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Documenting The Undocumented: Donna DeCesare and Jeff Solomon

Photojournalist Donna DeCesare and playwright Jeff Solomon are two extraordinary chroniclers of our times. Each uses the power of their art and reporting to amplify the voices of people under seige.

DeCesare covered the war in El Salvador in the 1980s and was moved by scenes of devastation and was deeply affected by the impact of trauma on children. In her recent exhibit, Sharing Secrets, she documents the painful lives of Central American kids raised during and in the aftermath of war. She also looks at the fate of Colombian children
raised in violence.

Solomon, in his new play "De Novo: Part One, Lil’ Silent", uses images to tell the story of undocumented youth in US immigration custody. Some of those images were taken by DeCesare and shared with him.

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Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders

Laura Flanders, author, and host of RadioNation on Air America Radio, has built a reputation for courageous investigative journalism coupled with compassion and a sense of humor. In writing her last book, Blue Grit, she traveled the country reporting on grassroots success stories and broadcast live to over 150 radio stations from community centers in places including Helena, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Miami, Las Vegas, and Milwaukee. In her television appearances (Lou Dobbs, Larry King Live,) on radio and in her many books (including Bushwomen: Tales of a Cynical Species) and articles (The Nation and others,) Flanders calls for a new politics of fairness, equality and citizen action. Articulating the human dimension of American communities in trouble, her programs have become destinations for those seeking the skills and the will to make a difference. Flanders is a regular contributor to the Nation Magazine and CNN. Before joining Air America, where she was part of the original lineup, and hosted “The Laura Flanders Show” for three years, Flanders was the founding host of the award-winning “Your Call” weekday mornings on public radio, KALW in the Bay Area and CounterSpin, the radio show of the mediawatch group, FAIR.