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Thursday, December 29, 2011

TV Legend Phil Donahue Will Campaign with Solomon During Four-Day Barnstorm Across the North Coast

Phil donahue photoPhil Donahue, the TV public-affairs pioneer who brought cutting-edge social issues to a broad national audience, will join Norman Solomon on the campaign trail January 8-11 in Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino and Humboldt counties.

A Hall-of-Fame broadcaster and winner of 20 daytime Emmy Awards, Donahue had enormous impact for decades as he featured advocates for consumer rights, feminism, civil rights and gay rights. He will be on a barnstorm tour across the North Coast alongside Solomon, the independent progressive Democrat in the race for the open seat in the new 2nd Congressional District.

The four-day campaign tour will reunite two leading foes of the Iraq invasion. Donahue was a rare mainstream media voice questioning the rush to invade Iraq; his nightly program on MSNBC was terminated over the war issue. Solomon organized three missions to Baghdad prior to the March 2003 invasion in an effort to find alternatives to war, and appeared often on American TV networks in opposition to the impending invasion.

“The economic and human costs of the Iraq War continue to afflict our communities,” Solomon said. “Money and lives have been tragically wasted. Many people are suffering the consequences of a war that should never have happened.” He added: “Leadership means strongly challenging the push for such deadly folly before it happens, not just bemoaning it afterwards.”

Both Donahue and Solomon worked on important documentaries sparked by the Iraq War. Donahue co-directed and executive produced the award-winning “Body of War,” which will be shown in Larkspur, Sebastopol, Ukiah and Eureka during the tour. Solomon was the principal expert featured in “War Made Easy,” a film inspired by his book of the same name; it included an examination of MSNBC’s censorship of Donahue.

In praising Solomon’s memoir “Made Love, Got War,” Donahue called him “one of America’s most respected progressive voices.”

There are nearly a dozen scheduled events on the four-day tour. (For full listing and details, please click here.) Some highlights:

MARIN COUNTY: Sunday, Jan. 8

11:45 a.m. -- “Body of War” screening, followed by Donahue and Solomon “in conversation”; Lark Theater, 549 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur

7:00 p.m. -- Public Dialogue and Town Hall with Donahue and Solomon; San Rafael Recreation Center, 618 B St., San Rafael

SONOMA COUNTY: Monday, Jan. 9

12:30 p.m. -- Informal open house meet-and-greet with Donahue and Solomon (until 2:30 p.m.); Apple Box Café, 224 B Street, Petaluma

7:30 p.m. -- “Body of War” screening, followed by on-stage conversation between Donahue and Solomon; Sebastopol 9 Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol

MENDOCINO COUNTY: Tuesday, Jan. 10

5:00 p.m. -- Donahue and Solomon reception; Saturday Afternoon Club, 107 South Oak St., Ukiah

7:00 p.m. -- “Body of War” screening, followed by on-stage conversation between Donahue and Solomon; Saturday Afternoon Club, 107 South Oak St., Ukiah

HUMBOLDT COUNTY: Wednesday, Jan. 11

Noon -- Donahue and Solomon reception (till 1:30 p.m.); Persimmons Garden Gallery, 1055 Redway Dr., Redway

5:45 p.m. -- “Body of War” screening, followed by on-stage conversation between Donahue and Solomon; Eureka Theater, 612 F St., Eureka