In this indispensable reference come the timeless quotes from Malcolm X to Arundhati Roy, from Edward Said to bell hooks. These are the voices that rise up through history, and encourage the reader to rise as well.
War We are peddling freedom to the world and daring them to oppose it and bribing them kindly to accept it and dropping death on those who refuse it. -W.E.B. Du Bois, scholar, educator, author.
[George W. Bush], You tell me the truth. You tell me that my son died for oil. You tell me that my son died to make your friends rich. You tell me my son died to spread the cancer of Pax Americana, imperialism in the Middle East. You tell me that, you don't tell me my son died for freedom and democracy. Cuz, we're not freer. You're taking away our freedoms. The Iraqi people aren't freer, they're much worse off than before you meddled in their country. -Cindy Sheehan, activist, parent of Casey Austin Sheehan who was killed in Iraq in 2004.
Politics Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats. We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee. -Helen Keller, educator, socialist activist
Freedom We are not rebels and revolutionaries, but humans who will no longer be denied our humanity. -Marcus Garvey, Jamaican Black nationalist leader
Art The role of the revolutionary artist is to make revolution irresistible. -Toni Cade Bambara, writer, activist
Social Change I do not ask that you place your hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, just that you support him no longer. Then you will behold him, like a colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces. -Etienne de la Boetie, French writer, judge
Peace Revolution is not only won by numbers, but by visionaries, and if artists aren't visionaries, then we have no business doing what we do. -Cherr√≠e Moraga, writer, educator. Essay, "Art in America Con Acento," 1983
Progress You can't say civilization isn't advancing: in every war they kill you in a new way. -Will Rogers, writer, actor, comedian. Attributed.
Criminal Justice Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo-obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other. -Angela Davis, activist, educator, writer. The Black Scholar, 1971
Indigenous Struggle Where today are the Pequot? Where are the Narragansett, the Mohawks, the Pocanokets, and many other once powerful tribes of our race? They have vanished before the avarice and the oppression of the white men, as snow before a summer sun. -Tecumseh, Shawnee leader, warrior. From speech to members of the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations, in an appeal for unity against white settler invasion, September 1811