Nelson Mandela: In His Own Words


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As the world mourns Nelson Mandela, who will be laid to rest this Sunday, his own words serve as a powerful testimony to his life and legacy. Below are excerpts from some of his own writings and speeches:

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” - Mandela’s statement to the Supreme Court of South Africa, facing charges of sabotage, April 1964

“My dearest Winnie, Your beautiful photo still stands about two feet above my left shoulder as I write this note. I dust it carefully every morning, for to do so gives me the pleasant feeling that I’m caressing you as in the old days. I even touch your nose with mine to recapture the electric current that used to flush through my blood whenever I did so. Nolitha stands on the table directly opposite me. How can my spirits ever be down when I enjoy the fond attentions of such wonderful ladies?” - Letter to his wife Winnie during his imprisonment, April 1976

“I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands.” - From Mandela’s address after his release from prison, delivered in Cape Town, South Africa on February 11, 1990

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“Today, all of us do, by our presence here, and by our celebrations in other parts of our country and the world, confer glory and hope to newborn liberty. Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud. Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity’s belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all.” – From Mandela’s statement to the President of the African National Congress at his Presidential Inauguration, May 1994

“Fellow citizens, I am greatly honoured to address you at the end of a remarkable year in the history of our nation and on the eve of a new year that is full of hope. 1994 will go down in history as an epoch-making year for the South African people, and indeed, for humanity as a whole. We are at the close of a year which saw the defeat of the apartheid system against which the entire world was united. Transparency and accountability have become norms in our new life. A national consensus has been forged on the policy to bring a better life for all South Africans.” – President Mandela’s New Year’s Day message to South Africans, December 30, 1994

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“Though the challenges of the present time for our country, our continent and the world, are greater than those we have already overcome, we face the future with confidence. We do so because, despite the difficulties and the tensions that confront us, there is in all of us the capacity to touch one another’s hearts across oceans and continents. The award with which you honour me today is an expression of the common humanity that binds us one person to another, nation to nation, and people of the North to people of the South. I receive it with pride, as a symbol of partnership for peace, prosperity and equity as we enter the new millennium.” – Address by President Mandela on receiving the Congressional Gold Medal in the United States, September 1998

Watch ‘Mandela: Working Towards Freedom’:

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“We are greatly honoured to join the millions around the globe congratulating you on taking office as the President of the United States of America. We believe that we are witnessing something truly historic not only in the political annals of your great nation, the United States of America, but of the world… We are in some ways reminded today of the excitement and enthusiasm in our own country at the time of our transition to democracy. People, not only in our country but around the world, were inspired to believe that through common human effort injustice can be overcome and that together a better life for all can be achieved. Your Presidency brings hope of new beginnings in the relations between nations, that the challenges we all face, be they economic, the environment, or in combating poverty or the search for peace, will be addressed with a new spirit of openness and accommodation.” – Mandela’s message at the Inauguration of President Obama, January 20, 2009

“I sincerely thank you for your support for Mandela Day. For all those who continue to give service in their own way, I thank you. We each, every one of us, can make an imprint.” – Mandela’s message in honor of the celebration of Mandela Day in the USA, July 2009

Megyn Kelly tries to calm the children watching her show?


War on Christmas – S#@t’s Getting Weird Edition

Gretchen Carlson issues a manger danger warning, and Megyn Kelly defends Santa Claus‘s historically-based Caucasian bona fides.

The U.N. Worldwide Campaign on Climate Change … Seal the Deal


This was posted 12/2009 but the website needs more PR … correct me if needed but Climate Change is a Global Problem

 

http://www.sealthedeal2009.org/

do i look illegal … dreamers


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In response to a post from Reform Immigration for America … relief for Dreamers

HIM:  Meanwhile some immigrant is stuck in his homeland because the “dreamer” and his parents violated our most basic rules. That law-abiding immigrant may never make it here because the “dreamer” cut in line. Why reward line cutters? I do not have the slightest sympathy for kids who get hurt because of the actions of their parents. It was the parents who knew the risk and hurt their kids, not me. Half of our prison system is full of legal citizens who are parents. You do not think their kids are suffering. Should we just refuse to apply our laws to citizens who have kids? Crazy…

ME: I appreciate most if not all responses … you actually took the time to visit my blog and read a post.  The post you are referring to was taken from the organization Reform Immigration for America site and was not only interesting it was meant to definitely open up a dialogue, more questions and hopefully more understanding of what Dreamers will have to go through in order to become an American. Therefore, I did not write it and sometimes I post things I may not completely agree with but in this case, I will tell you that since the word immigrant has existed so have adult folks bringing or having children while being undocumented and no, I do not believe it is the fault of the children. The fact is …it’s a fact of life that immigrants of all races have experienced since that complicit yet unspoken deal made between the undocumented and companies that not only reached out. They exploited people who had nowhere else to go because the fact is there was no economic net or program way back before the numbers grew to 11 or 12 million undocumented and I call those who do so with malice or who have committed illegal acts unacceptable but being a child of is a person of circumstance.  I also believe that there are parts of our economy that would not be making or giving the consumer food even with the eco-footprint is huge. We all have to admit the workers are either immigrants or undocumented and while there are “Americans” who do stoop work the numbers are small and then there’s the cleaning, yard and construction industries with some in control choosing to hire the undocumented.  I think the process needs an incredible amount of reforming and though I know some about the “line cutters”, I am not sure what the actual numbers are lest we talk about the number of people who are deported wrongfully as well. It is a messy process that no one wants to deal with honestly because the sin and the sinner is far to close at hand.

As for those in our prisons … that is a whole another bag of nasty and I cannot begin to tell you how upsetting it is to know that our prisons are imo legal controlled housing for folks of colour. I am not going to say that people of colour do not commit crimes but clearly, there is a difference in the crime committed and the punishment levied to defendants. These are two issues that definitely need reforming yet I cannot interchange them because not every dreamer has committed a robbery, murder etc. whereas at least some of the inmates have actually done so … thus, my hesitation to use the analogy. I would say that being a dreamer is not as easy as you seem to think because the application and the hoops seem as rigorous as trying to become a citizen and it should be. Again, I appreciate your right to the first amendment and opinion … mine is just different.  I also think it’s time for folks to come out of the shadows such as kids brought here or born here =Dreamers …are Americans; they know nothing different, for employers to be held accountable and for those waiting to get processed, do so as soon as possible while the others get in line.

I hope you are not suggesting we round folks up and send them somewhere.

If you read this … What say you?

We the People V Politics Party and Profit


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In memory of Sandy Hook … Ask your member of Congress – What will it take?

Another day another School shooting! In Colorado and One year ago today Sandy Hook happened. Our hearts are broken and prayers for all the students teachers and thank the custodian for all he did that saved lives

Now, after the tragic incident yesterday I find out that the rant below and the infographic above have been deemed out dated, which is beyond sad beyond my understanding considering the number of deaths injuries and life changing experiences from folks who are were and continue to be able to purchase guns. The new reports are that only about 52% of Americans want gun reform … hmmm 52%? look familiar to you? My first thought hey, that was enough to get Barack Obama a second term it should be enough to make the House take this to the floor … Sadly, we have Republican leaders who don’t seem to care or listen to “WeThePeople” anymore and that motto; One person One vote no longer exist and while no one is trying to take guns away from anyone but maybe those who have mental health issues or violent tendencies … the GOP has used fear mongering allowing the killings and or massacres to continue … Is this the kind of people we want in Congress – what happened to Public Servants

Reports are that at least 90% of our population agrees that it is about time we have some #gunsafety laws. I will say that again … 90% of our population wants safe and sane #gunsafety laws #gunreform

Additionally, most of us lefties are sticking together ,even some members of the NRA are for background checks, but we need a few Republican members of Congress to put people ahead of NRA and that mighty $$ as well as their NRA ratings and until folks do, I am reserving judgment on how republicans have changed or took that autopsy seriously. We all know the NRA is in this to win … for gun manufacturers while lefties are not just in this for emotional reasons but for common sense and a huge slap of reality … the NRA is not too big to fail and the assault weapons ban could have stopped some massacres.

There are approximately 310Million people about 5Million of those are pro-gun folks… so, why can’t we do the reforms needed?

The last incidence where a military style gun was used killed 20babies and 6adults with the impact needed to move forward on reforming what I call gun safety laws. We all know illegal guns on the street kill someone everyday though we must thank Wayne lapierre for going on camera and showing Americans just why … The Time is NOW.

I am against handguns … period. The incidents my family and friends have experienced have molded my attitude over the years, a narrow escape or two of my own. The thought of a teacher having or being forced to keep a handgun in the classroom just does not make sense. I am without a doubt completely against military style weapons because I do not think we civilians need to have them at all.  I definitely understand how folks interpret the 2nd Amendment and attach it to states’ rights. The fact is that the Gifford’s attack and all attacks afterward should have made us all sit up right move into genuine outrage. We need to use the sadness with a determination to at least ban assault weapons, retrofit K-12 School buildings and act rationally about creating registries, better permit process, close the gun show loophole and in my opinion every state should be required to impose a state of the art background check.  While not an expert on the NRA, ALEC or gun safety, I do have a strong opinion and need to share information, newsletters and interesting articles that are meant to start a dialogue. I will admit cringing anytime members of Congress use states’ rights as their solution to what are clearly American issues and scream for Federal intervention. Yes, I posted an article by a Mayor, but I did not say he was speaking up for any citizen or me; it was about what he has experienced as a Mayor.  I give him and the #MayorsAgainstIllegalGuns major respect.

I truly believe that Gun Safety laws impact all Americans, clearly what we have now not only needs to be reformed, but  reflects  our 21st Century living, formed around the notion of common sense solutions like universal background checks.