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John Velghe  I'm a guitar player. I write songs. I make photos. I have a podcast.

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I met musician Solomon Kosongo last month at his congregation, Kuomba Ministry. His story of coming to America is fascinating. You can hear him read the words of John F Kennedy on immigration on the latest episode of Iconoclast of Things. Link in my bio. Leica M6 Zeiss Sonnar Fuji Pro 400H #iconoclastofthings #podcast #refugeeswelcome
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Had another great visit at Della Lamb this week. You're going to hear and see all about it Monday on #iconoclastofthings Canon SL1 VSCO
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“What’s your name?” I asked. “My Name is Awan Ater.” “Where are you from?”
“I’m from Missouri. I am a US Citizen. I was born in South Sudan.”
“Can you read this for me?” “Sure.”
We in the United States, above all, must remember that lesson, for we were founded as a nation of openness to people of all beliefs. And so we must remain. Our very unity has been strengthened by our pluralism. We establish no religion in this country, we command no worship, we mandate no belief, nor will we ever. Church and state are, and must remain, separate. All are free to believe or not believe, all are free to practice a faith or not, and those who believe are free, and should be free, to speak of and act on their belief. -- Ronald Reagan

I cannot begin to describe the pride with which people who struggled to get to America read the words of US presidents. Or the smile as they say the name of the president. But on 2/20 I’m going to let you hear it on Episode 3 of Iconoclast of Things. “To Whatever Nation they Might Belong.” Canon SL1 VSCO
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I went back to visit my friends at Kuomba today and interview Solomon. He spent 13 years in a Zambian refugee camp before was able to bring his wife and daughters to the US. You'll meet him in an upcoming episode of #iconoclastofthings podcast link in my bio.
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What can electric guitars teach us about the American economy?
Check out Episode 2 of #iconoclastofthings (link in my bio) to find out. On one level this is the story of two independent electric guitar builders; Seuf Electric Guitars and Swope Guitars. But it’s also a story of the American economy and how big box retail, structured finance, and some of the most iconic companies in America forgot about their customers, took a dump in their own tour bus, and broke up the band.
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I met Adbul Alo this week for a podcast episode on refugee musicians. He is a Kurdish Syrian. He lived with his wife, daughter and two disabled children in Syria. His two kids have a rare disorder that requires medication and hours of physical therapy every day. His 18-year-old son, Ahmad, (right) weighs 30 pounds. When the war broke out in Syria Abdul wasn't able to get treatment or medicine for his kids because all the doctors and pharmacists left. If it weren't for America taking in these refugees both of Abdul's kids would have died with out healthcare and medicine.
This is what Syrian refugees look like and this is their story. America's kindness and humanity saves lives. I believe we are a country who wants to do good in the world for people like Abdul and the Alo family. No ban and no wall will ever change our kindness. But they will keep people like Abdul from ever feeling it first hand. #iammybrotherskeeper #nobannowall #refugeeswelcome #refugees #syrianrefugees #syrian #canonsl1 #cannonphotos #teamcanon #fuck45 #portraits #tanbur #syria #vsco #jj_community #filmborn #trumpprotest

I spent my morning with a group of refugees. They came to America for nothing but a new life with the same opportunities we all have. I'd never met them before and they welcomed me, literally, with open arms, hugs, smiles. They fed me. They sang. They played. It was just a room full of love. Before this morning I hadn't smiled in days. Today I smiled in their light at our golden door. #refugeeswelcome #refugees #iconoclastofthings .
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I can't really pick one shot or think of one phrase to describe my morning recording at Kuomba Ministry but I think we're gonna be alright. #refugeeswelcome #iconoclastofthings .
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