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"It's Time For A Change"

"It’s Time for a Change” excerpt by Shirley Chisholm, from the recording What if I am a Woman?, Folkways SFW CD F-5538, provided courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. © 1977. Used by permission. In her first speech before the House of Representatives, March 26, 1969, the first black woman member of Congress, known as Fighting Shirley Chisholm, called for a change in American values and priorities.

Conclusion of Speech:
"It was Calvin Coolidge, I believe, who made the comment that "The Business of America is Business." We are now spending eighty billion dollars a year on defense--that's two thirds of every tax dollar. At this time, gentlemen, the business of America is war, and it is time for a change."

 


"It's Time For A Change"

"It’s Time for a Change” excerpt by Shirley Chisholm, from the recording What if I am a Woman?, Folkways SFW CD F-5538, provided courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. © 1977. Used by permission.

Conclusion of Speech:
"I intend to vote 'NO' on every money bill that comes to the floor of this House that provides any funds for the Department of Defense. Any bill whatsoever, until the time comes when our values and priorities have been turned right side up again, until the monstrous waste and the shocking profits in the defense budget have been eliminated and our country starts to use its strength, its tremendous resources, for people and peace, not for profits and war."

 



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