I was able to do The Saint of Fort Washington, on the relationship between two homeless men.— Danny Glover
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The progressive movement against the war of occupation in Iraq is a reason for hope, as is resistance to free trade agreements in Latin America. Those are moments that we have to celebrate: that people still find the resolve and energy to resist
I try to find hope in struggle and resistance in small places as much as I can.
It is the most painful thing to see how young children become collateral damage of wars, but when peace treaties are signed landmines do not respect any of these accords. And as long as these silent killers linger after wars, children will never know peace
Art is about the dynamics of the human experience.
It's important for people of color to link up with issues around globalization, food security, health, the environment.
What happened to Haiti is a threat that could happen anywhere in the Caribbean to these island nations, you know, because of global warming, because of climate change and all this.
Today, the media dictatorship is becoming a substitute to military dictatorship.
The big economic groups are using the media and decide who can speak, who the good guy is and who the bad guy is.
When someone you know passes on, the only thing you can do is keep moving forward.
Freedom Summer, the massive voter education project in Mississippi, was 1964.
I graduated from high school in 1965. So becoming active was almost a rite of passage.
If we look at Houston, which is a very environmentally toxic place, we find that it has one of the highest levels of young men going to prison and also among the highest levels of illiteracy in the country.
The Second Amendment comes from the right to protect themselves from slave revolts, and from uprisings by Native Americans. A revolt from people who were stolen from their land or revolt from people whose land was stolen from, that's what the genesis of the Second Amendment is.
Kids made fun of me because I was dark skinned, had a wide nose, and was dyslexic. Even as an actor, it took me a long time to realize why words and letters got jumbled in my mind and came out differently.
But I think it's very key that there's a plan for Haiti.
And we have to begin to - as progressives and people who are concerned about Haiti and have been concerned about Haiti, we have to begin to build some sort of consensus, a movement around the Haiti that the Haitians envision.
Im a child of the Civil Rights Movement.
Popular literature and culture used to reflect people's aspirations, pain, and passion. All those particular things are no longer available to us.
Some of these things I saw in foreign films - African films, Cuban films - long before I decided to really go on this course as an actor. I started to think about what values I saw in those films that I wanted to bring to my projects
Did you know a child is orphaned by AIDS every 15 seconds.
Millions of children are going it alone. Missing their childhood. Missing their mother. Missing their father. AIDS is devastating families around the globe. Children are missing your support. Unite for children. Unite against AIDS.
I was able to do To Sleep with Anger, a very powerful film about African Americans, their spirituality, and the things that happened within a small community and a family.
When you've moved past a point where you're just scrambling for jobs, you think about the things that you want to do. And the things that you want to do are governed by what you've seen, what you choose to embrace
New Orleans is a city whose basic industry is the service industry.
That's why it makes its money. That's - it brings people to the city. People come to the city and experience the wonders of this extraordinary city and everything else. The question is that, how do we create jobs which are the jobs that have pay, that - living wages?
President Obama is a man who had certain advantages because of the civil rights movement. He had the opportunity to go to some of the best schools in this country - schools that train you how to run the political paradigm, not challenge it. The leaders of the Black Power Movement were challenging that paradigm.
The death penalty is inhumane... whether that person is in a [jail] or it's bin Laden.
If we talk about the environment, for example, we have to talk about environmental racism - about the fact that kids in South Central Los Angeles have a third of the lung capacity of kids in Santa Monica.
The black power movement was not a separation from the civil rights movement, but a continuation of this whole process of democratization.
I never thought about being an actor.
Democracy is about criticism. I didn't elect Obama because he's a black; I voted for Obama because he was the right person at the time. Period. The exceptionalism of a black U.S. President is not important to me. It's what he does. And who he has at the table. And what he does to change the world - that's what's important.
Since 1957, black people have experienced double-digit unemployment - in good times and bad times. Look at the population of African Americans in prison. They represent more than half the population of prisoners in the country, 55 percent of those on death row
We all know Reagan's legacy, from the Iran-Contra affair to the funding of the Nicaraguan military in which over 200,000 people died. The groundwork for the move steadily to the right happened with the Reagan administration. People want to elevate him to some mythic level; they have their own reason for doing that.
President [Barack] Obama is a man who had certain advantages because of the civil rights movement.
Mother Earth is in pain and ailing because of global warming.
Lethal Weapon 2 used the platform to talk about the apartheid system.
That was a very important moment for us.
Remember, we're talking [in The Black Power Mixtape] about 1967, the year before [Martin Luther] King's assassination. We're talking about the emergence of black power, which is a discussion King mentioned in his last book, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? We're talking about the meaning of black power and the possibility that it alienated our supporters, both white and black.
Some of the most amazing stories are happening on the global scene.
My extraordinary producing partner, Joslyn Barnes, she's just virtually changed my life with the way she constructed this company and how we go about telling the stories we want to tell.
I'm not so vain as to believe that my involvement changes anything whatsoever.
In The Black Power Mixtape , you hear the voice of Angela Davis - not someone playing Angela Davis.
Every day of my life I walk with the idea that I am black, no matter how successful I am. And our success is tempered by that; you're successful in this way given the fact you are black, and most blacks don't get to that point.
[The strike in 1968] brought us together with teachers and also with progressive whites. All of us came from diverse backgrounds, but at the same time the reasons why we were at San Francisco State in the late sixties was because of the agitation and movement building that had occurred within our communities. We saw ourselves not separate from the community but intimately connected to it.
We live in a climate of fear, and because of this whole ideology of consumption almost to the point of religion.
I remember when Langston Hughes used to write a column in black newspapers around this character Jesse B. Semple. He always used that as a voice, sometimes in comic ways, of having everyday people's voice come through this common folk hero, who was an ordinary working guy. He would talk about anything from police brutality to the Korean War. Those kinds of expression and identification are no longer prevalent in our popular culture.
Hollywood is designed to check the box office on Monday morning and see: "How'd we do? How much?" It's another facet of this whole culture of accumulation and consumption. Black people are caught up in it, white people are caught up in it, white actors, black actors, female actresses - everybody's caught up in it.
I was involved with the anti-apartheid movement through my work as an artist and also through my political commitment.
You know, we do not want the militarization of Haiti.
We do not see a Haitian as a protectorate where it relinquishes its own sovereignty.
One of the main purveyors of violence in this world has been this country.
We have to be that wedge that drives the question and asks the hard questions.
I never thought about being an actor.
I was just going to play music and baseball. That’s all I was going to do. To this day, that’s what I do. I just added movies to it.
It's also important for those who promote those issues within the white community - the somewhat privileged community - to talk about issues affecting people of color.
I have the capacity to express what I feel needs to be expressed. And I try to do what I believe in.
But rarely have I made choices that made me feel I was really compromising what I believe.
What's more important is that we talk about movements;
change happens through movements. The movement to end slavery, the movement to bring justice for those who have been left out of the system, movements to include women, movements around sexual preference - all these movements brought about change.