The Earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses.
I was called a terrorist yesterday, but when I came out of jail, many people embraced me, including my enemies, and that is what I normally tell other people who say those who are struggling for liberation in their country are terrorists.
Nelson Mandela (via remikanazi)
It’s so important to spread what Mandela actually said with all these neoimperialist motherfuckers are trying to co-opt him as a symbol for their disgusting liberalism.
Only those who are ready to become nobodies are able to love.
If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.
Remembering the unvarnished truth of Mandela’s words means refusing to let anybody sanitize his legacy. As the United States attempts to piggyback on Mandela’s revolutionary spirit, never forget that it was the CIA who helped jail him for 28 years. His sentiments toward our imperialist government reflect what our government remorselessly tries to keep we citizens from seeing, that indeed ”…the United States now feels that they are the only superpower in the world and they can do what they like" regardless of who we harm in the process.
Here are a few more quotes we are unlikely to see in the mainstream press:
“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”
“No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.”
"If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers."
(Read more courtesy of Common Dreams here)
You said: ‘We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.’
And from within my prison cell, I tell you our freedom seems possible because you reached yours.
Marwan Barghouti, an open letter to Nelson Mandela from cell 28 Hadarim prison, Israel. (via maxineanwaar
Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.
Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.
There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.
Nelson Mandela, RIP. Some personal reflections on Mandela, Apartheid, and America, here
Who knows the difference between man and nature?
Perhaps the river despises its own philosophy
and would stop if it could.
Mary Ruefle, “What Ye Went Out Into May To See?,” published in Pinwheel
You’ll never know what you can fully accomplish til you can question things. Living with only acceptance isn’t living at all, its surviving.