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Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), a longtime advocate for international peace, justice and human rights, released the following statement condemning the April 15th kidnapping of some 270 female Nigerian students from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria:
"I am outraged by the abduction last month of some 270 innocent schoolgirls who were taken from their boarding school in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria. My thoughts and prayers remain with these students and their families for their immediate safe return.
Yesterday on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), a strong advocate for the Haitian people in the U.S. Congress, introduced a bipartisan resolution to honor the 210th anniversary of Haiti's independence (H.Res. 474) and presented a copy of the resolution to Haitian President Michel Martelly. President Martelly was in Washington, DC meeting with Members of Congress and President Obama. Haiti declared its independence from France on January 1, 1804, 210 years ago, following a revolt among African slaves against their French colonial masters.
Today on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), the Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease, urged international efforts to address the global challenges of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, during a hearing in the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The subject of the hearing was "A Report on the G-8 Dementia Summit." The Congresswoman's remarks as prepared for delivery follow:
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) released the following statement after learning of the death of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa and international civil rights icon. He was 95 years old.
"I am deeply saddened by the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Today, the people of South Africa have lost a leader and the world has lost an icon. His death is a loss to his family, to the country of South Africa and to the world.
Today on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), the Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer's Disease, submitted a statement urging international action to address the global challenges of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias during a hearing in the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. The subject of the hearing was "The Global Challenge of Alzheimer's: The G-8 Dementia Summit and Beyond."
The Congresswoman's statement follows:
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) released the following statement regarding the tragedy in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Haiyan:
"My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, and the survivors affected by Typhoon Haiyan and for those in my congressional district who have families and loved ones in the Philippines. I stand ready and willing to assist our government's response to alleviate the suffering of the Filipino people.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), a strong advocate for the Haitian people in the U.S. Congress, reiterated her support for free, fair, and timely elections in Haiti during a hearing yesterday, in the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, entitled "Haiti: Is U.S. Aid Effective?" She addressed her comments to Thomas C. Adams, Haiti Special Coordinator for the U.S. State Department, who was testifying at the hearing.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), a strong advocate for the Haitian people in the U.S. Congress, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry today, expressing deep concern about the current political situation in Haiti and requesting that the State Department assist the Haitian government with the holding of elections consistent with the Haitian Constitution. Copies of the letter were sent to Cheryl D. Mills, the State Department's Haiti Envoy, and Thomas C. Adams, Haiti Special Coordinator.
The text of the letter follows:
International dignitaries and leading civil rights activists gathered at the South African embassy for the unveiling of a statue of Nelson Mandela in front of the embassy's newly renovated building on Massachusetts Ave. in Northwest D.C.
The 9-foot, bronze-plated statue was designed by a South African sculptor Jean Doyle and modeled after images of the anti-apartheid leader leaving prison in 1990 after 27 years of incarceration.