No, the next Nelson Mandela of the world is rotting in a jail cell tonight, just like Mandela nearly withered for 27 years on Robben Island. Or he is on someone’s terrorist watch list, or she is segregated and searched every time she travels through an international airport. Somewhere, government spies are reading the emails of the next Nelson Mandela. They are tracking his cell phone and listening to his calls, or monitoring her meetings with their undercover cops.Philly.com writer Will Bunch nails it on the head, discussing who could be the next Mandela for America or across the world.
As always, perform due diligence with ANY and ALL charity groups and/or non-profits soliciting donations for victims of natural disasters. Give help, but don’t give blindly. Remember: in most (if not all) cases, financial donations will make the most impact. Also, here is Google’s Person Finder to help families separated by the storm locate one another. Tumblr: please reblog and share this and keep the people of the central Philippines in your thoughts and prayers.
- Philippine Red Cross
- American Red Cross (with instructions on how you can make financial donations to the Philippine relief effort through Red Cross offices in the U.S.)
- Australian Red Cross
- Embassy of the Phillipines (Washington, D.C)
- Sagip Kapamilya Telethon (via ABS-CBN TV network)
- World Food Programme
- Catholic Relief Services
See what you can do. A death toll is climbing towards more than 10,000.