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Howard Zinn Film Festival & Memorial !!!! Today

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Howard Zinn Film Festival & Memorial !!!!

WHAT: Howard Zinn Film Festival

WHEN: Today, Saturday, April 3rd from Noon – 8PM

WHERE: ASU Tempe Campus – Murdock Hall 101 (450 E Orange St.)

(Just a short walk from Free Parking at Gammage Auditorium)

 ASU Tempe Campus Map (PDF) (map link)
SPONSORED BY: Local to Global Justice (www.localtoglobal. org)

Noon -2pm – “The People Speak” (2009) 112 minutes

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 manifestoes) 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 never featured in high school textbooks. These dramatic moments from our history are brought to life by a group of remarkable musicians and actors.

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.

The People Speak is produced by Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Chris Moore, Anthony Arnove, and Howard Zinn, co-directed by Moore, Arnove and Zinn, and features dramatic and musical performances by Allison Moorer, Benjamin Bratt, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Chris Robinson, Christina Kirk, Danny Glover, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, David Strathairn, Don Cheadle, Eddie Vedder, Harris Yulin, Jasmine Guy, John Legend, Josh Brolin, Kathleen Chalfant, Kerry Washington, Lupe Fiasco, Marisa Tomei, Mart'n Espada, Matt Damon, Michael Ealy, Mike O'Malley, Morgan Freeman, P!nk, Q'orianka Kilcher, Reg E. Cathey, Rich Robinson, Rosario Dawson, Sandra Oh, Sean Penn, Staceyann Chin, and Viggo Mortensen.

2:15-3:30 – “A Power Governments Cannot Suppress” (2007) 66 minutes

Howard Zinn discussed his latest collection of essays at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. "A Power Governments Cannot Suppress" critiques America's response to 9/11, examines the current state of democracy and government responsibility in America and cites examples of when government has overstepped throughout American history.  Howard Zinn died on January 27, 2010, at the age of 87.

3:45 –6:15 “Tribute to Howard Zinn w/ Ralph Nader, Amy Goodman and others” (2010) 150 minutes

On February 15, 2010 Busboys and Poets, at 14th & V in Washington D.C., hosted the Howard Zinn Tribute featuring guest speakers Amy Goodman, Ralph Nader, Bernice Johnson Reagon, David Zirin, Marian Wright Edelman, Emma's Revolution (Folk Rock Musician), Kristen Arant, Geof Millard (IVAW) and Rich Rubenstein.

6:30 – 8pm – “You Can’t Be Neutral From a Moving Train” (2004) 78 minutes

In these turbulent times, Howard Zinn is inspiring a new generation. This acclaimed film looks at the amazing life of the renowned historian, activist and author of the landmark book 'A People's History of the United States', an eye-opening history from the perspective of the disenfranchised.

Following his early days as a shipyard labor organizer and bombardier in World War II, Zinn became an academic rebel and leader of civil disobedience in a time of institutionalized racism and war. His influential writings shine light on and bring voice to factory workers, immigrant laborers, African Americans, Native Americans and the working poor.

Featuring rare archival materials and interviews with Zinn and colleagues such as Noam Chomsky, YOU CAN'T BE NEUTRAL captures the essence of this extraordinary man who has been a catalyst for progressive change for more than 60 years. Narrated by Matt Damon; Featuring Music by Pearl Jam, Woody Guthrie & Billy Bragg.
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1 Comments in Response to

Comment by Found Zero
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Zinnster. Never met the man but I was supposed to.

I used to have some cool connections to the hippy world. Dave Dellinger used to sleep over at my house. Annie Hoffman? Met him. Babba Ram Das and his sweet little wife. A few other names I honestly can't remember. That was back before anybody really knew what a libertarian was and neither did I. At that time (around 1986) I was calling  myself an "egalitarian" because it was the closest paradigm I could find to tribalism. I think they liked me because they thought I was a young hippy and I got tired of explaining it to them and these guys were seriously major fun to hang out and party with.

So I'm aware of Zinn principally by the love and admiration heaped upon him by these esteemed peers. He was supposed to stop by and party one time but didn't make it.

Each and every one of them has gone to jail for their beliefs. Zinn was an incredible invesitgative journalist. Almost right up there with Sy Hersch. And I miss these guys. And it's not that they were dedicated socialist/communists at the time. That sort of accreted around them. I can tell you one thing, Abbie wasn't a commie, Abbie Hoffman was freaking manic depressive as hell. He was a constant cartoon of himself one moment and another, literally crying in his plate. But these guys had such a deep cameraderie. And as a 21 year old man, I was amazed. These guys had a deep effect on me. They basically taught me that emmotions are disposable, you can be anybody you want to be on a moment-to-moment basis, you are responsible only to yourself and what your heart dictates. On a moment to moment basis if you so desire.

It's one reason I continue to have a soft spot for hippies. And why I will revere Howard Zinn all my days.

Rest light brother.