One Small Step: Kyle

“When I was five, my mom and my aunt took me to a John Kerry rally in 2004 when he was running for president.”

One Small Step: Julie

“My parents were pretty strict– it’s totally different than when I was a kid.”

One Small Step: Glen

“When I moved to North Haven in 1965, and I realized that I was ‘other’.”

One Small Step: Earnie

“Growing up in an Italian-Catholic family, with immigrant parents, immigrant grandparents, helped me to see the world through a blue-collar lens.”

One Small Step: Anonymous

“How did your childhood shape your view of the world? The positive view of the world from my parents.”

One Small Step: Jane

“I grew up in a house where there were so many pictures of John F. Kennedy that I thought he was a relative.”

One Small Step: Michael

“My mother refused to rent a house to a physics professor with a PhD from Trinity because he was black, so I became very Liberal.”

One Small Step

“I’m open minded. My mother said ‘Just love everything. Exprience everything. Be open minded.'”

One Small Step: Samantha

“I did not care in anyway about politics before I started thinking about where the world is headed and what it’s gonna look like when my kids get older.”

One Small Step: Karina

“I think, like, being around some racist people in college, and wanting to speak up about it kinda shaped my politics, and made me realize there’s a lot to be done.”

One Small Step: Lee

“I think that it was my neighborhood that helped me shape my politics,”

One Small Step: Jaqueline

“Well, I had a really crappy childhood, so, I guess, taking my experiences from my childhood, I see the world differently.”

One Small Step: Jessica

“When I used to live in Virginia, there was a lot of homeless people where I used to live, so seeing that kinda shaped my politics.”

One Small Step: Joe

“At this particular point, I’m very positive; I’m not very scared of anything.”

One Small Step: Emma

“Political willpower sometimes isn’t enough to trump some of those more urgent moments of inequality.”

One Small Step: Geraldine

“An experience that shaped my politics would be growing up in Britain with parents with socialist ideas.”

One Small Step: Mary Ann

“My parents were one Republican, one Democrat. They argued at the dinner table all the time.”

One Small Step: Thomas

“I came from an all white area, and going there [UMBC] just opened my mind to other diversity which I had never encountered, which was very challenging but also very enlightening.”

One Small Step: Sally Ann and Eileen

“What shaped my politics was the Black Panther Trial that went on here in New Haven in 1969,”

One Small Step: Liu

“Basically, what I got out of that experience was that racial harmony is a really important thing that can affect anyone.”

One Small Step: Christy

“How do I encourage conversation across the divide, having been on both sides of it?”

One Small Step: Sam

“I think actually being named Samuel Adams was probably an experience that shaped my politics,”

One Small Step: Stephanie

“I grew up here in New Haven, and theres a lot of diversity in New Haven, and for the most part, I think we all get along pretty well.”