Women’s March L.A. January 21, 2017

 

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baba2films along with 750,000 other people marched in Los Angeles on Saturday, January 21, 2017. Stan Roden and Phyllis de Picciotto interviewed dozens of people along the parade route about why they were there and the message they hoped to send to the Trump administration. This film contains a few of their comments.

Gary Sangenito, “He Shows Up”

 

“People show they care when they show up,” according to SB Fire Chief Pat McElroy. “Gary shows up.” He provides a “steady-Eddie” bass guitar beat for dozens of bands around the Central Coast, many gratis or at reduced rates—all after he finishes a grueling day installing roofs.

Lee Heller, “A Force Of Nature”

 

A former English professor moved to SB and dedicated her life, energy and resources to protect animals and our precious local environment and effectively promote social justice causes.

Mark Asman, “Extending Always The Hand Of Friendship”

As one of the first ‘out’ gay priests in the Episcopal Church, Mark explains his difficult journey, while others provide witness to the indelible mark he has made for social justice and equality in Santa Barbara.

DOUG MERSHON | “Mr. Doug, Mr. Doug”

Doug Mershon is an electrician by trade, who possesses more energy than produced at Grand Coulee Dam. ‘Mr. Doug-Mr. Doug’ uses his unique teaching talents to help Eastside SB kids learn and excel with difficult math concepts and to apply his construction skills for Habitat For Humanity.

JENNIFER PARKS, “A Servant’s Heart”

It is an understatement that our society does not deal realistically with death. Initially a trained birthing nurse, JENNIFER PARKS  came to SB where she has lovingly created meaningful programs for those who might have died without anyone to mourn or celebrate their lives.

DENNIS APEL | Living Their Truth

Dennis and his wife Tensie have devoted their adult lives to serve others (Catholic Worker Movement in Guadalupe, CA) and to protesting against US military expenditures (VAFB) while failing to provide adequate education, housing, health care, food security, transportation, etc. for the working poor.

KRISTIANNE CLIFFORD | “I am not my past mistakes”

Kristianne made some bad choices  at age 26 and spent the next 18 years paying for them in a California prison. She was paroled in 2012 after achieving many academic and leadership successes. Kristianne currently studies at Antioch University SB and directs Freedom To Choose, which offers a lifeline for those incarcerated in US prisons and jails (over 2.2 million in the USA).

MAGDA BARNES “WHO AM I TO JUDGE?”

MAGDA BARNES, a young energetic activist who while serving meals to the homeless at Pershing Park, asked two simple (but elegant) questions (How do the homeless clean their clothes? How would I function without clean clothes?) After investigation, she identified an unmet need and implemented the program, Laundry Love Santa Barbara.