Anonymiss Express

Here, Matt Damon reads from a speech Howard Zinn gave in 1970 as part of a debate on civil disobedience. Matt Damon and his family were lifelong friends of the Zinns.

This performance was part of "The People Speak, Live!" show, featuring Damon, Lupe Fiasco and a cast of Chicago's finest poets, actors, activists, artists, musicians, and writers. The show took place at the Metro in Chicago, on January 31, 2012, and was produced by Voices of a People's History (peopleshistory.us) in collaboration with Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival (youngchicagoauthors.org).

Learn more about Voices of a People's History at Facebook.com/VoicesofaPeoplesHistory and on Twitter @VPH.

Here's what Howard Zinn writes about this 1970 speech in his introduction to the full piece in his book Voices of a People's History of the United States, written with Anthony Arnove and first published in 2004 by Seven Stories Press:

"In November 1970, after my arrest along with others who had engaged in a Boston protest at an army base to block soldiers from being sent to Vietnam, I flew to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to take part in a debate with the philosopher Charles Frankel on civil disobedience. I was supposed to appear in court that day in connection with the charges resulting from the army base protest. I had a choice: show up in court and miss this opportunity to explain — and practice — my commitment to civil disobedience, or face the consequences of defying the court order by going to Baltimore. I chose to go. The next day, when I returned to Boston, I went to teach my morning class at Boston University. Two detectives were waiting outside the classroom and hauled me off to court, where I was sentenced to a few days in jail. Here is the text of my speech that night at Johns Hopkins."

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Anonymiss Express

Anonymiss Express

Anonymiss is the yin to the Anonymous yang. We are girls, and we smell better than the boys. Sorry fellas. The Old Spice isn't working for us. Anonymiss is committed to the same ideals as Anonymous: human rights are fundamental and free speech is paramount,…


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Anonymiss is the yin to the Anonymous yang. We are girls, and we smell better than the boys. Sorry fellas. The Old Spice isn't working for us. Anonymiss is committed to the same ideals as Anonymous: human rights are fundamental and free speech is paramount, excepting for corporations. They have enough hand-puppets in government to speak for them. NSFW 18+

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