Organizing Quotes

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Shannon L. Alder
“We are all a little schizophrenic. Each of us has three different people living inside us every day—who you were, who you are and who you will become. The road to sanity is to recognize those identities, in order to know who you are today.”
Shannon L. Alder

Tim Wise
“Standing still is never an option so long as inequities remain embedded in the very fabric of the culture.”
Tim Wise, Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity

César Chávez
“Since I had the inclinatation and the training, helping people came naturally. I wasn't thinking in terms of organizing members, but just a duty that I had to do. That goes back to my mother's training. It was not until later that I realized that this was a good organizing tool, although maybe unconsciously, I was already beggining to understand.

But I was used by people for a long time until I wised up. It wasn't that they wanted to do it, but that I was not prepared or able to tell them what to do in return. My work was just another war on poverty gimick, which is what happens when people are given everything and don't give anything in return. you can't mold them into any action.

Well, one night it just hit me. Once you helped people, most became very loyal. The people who helped us back when we wanted volunteers were the people we had helped. So I began to get a group of those people around me.

Once I realized helping people was an organizing technique, I increased that work. I was willing to work all day and night and go to hell and back for people- provided they also did something for the CSO in return. I never felt bad asking for that. It didn't contradict my parents' teachings, because I wasn't asking for something for myself.

For a long time we didn't know how to put that work together into an organization. But we learned after a while- we learned how to help people by making them responsible. Today it's the same principle with the Union. And it works. We don't get everybody, but we get enough to get that nucleus. I think solving problems for people is the only way to build solid groups.”
Cesar Chavez

Gloria Steinem
“I've noticed that great political leaders are energized by conflict. I'm energized by listening to people's stories and trying to figure out shared solutions. That's the work of an organizer.”
Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road

“To acknowledge the existence of the bully and his accompanying risks is not the same as accepting him as a permanent feature of our world. I know that if we accept trauma and fear, it wins.

"Bullies don’t just go away. Their legacies don’t just disappear. The bully must be confronted intentionally, his impact named and addressed. Even so, it seems there’s no clear consensus on how to deal with the bully on our blocks. Do we confront him? Match violence with violence? Do we ignore him, or try to kill him with kindness? I don’t think there’s a silver bullet to handling the bully, no one-size-fits-all strategy. But the right strategy has to be rooted in a context bigger than the immediate one, has to be rooted in more than aiming to end the presence of the bully himself. We must focus on the type of world we want to live in and devise a plan for getting there, as opposed to devising a strategy centered on opposition.”
DeRay McKesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope

Margareta Magnusson
“You can always hope and wait for someone to want something in your home, but you cannot wait forever, and sometimes you must just give cherished things away with the wish that they end up with someone who will create new memories of their own.”
Margareta Magnusson, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning: How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter

“Protest is telling the truth in public. Sometimes protest is telling the truth to a public that isn’t quite ready to hear it. Protest is, in its own way, a storytelling. We use our bodies, our words, our art, and our sounds both to tell the truth about the pain that we endure and to demand the justice that we know is possible. It is meant to build and to force a response.”
DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope

Aileen Erin
“I dusted my books off, placing each one—sorted alphabetically and by genre—on the shelves Dad installed. What some people might call “anal,” I’d call efficient. What good was it to have a book if you couldn’t find it when you wanted it?”
aileen erin, Becoming Alpha

Robert E.  Davis
“Developing and implementing IT governance design effectiveness and efficiency can be a multidirectional, interactive, iterative, and adaptive process.”
Robert E. Davis, MBA, CISA, CICA, IT Auditing: IT Governance

Seanan McGuire
“The books were in no particular order, and Lundy found the process of sorting them remarkably soothing, involving, as it did, a strange sort of scavenger hunt through the entire shack. Books had been used to prop up tables and level out shelves; they were piled on surfaces where books had no business being and tucked under the edge of the thin mattress of the Archivist's bed. In the case of books that had become load-bearing, Lundy used her school ruler to carefully note their heights and went searching for rocks or pieces of scrap wood that would do the job as well, if not better. In the case of books left too near to water or exposed to the air, she rolled her eyes and whisked them away to literary safety.”
Seanan McGuire, In an Absent Dream

Gloria Steinem
“People now ask me if I'm passing the torch. I always explain that no, I'm keeping my torch, thank you very much. And I'm using it to light the torches of others.

Because the truth is that the old image of one person with a torch is part of the problem, not the solution. We each need a torch if we are to see where we're going.

And together, we create so much more light.”
Gloria Steinem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

Émile Zola
“And still, again and again, even more distinctly than before, as if they had been working their way closer to the surface, the comrades tapped and tapped. Beneath the blazing rays of the sun, on this morning when the world seemed young, such was the stirring which the land carried in its womb. New men were starting into life, a black army of vengeance slowly germinating in the furrows, growing for the harvests of the century to come; and soon this germination would tear the earth apart.”
Émile Zola, Germinal

“There’s a double standard to protest in America. Something is different for black people who should dare to ask questions, and further, for those who protest in blackness. Protest in and by black bodies is never deemed legitimate, never deemed worthy of engagement. It seems that we have simply have not earned our grievance, our grievance is illegitimate – we do not deserve sympathy or, ultimately, justice.”
DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope

“The theory of policing is quite far from the reality of policing. For us, at least, that is.”
DeRay Mckesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope

Rebecca Solnit
“Disaster shocks us out of slumber, but only skillful efforts keeps us awake.”
Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster

“As Jason Mogus has written, organizing is the act of building power; mobilizing is the act of spending the power you’ve built.”
DeRay Mckesson

Stephanie A. Colavalla
“I WILL NOT ALLOW MY NEGATIVE FEELINGS TO CONTROL ME; I WILL REMAIN POSITIVE"

-Stephanie”
Stephanie A. Colavalla, Clean Up Your Home To Clean Up Your Life & Say Hello To Aromatherapy: Restore Your Sanctuary, Regain Your Peace, Ignite Your Senses

Stephanie A. Colavalla
“INSTEAD OF ASKING OTHERS

WHAT DO YOU THINK I SHOULD DO

LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND TELL YOURSELF

I GOT THIS”
Stephanie A. Colavalla, Clean Up Your Home To Clean Up Your Life & Say Hello To Aromatherapy: Restore Your Sanctuary, Regain Your Peace, Ignite Your Senses

Lacy M. Johnson
“It is important to pause to celebrate those victories, no matter how small,' she says, 'because that is what gives you courage to fight the really big battles, the ones you have to fight even though there's no chance of winning.' [Kay Drey on stopping 1 of 2 nuclear reactors from being built]”
Lacy M. Johnson, The Reckonings

Rosa Parks
“Even when there was segregation there was plenty of integration in the South, but it was for the benefit and convenience of the white person, not us.”
Rosa Parks

Gloria Steinem
“For the future we should understand that this process of democratizing a state legislative system takes time. Changing a few faces is not enough, just as earning majority support of a legislator's constituents doesn't help if he has been put there by special interests. You have to be around long enough to out-organize the special interests, and change the legislature's leadership.”
Gloria Steinem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

Gloria Steinem
“I don't think feminism can just be imitative or integrationist. By definition, it must transform. But in the short run, there are goals we agree on. And it's in the short run that we must act.”
Gloria Steinem

“I love being at home, I always have. I love having my own space just the way I like it, I love organising things the way that makes sense to me, I love being surrounded by things I love and I love feeling comfortable.”
Estée Lalonde, Bloom: navigating life and style

Lisa J. Shultz
“My choice of a lighter lifestyle has brought me a greater sense of well-being. In a world that often seems stressful and chaotic, that’s a feeling I cherish.”
Lisa J. Shultz, Lighter Living: Declutter. Organize. Simplify.

Helena Alkhas
“When organizing remember that everybody has a family and every family has a home.”
Helena Alkhas, Vivendo sem Empregada

“Technology is great when used effectively but do not allow it to use you”
Margo Vader, Check Mate: For Graduates and Young Adults

Ruth Ann Oskolkoff
“The wise child realizes there are limits to organizing everything. Sometimes it is better to stop; just have fun and do as you like. If a person goes too far in organizing everything all of the time, that is when common sense fails; that is when real trouble happens.”
Ruth Ann Oskolkoff, Voyage to the Sun: A Children's Version of the Tao te Ching

Carlos Wallace
“Passive acceptance cripples our power. Working-class people with a strong united voice, and supported by formidable leadership, pose a TREMENDOUS threat to companies that amass riches by hiding behind lax regulations and the arrogant assumption we are too intimidated or uninformed to speak up.”
Carlos Wallace

Audre Lorde
“At the same time we organize behind specific and urgent issues, we must also develop and maintain an ongoing vision, and the theory following upon that vision, of why we struggle—of the shape and taste and philosophy of what we wish to see.”
Audre Lorde

Umberto Eco
“We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death. That’s why we like all the things that we assume have no limits and, therefore, no end. It’s a way of escaping thoughts about death. We like lists because we don’t want to die.”
Umberto Eco

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