April 24, 2019
Resistance Films April 24 Wed. 6:30 pm
Forbes Library Community room
“The People vs the Politicians” spotlights some of the local “people’s rebellions” across the country aimed at strengthening our democracy.
Made by Hedrick Smith, a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist, author, and documentarian for Frontline and PBS, the featured states and causes include a people’s movement against voter North Carolina ID laws, which disproportionately impact people of color and people with lower incomes; Florida’s citizen-led efforts to address gerrymandering; and Connecticut’s now decade-old system of public financing for state elections that has led to more diverse candidates running and being elected and also less lobbyist influence in the legislative process. Also profiled is South Dakota’s citizen-sponsored ballot initiatives. The film has been purchased by MSNBC but not yet shown.
Members of Represent Us.Western Mass will kick off the post film discussion on what we can do here.