The American polity is infected with a serious imbalance of power between elites and masses, a power which is the principal threat to our democracy.
There is a major ingredient missing from our perception of how changes are brought about; that ingredient is power.
What the poor, the weak, and the inarticulate desperately require is power, organization, and a sense of identity and purpose, not rarefied advice of political scientists.
There are three critical ingredients to democratic renewal and progressive change in America: good public policy, grassroots organizing and electoral politics.
It is the belief that extremes and excesses of inequality must be reduced so that each person is free to fully develop his or her full potential. This is why we take precious time out of our lives and give it to politics.
Our politics are our deepest form of expression: they mirror our past experiences and reflect our dreams and aspirations for the future.
The first task in teaching is to bring to consciousness what the students already believe by virtue of their personal experiences about themselves and society.
What makes community organizing especially attractive is the faith it places in the ability of the poor to make decisions for themselves.
Education and democracy have the same goal: the fullest possible development of human capabilities.
When too many Americans don't vote or participate, some see apathy and despair. I see disappointment and even outrage. And I believe that out of this frustration can come hope and action.
Politics is not predictions and politics is not observations. Politics is what we do. Politics is what we do, politics is what we create, by what we work for, by what we hope for and what we dare to imagine.
The future will belong to those who have passion and are willing to work hard to make our country better.
Politics is not about winning for the sake of winning.
We can and must move U.S. politics forward by means of committed participation.
As free citizens in a political democracy, we have a responsibility to be interested and involved in the affairs of the human community, be it at the local or the global level.