Screening of “The People Speak”

Screening of “The People Speak”

June 9, 2010 3:30pm

Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 7PM, LGBT Community Center: 208 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011. Tickets $15.

THE PEOPLE SPEAK is a beautiful and moving film inspired by Howard Zinn’s books A People’s History of the United States — first published in 1980 and one of the bestselling history books in the United States — and Voices of a People’s History of the United States, the primary-source companion to A People’s History of the United States, edited with Anthony Arnove.

The film features the actual words (in letters, songs, poems, speeches, and manifestos) of rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past — and present — including Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Bob Dylan, Langston Hughes, Chief Joseph, Muhammad Ali, and unknown veterans, union workers, abolitionists, and many others rarely featured in high school textbooks. These dramatic moments from our history are brought to life by a group of remarkable musicians and actors, including Matt Damon, Marisa Tomei, Danny Glover, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, John Legend, Staceyann Chin, Lupe Fiasco, Kerry Washington, David Strathairn, and many more.

Like Howard Zinn’s work as a whole, THE PEOPLE SPEAK celebrates the extraordinary possibilities for creating social change that ordinary people have realized throughout the course of our nation’s rich but often ignored history of dissent and protest.

This special screening of THE PEOPLE SPEAK features 20 minutes of footage not aired during the broadcast premiere on the History Channel in December 2009 (

ANTHONY ARNOVE is an executive producer and co-director of THE PEOPLE SPEAK, with Howard Zinn and Chris Moore. Arnove is editor, with Howard Zinn, of Voices of a People’s History of the United States, which has been read in dramatic performances across the country since 2004. A theatrical adaptation of Voices (“Rebel Voices”) premiered in New York in 2007. He also helped found, with Howard Zinn, the nonprofit arts and social justice organization Voices of a People’s History of the United States (

STACEYANN CHIN is an activist. She has been a political agitator for as long as she has been a writer. From the first angry rants delivered at the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe to one-woman shows Off Broadway, to poetry workshops in Denmark and London, to co-writing and performing in the Tony award-winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, to being interviewed on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Chin writes, speaks, and breathes in hopes of a world without poverty, prejudice, or injustice. She is a featured actor in THE PEOPLE SPEAK and has also participated in many live readings with Voices of a People’s History. In 2009, Scribner of Simon & Schuster published Staceyann’s memoir, The Other Side of Paradise, to critical acclaim. Dorothy Allison calls the book “completely absorbing” and Walter Mosley says it is a “heartbreaking feat of unflinching memory and language.” Visit for more info.

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Proceeds from this screening support a scholarship fund to help people attend Socialism 2010 (, a conference which brings together progressive student activists, radical academics and intellectuals and other campus activists, rank-and-file trade unionists, teachers, community organizers, and representatives of the left from across the country and around the world. Conferences in Chicago IL and Oakland CA this year feature Tariq Ali, Mike Davis, Anand Gopal, Chris Hedges, Sonali Kolhatkar, Heather Rogers, Jeremy Scahill, Wallace Shawn, Sharon Smith, Jeffrey St. Clair, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Sherry Wolf, and Dave Zirin, among many others.

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