"I had lunch with the historian Howard Zinn just a few weeks before he died in January 2010. He was chagrined about the state of affairs in the U.S. but not at all daunted. ‘If there is going to be change,’ he said, ‘real change, it will have to work its way from the bottom up, from the people themselves.'"
The writer and film maker Paul Laverty was asked recently why he and director Icíar Bollaín dedicated his new film "Even the Rain (Tambien La Lluvia)," set in Bolivia and starring Gael Garcia Bernal, to the historian Howard Zinn.
"The People Speak represents an opportunity very few of us are given. Not only does it present aspects of history not everybody is familiar with, it brings it to life and makes it real. For too many people history has been confined to the pages of dusty books and boring classrooms - this represents a chance to see and hear it brought alive. We may not be able to travel back in time, but this DVD brings the past to us.”
Celebrate the remarkable life and legacy of Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 - January 27, 2010) by attending this community screening of Zinn's The People Speak documentary on the anniversary of his passing.
By Matthew Rothschild • The Progressive • December 27, 2010
I picked up my Sunday Times yesterday morning and saw that the magazine section was doing its annual obituary section, “The Lives They Lived.”
I expected to find Howard Zinn in there, one of the most towering leftwing intellectuals in America of the last 50 years.
But he was nowhere in sight.
Bradley Manning, who allegedly leaked hundreds of thousands of secret government documents to Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks, turns 23 in jail Friday. The Daily Beast’s Denver Nicks, in an exclusive interview with Manning’s attorney, reports on his solitary confinement, what he’s reading (from George W. Bush to Howard Zinn), and his legal strategy.
Using dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries and speeches of everyday Americans, The People Speak focuses on the concept of democracy based on the lives and experiences of ordinary Americans who, through their words and actions, changed the course of history.