Quotation by Mary Gonzales

I have to change how people view themselves in the world. I have to get people to believe they can in fact make a difference.... We view ourselves ... as people trained to develop people. Issues are only tools. Think about the guy who works in a factory. He's on the assembly line. He's a nobody. He doesn't do the kind of work that's ever gonna get him recognition. Take that same person and he's a key leader in the parish or in a union. Suddenly that same man, who from Monday to Friday stands on the assembly line at General Motors and is a nobody, is somebody over here. People look to him. He makes a difference and he knows it. He counts.
Mary Gonzales, Mexican American neighborhood organizer. As quoted in The Great Divide, book 1, section 2, by Studs Terkel (1988).

The cofounder and associate director of a Chicago neighborhood organization, she was explaining what motivated her.
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