Mandiba Presente!

If Nelson Mandela were a God or a Saint (an image heavily promoted in certain precincts of power) then we mortals have nothing whatsoever to learn from him or his life. But if Mandiba was a living human being, a person who dove into the wreckage of this world with courage and hope, a man who made his way through the vortex of history without any guarantees, well, then we have a solid curriculum for a lifetime: an understanding that social movements (not isolated actors) change the world, the key role of organizing in movement-building, the power of principle, the importance of tactical flexibility, the necessity to balance anger and outrage with generosity and love in our quest for social justice—and a lot else.
Live like him!

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