I know within my organization, within the grassroots of my organization of the Tea Party movement generally, there’s going to be a big drive for impeaching Obama. I don’t know if that’s the right move… We need to play our cards very carefully and beware of the mouse trap that Obama might be trying to set for us.
There’s enormous progressive activism and, more often than not, success at the grassroots level – everything from living wage campaigns to efforts to finance our elections are having terrific success.
What you learn from my life is, first of all, that anybody can be a leader. You can be a leader. I wasn’t born that way – I developed it, I worked at it. And also that the grassroots can organize and take on all the powers that be and defeat them. That is the lesson.
I’ve been most happy to be an advocate for the kinds of grassroots things that people are doing who care about poetry.
But even at the height of these scandals, even at the time when our finances were at their worst, the NAACP branches – the grassroots – kept plugging away. They kept doing what they do, and they do it well.
On a grassroots level we say that man can touch more than he can grasp.
My answer to those who oppose my appointment as CEO is that this is really a decision of the YWCA. They want to strengthen their grassroots to advocate on behalf of women’s and children’s empowerment and ending racism.