Film Clips

Cindy Sheehan: “It’s Time the Antiwar Choir Started Singing”

Film clip. Voices of a People's History. Dramatic reading of Cindy Sheehan's speech "It's Time the Antiwar Choir Started Singing" (2005) is read by Marisa Tomei and Staceyann Chin.
Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: Democracy & Citizenship, Imperialism, Wars & Related Anti-War Movements, Women's History

Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan. Photo:

Cindy Sheehan, “It’s Time the Antiwar Choir Started Singing” (August 5, 2005)

Cindy Sheehan’s son Casey was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004. She read this speech at the Veterans for Peace Convention and the next day she was camping outside then President George W. Bush vacation home. Bush refused to meet with her but Sheehan galvanized sentiment against the occupation of Iraq.

Film Clip Description

Cindy Sheehan’s Speech to the Veterans for Peace Convention (August 5, 2005) is read by Marisa Tomei, during an evening of performances October 5, 2005, at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center George and Sakaye Aratani Japan America Theatre, Los Angeles, California. The excerpt is from Voices of a People’s History of the United States edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.

Cindy Sheehan’s speech is also read by Staceyann Chin at an evening of performances May 2, 2007, at The Great Hall at Cooper Union, New York, NY.

More video clips can be found at the Voices of a People’s History website and in the film The People Speak.