On January 20, 2017 Donald Trump will be sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States. As scary as that seems, and in the wake of hundreds of hate crimes within the week since the election, we cannot afford to stay silent against oppression promoted by the president-elect.
If you need motivation to join the fight, or to continue your part in it, look for courage in these quotes about oppression, justice, and revolution.
"I am angry. We should all be angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change.” - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
"Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)." - Ayn Rand
"The greatest purveyor of violence in the world: My own Government. I cannot be Silent." - Martin Luther King Jr.
"Every couple of election cycles or so some politician or another tries to tie the word 'immigrant' to as many terrible words as you can imagine. They'll use 'immigrant' in the same sentence as 'rapists,' 'killers,' insert pejorative here. To me, 'immigrant,' that word has only positive connotations. It's about someone who made miracles happen, to come to a country where they don't know the culture, maybe don't know the language, and worked twice as hard at the jobs no one else wants to do so that their family and their kids have a better life." - Lin Manuel Miranda
"Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth." - William Faulkner
"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." - Desmond Tutu
"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., from Why We Can't Wait
"We are not subjects of a State founded upon law, but members of a society founded upon revolution. Revolution is our obligation: our hope of evolution. The Revolution is in the individual spirit, or it is nowhere. It is for all, or it is nothing. If it is seen as having any end, it will never truly begin." - Ursula K. Le Guin, from The Dispossessed
"Unjust social orders do no fall merely by appeals to the consciences of the oppressor, though such appeals may be an important element; history teaches us that they fall because a large enough number of people organize a movement powerful enough to push them down. Rarely do such revolutions emerge in a neat and morally pristine process." - Timothy B. Tyson, from Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story
"Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
"this is the 21st century and we need to redefine r/evolution. this planet needs a people’s r/evolution. a humanist r/evolution. r/evolution is not about bloodshed or about going to the mountains and fighting. we will fight if we are forced to but the fundamental goal of r/evolution must be peace." - Assata Shakur
"Our freedoms are vanishing. If you do not get active to take a stand now against all that is wrong while we still can, then maybe one of your children may elect to do so in the future, when it will be far more riskier — and much, much harder." - Suzy Kassem, from Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
"Terrorism will never cease in a country where the so-called leaders are criminals and terrorists in disguise." - Michael Bassey Johnson
"We often fear that the Revolution needed is too big for what we can give. Too much change is required inside, outside. And we are too small. But all that is required is that you step into the truth of your life. And speak it, write it, paint it, dance it. That you shine your light on your truth, for the world to see. And as hundreds, then thousands, then millions do this – each sparking the courage of yet more – Suddenly we have a world alight with truth." - Lucy H. Pearce, from Burning Woman
"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." - Eli Wiesel
"America is still a great country, and it is still worth fighting for. It has Shonda Rhimes shows and peanut butter and Beyoncé and Lin Manuel Miranda rap-weeping at award shows, and it has the beautiful U.S. Constitution, which we should probably start teaching in schools." - Samantha Bee
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