An organizer is a leader who does not lead but gets behind the people and pushes.

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It is not plans from some elite “top” that will begin the world over again, but actions on the ground. We are the feet that will have to walk all the talk, connected to heads that will have to think for ourselves. We shall have to confront the perpetrators of climate change—and that includes ourselves—not with violent resistance or passive resistance, but with clever resistance.

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The fight is never about grapes or lettuce. It is always about people.

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There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart that you can't take part, you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears, and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus and you've got to make it stop.

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When we weave together strangers and turn them into a tribe, we create real value, value that lasts.

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When we discover the true richness of our neighbourhoods- the vast and amazing potential- it becomes clear that we could fill many lifetimes within the boundaries of a few blocks. And that is more than enough.

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If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.

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Pure Design appeals to the eye just as absolute Music appeals to the ear… In the practice of Pure Design we aim at Order and hope for Beauty.

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One magic word today seems capable of compensating for all sufferings, resolving all anxieties, avenging the past, curing present ills, summing up all future possibilities: that word is revolution . . . This word has aroused such pure acts of devotion, has repeatedly caused such generous blood to be shed, has constituted for so many unfortunates the only source of courage for living, that it is almost a sacrilege to investigate it; all this, however, does not prevent it from possibly being meaningless.

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Disturbers are never popular - nobody ever really loved an alarm clock in action - no matter how grateful they may have been afterwards for its kind service.

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In order to make something this big, this complex happen, you have to have a crazy imagination of all the big things, the good things that could happen and hold that vision.

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Protest that endures, I think, is moved by a hope far more modest than that of public success: namely, the hope of preserving qualities in one's own heart and spirit that would be destroyed by acquiescence.

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Revolution is not capturing institutions, it is discovering free space and enlarging it.

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In the resistance is built the creative construction of an alternative."

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There is no revolution that works. What works is to find the free space in society and expand its edges. When there are thousands of these free spaces, a movement will emerge.

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The most effective way to make change is to organize, especially at the grassroots level.

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I understood that activism didn’t have to be boring; in fact, it was probably more effective in the form of a cool punk show than as a stodgy demonstration. I understood that it was possible, even under the most seemingly dire conditions, to get people to care. And I understood that when enough people cared, and enough of them got together to do something about it, change was imminent.

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I used to be the editor of a paper called the Long Haul. Some younger folks told me that wasn’t a good name ‘cause it would make people depressed to know they couldn’t have immediate victories. But I think it’s good to understand what we’re up against clearly. That way we can be realistic about what we’re tackling and the likelihood of victory.

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As an organizer I start from where the world is, as it is, not as I would like it to be. Find the corners and boundaries That we accept the world as it is does not in any sense weaken our desire to change it into what we believe it should be – it is necessary to begin where the world is if we are going to change it to what we think it should be. That means working in the system.

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A good organizer is a social arsonist who goes around setting people on fire.

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Never do for others what they can do for themselves.

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