LETTERS / Go, Granny D! Performance August 18; Story of 89 Year Old Woman Who Walked Across America to Protest Big Money in Politics

Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 10:52 am
Dear Editor,
I am writing to encourage your readers to attend “Go Granny D,” a unique one-woman performance by noted actress Barbara Bates Smith at the Watuagua County Public Library thisSaturday, August 18, at 3:00 p.m.“Go Granny D” tells the story of the Doris “Granny D” Haddock, the woman who sparked a national conversation about big money and politics in 1999 by embarking on a 3,200 mile protest walk — at the age of 89 — from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. This all-but-forgotten woman is credited with stirring up a wave of outrage leading to the McCain-Feingold Act, national legislation against “soft” campaign contributions by big donors.The attempt ultimately failed in court but the fight for reform goes on. As the iconic journalist Bill Moyers noted, “To get the money out of politics, the tracks to follow will be the footprints of Granny D.”

Ms. Smith will be accompanied on stage by her longtime musical collaborator Jeff Sebens.

“Go, Granny D” has been touring nationally and we are fortunate to have Ms. Smith bring this unforgettable performance to our area.
“Go, Granny D” is free of charge and the library is ADA accessible. The performance will run for a little under one hour, and attendees are invited to stay after for a lively discussion.


Paula Finck
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