"There is a link to local issues and global jargon. Recognizing that link will help us make the connections to further social change. What we call gun culture is militarism; domestic violence at the local level is women’s peace and security at the international level; and sweatshops in the community are smaller reflections of systemic poor labor practices at the global level. Therefore, when you address the needs of your local community, you are addressing global issues. Global activism is never successful without local strength. There is no global movement without local roots. When you are doing local activism, you know the terrain, you the actors, and you know where to hit and where to evade. Activism is not an intellectual pursuit. It is conviction from within that keeps you going."
- Leymah Gbowee