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Alan Maki

Alan Maki
Doing research at the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

It's time to claim our Peace Dividend

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

We need to beat swords into plowshares.

A program for real change...

http://peaceandsocialjustice.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-progressive-program-for-real-change.html


What we need is a "21st Century Full Employment Act for Peace and Prosperity" which would make it a mandatory requirement that the president and Congress attain and maintain full employment.


"Voting is easy and marginally useful, but it is a poor substitute for democracy, which requires direct action by concerned citizens"

- Ben Franklin

Let's talk...

Let's talk...

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A guest blog: Nelson Mandela Will Live On As A Beacon For Social Justice



Brian McAfee
2838 Mason Blvd.
Muskegon Hts., Michigan USA  49444
                              
(231) 737-8726

brimac6@hotmail.com


 Nelson Mandela Will Live On As A Beacon For Social Justice

                              
                                 by Brian McAfee

I, like probably millions of other people, had hoped to have the opportunity to meet Mr. Mandela.


While this never happened he was always part of the American social justice movement, of which I have been a part all of my adult life. In 1980, when I was 20, I was a freshman at Northwestern College, a small Christian school in Orange City, Iowa, when 0n March 24 Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated.

I had a classmate 
respond that it was OK because he was a communist. Reagan was president and the murderers of Romero, the military of El Salvador, were armed trained and financed by the U.S.

Later that year, on Dec. 2,
four Catholic women, Maura Clarke, Ita Ford, Jean Donovan, and Dorothy Kazel had just come to El Salvador to help the poor; their vehicle was stopped by the military--- all four were then raped and murdered. 

In June of 1980 I moved to California and became active in the social justice  movement
in Southern California. We held regular demonstrations in Los Angeles at the county building and federal building over El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and South Africa.

In El Salvador 80 thousand were killed. 

Regarding Guatemala, over 200 
thousand had been killed; mostly indigenous people during a period of several U.S. supported dictatorships.

Nicaragua, 
after the Sandinista victory, had to deal with Reagan's darlings, the Contra, they killed about 40,000 civilians.  

I fist met some of the Anti-Apartheid activists and participated in demonstrations at the South African consulate
in Los Angeles. At that time, too, is when I first heard Hugh Masekela, the great  South African musician and listened to his most familiar "Bring Back Nelson Mandela."

But, also, people should listen to more then just that one. Another good one 
is Change. 

Two California politicians that, in my view, are/were heroes to the cause for universal social justice
and in the fight to free Nelson Mandela are Maxine Waters and Ron Dellums. Both were very vocal supporters of the Anti-Apartheid movement and the cause to free Nelson Mandela. 

When Mandela was released from prison in 1990 he immediately set about to dismantle the Apartheid system 
and establish a new social structure based on the equality of all, a true democracy.

There are many places around the world where the struggle for social and political justice are still great;
two such places are the Philippines and West Papua.
I welcome any comments or suggestions.- Brian  brimac6@hotmail.com