describes the effect of the growing inequality of income in America
- where the average real income of the bottom 90% of American
taxpayers fell by 7% between 1973 and 2000. He gives several
moving stories of the impact of being poor and living in a poor
neighborhood with schools with little funding, and compares this
with the growth and financial success of large financial
institutions. He concludes with a challenge to each of us to
learn the facts of present day American economic realities and calls
forth the better angels of our nature, imbues us with our democratic
impulse, and articulates our American Identity with its exceptional
purpose and promise.
Click Here for the entire speech.
In 1963, historian Howard
Zinn was fired from Spelman College, where he was chair of the
History Department, because of his involvement in the black freedom
movement. This year, he was honored by the school and invited to
give the commencement address.
Click Here for the
text of his speech at Spelman, given on May 15, 2005.
Iraq War Veteran
Lance Cpl Michael Hoffman speaking
recently about his experiences and why he is opposed to the war.
to see a Video of the
speech (may not work on all browsers).
Ted Kennedy spoke at the The Johns' Hopkins School Of International
Studies about "America's Future in Iraq" - "It
is time to recognize that there is only one choice. America
must give Iraq back to the Iraqi people... We need to let the Iraqi
people make their own decisions, reach their own consensus, and
govern their own country ..."
Click Here to
see the complete text of the speech.