September 20, 2001, Piven was a guest speaker at a New York City
honor the work of her husband, Richard Cloward, who had died a month
earlier. Other speakers included Barbara
Zinn, June Jordan, Gus Newport, Tim Sampson, Joel
Rogers, Miles Rappaport, and Cornel
While attending a Socialist Scholars Conference in New York (one of many which she has attended) in the early 2000s, Piven was interviewed by PBS. She was asked, "What does socialism mean to you? What is its future?" Piven replied:
"Socialism is a broad tradition and it has many meanings. So if you were to ask me, 'What are the core values in that tradition?' 'The values of equality and fraternity and democracy,' I would say... That tradition has a future; it’s the only future that’s possible.
"At this particular moment in time I think that those values are fired up by a great social movement that has spread across the globe. Nobody expected it, it’s taking everyone by surprise, and it is probably the largest social movement in recorded history. The whole world is rising up to say 'No' to war, and they’re saying 'No' to war because of their convictions that war means imperialism; war means the United States becoming a new Roman Empire and settling down on the Middle East...war means that the fundamental things that all human creatures want, which is enough to eat and a place to sleep and a community and a voice, that those fundamental values will be denied."
addition to Poor
Piven has authored such books as: Regulating
(1972, co-authored with Richard Cloward); Why
Americans Don't Vote
War at Home
Authority: How Ordinary People Change America
(2008), and Keeping
Down the Black Vote