Fred Hampton was the leader of the Chicago Chapter of The Black Panther Party for Self Defense in 1969. This quote is lifted from a speech called “Why Don’t You Die For The People?”, which you can hear and read in full below.
To some it may sound oxymoronic but if you truly love anything you should be willing to fight for it. Why wouldn’t you have to fight for peace? I’m reminded of a quote from Nobel Prize winner and environmentalist Wagari Maathai, “Anybody can dig a hole and plant a tree. But make sure it survives. You have to nurture it, you have to water it, you have to keep at it until it becomes rooted so it can take care or itself. There are so many enemies of trees.” Wouldn’t you say there are more enemies of peace?
Hampton knew the price of peace, justice, and struggle. He paid with his life. Continue reading →
“I kept stumbling and falling and stumbling and falling as I searched for the good. ‘Why?’ I asked myself. Now I believe that I was on the right path all along, particularly with the Green Belt Movement, but then others told me that I shouldn’t have a career, that I shouldn’t raise my voice, that women are supposed to have a master. That I needed to be someone else.
Finally I was able to see that if I had a contribution I wanted to make, I must do it, despite what others said. That I was OK the way I was. That it was all right to be strong.” ––Wangari Maathai
This quote spoke to me. Does it speak to you? Do you face opposition when you want to make positive changes?
The Green Belt Movement (GBM) of Kenya was put to motion in 1977 by the late Nobel Peace Prize winning Professor Wangari Maathai and the National Council of Women of Kenya (NCWK). Their mission of reforestation provides defense against environmental degradation as well as empowerment for rural women. As Professor Maathai states, “the planting of trees is the planting of ideas. By starting with the simple act of planting a tree, we give hope to ourselves and to future generations.”
The links between poverty and environmental decline have been well documented Continue reading →
You raise your consciousness to the point where you must do the right thing. -Wangari Maathai
Wangari Maathai died on Sunday after a long struggle with cancer at the age of 71. The Right Livelihood Award winner also became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
In 1977, she organized rural women plant trees to address problems stemming from a degraded environment and spearheaded the struggle against state-backed deforestation in Kenya. It seems like they’re only trees but she didn’t just plant trees, she planted ideas. Continue reading →