ACTIVIZED profiles a handful of ordinary Americans who have surprised themselves by becoming political activists. The subjects of this film are newcomers to the political arena; people who never saw themselves as rabble-rousers or trouble-makers. But something in the past two years inspired each of them to step up, put themselves on the front lines, and make a decision to defend American values and democratic institutions they believe are under threat.
The half dozen characters in this film are everyday people, not politicians or celebrities. Some are young — one is 17 —others are middle-aged. They come from various backgrounds and regions. By interweaving their personal stories against the backdrop of their chosen causes – gun violence prevention, immigration rights, voting rights – this film explores the motivations, the successes and failures, the sacrifices, and most of all the contributions of this small sample of Americans who are practicing what has been labeled “constructive patriotism.”