Engaging People Series: Stories about Civic Engagement and Democracy

Engaging People Series | SERIES INTRODUCTION | Engaging People is a web series of short documentaries about people who are engaged and actively making change in their communities. They serve as role models of service, volunteerism and political action every day and in crisis situations, illustrating what it means to be an active participant in American democracy. Although we continue to experience gridlock in our political system the "Engaging People Series" provides hopeful examples of how empowered citizens improve communities and society in a wide array of positive ways. Please watch and share the trailer. For more information go to: engagingpeople.tv

Citizen Narrators in Order of Appearance:

Laura Persons, Jesus Fellowship
Ahmad Shakir, Musician, S.A.G.E. Coalition
Leon Rainbow, Artist, S.A.G.E. Coalition
Jon Naar, Photographer
Loretta Dibble, Anthropologist
Gabrielle Pierri, Teacher
Amanda Geraci, Social Worker
Circus Maximus, Chef
Julianne Kloza, Student
Bonnie Kerness, Human Rights Activist
Will "Kasso Condry, Community Artist, S.A.G.E. Coalition
Michael Perez, Union Beach, NJ
Tyler Bawden, Point Pleasant, NJ
Pastor John, Jersey Shore Calvary Chapel and Relief Efforts, Pt. Pleasant, NJ

Special Thanks:

Shan Holt
George McCullough
John Hulick
Ella Rue
Vanessa Blake
Angelique Olmo
Vann Weller

Film Informed by:

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Engaging People is a web series of short documentaries about people who are engaged and actively making change in their communities. They serve as role-models of service, volunteerism and political action every day and also in crisis situations, illustrating what it means to be an active participant in American democracy. Although we continue to experience gridlock in our political system the "Engaging People Series" provides hopeful examples of how empowered citizens improve communities and society in a wide array of positive ways.

 

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