The People Speak (2009)
Howard Zinn: To live now, as human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
Kerry Washington: [Reading from a speech by Sojouner Truth] Women can't have the same rights of men, because Christ wasn't a woman. Well, where did your Christ come from? He came from God and a woman. Man did not have nothin' to do with it.
Sandra Oh: [Reading from Emma Goldman's speech given in San Francisco] Patriotism, sir, is the last resort of scoundrels, said Dr. Johnson.
Howard Zinn: We didn't want to hear the words of the White House. We wanted to hear the words of those picketing the White House. Agitators. The anti-war protesters. The socialists and anarchists. In other words, the people who gave us whatever liberty and democracy we have in this country. What's common to all of them is the spirit of resistance to illegitimate authority. Democracy is in dissent. Democracy is in resistance. Democracy does not come from the top. It comes from the bottom.