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The Quotable Rebel, by Teishan Latner

By an everyday book reader
May 1, 2007

"Venality, brutality, and hypocrisy are imprinted on the leaden soul of every state. But when a country ceases to be merely a country and becomes an empire, then the scale of operations changes dramatically. So may I clarify that tonight I speak as a subject of the American Empire? I speak as a slave who presumes to criticize her king."- Arundhati Roy

This inspiring and eclectic book includes quotes from: Marcus Garvey, William Blum, Jomo Kenyatta, Simon Bolivar, Eduardo Galeano, Ho Chi Minh, Edward Said, Sunera Thobani, Vandana Shiva, Haile Selassie, Tecumseh, Toussaint L'Ouverture, June Jordan, Eugene Debs, Huey Newton, bell hooks, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Ward Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, Bobby Sands, Leonard Peltier, Maya Angelou, Kuwasi Balagoon, Martin Luther King Jr., and many others.

The Quotable Rebel: Political Quotations for Dangerous Times
edited by Teishan Latner Book Picture

Softcover: 378 pages
ISBN: 9781567513561, 1567513565
Common Courage Press
October 2005

In this indispensable reference come the timeless quotes from Malcolm X to Arundhati Roy, from Edward Said to bell hooks. These are the voices that rise up through history, and encourage the reader to rise as well.

"The Quotable Rebel was created to fill a gap and be of use. It does more. It galvanizes those of us committed to social transformation to enter the breach, once again. It testifies to our common courage over the 'long haul.' It makes the Movement "irresistible." - - Michelle Gibbs, excerpted from her review, "A Meeting of Minds," Toward Freedom, January 17, 2006. Gibbs is a writer, poet, artist and teacher based in Oaxaca, Mexico. She is the author of Riffin' to a Maroon Tune, Line of Sight, and Island Images

Examples of the quotations include these:

We are peddling freedom to the world and daring them to oppose it and bribing them kindly to accept it and dropping death on those who refuse it. - W.E.B. Du Bois, scholar, educator, author.

[George W. Bush], You tell me the truth. You tell me that my son died for oil. You tell me that my son died to make your friends rich. You tell me my son died to spread the cancer of Pax Americana, imperialism in the Middle East. You tell me that, you don't tell me my son died for freedom and democracy. Cuz, we're not freer. You're taking away our freedoms. The Iraqi people aren't freer, they're much worse off than before you meddled in their country.- Cindy Sheehan, activist, parent of Casey Austin Sheehan who was killed in Iraq in 2004.

Our democracy is but a name. We vote? What does that mean? It means that we choose between two bodies of real, though not avowed, autocrats. We choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee. - Helen Keller, educator, socialist activist

We are not rebels and revolutionaries, but humans who will no longer be denied our humanity. - Marcus Garvey, Jamaican Black nationalist leader

The role of the revolutionary artist is to make revolution irresistible. - Toni Cade Bambara, writer, activist

I do not ask that you place your hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, just that you support him no longer. Then you will behold him, like a colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces.- Etienne de la Boetie, French writer, judge

Revolution is not only won by numbers, but by visionaries, and if artists aren't visionaries, then we have no business doing what we do. - Cherríe Moraga, writer, educator. Essay, "Art in America Con Acento," 1983

You can't say civilization isn't advancing: in every war they kill you in a new way. - Will Rogers, writer, actor, comedian. Attributed.

Jails and prisons are designed to break human beings, to convert the population into specimens in a zoo-obedient to our keepers, but dangerous to each other. - Angela Davis, activist, educator, writer. The Black Scholar, 1971

Where today are the Pequot? Where are the Narragansett, the Mohawks, the Pocanokets, and many other once powerful tribes of our race? They have vanished before the avarice and the oppression of the white men, as snow before a summer sun. - Tecumseh, Shawnee leader, warrior. From speech to members of the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations, in an appeal for unity against white settler invasion, September 1811

The editor, Teishan Latner, was 28 years old when she assembled and published this book of quotations. She is now a political activist on issues U.S. political prisoners, anti-racism, peace, anti-war and anti-imperialism, indigenous land rights and environmental justice.

The quotations in this book were spoken or written by: Marcus Garvey, Arundhati Roy, William Blum, Jomo Kenyatta, Albert Memmi, Ramsey Clark, Simón Bolívar, Eduardo Galeano, Ho Chi Minh, Edward Said, Sunera Thobani, Aime Cesaire, Zapatista National Liberation Army, Mark Twain, Vandana Shiva, Kwame Nkrumah, Haile Selassie, Tecumseh, Toussaint L'Ouverture, June Jordan, Eugene Debs, Huey Newton, Bell Hooks, Hannah Arendt, James Connolly, Jean-Paul Sartre, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Ward Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, Bobby Sands, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales, Leonard Peltier, Stan Goff, Assata Shakur, Maya Angelou, Kuwasi Balagoon, Toni Cade Bambara, Martin Luther King, Jr, H. "Rap" Brown, Russell Means, James Baldwin, David Walker, Immortal Technique, Maria W. Stewart, John Trudell, Norman Solomon, Muhammad Ali, W.E.B. Du Bois, Sitting Bull, William Upski Wimsatt, Winnie Mandela, Dick Gregory, Steve Biko, Sonia Sanchez, Frederick Douglass, Eldridge Cleaver, Paul Robeson, Vine Deloria, Chief Seattle, Harriet Tubman, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Bob Marley, Chief Joseph, Wole Soyinka, Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, Cherríe Moraga, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Will Rogers, James W. Loewen, Luther Standing Bear, Crazy Horse, Ohiyesa, Winona LaDuke, Albert Einstein, Audre Lorde, Denis Hayes, Earth Liberation Front, Dead Prez, Wangari Maathai, Friedrich Engels, Judi Bari, Robert Bullard, Manfred Max-Neef, Edward Abbey, Toni Morrison, Mary Daly, Julia Butterfly Hill, David Suzuki, Louise Michel, Peter Singer, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Carl Oglesby, Bernadette Devlin, Subcomandante Marcos, Mother Jones, Welfare Poets, George Jackson, Etienne de la Boetie, Bartolomeo Vanzetti, Cesar Chavez, Nelson Mandela, Albert Camus, Howard Zinn, The Coup, Angelina Grimke Weld, Ernesto Che Guevara, Karl Marx, Patrice Lumumba, Joan Baez, Mao Tse-Tung, Daniel O'Connell, Daniel Berrigan, Emma Goldman, Adrienne Rich, A. Philip Randolph, Mordechai Vanunu, Public Enemy, Mario Savio, Henry David Thoreau, Mario Hardy Ramirez, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Cornel West, John Brown, Fred Hampton, Michael Franti, Franz Fanon, David Gilbert, Rod Coronado, Fidel Castro, Michael Albert, Ramona Africa, Ida B. Wells, Martin Niemoller, Paul Laraque, Cynthia McKinney, Pete Seeger, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Ewuare Osayande, Guillermo Gomez-Peta, Jose Marti, Robin Morgan, Jean Jacques Dessalines, Amiri Baraka, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Pedro Albizu Campos, Starhawk, Guy Fawkes, Wendell Phillips, Chinua Achebe, Yuri Kochiyama, Alice Walker, John Africa, Helen Keller, Mikhail Bakunin, Geronimo Ji Jaga Pratt, Noam Chomsky, Fela Kuti, Gloria Steinem, Heinrich Heine, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Michael Berg, Marilyn Buck, Black Hawk, Salvador Allende, George Santayana, Tariq Ali, Patrice Lumumba, Aurora Levins Morales, Harry Belafonte, Angela Davis, Michael Parenti, Geronimo, Jello Biafra, Greg Palast, Langston Hughes, Chuck D, Pablo Picasso, Joe Hill, Martin Espada, Cherrie Moraga, Woody Guthrie, Thom Yorke, Mutulu Shakur, Nikki Giovanni, Jeff Chang, Gary Delgado, Susan Sontag, Peter Tosh, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Sarah Grimko, Shirley Chisholm, Bernardine Dohrn, Susan Faludi, Virginia Woolf, Mariam Makeba, Paula Giddings, Rebecca Walker, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Barbara Smith, Aung San Suu Kyi, Camille Paglia, Simone de Beauvoir, Alicia Banks, Sylvia Ray Rivera, Gloria Anzaldia, Robin Tyler, Rita Mae Brown, Alexander Berkman, Mother Jones, Studs Terkel, Jesse Jackson, August Spies, Barbara Ehrenrei, ch Shirin Ebadi, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Kathy Kelly, John Stockwell, Desmond Tutu, David P. Richardson, Eric Alterman, Magdaleno Rose-Avila, Gary Null, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, John Edgar Wideman, Michel Foucault, Last Poets, Allen Ginsberg, Lenny Bruce, Shaka Sankofa, Kevin Cooper, Suheir Hammad, "Zamba" Boukman Dutty, Fannie Lou Hamer, Simone Weil, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ernesto Cardenal, Medgar Evers, Chico Mendes, Chris Hedges, Randolph Bourne, Elias Rashmawi, Woody Harrelson, Smedley Butler, Tim Wise, Camilo Mejia

The Quotable Rebel: Political Quotations for Dangerous Times
edited by Teishan Latner Book Picture

Softcover: 378 pages
ISBN: 9781567513561, 1567513565
Common Courage Press
October 2005

In this indispensable reference come the timeless quotes from Malcolm X to Arundhati Roy, from Edward Said to bell hooks.

These are the voices that rise up through history, and encourage the reader to rise as well.


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Comments (1)

Elizabeth Author Profile Page:

Just a note / question regarding this page & its reference to Teishan Latner, the editor of THE QUOTABLE REBEL - quoting from above: "The editor, Teishan Latner, was 28 years old when SHE assembled and published this book of quotations. SHE is now a political activist on issues U.S. political prisoners, anti-racism, peace, anti-war and anti-imperialism, indigenous land rights and environmental justice." (CAPS mine)

Just wondering, but isn't Teishan Latner, a "he" not a "she"? Not of the utmost importance, but am just trying to clarify if this Teishan Latner is the same Teishan Latner who was a male Antioch College student.

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