Poetic Justice: Words to Inspire ... Make Us Think

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"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." 
Bishop Desmond Tutu

"It is my hope that all of us, in the face of human suffering, will be strong enough and courageous enough to speak the truth and reject the violence of silence". 
Jean Zaru, Palestinian Christian 

"Make a career of humanity - and you will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in." 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"To know and not do is to not know
Chinese Proverb

Let me say, with the risk of appearing ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by strong feelings of love...Above all, always be capable of feeling any injustice committed against anyone anywhere in the world". 
Ernesto Che Guevara

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, commited citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that does".  
Margaret Mead, anthropologist

Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul
And says the tune without the words
and never stops at all. 
Hope by Emily Dickinson 
(a favorite poem of labor activist Millie Jeffrey, 1910 - 2004) 

"Speak your mind -- even if your voice shakes.  Well-aimed slingshots can topple giants." 

" Affirm to others the vision of the world you want. Network through thought. Network through action. Network through love.  You are a free, immensely powerful source of life and goodness."
Maggie Kuhn, founder, Gray Panthers

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, it is morally treasonable to the American public."   
President Theodore Roosevelt 

" Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. "

"A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies."

" No social advance rolls on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and persistent work of dedicated individuals."
Martin Luther King, Jr. , civil rights leader            

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing".
Edmund Burke, British statesman/philospher 

"A different world cannot be build by indifferent people."
Horace Mann

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."  Eleanor Roosevelt 

Let America Be America Again  (excerpts)
by Langston Hughes

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.) ,,,

I am the farmer, bondman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the Negro, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean --
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today -- O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead. 

Yet I'm the one who dreamt our basic dream...
to build a "homeland of the free"...

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose -- 
We must take back our land again, America! ...

We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain --
All, all the stretch of these great green states -- 
And make America again!
 of Metro Detroit
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