Making Government Work

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  • This program with Bill Moyers explores firsthand how citizens are taking action to improve their communities, focusing on Chicago, where citizens groups have joined with government officials to preserve manufacturing jobs, revitalize parks, and prevent crime. Members of the National Commission on State and Local Public Service provide a national perspective.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on November 17, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Part of the series Listening to America with Bill Moyers.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
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  • Community Participation in Chicago (1:01) -- Making Government Work: Sponsor Message (1:01) -- Organizing for Democracy (1:32) -- Gentrifying Industrial Areas (1:55) -- Chicago Planned Manufacturing Districts (4:45) -- Democracy on the Ground (2:32) -- Public Policy for Business Interests (3:03) -- Halting Gentrification (2:30) -- Parks Decentralization Program (4:10) -- Community Ownership (1:28) -- Decentralization Critics (2:24) -- Inner City Recreational Opportunities (3:54) -- Leadership for Community Empowerment (3:15) -- Lessons from Grassroots Organizing (2:03) -- Community Policing Program (3:36) -- Alternative to Street Life (1:56) -- Organizing for a Political Voice (3:54) -- Helping Communities Help Themselves (4:28) -- Making Government Work for Communities (5:20) -- Credits: Making Government Work (1:17)
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