I know you all thought you’d be rid of me at the end of the quarter, but I wanted to stop in again and tell any of you who are still reading about the documentary I just watched: Howard Zinn: You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train. The film tells the life story of one of my favorite historians and activists Howard Zinn who was involved in labor, anti-war, and freedom of speech movements from the middle of the 20th century until his death in 2010. The documentary includes Zinn speaking about his life as well as recordings of people he knew and news footage from historical events. If you’re in the mood to be inspired, check it out! Also, if you have not read Zinn’s writing, check that out too. I’m not exaggerating when I say that A People’s History of the United States changed my life.
And now I’ll leave you with a couple of quotes from the man himself:
“Indeed, it is impossible to be neutral. In a world already moving in certain directions, where wealth and power are already distributed in certain ways, neutrality means accepting the way things are now. It is a world of clashing interests – war against peace, nationalism against internationalism, equality against greed, and democracy against elitism – and it seems to me both impossible and undesirable to be neutral in those conflicts.” – Howard Zinn
“We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” – Howard Zinn