Nelson Mandela: a man turned into statues in his own lifetime | World news | guardian.co.uk
Madiba is a man who has faced oppression and through his humanity developed resilience that beams from his every word and action. He is no superhero, but an activist who stood up against his oppressors to gain justice, at great personal risk. It is this quality, his resilience that singles him out in history as a great man of principle, a leader who embraced his humanity and showed respect to others that has given him authority. In our community we have many people through their lived experience have gained that quality of inner strength to bounce back or adapt.
In reality we all have that potential however it takes commitment to both principles and action. It is in the word and deeds that say to our oppressors, that you can marginalise me, oppress me, deny my culture beat me, imprison me and even kill me but I will not be defeated. I was here yesterday, I am here today and I will be here tomorrow demanding my rights to be treated as a human being.
The Declaration of Independence of thefe United Statef of America | Los Angeles Times
The United States’ Declaration of Independence may well be the most cited yet least read or understood document in American history.
This article speaks to the observance and celebration of July 4 on which citizens need to take the time to read this document, and reflect on its words. It implies that many cite this document however may not fully understand or appreciate it, other than in supporting a convenient truth or subjective opinion.
David Cameron apologises to gay people for section 28 | Politics | The Guardian
David Cameron has embarked on another major step in the modernisation of the Conservative party by offering a public apology for section 28, the notorious legislation which banned the “promotion” of homosexuality in schools.
Admission aimed at reconciliation for past injustice or political opportunism aimed at courting a voting block? When there is an election in the air politicians seem to say some of the most unexpected things and act in very strange ways. It was a conservative government that legislated t ensure elected local officials did not enact some subversive deviant agenda to pervert 5-6 yr olds by giving them the opportunity to read about social diversity. In this case I hold mixed feelings about the sincerity or even authenticity of his apology. Conservatives rant about big brother, however seem to readily employ him to ensure the status quo is maintained at all cost.
Stonewall’s unfinished legacy | Nancy Goldstein | A Great President
This article speaks to both our past and the present, very similar to a number of pieces written to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. It does have some insightful observations.
“Post-Stonewall improvements in the lives of many LGBT people have been profound, though neither swift nor easy.”
However, there have been profound advances this must be the message that we hold on to for as long as it takes to achieve equality. We started this journey many years ago persecuted and marginalised with other groups deemed as second-class citizens and in some cases not even citizens in their own country. Some too have had similar success to ours in receiving incremental acknowledgement from those who have used and abused us. While our culture has denied and many false prophets have taken advantage of us, we are still here. Our resilience has given us the voice to advocate and determination to overcome our adversity now as these hardships slowly fade it is not the time to rest. We will not gain true equality as long as long as there is discrimination against anybody for who they are.
I defer to Dr King
Thousands demonstrate silently in Tehran – CNN.com
Be the change that you want to see in the world.
Advocates: Bigotry remains | TimesDaily.com | The Times Daily | Florence, AL
Advocates hope the festival brings awareness of the difficulties the disabled still face – workplace discrimination if they can get a job, the expensive resources for day-to-day living, and getting people to get to know the person behind the disability instead of just the blindness and/or deafness.