The National Lawyers Guild joins the people of South Africa and freedom-loving people the world over both in mourning the death of Nelson Mandela and celebrating his life. We are proud to have stood with Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC) at a time when the United States government labeled him a terrorist. As our longtime member Lennox Hinds - Mandela’s lawyer in the United States - reminds us, “Mandela was arrested by the South African forces with the support of the CIA.”
We are honored to have endorsed the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ANC in 1987. We are proud that our members were there to see South Africa’s first free elections, when Mandela was elected president and we are proud to have assisted the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Mostly, we are proud to have known and allied ourselves and our organization with one of the greatest political leaders of the 20th - or any - century, a lawyer who sacrificed so much and who represents our belief "that human rights are more sacred than property interests."
We cannot view his death today as a loss to South Africa and the world. Rather, we see this as an opportunity to, once again, take heart that he walked the earth and to see him as an example of selflessness and courage that few of us will fully emulate but that each of us should aspire to. He represents what humanity, at its best, is capable of. He will be missed but never forgotten.
ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!