Award winning producer John Siceloff of PBS’s NOW has spent the last few years documenting the work of democracy’s real heroes. Watching the election coverage it would be easy to believe that democracy begins and ends in the voting booth. That is in part because politics has become a consumer good. But real change takes a long time to enact and it usually begins at the local level. In his new book Your America: Democracy’s Local Heroes Siceloff documents how local people make change in their communities, from tomato pickers in Immokalee fighting for a better wage to a small town mayor in Indiana trying to bring broadband to his community. A new kind of democracy is taking root and it may just be transforming American politics.
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