Mandela remembered by Southland

12/06/2013 2:14 pm0 commentsViews: 26
Mandela art in Hollywood Photo by Gary McCarthy

Mandela art in Hollywood
Photo by Gary McCarthy

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Southland elected officials mourned the death today
of former South African President Nelson Mandela, but hailed him as global icon
in the fight against oppression and inequality.
“President Mandela’s struggle and sacrifice taught us that injustice
and oppression must be extinguished no matter where it may exist and that
protest, dialogue, forgiveness and reconciliation are fundamental and necessary
to ourselves and society,” said Rep. Karen Bass, D-Los Angeles.
Bass said Mandela’s perseverance during his 27-year imprisonment were a
“personal inspiration” for her.
“I visited Robben Island and saw the 8-by-7-foot cell he lived in,”
she said. “In the 1970s and 1980s, President Mandela’s example taught me that
although the struggle for social and economic justice might take many years, it
was my responsibility to continue that fight, and if he could keep his focus on
these values, then I certainly can also.”
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., called Mandela “a true hero for
freedom,” and added, “We should all carry out his vision of equality in our
daily lives.”
Mayor Eric Garcetti also weighed in, saying, “Our hearts are heavy with
the news of Nelson Mandela’s passing.”
“A warrior for equality and a stalwart of global peace, Mr. Mandela’s
legacy lives on, and he will be every present as an example of the power of
perseverance,” Garcetti said.
City Councilman Bernard Parks said Mandela was “a true icon and will
live in the memory of the world forever based on his fight and struggle for
freedom of speech, democracy and basic human dignity.”


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