This Is Your Democracy: Essays on Civic Engagement

The essays in “This Is Your Democracy” look at the commitments we make to justice, not only through protests and voting, but also as friends and family members. In writing about hunger and homelessness, the Clemente scholars remind us that compassion between individuals is a service that benefits all of us. Several stories reflect the journeys of immigrants, from the hardships faced in countries of origin to their lives in Massachusetts. For these writers, bad policies show up on street corners and in classrooms, so civic engagement includes aiding friends affected by those policies. These essays connect personal histories to a fuller understanding of the history of our nation, the decisions of a family with the conditions in a city. Their embrace of our responsibilities to one another recalls the words of John Lewis, who said, “Democracy is not a state. It’s an act.”


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