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In the lore of Chicago politics Abner Mikva was famously the ‘nobody that nobody sent.’ But, ironically, Mikva became a passionate advocate for democracy and ethical government, racial justice and gun control who inspired thousands, particularly young people, to effect change. “Mikva! Democracy is a Verb” chronicles both his rise from an impoverished childhood to an epic career as a legislator in Springfield and Washington, Federal Judge and White House Counsel and how his work is being carried on today by his legacy organization, the Mikva Challenge. This sweeping story shows Mikva prevailing over the powerful Daley machine, challenging the National Rifle Association, amending the Constitution to give 18-year-olds the right to vote, striking down the Pentagon’s ban on gays in the military, and grappling with the 1978 neo-Nazi invasion of Skokie, Il. The film features his protégée, President Barack Obama, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, political consultant David Axelrod, former Wall Street Journal reporter Al Hunt, advisor to 7 Presidents, Newton Minow, and allies and family to show how Mikva’s values and skills are sorely needed in public life today. (Description courtesy of Bob Hercules)

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    58 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Bob Hercules