"We don't simply want to join the establishment. We want to change it. We are not interested in just joining a "polluted stream." We want to change the stagnant waters into a fresh-flowing stream, making it safe and green and life-enhancing for everyone. We want to make it flow in new directions, and that is why we struggle for an equal place at the table, in city hall, in Congress, in international institutions, in the back rooms, and in front rooms wherever decisions are made about how we live and how we die.
Our movement has arms that reach out to women everywhere. We have legs that take us to the places where policies are decided, and most of all, we have brains to figure out how to use our collective strength to make the Earth a safe, friendly, nurturing place for all living things.
One final question: If you agree with the above, when did you last let your elected representatives know your views, and have you ever considered running for office yourself?"
1. Quote from Bella Abzug, "Woman Energy," True to Ourselves: A Celebration of Women Making a Difference, ed. Nancy M. Neuman (San Francisco : Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1998) 56-7.