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Show Me Democracy

  • Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Boulevard St. Louis, MO, 63112 United States (map)

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Documenting the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis’s Education Policy Internship Program, "Show Me Democracy" follows seven St. Louis college students’ post-Ferguson evolution into advocates and activists as they demand change through policy and protest. A Q&A will follow with the director, subjects of the film, and local Latinx community leaders.

Trailer for "Show Me Democracy":

This program is free!

Q&A Panelists
Film subject Karina Arango is a proud first-generation college student who graduated from Fontbonne University in 2015, where her advocacy work was awarded by the President and she was the only undergraduate hooded for her service. As the daughter of a mother who was once undocumented, Arango is passionate about immigration reform and educational opportunities for Latino youth. She has advocated throughout Missouri on the importance of equal access to postsecondary opportunities for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and undocumented students. Arango currently works in St. Louis as a Teacher’s Assistant in the Ritenour School District’s International Welcome Center for immigrant students.

According to panelist Amanda Tello, "As woke as you may think you are, you can’t be free until everyone is free.” Tello is an indigenous Latinx activist, and community organizer with Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates. She is a blogger at where she discusses the importance of slow and intentional living. Her activism is intersectional, and focuses on the liberation of brown and black gente.

Panelist Areli Muñoz Reyes was born in Tlaxcala, Mexico. She graduated from University City High School in St. Louis and currently attends St. Louis Community College of Forest Park as a proud first generation college student. Reyes advocates with The Scholarship Foundation, Cosecha Missouri, STL Graduates and other organizations fighting for tuition equity for undocumented students in Missouri. In addition, Reyes has participated in demonstrations, talks, and protests at the nation’s capital with her fellow comrades. Through it all, she continues to dedicate her time and passion to immigrants’ rights and educational rights for undocumented and DACA students.

Moderator Dan Parris is an award-winning filmmaker and owner of Speak Up Productions, a St. Louis based film production company focused on documentaries and media content for non-profits. He’s the director of the feature length documentaries When the Saints, Show Me Democracy and the award-winning film What Matters? Parris was the closing speaker at the 2014 TEDxGatewayArch City 2.0 event. Most recently, Parris co-founded the non-profit Continuity, with a mission is to expand diversity in media production.

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