American News Project

story title: No Debate: Hempstead is Struggling

As Hempstead, NY prepared to host the last presidential debate, local people hit hard by the financial crisis tell stories that the debates left out.

This American News Project (ANP) short featured the story of Jocelyn Voltaire, a local Haitian woman whose Iraq veteran son had died the same month her home went into foreclosure. Jocelyn's heart-wrenching victimization by a predatory lender became a major story on Huffington Post and attracted the attention of Code Pink.

A few days later I returned to Hempstead by myself to shoot a follow-up story for ANP focusing on Jocelyn. Leveraging the power of the two videos, Code Pink was able to raise over $20,000 on her behalf, which helped persuade a judge to grant her a reprieve allowing her to stay in her home.

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Wed, 2008-10-15