Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Anthony and Deepa Fernandes in conversation at the Culture Project

Anthony was joined by Deepa Fernandes, the exuberant cohost of WBAI's morning culture and news show Wakeup Call. Deepa has a new book coming out in September with Seven Stories Press, Targeted: National Security and the Business of Immigration. She gave a riveting account of just one of the many profiles in the book of people caught up in the immigration quagmire.

As in other tour events, the connections between the war abroad and the war at home were in abundance. The burgeoning immigrant rights notwithstanding, the heavy price immigrants pay in attempting to make a life in the United States could not be clearer. And now, with even more evidence of NSA, government-mandated spying on people, the threat to civil rights is even starker.

We were so lucky that the Culture Project offered use of this wonderful space. The theater has hosted many wonderful productions, including the Exonerated, now a TV production and Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom (which I saw two years ago and reviewed here). It's also where Sarah Jones's one-woman show, Bridge and Tunnel got its start before it moved to Broadway. And as you can see in the photos, the set is up for the current production, Guardians, about US torture at Abu Ghraib (it runs through May 25). Special thanks go out to Lucas, Lauren and Allan who made this stop of the tour possible. And a fist in the air to Brenda Coughlin for the photos.


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