“"The Four made it real to the communities they served. One for all, all for one.”
“The Gang of Four provided courageous leadership to make the Seattle area a great place to live both culturally and economically. I added the Four to my team to select my cabinet when elected Governor of the State of Washington.”
“A wry and riveting account, rooted in Seattle's civil rights movement, of the friendships between four iconic leaders of the Asian American, Native American, African American and Latino communities which had a lasting impact on their communities, multi-racial unity and the movement for social justice in Seattle and beyond.”
“Their friendship and work developed in an exciting time when liberation struggles all over the world influenced US social movements. The Gang of Four's internationalist perspective was reflected in their everyday work - opposing apartheid in Africa, fighting against the Marcos regime in the Philippines, ending the repression against the US based anti-Marcos movement and supporting the Sandinistas in Nicaragua - they were there making their voices heard! “
“The Magnificent Four showed us that leadership comes in many colors, strengths, and backgrounds. They believed in creating and sustain an environment where all people should not be denied an opportunity to reach their dreams and potentials. They took risks to make a difference, to change our world knowing that only by having our voices heard could we be agents of change. With their strength and integrity they make our communities a better place, I am so proud they came into my life and the lives of so many.“
“The Apl.de.ap Foundation International promotes empowerment through education on a global scale. The book The Gang of Four, follows the careers of Larry Gossett, Bob Santos, the late Roberto Maestas and the late Bernie Whitebear in the Pacific Northwest. The book will leave a lasting legacy for the many hundreds of students mentored by these four civil rights leaders. With even more enlightened students and activists to follow.“
"The Four Amigos, in their own right, were (Bernie and Roberto) and are (Uncle Bob and Larry) pioneers and change makers. When they worked as a coalition in pursuit of human rights and self-determination, whether fighting for laborers in Seattle, or against our government's misguided intervention in other countries, they were unflappable if not unstoppable. In addition to their shared committment to fight relentlessly for justice and dignity for all, another endearing, valuable trait was their collective ability to not take themselves so seriously that they couldn't take time to laugh, sing, dance and enjoy life."
“Every community needs voices of conscience, people for whom business as usual and irrational unfairness are simply not acceptable and leaders who stir the rest of us to awareness and action. Decades of social progress in the Pacific Northwest have been shaped by four impatient men and their tumultuous friendship, audacious leadership and unrelenting commitment to build a better world. Gang of Four tells an important story of how we will make our Country stronger.”