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  • #1
    Dr. Seuss
    “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
    Nothing is going to get better. It's not.”
    Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

  • #2
    Howard Zinn
    “There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.”
    Howard Zinn

  • #3
    Howard Zinn
    “TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
    What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
    And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
    Howard Zinn

  • #4
    Howard Zinn
    “I'm worried that students will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel - let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they're doing. I'm concerned that students not become passive acceptors of the official doctrine that's handed down to them from the White House, the media, textbooks, teachers and preachers.”
    Howard Zinn

  • #5
    Howard Zinn
    “Historically, the most terrible things - war, genocide, and slavery - have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.”
    Howard Zinn

  • #6
    Ralph Nader
    “The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.”
    Ralph Nader

  • #7
    Ralph Nader
    “A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity.”
    Ralph Nader

  • #8
    Ralph Nader
    “Let it not be said by a future, forlorn generation that we wasted and lost our great potential because our despair was so deep we didn't even try, or because each of us thought someone else was worrying about our problems.”
    Ralph Nader

  • #9
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. ... A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth. With righteous indignation, it will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, "This is not just." It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of South America and say, "This is not just." The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just.”
    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • #10
    Michael Eric Dyson
    “Charity is no substitute for justice. If we never challenge a social order that allows some to accumulate wealth--even if they decide to help the less fortunate--while others are short-changed, then even acts of kindness end up supporting unjust arrangements. We must never ignore the injustices that make charity necessary, or the inequalities that make it possible. ”
    Michael Eric Dyson, Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster

  • #11
    Arundhati Roy
    “Colorful demonstrations and weekend marches are vital but alone are not powerful enough to stop wars. Wars will be stopped only when soldiers refuse to fight, when workers refuse to load weapons onto ships and aircraft, when people boycott the economic outposts of Empire that are strung across the globe. ”
    Arundhati Roy, Public Power in the Age of Empire

  • #12
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
    Martin Luther King Jr.

  • #13
    Wendell Berry
    “Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.”
    Wendell Berry

  • #14
    Marcus Garvey
    “The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself but the ends you serve that are for all, in common, will take you into eternity.”
    Marcus Garvey

  • #15
    Howard Zinn
    “Any humane and reasonable person must conclude that if the ends, however desireable, are uncertain and the means are horrible and certain, these means must not be employed.”
    Howard Zinn, Passionate Declarations: Essays on War and Justice

  • #16
    Howard Zinn
    “The challenge remains. On the other side are formidable forces: money, political power, the major media. On our side are the people of the world and a power greater than money or weapons: the truth.
    Truth has a power of its own. Art has a power of its own. That age-old lesson – that everything we do matters – is the meaning of the people’s struggle here in the United States and everywhere. A poem can inspire a movement. A pamphlet can spark a revolution. Civil disobedience can arouse people and provoke us to think, when we organize with one another, when we get involved, when we stand up and speak out together, we can create a power no government can suppress. We live in a beautiful country. But people who have no respect for human life, freedom, or justice have taken it over. It is now up to all of us to take it back.”
    Howard Zinn, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress

  • #17
    Arundhati Roy
    “So here we have it. The equivocating distinction between civilisation and savagery, between the "massacre of innocent people" or, if you like, "a clash of civilisations" and "collateral damage". The sophistry and fastidious algebra of infinite justice.”
    Arundhati Roy

  • #18
    Albert Einstein
    “Striving for social justice is the most valuable thing to do in life.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #19
    Derrick Jensen
    “So long as we only believe in the justice of the state, of the law-made by those in power, to serve those in power-so long will we continue to be exploited by those in power.”
    Derrick Jensen, Endgame, Vol. 1: The Problem of Civilization

  • #20
    Vandana Shiva
    “In nature's economy the currency is not money, it is life.”
    Vandana Shiva, Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace

  • #21
    Nawal El-Saadawi
    “Writing: such has been my crime ever since I was a small child. To this day writing remains my crime. Now, although I am out of prison, I continue to live inside a prison of another sort, one without steel bars. For the technology of oppression and might without justice has become more advanced, and the fetters imposed on mind and body have become invisible. The most dangerous shackles are the invisible ones, because they deceive people into believing they are free. This delusion is the new prison that people inhabit today, north and south, east and west...We inhabit the age of the technology of false consciousness, the technology of hiding truths behind amiable humanistic slogans that may change from one era to another...Democracy is not just freedom to criticize the government or head of state, or to hold parliamentary elections. True democracy obtains only when the people - women, men, young people, children - have the ability to change the system of industrial capitalism that has oppressed them since the earliest days of slavery: a system based on class division, patriarchy, and military might, a hierarchical system that subjugates people merely because they are born poor, or female, or dark-skinned.”
    Nawal El-Saadawi, Memoirs from the Women's Prison

  • #22
    James     Baldwin
    “It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.”
    James Baldwin

  • #23
    Vandana Shiva
    “Nature shrinks as capital grows. The growth of the market cannot solve the very crisis it creates.”
    Vandana Shiva, Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis

  • #24
    Nelson Mandela
    “Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
    Nelson Mandela

  • #25
    Margaret Atwood
    “Nature is an expert in cost-benefit analysis,' she says. 'Although she does her accounting a little differently. As for debts, she always collects in the long run...”
    Margaret Atwood, Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth

  • #26
    Derrick Jensen
    “Those in power have made it so we have to pay simply to exist on the planet. We have to pay for a place to sleep, and we have to pay for food. If we don't, people with guns come and force us to pay. That's violent.”
    Derrick Jensen, Endgame, Vol. 1: The Problem of Civilization

  • #27
    Derrick Jensen
    “Within this culture wealth is measured by one's ability to consume and destroy.”
    Derrick Jensen, Endgame, Vol. 1: The Problem of Civilization

  • #28
    Derrick Jensen
    “To reverse the effects of civilization would destroy the dreams of a lot of people. There's no way around it. We can talk all we want about sustainability, but there's a sense in which it doesn't matter that these people's dreams are based on, embedded in, intertwined with, and formed by an inherently destructive economic and social system. Their dreams are still their dreams. What right do I -- or does anyone else -- have to destroy them.

    At the same time, what right do they have to destroy the world?”
    Derrick Jensen, Endgame, Vol. 1: The Problem of Civilization

  • #29
    Derrick Jensen
    “Premise Eight: The needs of the natural world are more important than the needs of the economic system.”
    Derrick Jensen, Endgame, Vol. 1: The Problem of Civilization

  • #30
    Derrick Jensen
    “For us to maintain our way of living, we must tell lies to each other and especially to ourselves. The lies are necessary because, without them, many deplorable acts would become impossibilities.”
    Derrick Jensen, The Culture of Make Believe



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