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"If you are ready, then know that the Center, and the Bus Riders Union 'fight to win'.  We've done it by building a militant Civil Rights and environmental justice movement of the masses that is vibrantly internationalist, intergenerational, pro-feminist and multilingual."

- Daniel Won-gu Kim, Class of 2001

"Time, place and conditions—three words that will always remind me of the Center. This work is incredibly dynamic—dialectical materialism dictates constant reassessment and reading of conditions and contextualizing those conditions within a history of evolving contradictions.  This necessitates constantly reexamining where we stand and being responsive to the evolutions."
- Vanessa Moses, Class of 2005
"The Center allows me to combine hip-hop and civil rights, national liberation and my commitment to fighting for the survival of people of African descent as well and my sistas and brothers around the world. We come out of the Black political tradition that talks about self-determination and land.  We talk about the particular histories of oppressed peoples and their relationships and demands against what Martin Luther King Jr. described as the worst purveyor of violence in the world today."
-Damon Azali, Class of 2001
& Community Rights Campaign Lead Organizer
"When I organized on the buses I confronted so much of the self-hatred and right-wing-taught assumptions of our society that shaped my life in the projects of Houston...this summer here has been about growing in a space where I feel assured, safe, proud and confident in my politics, beliefs and values."       
- Cynthia Rojas, Class of 1998
 
"I have spent my life trying to find the connection between pedagogy and organizing, between feminism, civil rights, anti-imperialism, and socialism. Now I am committed to using my experience to help transform a new generation of organizers. Every class teaches me new things as I teach the ever changing social theory of the international Left project."   
- Lian Hurst Mann, co-coordinator,
National School for Strategic Organizing