• Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

    2014-10-27 18:32:25View | Delete

    Nah, that was just Verizon & me. I’m sure they’re not out to get me. Sometimes it just feels that way ;)

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

    2014-10-27 18:31:17View | Delete

    Hah! Unsurprising.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

    2014-10-27 18:30:42View | Delete

    Roland and Anne, thank you so much for being here tonight! And for making this film. I genuinely learned a lot from watching it and it really informs the immigration and citizenship debate remarkably well. (I highly recommend everyone checking it out, unless you’re an immigration lawyer I bet you’ll learn a lot too.)

    Please keep us informed about what you are doing and we’d love to have you back again.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

    2014-10-27 18:21:25View | Delete

    Did you ever think of interviewing someone who was on the other side of the debate, like a Lindsey Graham or a Steve King? Assuming they would talk to you. Not that I think you needed to — I’m not a fan of “there’s two sides to every story” dictum because sometimes there just isn’t. Still, I’ve seen some people get some interesting results trying things like that.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

    2014-10-27 18:16:57View | Delete

    There is a long and complicated history of citizenship for Native Americans.
    The Indian Citizenship Act of 1924 was one of the important moments when Native Americans were granted Citizenship (which is after women were granted the right to vote in 1920). Recognition of indigenous people in the United States has always been a complex issue, and there needs to be more films and teaching about this side of the country’s history.

    We had a film on last week about the city of Akka in Israel, which is a historical Palestinian city on the northern coast of Israel. And the native Arab people who have been there for 10, 20 generations say they feel like they are undocumented immigrants there. It seems insane that someone can come in and deny people equal citizenship in their own homeland, but it does not seem to be a story unique to the US.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

    2014-10-27 18:04:12View | Delete

    Those are amazing details.

    Is there a reason you wanted to keep it to 67 minutes? I assume that with commercials that would come out to an hour and a half, but I wasn’t sure if that was why.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

    2014-10-27 17:58:02View | Delete

    Yes, things changed!! In fact, we changed the name of the film to include Wong Kim Ark’s name because that story became so central in the film.

    I don’t run in immigration lawyer circles, so his story was new to me. How did you come to include it?

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

    2014-10-27 17:49:49View | Delete

    When you started the film, what was your original idea for it? And how did it change over the course of making it? Were there things you wanted to include in the film but couldn’t?

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

    2014-10-27 17:45:42View | Delete

    Then you must know Gabe Pacheco too. All those guys are so inspirational. They have amazing political acumen in addition to being really brave.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

    2014-10-27 17:39:44View | Delete

    Undocumented young people have claimed the term “coming out” to refer to going public about their immigration status. And, just as in the LGBTQ rights movement, I believe that has made all the difference.

    Felipe Matos (although I think he’s going by Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez after he and Juan got married) and the Trail of Dreams students are good friends of the blog. It has certainly been Dreamers who have stepped to the forefront, and it has taken a tremendous amount of courage.

    Are you planning further documentaries about immigration? Do you consider this subject your forte?

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

    2014-10-27 17:34:15View | Delete

    He was fabulous.

    Have you shown it to any kids? I’d be curious to know how they react. It seems like it is a natural for social studies education.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

    2014-10-27 17:29:44View | Delete

    How did you come across Vanessa and her mother, and decide to focus on them for the third part of the story? She is certainly very cinematic.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

    2014-10-27 17:27:16View | Delete

    One of our main goals in making the film was to have it be used as an educational tool. We certainly hope that teachers across the country will use the film.

    That’s what I liked about it. It felt very easy to understand, but it tells the story of the Dred Scott decision in the context of immigration, which is certainly not the way I learned it at school.

    I don’t recall the gentleman’s name in the film, but when he says that it’s difficult to appreciate the importance of the 14th amendment unless you know the history of it, I really felt that was the heart of the film. And, it makes Lindsey Graham, Steve King and that NumbersUSA woman look ignorant of both history and the constitution.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

    2014-10-27 17:23:41View | Delete

    My dad was actually an undocumented immigrant so I grew up hearing these stories. I am a citizen (like most citizens) because I was born here.

    Does he appear anywhere in the film? And what does he think about it?

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post 14: Dred Scott, Wong Kim Ark & Vanessa Lopez

    2014-10-27 17:22:31View | Delete

    I apologize sincerely! I’ve been trying to change my Verizon service for a month and tonight was the night they decided to do it. Thank you for your patience.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the diary post Over Easy: Monday Science by BoxTurtle.

    2014-10-27 12:01:18View | Delete

    Thank you so much, BT! You and all the over easiers are the best. We love you and would not know what to do without you.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the blog post Looking for Firedoglake

    2014-10-23 13:49:57View | Delete

    Thank you so much for your kind words Peter, and the feeling is mutual. We feel so lucky to have found you too.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the diary post Please Help Keep FDL Up and Running by Jane Hamsher.

    2014-10-23 12:50:43View | Delete

    Thanks so much Coach Bill! We appreciate your support and so do the Kiriakous. We’re sorry about the oversight and Brian has made sure your posting privileges are all good.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the diary post Please Help Keep FDL Up and Running by Jane Hamsher.

    2014-10-23 09:20:16View | Delete

    Thank you John. We really appreciate it.

  • Jane Hamsher commented on the diary post Please Help Keep FDL Up and Running by Jane Hamsher.

    2014-10-23 08:28:21View | Delete

    You are a constant supporter homeroid and we always, always appreciate it. Thanks so much.

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