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October 2010

Dear friends of HowardZinn.org,

Below is some news on developments connected to Howard Zinn's vital work and legacy.

Please help us share these important resources with friends, coworkers, and family.


Special screening of THE PEOPLE SPEAK in Brooklyn
THE PEOPLE SPEAK in the UK!
"Democracy is not a spectator sport" fundraising t-shirt
A People's History of the United States: Modern Classic Edition
Marx in Soho: A Play on History -- audiobook, with a new introduction by Howard Zinn
New art book by Eleanor Rubin, Dreams of Repair, with foreword by Howard Zinn
The Bomb, by Howard Zinn
And from the howardzinn.org website


Special screening of THE PEOPLE SPEAK in Brooklyn, NY

THE PEOPLE SPEAK comes to Howard Zinn's hometown: Brooklyn, New York. The Brooklyn Academy of Music (http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=2721) is hosting a special one-night only screening of THE PEOPLE SPEAK on Thursday, November 4 at 7PM followed by a discussion with cast members including Josh Brolin, Staceyann Chin, Allison Moorer, and David Strathairn, and others to be announced.

This screening is sure to sell out so please purchase tickets in advance and spread the word with the announcement below.

(Not in Brooklyn? Organize your own community screening at your school, neighborhood, local theater, conference, or university: http://shop.thepeoplespeak.com/collections/dvd-cd/products/community-screening-kit.)

THE PEOPLE SPEAK (2009) Directed by Howard Zinn, Chris Moore and Anthony Arnove.

Special screening with Josh Brolin, Staceyann Chin, Allison Moorer, and David Strathairn, and other special guests.

November 4, 2010
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brooklyn, NY
7 pm screening. Q&A to follow.


























Tickets on sale now at:
http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=2721

Using dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday people, this documentary gives voice to those who spoke up for social change throughout US history. Narrated by acclaimed historian Howard Zinn and based on his best-selling books A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People's History of the United States, THE PEOPLE SPEAK features dramatic and musical performances by Allison Moorer, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Chris and Rich Robinson, Josh Brolin, Kerry Washington, Danny Glover, Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, P!nk, Sean Penn, Staceyann Chin, and more.

Q&A with actor and producer Josh Brolin, Staceyann Chin, Allison Moorer, David Strathairn, and other special guests.

Getting to BAM
http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=245

Online tickets available now at
http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=2721

Box office and ticketing information
http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=8



THE PEOPLE SPEAK in the UK!

THE PEOPLE SPEAK has gone global. The first international production is in the United Kingdom with a unique version of the film bringing to life the history of dissent and protest in the UK, performed by celebrated British actors, musicians and artists (and some from the former empire...).

Filmed in HD before a live audience at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London on September 19, the documentary will have its television premiere on October 31 in the UK and later this year and in early 2011 throughout much of the rest of Europe as well as in the Middle East and parts of Africa.

Narrated and directed by Colin Firth, with Anthony Arnove, other cast members include Keira Knightley, Ian McKellen, Ben Kingsley, Kelly Macdonald, Laura Marling, Mark Strong, Juliet Stevenson, Saffron Burrows, Joss Stone, Arundhati Roy, and many others.

Some may recall that Voices put on our first live performance in London two years ago this month, in Brixton, with Colin Firth also narrating and directing. Both Juilet Stevenson and Kelly Macdonald were involved in that reading, which raised funds for Amnesty International. We hope Voices continues to help create new productions around the world.

Learn more about THE PEOPLE SPEAK UK television premiere at Sky TV:
http://tv.sky.com/the-people-speak
and at HISTORY UK:
http://www.history.co.uk/the-people-speak.html.


"Democracy is not a spectator sport" fundraising t-shirt



For those of you geared up for November elections, why not dress the part and support Voices of a People's History of the United States (http://www.peopleshistory.us) at the same time? Step out with a "Democracy is not a spectator sport" t-shirt from THE PEOPLE SPEAK -- in very soft organic cotton with terrific design.


If you purchase a t-shirt through this link: http://wig.bz/32?product=collections/t-shirts-totes/products/shopify-t-shirt (and only through that link) a portion of the proceeds come back to Voices.







Any purchase of the DVD of The People Speak (the extended version, with behind-the scenes footage and a making-of short) through this link:
(and only through that link) provides even more support to Voices of a People's History. It's never too early to think about holiday gifts...

Any organization or intrepid individual can apply to become an affiliate of The People Speak and raise money for their organization. It's simple and TPS does all the ordering, fulfillment and shipping. Details here: http://shop.thepeoplespeak. com/pages/become-an-affiliate



A People's History of the United States: Modern Classic Edition

Available on November 2, 2010

Howard Zinn's classic A People's History of the United States is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of -- and in the words of -- America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers. As historian Howard Zinn shows, many of our country's greatest battles -- the fights for fair wage, an eight-hour workday, child-labor laws, health and safety standards, universal suffrage, women's rights, racial equality -- were carried out at the grassroots level, against bloody resistance. Covering Christopher Columbus's arrival through the 2000 election and the "War on Terrorism", A People's History of the United States, which was nominated for the American Book Award in 1981, features insightful analysis of the most important events in our history.

Now, A People's History of the United States is available in a beautiful gift edition, with a deluxe cover featuring a photograph of Zinn and printed on rich uncoated stock with French flaps.

http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Peoples-History-United-States-Howard-Zinn/?isbn=9780061965586


Marx in Soho: A Play on History -- audiobook, with a new introduction by Howard Zinn

By Howard Zinn, performed by Brian Jones



On sale now -- with a special 25% discount for HowardZinn.org readers! Just use discount code "MIS25" at checkout when you buy from the publisher:

http://www.haymarketbooks.org/cd/Marx-in-Soho

"Don't you wonder: why is it necessary to declare me dead again and again?"

Marx is back! The premise of this witty and insightful "play on history" is that Karl Marx has agitated with the authorities of the afterlife for a chance to clear his name. Through a bureaucratic error, though, Marx is sent to Soho in New York, rather than his old stomping ground in London, to make his case.

Howard Zinn, best known for his book, A People's History of the United States, introduces us to Marx's wife, Jenny, his children, the anarchist Mikhail Bakunin, and a host of other characters.

Brian Jones, an African American actor, teacher, and activist, has been performing this engaging one-man show across the country since 1999.

Marx in Soho is a brilliant introduction to Marx's life, his analysis of society, and his passion for radical change. Zinn also shows how Marx's ideas are relevant in today's world.

http://www.haymarketbooks.org/cd/Marx-in-Soho


New art book by Eleanor Rubin, Dreams of Repair, with foreword by Howard Zinn

On sale now

"If the role of art is to join beauty to a deep caring for people in trouble, for a world in trouble, if it is to transcend the artificial boundaries that keep us apart, if it is to join us in solidarity with other sentient beings and with the natural world, then Eleanor Rubin fulfills the most profound responsibilities of the artist."
--Howard Zinn

For more details visit:
http://www.chartaartbooks.it/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=charta_flypage&product_id=895&category_id=18&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=42

The Bomb, by Howard Zinn

On sale now

As an active WWII bombardier returning from the end of the war in Europe and preparing for combat in Japan, Howard Zinn read the headline "Atomic Bomb Dropped on Japan" and was glad-the war would be over. "Like other Americans," writes Zinn, "I had no idea what was going on at the higher levels, and had no idea what that 'atomic bomb' had done to men, women, children in Hiroshima, any more than I ever really understood what the bombs I dropped on European cities were doing to human flesh and blood." During the war, Zinn had taken part in the aerial bombing of Royan, France, and in 1966, he went to Hiroshima, where he was invited to a "house of rest" where survivors of the bombing gathered. In this short and powerful book, the backstory of the making and use of the bomb, Zinn offers his deep personal reflections and political analysis of these events, and the profound influence they had in transforming him from an order-taking combat soldier to one of our greatest anti-authoritarian, anti-war historians.

http://www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100167600

And from the howardzinn.org website:

... for more on these items, visit our web site (http://www.howardzinn.org/):

* The Howard Zinn Lecture Series at Boston University, featuring Bill Moyers -- Register online for this year's Howard Zinn Lecture Series featuring Bill Moyers. The lecture will be held Friday, October 29 at 7 p.m. in the Metcalf Ballroom in the George Sherman Union.

* Stories from the Zinn Education project on using Howard Zinn's work in the classroom

* Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request leads to release of 423-page Howard Zinn FBI file

* Delta Spirit's new album "History From Below" inspired by Howard Zinn

* Allison Moorer song from "The People Speak" featured on new benefit album, "Dear New Orleans"

* Howard Zinn to appear in upcoming documentary, Hit and Stay, on the "Cantonville Nine"


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