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Barbara Deming
(1917-1984) born on
Jul 23
US political activist, author, pacifist. She wrote and spoke about the connections between feminism and nonviolence; wrote "Prisons That Could Not Hold," 1995.
         
   
F
We learn best to listen to our own voices if we are listening at the same time to other women -- whose stories, for all our differences, turn out, if we listen well, to be our stories also.

R
The longer we listen to one another - with real attention - the more commonality we will find in all our lives. That is, if we are careful to exchange with one another life stories and not simply opinions.
A
Think first of the action that is right to take, think later about coping with one's fears.
N
I think the only choice that will enable us to hold to our vision. . . is one that abandons the concept of naming enemies and adopts a concept familiar to the nonviolent tradition: naming behavior that is oppressive . . .
K
Make it impossible for [the authority] to operate within the system as usual . . . making it impossible for him simply to strike back without thought and with all his strength.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Words of Women Quotations for Success," by Power Dynamics Publishing, 1997.
R: "Barbara Deming Memorial Peace Walk," at www.rpi.edu/~mccabd/bdwords.html.
A: "Barbara Deming Memorial Peace Walk," at www.rpi.edu/~mccabd/bdwords.html.
N: "Barbara Deming Memorial Peace Walk," at www.rpi.edu/~mccabd/bdwords.html.
K: "Barbara Deming Memorial Peace Walk," at www.rpi.edu/~mccabd/bdwords.html.
   


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