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  • The Trial of the Avco Plowshares

    The Trial of the Avco Plowshares

    In July 1983, seven United States citizens entered AVCO Systems Division, a manufacturing plant for MX and Pershing II missiles in Wilmington, Massachusetts. They threw blood on blueprints and computers to protest the buildup of nuclear arms. AVCO PLOWSHARES documents the ensuring trial, which includes dramatic testimony on civil disobedience and the question if a greater moral imperative exists beyond the letter of the law. Acting on their own behalf, the defendants argued “the justification defense” to claim their duty as citizens to warn of impending nuclear threats. Jean Hollady, a nurse and mother of four, asks those in the courtroom to picture the threat of one MX missile, containing ten warheads, representing “the equivalent of 260 Hiroshimas.” Frank Panopoulos, an anti-poverty worker, explains, “we were there so these weapons will not be made.” John Schuchardt, a former Marine and an attorney, ask the jury, “in light of weapons with the (equivalent power) of 335,000 pickup trucks full of TNT… please tell me what I could have done.” Expert witnesses and commentators from retired Rear Admiral Gene LaRocque, Daniel Berrigan, and George Wald concur that because of anti-Soviet weapons in Europe, nuclear war could be “eight minutes away.” Howard Zinn says in defense, “creative, inventive, dedicated action is needed by Americans in this courtroom and everywhere else to prevent that risk to the world.”

    Despite permission to film this trial for broadcast, the presiding judge, Edward M. Viola, restricted distribution to educational venues after screening the work-in-progress.

  • [Howard Zinn raw #100]

    [Howard Zinn raw #100]

    Raw footage of Howard Zinn receiving the 2003 Prix des Amis du Monde diplomatique

  • [Howard Zinn raw #98: Marian Wright Edelman Interview]

    [Howard Zinn raw #98: Marian Wright Edelman Interview]

    Raw interview footage with Marian Wright Edelman for the documentary Howard Zinn: You Can´t Be Neutral on a Moving Train by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller.

  • [Howard Zinn raw #95]

    [Howard Zinn raw #95]

    Raw interview footage of Howard Zinn for the documentary Howard Zinn: You Can´t Be Neutral on a Moving Train by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller.

  • [Howard Zinn raw #94]

    [Howard Zinn raw #94]

    Raw interview footage of Howard Zinn for the documentary Howard Zinn: You Can´t Be Neutral on a Moving Train by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller.

  • [Howard Zinn raw #93]

    [Howard Zinn raw #93]

  • [Howard Zinn raw #92: Debate with William Buckley]

    Audio only of 1971 debate between William Buckley and Howard Zinn and a 1971 anti-Vietnam War speech by Zinn.

  • [Howard Zinn raw #91]

    [Howard Zinn raw #91]

    Raw footage for the documentary Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller. This tape features footage of an anti-war protest in Chicago in 2003.

 
 
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