Over the past year Let’s Talk has been honored to share the words of inspiring movement builders from every corner of social, ecological, and economic justice.  In these waning days of 2014 we offer, with deepest gratitude and joy, these 17 inspiring quotes from the past year of Let’s Talk.
 
 Isaac Luria

Organizations and movements need not be machines. They can be overflowing, abundant gardens, to be tended with care, where each human being is encouraged to live a full life. — Isaac Luria, Stop Strip Mining Our Souls; Let’s Compost Nonprofit Culture

Dana Kawaoka-Chen

I am clear that we in philanthropy need new habits to support new ways of intersectional organizing, as well as new habits to radically transform the very systems that allow and perpetuate state violence without accountability.  —  Dana Kawaoka-Chen, Changing Funder Habits to Change the Game
We need embodied practice — the conscious, steady physical development of awareness that makes cooperation, connection, compassion, and effective movement strategy possible. — Tomas Garduno, The How of Transformative Change
 
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Just like we are facing a global crisis of extinction around different languages, seeds and species, and we need that biodiversity to survive, I believe we need a cosmos of different understandings and stories about gender. — Micah Bazant – Remember Trans Power – Fight for Trans Lives
Whether it is flipping the script on how we define gender or who is a citizen, the nation-building task of storytelling makes cultural workers of all of us. — Tammy Johnson, Race & Culture Shock: 3 Lessons from South Africa
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Building bridges requires a strong foundation, and that foundation can’t come from anything outside of your self. — Rinku Sen, You v. Structural Racism
 
Our work is part of creating our next economy based on mutual aid, mutual accountability, and communities of resistance and care that do not dispose of anyone, do not leave anyone out, and do not fight one another for limited resources: communities that honor the personal as deeply political. — Tanuja Jagernauth, Healing Justice, Acupuncture & Social Change
Being involved in youth organizing not only helped me as an individual to heal from traumas and grow as a leader, but it also allowed me to take a step back from the situations that I am in and find ways to dismantle the systems that create the inequalities that I face. — Victor Carter, My Voice: Youth Leadership & My Brother’s Keeper
 
Beyond the nightmare of patriarchy is a world of possibility. Let us be courageous and go there together. — Chris Crass, Soldiers NO MORE in the War Against Women: A Call to Men

 

That voice, that determined black girl voice has been crucial in my own black woman’s life.  I have counted on that determination, that way out of no way I WOULD to guide and sustain me in many things. — Aya de Leon, Rest in Power Maya Angelou: Writer, Survivor, former Sex Worker & Icon of Black Female Determination
Being surrounded by so much nature at turns made me feel broken open and vulnerable, then strong and self-assured. And it renewed my burnt out spirit in a way that nothing else could have. — Rona Fernandez, Where the Wild Things Are: Courage in Uncertainty
Education organizing is a critical element for achieving any level of justice within any sector. It is where oppression beats down the sparks of light in the next generation and trains them to believe they cannot learn, they do not matter, that they belong in prison or dead. It is our organizing, our leadership development, and our faith in our students and parents that, in the darkest times, keeps their hope alive for creating a different life for themselves. –Pecolia Manigo, Discrimination Today: One Education Organizer’s Outrage
Our work and our stories will equip our children to love the world they are creating—a world where people act courageously to defy the old rules and instead, fight for a just transition to an economy for life. — Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan, Mothering Through Climate Chaos – Mamas Day Our Way
Let’s learn to lose our fear, try new things, and to be okay with — even celebrate — what we learn from failed experiments. –Jodeen Olguín-Tayler, Creating Sea Change — To Win
This year, let’s set out to re-write the narrative, give our inner bullies a break, and truly open ourselves and each other up to make real changes in the lives of our communities.— Rebecca Aced-Molina, Give Our Inner Bullies a Break
Parenting is the long term, multi-generational conduit of ancestral memory and culture, of fulfilling dreams and struggles begun millennia ago. — Jidan Koon, Movement Lie #4: Parenting Makes You Less Effective
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Cultivating the practice of gender and racial justice is an on-going process. The moment we think that the work is done, we are faced with our own blind spots and unconscious prejudice. Be open to feedback and doing things differently in these moments — they are a gift. — Erica Woodland, Gender As We Know It Is No More