A Place at the Table examines why 50 million people in the United States—including one in four children—don't know where their next meal is coming from. As part of Participant Media's "Take Your Place" social action campaign, we're launching a city-by-city effort to create sustained impact nationwide. By bringing together grassroots organizations, community leaders, policy experts and educators, we will prompt communities to delve into the social and political roots of food insecurity while building the relationships and political will to end hunger and curb obesity in the United States.
American Promise is a remarkable feature-length documentary by Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster that follows two African American boys and their families from kindergarten to high school graduation. Scheduled to air on POV in 2013, the film explores every parentís common aspirations for their children, set against the real-life hurdles society poses for young Black men inside and outside the classroom. With support from Ford Foundation, Active Voice is leading the strategy development on a national campaign using the film and a set of innovative tools to engage families and educators in conversations and actions to advance Black male achievement.
To commemorate Abraham Lincoln's birthday and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, eight American towns named after Lincoln hosted community screenings of Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's twelve-time Oscar-nominated film, on February 12. In collaboration with Participant Media's "Stand Tall: Live Like Lincoln" social action campaign, Active Voice helped each town use the film to reflect on our nationís complex history and the many manifestations of leadership. The events aimed to increase civic engagement and community leadership by encouraging involvement in local city councils, engaging youth in the political process and building a sense of unity among residents.