast series.
If it can be done, our series is seeking to make some sense out of this conflicted era we are in and leave us with hope and resolve. My aim is to inspire our audience with actions to better participate in the critical times ahead.
Participation is what I am leading to here, with this month’s newsletter. We need to hear from you. Please sign up for our newsletter. Listen to our episodes and let us know what you think. Give us feedback, and tell us if there is someone you would like us to speak to, someone whose story needs to be heard.
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As this year begins I am proud to be apart of the exhibition The Art of Protest: Epiphany and the Culture of Empowerment, co-curated by LACMA educator Sofia Gutierrez, artist Ricardo Reyes, historian Roslio Muñoz, and architect Ravi GuneWardena, The exhibition opens January 6th and closes March 31st, 2018.
I am excited to be mentioned in the Los Angeles Times!
My trip to the US/Mexican border, to document the opening of the Door Of Hope, is the backdrop to my new blog post “Three Minutes Allowed”.
America Speaks is previewing our flagship episode with Martin Sheen, Karla Estrada, and Justino Mora. Please stay tuned for all the details of where to find the whole episode.
My focused lens isolates the individual narrative of how we use our voice. This journey has allowed me to participate with those on the frontlines of today’s most vital issues, spotlighting the heroism and struggle of protest as a mainline to express our human response. I am energized by the acceleration of our collective voices uniting against injustice. The outcry I have witnessed reflects average Americans calling for accountability from our elected officials, as we find ourselves in a time when those who have been marginalized are now stepping out of the shadows. My participation has been to highlight the countless voices that have not been heard. This Saturday, January 20th, marks the second Women’s March. As I document this years march, I find myself pondering how successful we have been, since we donned our pink hats and mobilized in the hundreds of thousands. We have stood together, loud and and angry witnessing the reckless obliteration of Obama’s policies, and the further destruction of our rights and our environment. And the fight is just beginning. Please write to me and let me know how you have used your voice.