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Well, we've changed the lightbulbs to the more efficient kind [compact fluorescent, or CFL, lightbulbs] and switched to a hybrid [vehicle], and we use clock thermostats, and we're installing solar panels.

Al Gore (American Politician and Environmentalist)

I was spreading the word about where to drop off food or care packages and gathering people to clear away tear gas canisters.

Johnetta Elzie (American Activist)

My mother used to work on the street where Mike was killed

Johnetta Elzie (American Activist)

The older folks with the resources don’t want to give resources without conditions. The young people, the most disenfranchised people, aren’t receptive to that.

Johnetta Elzie (American Activist)

I don’t even really call myself an activist, that’s something people say to describe what I do. I was doing what everyone should be doing if you say that you love where you’re from and your people.

Johnetta Elzie (American Activist)

Gosh. As far as I can see, it’s the same here as it is pretty much everywhere. The energy is from the youth, most of whom are the most disenfranchised in the city. That’s who’s outside, that’s who’s making noise. They are craving guidance and leadership. They want ideas. They want someone that can come up with a plan that they can buy into. They want to engage in things, and take the right actions.

Johnetta Elzie (American Activist)

Lots of crying. Lots of journaling. It is definitely a struggle, every aspect of my life. I'm just really trying to get over this feeling of extreme loneliness that comes with it. It's really scary and it's just me.

Johnetta Elzie (American Activist)

I definitely have an amazing group of friends, like my friends from before the movement, and my friends I've made through being a protester and being in the movement [but it’s still] lonely because the people I want to be close to me aren't anymore.

Johnetta Elzie (American Activist)

I was born and raised in St. Louis and I love everything about growing up here. It just so happens that black people get killed by the police often here and I was tired of it.

Johnetta Elzie (American Activist)

I have no choice but to live. That’s what they hate, right? The fact that we’re still alive. That we can still smile.

Johnetta Elzie (American Activist)

None of the local media stations were tweeting or talking about it

Johnetta Elzie (American Activist)

I can’t stay anywhere too long. Especially St. Louis. I don’t want to put my family in danger.

Johnetta Elzie (American Activist)

I used to live right behind Canfield Green [where Michael Brown lived], and that street, I walked down it before when I was 11 or 12, in the middle of the street, because the sidewalks were raggedy then, and they're raggedy now. And we were able to make it home. And it just really hurt my feelings that on this day, this boy could not make it back to his Grandma's house ... His blood was so vivid on that road. The blood was just that deep.

Johnetta Elzie (American Activist)

I began the conversation with Katy re: her work with HRC and why she feels like she needs to use her platform for causes.

DeRay Mckesson (American Activist)

There are so many incredible activists, organizers, and protesters across the country, and I’m inspired by them every time we work together.

DeRay Mckesson (American Activist)

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