Social Movements Quotes

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Martin Luther King Jr.
“It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, "Wait on time.”
Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

Martin Luther King Jr.
“A social movement that only moves people is merely a revolt. A movement that changes both people and institutions is a revolution.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Why We Can't Wait

“The 1970s-80s social movement called U.S. third world feminism functioned as a central locus of possibility, an insurgent social movement that shattered the construction of any one ideology as the single most correct site where truth can be represented. Indeed, without making this kind of metamove, any 'liberation' or social movement eventually becomes destined to repeat the oppressive authoritarianism from which it is attempting to free itself, and become trapped inside a drive for truth that ends only in producing its own brand of dominations. What U.S. third world feminism thus demanded was a new subjectivity, a political revision that denied any one ideology as the final answer, while instead positing a tactical subjectivity with the capactiy to de- and recenter, given the forms of power to be moved. These dynamics are what were required in the shift from enacting a hegemonic oppositional theory and practice to engaging in the differential form of social movement, as performed by U.S. feminists of color during the post-World War II period of great social transformation. p. 58-59. ”
Chela Sandoval, Methodology of the Oppressed

“A critical element in nearly all effective social movements is leadership. For it is through smart, persistent, and authoritative leaders that a movement generates the appropriate concepts and language that captures the frustration, anger, or fear of the group's members and places responsibility where it is warranted.”
David E. Wilkins, The Hank Adams Reader: An Exemplary Native Activist and the Unleashing of Indigenous Sovereignty

Roem Topatimasang
“Resistence can start and happen everywhere and whenever you want.”
Roem Topatimasang, Tindakan-tindakan Kecil Perlawanan: Bagaimana Keberanian, Ketegaran dan Kecerdikan Dapat Mengubah Dunia

Zeynep Tufekci
“We no longer live in a mass-media world with a few centralized choke points with just a few editors in charge, operated by commercial entities and governments. There is a new, radically different mode of information and attention flow: the chaotic world of the digitally networked public sphere (or spheres) where ordinary citizens or activists can generate ideas, document and spread news of events, and respond to mass media. This new sphere, too, has choke points and centralization, but different ones than the past. The networked public sphere has emerged so forcefully and so rapidly that it is easy to forget how new it is. Facebook was started in 2004 and Twitter in 2006. The first iPhone, ushering in the era of the smart, networked phone, was introduced in 2007. The wide extent of digital connectivity might blind us to the power of this transformation. It should not. These dynamics are significant social mechanisms, especially for social movements, since they change the operation of a key resource: attention… Attention is oxygen for movements. Without it, they cannot catch fire.”
Zeynep Tufekci, Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest

“One of the axioms of organizing is that you organize people where they are, and where people are, in much of their lives, is in their communities.”
James DeFilippis

Nikki Giovanni
“In order to have a happy ending, in order to be triumphant, in order to be heroic, you have to tell your own story. The women's movement knows that; black people know that; brown people know that; yellow people know that. You have to be able to tell your own story in order to show that you are worthy--that you belong.”
Nikki Giovanni, Shimmy Shimmy Shimmy Like My Sister Kate: Looking At The Harlem Renaissance Through Poems

“The civil rights movement is evolving from a protest movement into a full-fledged social movement--an evolution calling its very name into question. It is now concerned not merely with removing the barriers to full opportunity but with achieving the fact of equality. From sit-ins and Freedom Rides we have gone into rent strikes, boycotts, community organization, and political action. As a consequence of this natural evolution, the Negro today finds himself stymied by obstacles of far greater magnitude than the legal barriers he was attacking before: automation, urban decay, de facto school segregation. These are problems which, while conditioned by Jim Crow, do not vanish upon its demise. They are more deeply rooted in our socioeconomic order; they are the result of the total society's failure to meet not only the Negro's needs but human needs generally.”
Bayard Rustin, Down The Line

Roem Topatimasang
“Ini bukan sekadar kumpulan cerita. Ini sejarah, penggalan sejarah dari negara-bangsa yang__setelah hampir satu abad__ belum saja selesai dengan diri mereka sendiri. Apapun yang dikatakan oleh pejabat resmi pemerintah, kalangan cendekiawan dan kaum terpelajar, juga para politisi dan aktivis sosial, semuanya terlalu sering berbeda dengan apa sebenarnya yang dialami nyata dan dirasakan oleh jelata awam, warga terbanyak di negeri ini. Mereka punya nalar dan pandangan hidup sendiri terhadap setiap kejadian, termasuk yang menjadi bagian langsung maupu tak langsung dari peristiwa-peristiwa besar nasional atau bahkan global. Seperti kumpulan cerpen ini, karya-karya sastra-lah yang terbukti selama ini paling mampu mengungkapkan kembali ‘sejarah orang kebanyakan’ itu dengan penuh nuansa dan kedalaman yang sulit ditemukan dalam karya-kaya ‘ilmiah akademis”
Roem Topatimasang, Seekor Bebek yang Mati di Pinggir Kali: kumpulan cerpen

“I think is inherent in humans to be driven by a cause. However, we must be able to differentiate between sensationalism and true facts. Otherwise we risk to sacrifice many things in life for the wrong cause; which may even include our own happiness.”
Rodolfo Peon

“If you can create a social movement that people want to join, they will bend their energies and ideas to you.”
David Brooks, The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life

bell hooks
“We cannot fully create effective movements for social change if individuals struggling for that change are not also self-actualized or working towards that end. When wounded individuals come together in groups to make change our collective struggle it is often undermined by all that has not been dealt with emotionally.”
bell hooks, Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery

“Without or­ganization, ideas, after some initial momentum, start losing their effect. They become routine, degenerate into conformity, and end up simply a memory. I raise this warning because too often, in this short but rich period of our revolution, many great initiatives have failed. They have been forgotten because of the lack of an organiza­tional apparatus needed to keep them going and bring them to frui­tion.”
Che Guevara

Raul Zibechi
“... yapabileceğimiz en devrimci şey kendi topraklarımızda yeni toplumsal ilişkiler kurmak için mücadele etmektir, mücadeleden doğan ve mücadele ile büyüyen ve yayılan ilişkiler kurmaktır.”
Raul Zibechi, İktidarı Dağıtmak: Devlet Karşıtı Kuvvetler Olarak Toplumsal Hareketler

Raul Zibechi
“Toplumsal grupların devasa miktarlarda enerji açığa çıkardığı, yoğun bir yaratıcı dışavurumun yaşandığı bu anlarda toplumlar, tahakküm ve itaat yoluyla zamana ve mekana dayatılan gündelik uyuşukluk peçesi, altında gizlenmiş yeraltı moleküler işbirliğini aydınlatma becerisine sahip bir yıldırım gibi davranırlar.”
Raul Zibechi, İktidarı Dağıtmak: Devlet Karşıtı Kuvvetler Olarak Toplumsal Hareketler

Raul Zibechi
“Ayaklanma sırasında toplumsal bedenin (kır ve kent toplulukları), uzmanlaşmış kurumlar olmaksızın hareket halindeki gücü elinde tutan, kolektivite üzerinde bir iktidar kurmayan güç yapıları olduğunu görürüz.”
Raul Zibechi, İktidarı Dağıtmak: Devlet Karşıtı Kuvvetler Olarak Toplumsal Hareketler

Raul Zibechi
“Yerel konseyler zaman zaman toplantı çağrıları yapmış olsalar da, pek çok durumda bu toplantılar mahalle sakinleri için sembolik olmuştur ve aslında, kurum olarak bu mahalle konseyleri o mahallenin eylemleri üzerinde büyük bir etkide bulunmamıştır.”
Raul Zibechi, İktidarı Dağıtmak: Devlet Karşıtı Kuvvetler Olarak Toplumsal Hareketler

Raul Zibechi
“Sorun şu ki bizler gündelik hayatta, komşular, arkadaşlar, yoldaşlar veya aile fertleri arasındaki ilişkilerin sendikadaki, partideki ve hatta devletin kendi içindeki ilişkiler kadar önemli olduğunu anlamak istemiyoruz.”
Raul Zibechi, İktidarı Dağıtmak: Devlet Karşıtı Kuvvetler Olarak Toplumsal Hareketler

Raul Zibechi
“Görevlerin ve mecburi yetkinin rotasyonla yerine getirilmesi, topluluk hayatını güvence altına alır.”
Raul Zibechi, İktidarı Dağıtmak: Devlet Karşıtı Kuvvetler Olarak Toplumsal Hareketler

Raul Zibechi
“İsyan yalnızca liderleri ve mahalle konseylerini, sendikaları ve diğer tüm resmi örgütleri bir kenara itmekle kalmadı, aynı zamanda gündelik yaşam biçimleriyle "yönlendirildi" ve gündelik yaşamın içinden çıktı.”
Raul Zibechi, İktidarı Dağıtmak: Devlet Karşıtı Kuvvetler Olarak Toplumsal Hareketler

Raul Zibechi
“Ayrıca, kırda ve kentte yaşayan Aymara toplulukları radyo istasyonlarını ele geçirdiler ve kendi mesajlarını ilettiler, ama her şeyden önemlisi iletişim kurdular, burada iletişimi daha derinlikli bir anlamda kullanıyorum, ruh hallerini, deneyimlerini ve duygularını radyoyu dinleyenlerle paylaştılar. Bu, canlı yayın yapanlara oldukça benzer bir şekilde, oldukça duygusal bir etki yarattı. Böylece, vericiler ve alıcılar arasındaki ayrımı muğlaklaştıran bir bağ oluşturuldu.”
Raul Zibechi, İktidarı Dağıtmak: Devlet Karşıtı Kuvvetler Olarak Toplumsal Hareketler

Raul Zibechi
“... geleneksel anlamda planlanmış bir süreç yoktur, daha önce alınmış derslere dayanan derin bir samimiyete dayalı bir kendiliğindenlik mevcuttur.”
Raul Zibechi, İktidarı Dağıtmak: Devlet Karşıtı Kuvvetler Olarak Toplumsal Hareketler

“In the South, we knew our adversary would stop at nothing to silence our activism. We knew we could never match his readiness to annihilate our resistance. So we ceded him that ground and challenged him instead to defend himself against the work of loving peace.”
John Lewis, Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America

“Social movements are understood in relations to the openings they instigate in the political constellation of society as well as the closures that inevitably follow such openings.”
Peyman Vahabzadeh, A Guerrilla Odyssey: Modernization, Secularism, Democracy, and Fadai Period of National Liberation in Iran, 1971-1979

“I have always mistrusted the phrase "standing on the shoulders of giants," because although I respect and pay homage to the brilliance and resilience of my ancestors, I'm fairly certain that they were not giants, but as powerful and as vulnerable as I am.”
Parker T. Hurley

“But what really changes society are social movements, shifting how we think about things.”
Kevin Kumashiro

“The story of white power as a social movement exposes something broader about the enduring impact of state violence in America. It reveals one catastrophic ricochet of the Vietnam War, in the form of its paramilitary aftermath. It also reveals something important about war itself. War is not neatly contained in the space and time legitimated by the state. It reverberates in other terrains and lasts long past armistice. It comes home in ways bloody and unexpected.”
Kathleen Belew, Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America

Vivian Gornick
“Collectively speaking, if we chart the internal mood of every successful movement for social integration we find that, ironically, with each advance made it is anger—not hope, much less elation—that deepens in the petitioners at the gate. Ironic but not surprising: to petition repeatedly is to be reminded repeatedly that one is not wanted, never had been, never will be. 121”
Vivian Gornick, The Men in My Life

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