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Using Collective Action to Create Change

Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.

Assata Shakur, Black Panther activist

… settler colonialism will always define the issues with a solution that reentrenches its own power.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance

These quotes remind us of the importance and vitality of social movements in shaping our world. The current system remains the same despite its many flaws; it is designed to do so. To make change, solutions are needed that do not re-entrench existing power relations. Assata reminds us that movements themselves must grow, and encourages us to ask “What energy and resources are required to enable movements to move?”

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No movement can survive unless it is constantly growing and changing with the times. If it isn't growing, it's stagnant, and without the support of the people, no movement for liberation can exist, no matter how correct its analysis of the situation is.

Assata Shakur, Black Panther activist