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Dear America is a cultural initiative founded in 2017 that provides a platform for artists of all genres to express their views of America.

Public events and programs will be held across the United States using the power of words and music to open up discussion and to underscore that this country is defined by the many and not by the few.

 

 
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09.16.17 FROM THE INSIDE OUT: AMERICA’S BROKEN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, a co-production with the Brooklyn Book Festival and The Forum at St. Ann’s

READINGS BY

YUSEF SALAAM, one of five wrongly accused labeled the “Central Park Five”

MARLON PETERSON, writer/host of Decarcerated

HEATHER ANN THOMPSON, historian/ activist

JAMES FORMAN JR, public defender/author

with an introduction by writer/performer MILES HODGES 


04.13.17 DEAR AMERICA, BENEFIT CONCERT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS at Webster Hall

PERFORMANCES BY:

REGINA SPEKTOR, Grammy nominee

AMANDA PALMER, musician and performance artist

ELVIS PERKINS, musician

JOHN FORTÉ of the Fugees

JULIA BULLOCK, soprano


READINGS BY:

SUSAN MINOT and A.M. HOMES, novelists

ANAND GIRIDHARADAS, journalist and TEDx speaker

MARIA POPOVA, creator of "Brain Pickings"

MARK WARREN, magazine editor and writer

EKOW YANKAH, lawyer/activist

MATTHIEU AIKINS, war correspondent

 

 
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Jessica Strand is a writer and cultural programmer and producer. At The New York Public Library, she produced extensive programming involving the libraries collections, outside partnerships, and created a marquee show Books at Noon.
 

Mary Recine is an award-winning producer of documentary films, television and cultural programs. She recently produced the Netflix original documentary Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold.

 

 
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