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PunditWire’s daily quotes are furnished by American University School of Communication’s Simpson Fellow, Rachel Coyle, who is continuing the mission of Rev. James Simpson on contemporaryquotations.org.

To learn more about Reverend James B. Simpson and his collection of quotations, please visit his page at American University.

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  • December 2, 2016

    “Selma is now because the struggle for justice is right now.”

    John Legend, actor and musician, in an acceptance speech for his role in Selma at the Academy Awards, Billboard, February 22, 2015

  • December 1, 2016

    “History will demand to know which side were you on. This is not a question of politics or party or even policy. This is a question about the very fundamentals of our beautiful experiment in a pluralistic democracy ruled by law.”

    Journalist Dan Rather, on the state of our democracy after Trump’s election, Dan Rather official Facebook page, November 22, 2016

  • November 30, 2016

    “Economic inequality for all is what we get when we chose to drain the swimming pool for all rather than let black people swim.”

    Heather McGee, Demos president, at People’s Summit in Chicago, June 19, 2016

  • November 29, 2016

    “Classism is the number one enemy to democracy. And in America it is destroying the American dream. But we the people allow it. We allow it by being uninformed. By being uneducated. And that is what the 1% of the 1% want us to be. Ignorant to the facts.”

    Doug Baldwin Jr., Seattle Seahawks wide receiver, on the economic inequality that paved the way for Trump, The Nation, November 14, 2016.

  • November 26, 2016

    “You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it. In that process you will figure out who you really are—and you just might become the very best version of yourself.”

    Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, in Berkeley commencement speech, May 14, 2016

  • November 23, 2016

    “America’s policy of occupation and displacement through forced marches like the Trail of Tears, and the gradual transfer of so many of your people to massive, impoverished reservations, hurts me deeply because it is so similar to the ethnic cleansing of my ancestors by the Israeli military occupation in what we call “al-Nakba” (the catastrophe). We know what you know: that our land is sacred.”

    Israa Suliman, in a letter from Gaza to Standing Rock, We Are Not Numbers, Nov. 15, 2016

  • November 22, 2016

    “In an autocracy, politics as the art of the possible is in fact utterly amoral.”

    Masha Gessen, speaking from her experience growing up in the Soviet Union and navigating Putin’s Russia, New York Review, Nov. 10, 2016

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