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Thank You Nelson Mandela
July 18, 1918- December 5, 2013
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A great anti-apartheid leader, the first black President of South Africa, a freedom fighter, civil rights activist, and advocate of peace, Nelson Mandela died yesterday (Dec. 5 2013) at age 95.
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Mandela was integral in freeing South Africa from Apartheid rule which was severe racial segregation and forced relocation. Apartheid also stripped the black community of citizenship along with voting rights.
Imprisoned for 27 years for protesting Apartheid and racial inequality, Nelson Mandela became a symbol and figurehead for peace and the civil rights movement in South Africa and the world.
He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 along with Frederik Willem de Klerk “for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa”
Referred to as father or “Tatu”, Nelson Mandela was an inspiration to all peoples and we at Powerfist are thankful to a man who walked the path of peace and logic.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” —Nelson Mandela
Related Article: The Man Who Shook The Tree… Nelson Mandela
Gender Discrimination in High School Sports
Pennsylvania High School student, Amanda Leve has been denied the ability to participate in her school’s wrestling team by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia because she is a girl. According to the Archdiocese certain sports aren’t meant for girls and there is intimate and” inappropriate” touching involved in the sport. In response to this blatant gender discrimination the Archdiocese have responded, “[the rules] reflect the Catholic teaching that gender differences are important and play a role in the development of mature Christian identity while serving the distinct differences between male and female athletes.” Amanda Leve is an accomplished Jiu Jitsu grappler, having won Jiu Jitsu Tournaments in which she has faced boys before.
You can sign Amanda’s petition on Change.org here
Amanda participating in a Jiu Jitsu Tournament:
WASPS: Female Pilots of WWII
“If the nation ever again needs them, American women will respond. Never again will they have to prove they can do any flying job the military has. Not as an experiment. Not to fill in for men. They will fly as commissioned officers in the future Air Force of the United States with equal pay – hospitalization – insurance – veterans’ benefits.
THE WASP HAVE EARNED IT FOR THESE WOMEN OF THE FUTURE”
WASP Byrd Howell Granger, 43-W-1
The WASPs were the first female US Airforce pilots. The group was created in 1942 and served during WWII where they ferried planes, tested them, delivered them for repair, performed check flights, put flying time on new engines, towed targets for anti-aircraft gunnery practice, flew searchlight tracking missions, instructed male pilot cadets and performed many other tasks. Yet their existence was classified and sealed by the US government for 35 years. Over 25,000 women applied to be part of the WASPs with only 1,879 accepted into the program. The program was disbanded in 1944 due to the homecoming of many male pilots and the fear that the women would be taking up positions that could be occupied by male pilots. Gen. Arnold’s letter of notification to the WASPs stated, “The situation is that if you continue in service, you will be replacing instead of releasing our young men.”
The WASPS were never given veteran’s status until 1977 or honorable discharge papers until 1979 after many members had passed away. They paid for their own training lodging and had little medical coverage. They flew 60 million miles between them with 38 of their members losing their lives while serving in WWII.
The Wasps Patch Fifinella Designed by Walt Disney
Appointed Director of Woman‘s Flying Training for the United States and fundamental in founding WASP.
In 1953 she became the first woman to exceed the sound barrier and still holds more international speed, distance and altitude records than any other pilot, male or female.