Even Glass, interim director. Campaign photo.
BY BILL BROWN
Narrowly defeated county council candidate Evan Glass has taken up temporary leadership of the Gandhi Brigade youth media organization. He takes the place of Gandhi Brigade founder Richard Jaeggi who died last May.
Glass, a community activist and media consultant, will serve while a search committee seeks a permanent successor. A Gandhi Brigade statement released this week says, “Evan brings with him a strong history of issue advocacy that includes youth engagement as well as an exemplary track record of nonprofit leadership.” The statements cites his background as a former CNN producer.
Richard Jaeggi. Photo by Julie Wiatt.
Glass, the statement says, first volunteered with Gandhi Brigade back in 2008. He is “dedicated to continue Richard’s legacy while working within the community to empower our next generation of leaders.”
Glass ran for Montgomery County County Council District 5 seat in the June Democratic Party primary. He lost that primary election to former Maryland State Delegate Tom Hucker by around 200 votes.
The late community activist Richard Jaeggi founded the Gandhi Brigade in 2005. His goal was to teach young people to transform society non-violently through media communication, using film, video, and digital technology.
The group holds an annual Youth Media Festival, now in its seventh year. It holds a juried competition for media and performance work. Over 800 people attended last May’s festival, and over 77 youth submitted projects to the jury, according to the Brigade’s statement.
Even Glass. Campaign photo.
A Gandhi Brigade project, the Social Justice Summer, was a tribute to Jaeggi. Seven young people created works on the theme of community activism.
Also this summer, the Brigade offered a 6-week summer program called Common Ground. It was for middle school students and high school age mentors in Quebec Terrace.
Funded by the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation, and in partnership with Arts on the Block, Imagination Stage, YMCA Youth and Family Services, the program worked with 20 middle school students every afternoon for six weeks, according to the Brigade’s statement. The culmination of the program, it says, was a pop-up event held in late July, that attracted the largest audience in the program’s history. The media arts students created a film entitled “Immigration Stories” which included a choral poem performed by the students – available to view on You Tube.