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Community Concepts screens preview of “Dream On”

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Political comedian John Fugelsang retraces the 1831 journey of Alexis de Tocqueville to explore whether the optimistic spirit of the American Dream that Tocqueville observed is still alive and well in the 21st century.

From Bernie Sanders to Donald Trump, the 2016 presidential candidates share one thing in common: a conviction that they can revitalize the American Dream. Pinned between stagnant wages and the soaring costs of housing, education and healthcare, millions of Americans are struggling to make ends meet.

To address these urgent issues before this year’s critical election, Community Concepts will host a preview screening of “Dream On” before it airs on PBS. The screening will take place on Tuesday, May 24 at 6 p.m. at the Franco Center in Lewiston. The event is free; pre-registration is requested at www.community-concepts.org.

“Dream On” features political comedian John Fugelsang as he retraces the journey of Alexis de Tocqueville, whose study of our young country in 1831 came to define America as a place where anyone could climb the ladder of economic opportunity. Following in the Frenchman’s footsteps, Fugelsang speaks with fast-food workers and retirees, prisoners and entrepreneurs, undocumented immigrants and community organizers about their hopes, dreams, and daily struggles. “Dream On” explores whether the optimistic spirit of the American Dream that Tocqueville observed is alive and well in the twenty-first century, or whether George Carlin was right when he famously quipped, “It’s called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.”

“Many of the issues raised in the film also come up locally in Lewiston and Auburn and across the counties we serve,” said Shawn Yardley, CEO of Community Concepts. “In the film, they speak with people from across the U.S. about overcoming generational poverty, access to healthcare and insurance, providing capital for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Had they elected to, they could have produced the film right here in Central Maine and had very similar conversations.”

Community Concepts, which just celebrated its 50th Anniversary, is a private non-profit, 501 (c)(3) Community Action Agency whose mission is to provide leadership, education and support to build thriving individuals, families and communities. For more information, see www.community-concepts.org.

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