• quotations

“Democracy dies in darkness.” –new slogan of the Washington Post

“If you don’t want refugees, stop creating them.”—Yemeni American Raabyaah Althaibani, speaking about America’s role in the war in Yemeni. Her husband is seeking a visa to come to America that could be rejected because of President Trump’s revised travel ban (Time, March 20)
“True peace can rarely be imposed from the outside. It must be born within and between communities through meetings and dialogue and then carried outward.”–Jean Vanier

“The electoral college is a relic of slavery, designed to balance the power between slave-owning and non-slave owning states, at a time when African Americans were considered 3/5 of a person and women didn’t vote at all.

Despite the many overdue advancements to our country over the years, we have retained the relic that is electoral college, which to this day disempowers minorities.” –Russ Feingold

“Climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today.” –Secretary of Defense James Mattis, in written testimony to members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (ProPublica, March 26)

“War must never be considered a public relations operation. It is not a way for an Administration to gain a narrative. It is a step into a dangerous unknown. Its full impact is impossible to predict, especially in the immediate wake of the first strike.” –Dan Rather

“Any time a human being speaks up to declare her identity and integrity, refusing to let others define her, it’s a cause for rejoicing as far as I’m concerned. Maybe this is something some of us need to do more often than we do—declaring to whatever may be holding us down, ‘I rise, I rise, I rise.’”—Maya Angelou