In honor of the upcoming election, the collaborative team behind Berning Love, a romantic tragicomedy about the search for love during the waning days of the Bernie Sanders 2016 primary campaign, decided to release the film publicly one year after its television debut on PBS in Vermont. We the makers hope that it inspires you to increase your civic engagement, get involved in your community and also, next week—GO VOTE! For information about what’s on your ballot, check out Ballotpedia.
In October, I did a series of workshops for folks in San Marcos CA about economic inequality, on behalf of the 1500 Stories project. 1500 Stories is a collaborative art, digital storytelling and civic engagement project about rising economic inequality in the U.S. Storygatherers in California have already conducted over 150 in-depth interviews with people from all walks of life, about their struggles and their work and their hopes at different economic positions. Storygathering has also begun in Wisconsin and Ohio. Here, you see a socially engaged art piece called the Stacked Deck, which asks participants to think about and reflect on economic inequality as it is expressed through a deck of thirteen cards featuring documentary photography. The project now has piles of unedited audio and video and is raising funds to edit those stories and make them publicly available on the website and for use at public discussions and forums about economic inequality. Consider making a donation to the project here, and be sure to choose "Other" in the program box and type in 1500 Stories. Everyone has a story to share. Help the project get these stories out.