The Progressive is fortunate to have footage of speeches and interviews featuring prominent activists, writers, and leaders from Naomi Klein to Kevin Alexander Gray among its archives. In partnership with On the Earth Productions, we present this series in conjunction with our regular coverage of education, pacifism, money in politics, civil rights, and environmental sustainability. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see more.
In a 2006 appearance at the Orpheum Theatre in Madison, Howard Zinn spoke on the importance of protest.
“Protest will always be useful. It will always be important," he said. "Protest always looks futile at the time it takes place, but protest mounts up. If they thought protest is futile they wouldn’t send the police out every time there’s a demonstration.” In the wake of months of protests against police brutality in Ferguson and beyond, his words are especially poignant. Watch the full clip here.