Joan Blades

Joan
Blades
1956

American Businessperson and Political Activist, Co-founded Berkeley Systems with her husband

Author Quotes

We are mortgaging our future.

We put together a one-sentence petition asking Congress to censure President Clinton and move on to other pressing issues. We sent it to under 100 friends and family, and within a week we had 100,000 people sign the petition.

We've got 50 percent voter turnout for presidential elections. That's appalling. We can do so much better.

What is the biggest public forum in the United States? We were told it's the Super Bowl. The ad shows kids working at blue-collar jobs, and the final statement is just written text: Who's going to pay for the trillion dollar deficit?

What we do is not going to be successful unless our members care about it.

When we compile a petition, we often have members go to their representative's or Senator's offices and deliver it in person. This way they can experience a real connection with the staff.

When you become active in the system and communicate to your representatives, and they don't vote in accordance with your values, your responsibility is to support candidates who will.

Moveon is not a one-way broadcast media. The Internet, when used best, is a two-way media. We have a forum in which people can post comments and those comments can be rated. We get a sense of what people feel most passionately about.

People think of us as an information distributor because that's how they relate to the Internet. But most of the time people already have pretty well established opinions.

The purpose of The Motherhood Manifesto is mothers really need to be given the ability to parent.

Touch screen voting is a fine thing so long as they have a voter-verified paper trail.

Unacceptable Levels is Powerful. It tells the story of toxic chemicals in just about every aspect of our lives, and the egregious lack of regulation. Our ability to protect our families is at stake.

We aim to express the passion of our members in something actionable that we can all in fact do.

A book reaches a different crowd of people. There are 50 different stories of very different individuals participating in their communities either locally or nationally in meaningful ways.

Common sense as well as common values all lead us. Our future depends upon it and our present is going to be vastly better when we get back to these basics.

Even though mother's issues are not front page news, they touch us all personally, some more than others, and I believe passionately in the power of grassroots engagement.

I find it odd that there's such strong objection to what is a clear way to assure that our elections are reliable and we can do a recount if there are any questions.

I have a real sense of optimism that we are revolutionizing the way we do politics in this country.

I have referred to myself as an accidental activist on more than one occasion.

I'm a mediator by training and inclination.

It is time for us to focus on the issues that bring us together as a nation. Supporting parents' capacity to raise their children with the love and resources they need is simply the right thing to do.

Most families need both parents to work. Moms need to be able to work and earn fair pay and have the flexibility in their jobs to also be primary caretakers.

Most jobs today are still structured the same way they were 50 years ago, when most families had someone who could stay at home.

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First Name
Joan
Last Name
Blades
Birth Date
1956
Bio

American Businessperson and Political Activist, Co-founded Berkeley Systems with her husband