Best Quotes About Activism

What drew me to both study and activism was the formative experience of the civil rights movement. -David Price

Our Parliamentary system has simply failed to meet the challenge of judicial activism. -Stockwell Day

My activism and sexual revolution in New York was a factor. -Sally Kirkland

It wouldn't be fair to say that conservatives cherish property the way liberals cherish equality. But it would be fair to say that the takings clause is the conservatives' recipe for judicial activism just as they say liberals have misused the equal protection clause. -Michael Kinsley

Of course, conservatives always claim to be against judicial activism. -Michael Kinsley

So the danger of conservative judicial activism has been averted for another year. Stay tuned. -Michael Kinsley

Maybe subconsciously I've kept activism separate from acting because it's important to me in a more profound way. -Blythe Danner

As you know, when Star Trek was canceled after the second season, it was the activism of the fans that revived it for a third season. -George Takei

Ten years ago, 15 years ago, I think the church would have been asleep at the switch. This level of activism and engagement with the needs of society by local churches I never thought I'd see it in my lifetime. -Bill Hybels

But as for activism, my parents did what they could, given the constraints, but were never involved in the causes I think of when I think of activists. -Paul Farmer

My pro-choice activism keeps me busy. -Margot Kidder

I guess because the shows were activist in their own way – the marriage of my public activism and my career activism, you know – people understand me very well. They also understand there's a very strong bipartisan part in all of this. -Norman Lear

The Body Shop Foundation is run by our staff and supports social activism and environmental activism. We don't tend to support big agencies. -Anita Roddick

That attitude that fighting is probably not fair, but you have to defend yourself anyway and damage the enemy, has been profoundly consequential as far as my political activism goes. -June Jordan

Out of control judicial activism threatens traditional marriage in America. -Ernest Istook

Our aims in political activism are not, and should not be, to create a perfect utopia. -Paul Wellstone

My ministry's always been one of social activism. I think a responsible minister must be at some levels involved in the social order. -Al Sharpton

Traditionalists will have to master techniques of sustained activism formerly monopolized by the left. -Christopher Lasch

There's enormous progressive activism and, more often than not, success at the grassroots level – everything from living wage campaigns to efforts to finance our elections are having terrific success. -Jim Hightower

It was Dr. King's tireless activism that fostered our modern way of relating to one another. -Wynton Marsalis

'Empathy' is the latest code word for liberal activism, for treating the Constitution as malleable clay to be kneaded and molded in whatever form justices want. It represents an expansive view of the judiciary in which courts create policy that couldn't pass the legislative branch or, if it did, would generate voter backlash. -Karl Rove

I call it small government, grass-roots activism: The Tea Party activists are a part of it, FreedomWorks is part of it. FreedomWorks is the longest-standing, most active organization within this movement. -Dick Armey

Shareholder activism is not a privilege – it is a right and a responsibility. When we invest in a company, we own part of that company and we are partly responsible for how that company progresses. If we believe there is something going wrong with the company, then we, as shareholders, must become active and vocal. -Mark Mobius

When you stop and look at so much of the kind of activism that has been triggered, the Tea Party and the like, as a result of Obama's efforts – TARP, the stimulus package, and now the health care reform – there is a lot of sense this government is changing. -Juan Williams

For the progressive left, social activism grounded in faith and theology crested in the 1960s. -Mike McCurry

Acting is my career and activism is my passionate hobby. But acting is my livelihood. -William Baldwin

Art is about the edges and the sharp corners and those places are not conducive to activism, which is about putting on a gloss. -Scott Thompson

I feel that my role as a former president is probably superior to that of other presidents. Primarily because of the activism and the injection of working at the Carter Center, and in international affairs, and to some degree, domestic affairs, on energy conservation, on environment, and things of that kind. -Jimmy Carter

Actually oddly enough, I think my work, the activism, will be forgotten. And I hope it will. Because I hope those problems will have gone away. -Bono

I do try to separate my personal activism – showing up at a demonstration or something – from what I write. -Ursula K. Le Guin

You know, there's a lot of activism that doesn't deal with empowerment, and you have to empower yourself in order to be relevant to any type of struggle. -Talib Kweli

My generation of bossy, confident, baby-boom women were something brand new in history. Our energy and assertiveness weren't created by Betty Friedan, unknown before her 1963 book, or by Gloria Steinem, whose political activism, as even the Lifetime profile admitted, did not begin until 1969. -Camille Paglia

My attention since 'Clueless' has been on family, relationships, activism, the planet, and my career. -Alicia Silverstone

There's a gap somehow between empathy and activism. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of 'soul force' – something that emanates from a deep truth inside of us and empowers us to act. Once you identify your inner genius, you will be able to take action, whether it's writing a check or digging a well. -Sue Monk Kidd

Whenever anybody gets involved in politics, its always exciting for me because we take for granted our freedoms and our abilities to effect change through political activism. -Emily Saliers

I've been involved in social activism my entire life, and I would argue that many people involved in social activist movements have done very little work on themselves. -Eve Ensler

Religious and spiritual leaders should be held accountable for environmental activism, not only because they have access to large communities and can influence votes, but because service is integral to religious and spiritual life. -Radhanath Swami

Joy doesn't betray but sustains activism. And when you face a politics that aspires to make you fearful, alienated and isolated, joy is a fine initial act of insurrection. -Rebecca Solnit

In college I studied '60s and '70s radicalism, student activism, forms of political violence, groups like the Weathermen, the Black Panthers, the Symbionese Liberation Army, the New Left. -Marisha Pessl

Most activism is brought about by us ordinary people. -Patricia Hill Collins

Social activism has gone mainstream. A new generation of philanthropic leaders such as Bill and Melinda Gates, and Bono are providing inspiration, guidance, and billions of dollars through their global foundations. -Willow Bay

Philanthropy is activism. -Eli Broad

One of the most unfortunate side effects of the urban activism of the '60s and '70s is the belief that development is wrong and that fighting it makes you an environmentalist. -Alex Steffen

Somebody referred to what I do as subliminal activism, which I like. -Edward Burtynsky

You know, I love all kinds of activism. I certainly think blacks deserve to have something whether it is affirmative action or an opportunity that should be opened up to them. But at the same time I believe that people of color are not the only poor people in America and all over the world. -Russell Simmons

To me, a political song is also a personal song. Most political activism has been driven by empathy for other people and the desire for a world that's less divisive. Even if songs aren't overtly political, they can make a listener more empathetic. -Conor Oberst

There's a big difference between charity and between activism and philanthropy. They're very different things and I think, you know, everybody should find a passion or a cause that they can really get behind, but it has to be organic. -Eva Longoria

The two parts of technology that lower the threshold for activism and technology is the Internet and the mobile phone. Anyone who has a cause can now mobilize very quickly. -Howard Rheingold

Any protester knows that the only way activism works is to get the people on your side. -Janine di Giovanni

My policing was nothing but activism – it had to be. -Kiran Bedi

When it comes to engaging and influencing culture, too many Christians think too highly of political activism. -Tullian Tchividjian

Pop stars are so busy having a career that they don't really have a lot of time for activism. -Annie Lennox

Environmental activism against the resource industry is widespread all over the world, but at the same time we have to realise that these are basic materials on which civilisation depends. We need to tap natural resources in a sustainable manner. -Anil Agarwal

My activism did not spring from my being gay, or, for that matter, from my being black. Rather, it is rooted fundamentally in my Quaker upbringing and the values that were instilled in me by my grandparents who reared me. -Bayard Rustin

I think we have responsibilities to be active in the things we believe in, regardless of what our job is. At least in my lifetime, there has been a tremendous combining of activism and music, that came up in the era of Pete Seeger and the Weavers and Joan Baez and Bob Dylan and Peter Paul & Mary. -Bonnie Raitt

The Tea Party is simply a loose description of local activism driven by Americans who want smaller government and more self-reliance. That sounds like what the Founding Fathers had in mind, does it not? -Bill O'Reilly

Art and activism seem to go together naturally, the idea being that if you're an entertainer, you can have a voice, and if you have a voice, you can make a difference. But if I were not an actress, I would still try to extend myself beyond my little micro-universe of my job, family and personal joy. -Salma Hayek

There's a lot of activism that doesn't deal with empowerment, and you have to empower yourself in order to be relevant to any type of struggle. -Talib Kweli

There's always going to be a need for activism; there's always going to be a need for you and me doing the right thing, being very Lincoln-sonian in looking out for each other. -Henry Rollins

I admire Ai Weiwei for his art and his activism. His art is beautiful in form, and in function embodies the principles of populism and social consciousness I aspire to in my own practice. -Shepard Fairey

Shareholder activism works when activists understand something about the characteristics of the business that the board doesn't. -Ben Horowitz

Rather than empowering all, consumer and shareholder activism gives greatest voice to those with the most money in their pockets, those who can switch from seller to seller with relative ease. Consumer and shareholder activism is a form of protest that favours the middle classes, an outpouring of the dissatisfaction of the bourgeoisie. -Noreena Hertz

Developing compassion for Congress and politicians is a good way to begin practicing the new social activism if you want to make effective changes in the world. Perhaps the most startling new insight of all is that there is no other way to effectively change the world. -Gary Zukav

Digital activism did not spring immaculately out of Twitter and Facebook. It's been going on ever since blogs existed. -Rebecca MacKinnon

One thing that makes me very happy is to see the growing activism among chefs in America. Chefs like Tom Colicchio, Bill Telepan, and Rachel Ray and food writers like Michael Pollan have gone to Congress, indeed sometimes even have testified before Congress, have lent this support to Mrs. Obama's effort to combat childhood obesity. -Jose Andres

In the age of activism that is clearly not going away, it would seem that some form of engagement from directors with shareholders – rather than directors simply taking their cues from management – would go a long way toward helping boards work on behalf of all shareholders rather just the most vocal. -Andrew Ross Sorkin

Poetry is a lousy form of activism; it doesn't really change much. And maybe we can point to one or two historical times when a poem has started a revolution or a rebellion or an uprising, but it doesn't happen that often, and if you put the number of poems next to the number of political acts, it would be pretty slim. -Daphne Gottlieb

The core of human rights work is naming and shaming those who commit abuses, and pressuring governments to put the screws to abusing states. As a result, human rights conventions are unique among international law instruments in depending for their enforcement mostly on the activism of a global civil society movement. -Michael Ignatieff

From activism to socialising to starting new bands, 99% of everything that happens on MySpace is fun and positive. But with that many people, there's going to be a few bad apples, which presents challenges. -Chris DeWolfe

Burnout is a way of telling you that your form of activism was perhaps not very full circle. -Gloria Steinem

Gerda Lerner was fierce, brilliant and unique. She lived history by her bravery, restored history by her scholarship, and democratized its study by her activism. -Gloria Steinem

For me, writing, drawing, and political activism are three separate pursuits; each has its own intensity. I happen to be especially attuned to and engaged with the society in which I live. Both my writing and my drawing are invariably mixed up with politics, whether I want them to be or not. -Gunter Grass

You want to know what judicial activism is? Judicial activism is judges imposing their policy preferences on the words of the Constitution. -Ted Cruz

As a young man in South Africa at the beginning of the twentieth century, Gandhi developed satyagraha, a mode of political activism based upon moral persuasion, while mobilizing South Africa's small Indian minority against racial discrimination. -Pankaj Mishra

As a Welsh speaker, I'm very conscious of how activism can effect real change. -Rhys Ifans

I discovered that wearing the veil is not suitable for a woman who wants to work in activism and the public domain. People need to see you, to associate and relate to you. It is not stated in my religion to wear the veil; it is a traditional practice, so I took it off. -Tawakkol Karman

One example of 21st century activism we are engaging in is All Out, a first-of-its-kind global movement to advance the interests and rights of LGBT people. All Out is bringing together people of all identities to build a world in which everyone can live freely and be embraced for who they are. -Jeremy Heimans

I'm not really a musician. I'm a performer, and I love rock n' roll. I've embraced rock n' roll because it encompasses all the things I'm interested in: poetry, revolution, sexuality, political activism – all of these things can be found in rock n' roll. -Patti Smith

Being a woman and being gay is really a unique position in our society. I know in my experience of activism, oftentimes it makes a difference if something is women-focused. It's likely to get the attention of women much more easily. -Laura Ricketts

I have a pretty positive view of environmental activism, but I didn't know much about the ELF. A lot of people make documentaries because they have something they want to say, but I make them because there's something I want to explore. -Marshall Curry

As Alexander Hamilton said in 'The Federalist Papers,' law is about the exercise of judgment and not will. Judicial activism is best understood as substituting judicial opinion for the command of law. The law is not an infinitely malleable tool. -Edwin Meese

I am, in general, favourable to activism and social movements and hostile to graft and corruption. -Tariq Ali

Films can't change the society; they can simply open the space for the discussion which can lead to social change and can start new forms of social activism. -Joshua Oppenheimer

I think, at the end of the day, acting and activism are both about empathy. You're trying to get people to see other people as real and human. And to care. -Sara Ramirez

There's a rising tide of environmental awareness and activism among consumers that's going to continue to swell in the 21st century. Smart companies will get ahead of that wave and ride it to success and prosperity. Those that don't are headed for a wipeout. -William Clay Ford, Jr.

My story starts with my dad, a black boy born to a single mother in a small town in North Carolina. It starts with my parents meeting in Washington, D.C., in the '60s, at a time of incredible activism. -Cory Booker

I think, in terms of activism associated with my films, be it 'Salaam Baalak Trust' or 'Maisha,' taking the idea of cinema as a way to change people, I feel heartened. I am glad that we have impacted thousands of lives. -Mira Nair

I have started using the expression 'compassionate activism': It's about keeping my heart open so that I can understand the point of view of the other person. -Tracee Ellis Ross

My mom, Clida, taught my four brothers and me about her father's work to organize black voters in rural Louisiana in the 1950s. We carried her dad's legacy of activism with us. The Civil Rights Movement was present in the daily life of my family in Detroit in the 1970s. -Keith Ellison

I'll never forget working to get my college, Wayne State University, to divest from the government in South Africa. This was the beginning of my activism, and the fight for social and economic justice has been a constant thread in my life. -Keith Ellison

As feminism becomes more integrated into mainstream publications and conversation, I feel weary of an obsession of celebrity culture masquerading as activism or as conversation or action. It's clickbait. -Tavi Gevinson

I first met Solange at a party for her gorgeous and inspiring website, Saint Heron. I'd already had so many phases of listening exclusively to 2012's 'True' and admired her activism and radiant style. -Tavi Gevinson

I look at books as being a form of activism. Sometimes they'll show us a side of the world that we might not have known about. -Angie Thomas

Writing is a form of activism. -Angie Thomas

I wish when I was 15 that I realized my voice was important and that even my thoughts and my opinions had value. Had I known, I probably would've spoken up more. I probably would've found my activism sooner and become a writer sooner. -Angie Thomas

Art is activism. -Angie Thomas

You just have to find your activism, and don't let anyone tell you what that should look like. If you're doing the work, and you're getting someone to think, you're on the right path. -Angie Thomas

We're seeing young people find their own voices and find their activism. -Angie Thomas

My human rights activism has been widely met with encouragement and support. Ahangarani should earn plaudits, not only for her cinematic achievements, but also for her humanitarian deeds and her commitment to increased rights and freedoms for all. -Nazanin Boniadi

I think a culture can really be elevated through the arts, and it's always a dream come true when I come across roles that enable me to fuse my love of storytelling with my passion for activism and raising social awareness. -Nazanin Boniadi

My citizen activism is a direct outgrowth of a classical and fiscally conservative training in economics at Harvard. It is a perspective rooted in one of the most important concepts in economics – the need for government intervention in the presence of a market failure. -Peter Navarro

Unlike national legal systems, there are precious few avenues to address judicial activism at the WTO. You pretty much have to gain consensus to change the agreements, or simply withdraw from the system. The first is nearly impossible, and the second would be – in the view of many – cataclysmic. -Robert Lighthizer

The Supreme Court's most conservative Justices have presented themselves as great respecters of precedent and opponents of 'judicial activism' – of judges using the Constitution to strike down laws passed by the elected branches of government. If they are true to those principles, they should uphold rent control. -Adam Cohen

I don't play videogames and generally think that online activism is a giant waste of time. -Ryan Holiday

Bitcoin is very ideologically fulfilling, it's my form of political activism, but it's also a huge business opportunity. -Erik Voorhees

My parents were active in the anti-war movement in the 1960s, so I grew up with a tradition of civic activism around our dinner table and going to different marches for different causes. -Jared Polis

Hashtag activism is a catalyst, but things have to actually happen in real life. -Petra Collins

Being in service and being involved in something that is greater than you is what makes a person complete and whole. The very first thing I ever did in terms of activism was for an anti-atom bomb rally. -Rita Moreno

The silver lining of the Trump presidency is it is an era of activism, and one where women really want to be heard. -Kirsten Gillibrand

I never liked the status quo. Once I went to college, I got very involved in student activism. -Lois Frankel

When people hear the term 'political prisoner,' especially on the Left, it becomes a kind of abstraction. Folks are aware of injustice, and they're aware that there are folks in prison who are in prison, you know, largely because of their activism. -Ta-Nehisi Coates

I often say that I inherited the family's recessive gene for adult-onset political activism. -Bill Foster

If my work is on the stage, you can be rested assured I'm going to make use of it as a platform for activism as much as possible. -Danai Gurira

When you hear anyone policing the bodies of trans women, misgendering and othering us, and violently exiling us from spaces, you should not dismiss it as a trans issue that trans women should speak out against. You should be engaged in the dialogue, discourse, and activism that challenges the very fibers of your movement. -Janet Mock

My portfolio consists of many companies I find fundamentally undervalued in which I expect activism to play a role in the value being realised. -Whitney Tilson

I have noticed encouraging signs in the fight against religious intolerance, and I am impressed by the outstanding degree of human rights activism in India. -Asma Jahangir

Twitter, it can be said, completely changed the way activism is done, who can participate, and even how we define it. -Jenna Wortham

Women's empowerment, whether through legal, financial, or cultural routes, will tend to increase their agency and their ability to take part in activism. -Deeyah Khan

The tea party movement has challenged the GOP to get back on track or risk losing its grip on the right wing. It's reminded Democrats that a slick marketing campaign coupled with paid activism isn't the same as a groundswell of real change, and the reason that Democrats are so hostile towards it is because they've never before encountered it. -Dana Loesch

I'm not quite sure precisely when social and political activism became a visible brand of my DNA, but it seems to me that I was born into it. It is hard to be born into the experience in the world of poverty and not develop some instinct for survival and resistance to those things that oppress you. -Harry Belafonte

My activism always existed. My art gave me the platform to do something about the activism. -Harry Belafonte

It's about cultural forums and movements and collectives of people taking a stand. That's all activism is. -Adwoa Aboah

The Black Lives Matter movement has spawned all kinds of activism. -Justin Simien

We want to take our activism and our power into action and change things for every woman, everywhere, working in any workplace. -Mira Sorvino

I think the Internet is having an impact in very diverse ways anchored around amplifying voice, from enabling what I like to refer to as micro-activism. -Ory Okolloh

21st-century activism is different perhaps in the sense that the individual can be more present in the process, especially via social media, but the underlying drivers remain the same as desire to change the status quo. -Ory Okolloh

I believe activism is the true source of change in the world. Pushing to change social structures in communities that you are a part of is critical for making real lasting change. -Marley Dias

Paternalism is the method of government activism most amenable to an impoverished public sector. -Jacob Weisberg

My platform for activism is my music, and the issue I am working to address is child marriage. Everyone can find an issue that they care about and their own authentic way of expressing and sharing their message and working for change. When you speak authentically about something that matters to you, your voice has even more power. -Sonita Alizadeh

As the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, I certainly would not be here today without the passion, dedication, and activism of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. -Elise Stefanik

The activism of marginalized people often comes with visibility and being heard. Which can lead people to believe that recognition and awareness is the actual end point. And it is not. -DeRay Mckesson

I just look back at my time in college and think about how much my community activism and my work in neighborhoods really informed my actual academic career and beyond… It can provide a way better learning than the traditional classroom setting. -Opal Tometi

Gays and lesbians gained rights in this country though activism and organizing, creating political space and demanding change so that lawmakers and justices could do what they knew was right. That organizing allowed Americans to get to know gays and lesbians as our daughters and sons, our neighbors, and our friends. -Pramila Jayapal

I feel really fortunate and grateful that not only do I get to do what I love, but I get to do it and serve a conversation that I feel is necessary culturally. The fact that I get to bring those two passions together is amazing to me – that I get to use my art in order to inform my activism and vice versa! -Wilson Cruz

I consider myself an 'actorvist.' When I say that, what I mean is that I use my art to inform my activism and to be my activism sometimes, but I also use my activism in my art. -Wilson Cruz

I do think that sometimes, especially coming into this going straight from activism to being a candidate or to being a person who potentially, you know, looks like will be holding political office soon, I think we expect our politicians to be perfect and fully formed and on point on every single issue. -Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Judicial activism must be lessened, and the judiciary should do its work and let politicians work. -Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

We still live in a country where there's disproportionate violence faced by our community, especially trans people and trans people of color. I think activism within the queer community continues to need to focus on those issues first. -Sasha Velour

The inspiration of my drag is the history of drag, the long tradition of drag queens being at the forefront of queer activism. That informs my drag style, and in a sense, that is the direction we need to go in the future. -Sasha Velour

I wouldn't say all journalism is activism, but I would say most journalism is activism. -Mike Cernovich

If you have the opportunity for your art to meet activism, you shouldn't pass that up when it comes your way. -Regina King

I think Black Lives Matter is a necessary, modern group of activism and should be applauded. I encourage them to continue in their efforts. -Ron Stallworth

Honestly, I'm not a big activism or politic guy. I wouldn't say I'm super educated in that stuff, and I feel like I shouldn't speak on things that I don't understand too much. -Rich Brian

I've always viewed makeup as the gateway drug to animal activism. It really doesn't require any sacrificing or changing anything other than just replacing products that were once used to torture animals with ones that perform just as well and are cruelty-free. -Kat Von D

Things will only improve when the people – all of us – say to authorities, 'I will hold you responsible.' We should all be showing up at city council meetings, lighting up every community with activism and mobilization. -Erin Brockovich

My acting and activism go hand-in-hand, and they really support one another. -Nicole Maines

What we want is more learning in schools and less activism in schools. -Scott Morrison

In the 1980s, Josef Beuys planted the seed that activism could be considered as art. I am influenced by the idea of his idea of social sculpture. -Ryuichi Sakamoto

If I choose to keep my opinions and my activism to myself, then I'm not effecting any change in my time here on Earth. -Logan Browning

There's this artistic drive or something in me that impels me to sympathize with villains, but it's maybe not a great impulse as someone who wants to do activism as well. -ContraPoints

When marginalized groups finally gained access to the ballot, it took time for them to organize around opposition to the specific forms of discrimination and mistreatment that continued to plague them – and longer still for political parties and candidates to respond to such activism. -Stacey Abrams

It was clear to us that social movements and activism can only take us so far in our mission. -Atishi

Even before 'Pose,' I was involved in activism and advocating for my community in various ways. I didn't see that stopping with my entry into this industry, but people are going to be afraid of what you're going to say. I'm going to bump heads with people that benefit from the oppression that they put trans people through. -Indya Moore

I think it's a different kind of activism. Like, women shouldn't have to step into men's roles to be empowered. They should be able to step into themselves. So that's what I try to bring, that we shouldn't be thinking of it as menswear or womenswear; it should be clothing for people. -Rain Dove

Poetry can't give us the laws and institutions and representatives, the antidotes we need: only public activism by massive numbers of citizens can do that. -Adrienne Rich

I'm obviously fighting for my community simply because I'm trans, and I have to do that, and I do it because that's my existence. I wake up in the morning, and that is my activism. -Mj Rodriguez

Every single day, I wake up and take a glimpse of where I am now compared to where I was before, and the work that we have all put in to be in this space. I think of that, and being able to express myself through my art and show up and be present – that's activism, advocacy, and artistry in itself. -Mj Rodriguez

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