I used to go to some Harvard parties with my athlete friends, and they would introduce me as ‘Winona, the Indian activist.’ It made me uncomfortable. I felt like a novelty.
Some people talk about Haiti as being the graveyard of development projects.
We have fallen into this very mean description of humanity. Naturalism in fiction is too reductive in its definition of human beings.
The United States, you know, people – one of the reasons that it is said that native people received citizenship in 1924 was so that they could be drafted. And they have been extensively drafted.
I am a sworn atheist and therefore from my point of view the Talmud or the Koran don’t constitute works of political philosophy but rather writings that stand in utter contradiction to concepts like logic, freedom, feminism, secularism, brotherhood – which are my ideals.
Civil and political rights are critical, but not often the real problem for the destitute sick. My patients in Haiti can now vote but they can’t get medical care or clean water.
Politics is the art of the possible; creativity is the art of the impossible.
There is this sense of David Cameron leading a Government that’s badly out of touch with ordinary people’s lives. I’d absolutely welcome the opportunity to show all political leaders what life is like for most people.
I think we will see better vaccines within the next 15 years, but I’m not a scientist and am focused on the short-term – what will happen in the interim.
I’m one of six kids, and the eight of us lived for over a decade in either a bus or a boat.