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The European Debate is the website of The Europeans, Inc. a not-for-profit corporation which seeks to visually document the changes which are occurring as the European Union expands and integrates. Using photographs, exhibitions, articles, discussion panels and an interactive website The Europeans will engage a global audience in an ongoing dialogue about how these historic changes are impacting the lives of ordinary people. Using these tools to create greater understanding among both those in and outside of Europe is at the heart of our mission.

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Damaso Reyes is the founder and principal photographer of The Europeans. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Damaso began his career as a photojournalist over ten years ago while still a teenager. As a young man of color growing up in one of the worst neighborhoods in America, he was fascinated by the way in which his community was portrayed in the media. As an adult he chose to pursue photojournalism in order to ensure that there was more diversity in the images that are presented to the public.

He has worked for institutions and his work has appeared in publications including: The United Nations Development Programme, The Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Far Eastern Economic Review, New York magazine, Vanity Fair Germany, Der Spiegel and Time Asia. Previous assignments and projects have taken him to countries including Rwanda, Iraq, Indonesia, Tanzania and throughout the United States. He is the recipient of several awards and fellowships including a Fulbright and Arthur F. Burns Fellowship and two first place awards for international reporting from the New York Association of Black Journalists.


Jimmie Briggs
is one of the world’s foremost advocates for children and women in conflict zones. His first book explores the lives of child soldiers in Rwanda, Afghanistan, Uganda, Sri Lanka and Columbia . The book examines the secret role these young people are forced to play in war.

Briggs is the first African American to be appointed as a UN Goodwill Ambassador and Special Envoy for Children and Armed Conflict. Briggs was graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude with a degree in philosophy Morehouse College. Jimmie was an assistant editor at Emerge Magazine and later a staff writer for Life magazine. His work has appeared in the pages of The New York Times Magazine, The Crisis, People, and Fortune. Briggs was also an adjunct professor of investigative journalism at the New School for Social Research. He awards and fellowships include the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Media Award, a Dart Trauma Fellowship, an Individual Project Fellowship from the Open Society Institute to study war-affected children, The John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Journalism and The Alicia Patterson Fellowship.

Conan Taintor is an information technology specialist working in the field for nearly fifteen years. Focusing on the financial services industry, Conan builds custom applications for Fortune 100 companies around the world. A passionate advocate for social justice as well as the arts, Conan brings his IT expertise to The Europeans website.

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