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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.
A three-metre tall statue of former President Nelson Mandela now adorns the main entrance to South Africa's Embassy in Washington.
Unveiled by a host of dignitaries, among them International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane, ANC Chairperson Baleka Mbete and leaders from the Free South Africa Movement in the United States, Madiba's likeness now stands as a symbol of freedom outside a building once used to justify the Apartheid system.
On the eve of Thanksgiving in 1984, a small group of Washington activists walked into the South African Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue. They had grown weary of their frustration with the in¬trac¬table racial injustice in South Africa. They saw a system they did not like. They wanted to do something about it. It was the kind of bubbling disturbance that, if timed right, can launch a movement.
The sounds of djembe drums and traditional African music filled the halls of the U.S. Capitol on Thursday as members of Congress, the diplomatic corps and the public ushered in a birthday celebration for former South African President Nelson Mandela.
"Scarcely a week – a day – goes by without us pointing to Mandela as an example," said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, as he welcomed the crowd. "An example of standing on principle, of loving your neighbor, of extending the reach of freedom."
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) released the following statement in recognition of the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela, the former President of South Africa. This morning, she joined her colleagues of the Congressional Black Caucus and leaders from both the House of Representatives and the United States Senate at the Celebration of the Life, Legacy and Values of Nelson R. Mandela. Congresswoman Waters led the organizing of the event, which took place in Emancipation Hall of the United States Capitol Visitor's Center.