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.
“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.
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 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.
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.
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, 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.
JOAN grew up in a small Michigan town as the only girl in her age group (and, of course, the toughest of them all). For the last 40 years she has been a caring empathetic wife, mother, social service activist and effective (and much beloved) Victim Witness Advocate in the SB Co. District Attorney’s Office.
Some people are born to a calling in life. JASON started with a part-time job and stayed for the next 20 at a local hardware store where customers are made to feel special.