quote by Paul Wellstone

There are three critical ingredients to democratic renewal and progressive change in America: good public policy, grassroots organizing and electoral politics.

— Paul Wellstone

Craziest Grassroots quotations

I think we’re not looking sufficiently at what is happening at the grassroots in the country. We have not emphasized sufficiently the cultural revolution that we have to make among ourselves in order to force the government to do differently. Things do not start with governments.


The best education I received was working with people in the community on a grassroots basis. Because what it taught me was that ordinary people, when they are working together can do extraordinary things.

All change starts with a distant rumble at the grassroots level.

Some issues lend themselves to grassroots campaigns - homeschooling works well - but others require contrivance and connivance to whip up support. Often, lobbyists will hire vendors to dispatch blast emails and robocalls in the hopes of bombarding Congressional offices with citizen fury.

Spontaneous combustion of grassroots politics is the future.


Even though mother's issues are not front page news they touch us all personally, some more than others and I believe passionately in the power of grassroots engagement.

On a grassroots level we say that man can touch more than he can grasp.

URGE is a grassroots charity. We organized to get some incubators to give to the hospital for the kids. We donate money to orphanages.

Better still - your history has shown how powerful a moral catharsis expressed through popular resistance to injustice can sometimes be; I have in mind the grassroots opposition to the Vietnam War.

My answer to those who oppose my appointment as CEO is that this is really a decision of the YWCA. They want to strengthen their grassroots to advocate on behalf of women's and children's empowerment and ending racism.


Punk rock really came out of N.Y. as a philosophy before the groups were ever recorded. I had a kind-of intellectual interest in the idea of creating a new scene that could be a grassroots thing.

We are intent on building a movement.

The next step is grassroots town meetings. We must keep alive the dialogue around the covenants.

Women need to be empowered through the strongest tool - education.

They don't need to be subservient to anyone, but at the same time, men must change their mindset towards women. If they are more respectful towards them, then things will change at the grassroots level. It will happen slowly, but everyone has to move together.

Democratic Party elites have been caught red-handed, sabotaging a grassroots campaign that tried to bring huge numbers of young people, independents and non-voters into their party. Instead, they have shown exactly why America needs a new major party, a truly democratic party for the people.

It was truly an astonishing grassroots explosion, .

.. The objective was to get a nationwide demonstration of concern for the environment so large that it would shake the political establishment out of its lethargy.


The Sister Fund supports spiritual women and their organizations, both grassroots activists for justice, and national and international social change agents.

Music and the arts feed our souls, but a decent wage puts food on the table.

Musicians, fans of music, and grassroots political organizations are a potent force to fight for social justice.

Enthusiasm — real grassroots enthusiasm — trumps money, trumps endorsements, trumps everything.

Grassroots groups challenge the "business-as-usual" environmentalism that is generally practiced by the more privileged wildlife-and conservation-oriented groups. The focus of activists of color and their constituents reflects their life experiences of social, economic, and political disenfranchisement.

If you do your work, if you are committed at the grassroots level, if you have a vision for the long run (not only short-sighted interest), you can change public opinion.


The little grassroots people can change this world.

There are no globalized, youth-led, grassroots social movements advocating for democratic culture across Muslim-majority societies. There is no equivalent of Al-Qaeda without the terrorism.

There are so many people out there working with great grassroots and global and national organizations that are unsung heroes to me.

If we're going to be successful in taking on the billionaire class, we need a strong national grassroots movement.

I define democracy as control by the people.

Slaves are those who allow others to control their lives. Insofar as people succeed in solving their problems fairly and efficiently at a grassroots level, they retain control over their lives. Insofar as they delegate their problem solving to a higher authority, they lose control over their lives.


The big dividing line is not and has never been between those who advocate more or less militant forms of resistance, or between mainstream and grassroots activists. The dividing line is between those who do something and those who do nothing.

I invigorated the grassroots in the Republican Party as well as the Democratic Party.

I think [ unpopular presidential candidates ] indicates, at least on the Democratic side, that we've got more work to do to strengthen our grassroots networks.

If you understand the Black Lives Matter movement, there's no central leadership of the movement. This is an organic, grassroots movement all around America.

Earth's immune system - its rapid response team of self-protection - becomes invigorated at times of peril. And one sees it at play now in the upwelling of grassroots work aimed at finding a sustainable future.


A utopian future for the Internet could be secured if the heavy-duty influencers - and the grassroots influencers tweeting along - can create a new global organization peopled with defenders of Internet freedom.

I was previously involved in local and state politics, but not national, because grassroots democracy starts at the bottom. This was the breaking point for me, though - and it made the case that in order to fight locally, we have to fight nationally; we can't afford to neglect any area of life in this democracy.

I work with Kick G.A.M.E., the grassroots artist movement. Not to tell people we have the best union plan in the world, but to show people that if some activists, if some revolutionaries, if some street organizers from the hood can come together and put together a preliminary program to give health care to independent artists.

I'd rather work with a grassroots organization than in politics.

I'm not sure I'd be the best politician because I don't think I'm good about tactfully tiptoeing around questions in the right way.