Anthony Arnove

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Anthony Arnove

Anthony Arnove was editor, with the late Howard Zinn, of Voices of a People’s History of the United States, a critically acclaimed primary-source companion to Zinn’s best selling A People’s History of the United States that features the words of rebels, dissenters, and visionaries from our past — and present. Rethinking Schools describes the book a “stunning new volume.” Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it “Gut-wrenching.” And considers it “Compelling and indispensable.” The book, published by Seven Stories Press, also has a companion teacher’s guide and curriculum.

Socialism 2018

Anthony Arnove was a proposed featured speaker of the Socialism 2018, an annual socialist gathering sponsored by the International Socialist Organization held in Chicago, Illinois in July 2018.[1] Go to the main page of ISO Socialism Conference...

Spoke at Socialism 2016 Conference

Some of our Speakers at Socialism 2016 included:

Artistic activism

Zinn and Arnove have organized public readings from the Voices of a People’s History of the United States that have featured the words of Frederick Douglass, Tecumseh, Emma Goldman, Paul Robeson, Susan B. Anthony, and others. These events have featured Mos Def, Viggo Mortensen, Sandra Oh, Kerry Washington, James Earl Jones, Marisa Tomei, Kurt Vonnegut, Lili Taylor, Sarah Jones, Wallace Shawn, John Sayles, Danny Glover, Alice Walker, Harris Yulin, Josh Brolin, Cindy Corrie, Steve Earle, Allison Moorer, Ally Sheedy, Mark Ruffalo, exonerated death row prisoners and their families, and many other readers.

He worked with Howard Zinn, The Culture Project, and director Rob Urbinati on a stage adaptation of the book, Rebel Voices. The Culture Project featured a workshop of the play in the Impact Festival in September 2006. A full production, coauthored and coproduced by Arnove, opened at The Culture Project in fall 2007 and is now in development for performances at other theaters nationally. He cofounded the nonprofit Voices of a People’s History of the United States with Howard Zinn and the arts and production company Civic Bakery with Chris Moore and Brenda Coughlin.

Arnove is the co–executive producer and co-director with Howard Zinn, Chris Moore, John Brolin, and Matt Damon, of The People Speak, the film documentary version of Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States (which he co-wrote with Zinn). He also coauthored the film’s script with Zinn.

He has directed and co-directed dozens of staged readings from Voices and for The People Speak, including a performance at the Brixton Academy in London with Colin Firth. He is also so-executive producer and co-director with Colin Firth of a UK version of The People Speak, which aired in fall 2010 on the History Channel in the United Kingdom and featured Ian McKellan, Ben Kingsley, Keira Knightley, and more than a dozen other leading musicians and actors.

Arnove’s is the author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal, with a foreword by Howard Zinn, published in paperback from Metropolitan Books and the American Empire Project in January 2007. Arundhati Roy calls the book “urgent.” Cindy Sheehan describes it as “brilliant.” And Eve Ensler finds it “An impassioned, unflinching case for immediate U.S. withdrawal.” The book has also been published, or will soon be published, in Australia, Italy, Bosnia, France, and Lebanon.

He is also is the editor of Iraq Under Siege: The Deadly Impact of Sanctions and War (South End Press) and Terrorism and War, a collection of post–9/11 interviews with Howard Zinn (Seven Stories Press).

For his most recent book project, Arnove edited The Essential Chomsky, published by The New Press.

He also served as stage director of London’s World Book Night in 2011, a live event in Trafalgar Square featuring John le Carré, Edna O’Brien, Margaret Atwood, and many other leading international authors, launching the giveaway of more than one million books in one weekend across the UK.

An activist based in Brooklyn, he is a member of the International Socialist Organization, the National Writers Union, and the Dramatist’s Guild.

His writing has appeared in O Magazine, The Financial Times, The Nation, Monthly Review, In These Times, International Socialist Review, Red Pepper, Socialist Worker, L’Humanite, Le Nouvel Observateur, Z Magazine, Cineaste, New Politics, Mother Jones, Left Business Observer, and other publications. He writes regularly for the ZNet web site.

Arnove has appeared on BBC, Democracy Now!, Sky News, ABC Radio in Australia, Alternative Radio, CounterSpin, Air America, and public radio programs across the country, and was featured in the documentary Preventive Warriors.[2]

Arnove spoke at the historic February 15, 2003, demonstration in New York City against the planned war in Iraq, and has spoken at numerous demonstrations and conferences, sharing platforms with Howard Zinn, Arundhati Roy, Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Studs Terkel, Amy Goodman, John Pilger, Dennis Brutus, Etan Thomas, Tony Benn, performers Bright Eyes and Rufus Wainwright, and others. He has also spoken at many colleges and universities across the country.

Arnove is on the editorial board of the International Socialist Review and of Haymarket Books.

He is also on the advisory board of Iraq Veterans Against the War and is secretary-treasurer of the new nonprofit Voices of a People’s History of the United States, Inc.

He traveled to Iraq in 2000 and Palestine and Israel in 2001, and has recently toured France, Australia, Bosnia, and the United Kingdom as an antiwar speaker.

Arnove worked for seven years as an editor and publisher at South End Press and now is a freelance editor and writer, working with Arundhati Roy, Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, John Sayles, David Barsamian, Sonia Shah, Jeremy Scahill, and other writers.

He has also for several years served as a producer of Howard Zinn’s play Marx in Soho, which has been performed internationally under his aegis.

Arnove has a PhD and MA from Brown University, where he studied in the Modern Culture and Media Program, and a BA from Oberlin College, where he studied English and Religion.

Left Forum Advisory Board

In 2009 the Left Forum Advisory Board included Gilbert Achcar, Tariq Ali, Ashanti Alston, Anthony Arnove, Robin Blackburn, Barbara Bowen, Jack Bratich, Rose Brewer, Renate Bridenthal, Michael Brie, Stephen Brier, Stephen Eric Bronner, Paul Buhle, Joseph Buttigieg, Luciana Castellina, Angela Dillard, Stephen Duncombe, Hester Eisenstein, Barbara Epstein, Deepa Fernandes, Hector Figueroa, Harriet Fraad, Josh Freeman, Barbara Garson, Heather Gautney, Marvin Gettleman, Arun Gupta, Jack Hammond, David Harvey, Gerald Horne, Boris Kagarlitsky, Robin D. G. Kelley, Christine A. Kelly, Peter Kwong, Joanne Landy, Jesse Lemisch, Michael Lowy, Nivedita Majumdar, Manning Marable, Randy Martin, Liz Mestres, Susan O'Malley, Cathy Mulder, Leo Panitch, Christian Parenti, Thomas Ponniah, Barbara Ransby, Michael Ratner, Jan Rehmann, Gerardo Renique, Rainer Rilling, Colin Robinson, Nan Rubin, Roger Salerno, Stephen R. Shalom, Neil Smith, Richard Smith, Meredith Tax, Eleni Varikas, Victor Wallis, Joseph Wilson.[3]

"Support Bill Ayers"

In October 2008, several thousand college professors, students and academic staff signed a statement Support Bill Ayers in solidarity with former Weather Underground Organization terrorist Bill Ayers.

In the run up to the U.S. presidential elections, Ayers had come under considerable media scrutiny, sparked by his relationship to presidential candidate Barack Obama.

We write to support our colleague Professor William Ayers, Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who is currently under determined and sustained political attack...
We, the undersigned, stand on the side of education as an enterprise devoted to human inquiry, enlightenment, and liberation. We oppose the demonization of Professor William Ayers.

Anthony Arnove signed the statement.[4]

The People Speak

The People Speak is a documentary based on Howard Zinn’s books; A People’s History of the United States and Voices of a People’s History of the United States. It premiered on Dec, 13, 2009 on the History Channel. Anthony Arnove performed in the documentary.[5]

Labor for Palestine

On December 14, 2009 Labor for Palestine released an "Open Letter from U.S. Trade Unionists to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: Boycott Apartheid Israel". Signers of the letter included Anthony Arnove of the NWU and the UAW.[6]

Mapping Socialist Strategies

Mapping Socialist Strategies was convened from August 1-4 in Briarcliff Manor, NY, by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung—New York Office. It brought together 100 influential progressives and leftists from across the United States, Canada, and Europe for an “un-conference” on socialist strategies.

Attendees included Anthony Arnove.