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Nelson “Madiba” Mandela, Symbol of 20th Century Triumph of the Oppressed,
Passes Away at Age 95
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, December 6, 2013
ADC Mourns the Loss of Nelson Mandela
ADC Mourns the Loss of
Washington, DC |
| December 5, 2013 -
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) joins South Africa and
the entire world in mourning the loss of Nelson “Madiba” Mandela today.
Mandela passed away at his home at the age of 95. Through non-violent
organizing and negotiations, Mandela was able to defeat the Apartheid regime
that had been oppressing black South Africans since 1948. While Mandela was
endearingly referred to as “the father of the nation” by South Africans, we
at ADC would like to honor and celebrate his legacy left on the last decade,
as the global father in the fight for civil rights and democracy.
Prior to ascending to presidency, Mandela began his mission as a community
advocate and organizer against Apartheid in the township of Soweto, located
outside of Johannesburg. While enduring numerous police raids on his law
office and multiple arrests, most notably being the 27-year stint on Robben
Island, Mandela never lost sight of his mission to dismantle the
institutionalized racism of the Apartheid regime.
unconventional vision of a “rainbow nation” with a one-man, one-vote
electoral democracy serves as a beacon for contemporary civil-rights
movements. As an Arab-American grassroots advocacy organization, we have
deeply embodied and supported the efforts of Mandela and others in the
struggle for liberty and equality through the years.
and patience Mandela displayed in his fight against Apartheid didn’t just
end in South Africa. As a spoken advocate for Palestinian self-determination
and against the illegal Israeli occupation in Palestine, Mandela’s work to
end Apartheid on a global scale is not yet complete. While we join the world
in mourning the loss of Mandela, we, as advocates for civil rights and
democracy, must continue Mandela’s legacy in achieving an end to the current
Apartheid policies affecting Palestinians today.
Rest in Peace from
the Arab American community,
ADC | 1990 M Street, NW Suite 610 | Washington, DC 20036 | (202) 244-2990 |
U.S. Muslim Group Calls Nelson Mandela's Death a Loss for All
CAIR: U.S. Muslim Group Calls Nelson
Mandela's Death a Loss for All Humanity
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/5/13) -
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim
civil rights and advocacy organization, today said that the death of Nelson
Mandela is a loss for all humanity and that the South African leader will
remain an example to those fighting for human rights.
In a statement
reacting to news of Mandela's death,
CAIR National Executive Director Nihad
"Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela served as an
example of strength in adversity to all those fighting for freedom and
justice. His legacy of uncompromising perseverance in the face of bigotry
and injustice will live on for generations to come.
"He was a unique historic figure. From his
jail cell, he demonstrated vision and courage, and taught the world the true
meaning of steadfastness. Outside his cell, he demonstrated
statesmanship, reconciliation and pragmatism.
"As the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon
him) said: 'For every day on which the sun rises, there is a (reward) for
the one who establishes justice among people.'"
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization.
Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue,
protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that
promote justice and mutual understanding.
cited the famous Mandela
"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."
CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,
Council on American-Islamic Relations
453 New Jersey Ave, S.E.,
Washington, D.C., 20003
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