Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Bishop Desmond Tutu

Bishop Desmond Tutu is also going to participate at the candlelight vigil and protest against the United States support for China as host for the Olympics. China has occupied Tibet for too long and has been documented for human rights abuses. China is also complicit in the massacres in Dafur, and the dismantling of the economic systems in West Africa where Chinese citizens are becoming the newest immigrants, contributing to a serge in population.

The protest/vigil is from 6-8 p.m. at UN Plaza in San Francisco. It's near Civic Center BART. Let us know if you go. If you write about it, you can have extra credit.There was a Tibetan flag hung from the Bay Bridge span last night.That must have been impressive.

Earlier Bishop Desmond Tutu is at the World Affairs Council. It's $10 for students. Visit http://www.itsyourworld.org/wac/Default.asp. The website often pod-casts lectures; this might be one of them. They are also broadcast on KQED radio 88.5 FM. Visit www.kqed.org

The event is 11:30 - 12:30 a.m. The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town will be in conversation with Jane Wales, President & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Northern California at 950 Mason at Powell (Nob Hill) in San Francisco.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu joins the Council to discuss his role as cleric and activist, including his most recent role as chairman of The Elders, a group of world leaders who contribute their wisdom, leadership and integrity to tackle some of the world's toughest problems. As the first black General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches in 1979, Archbishop Tutu spoke strongly and internationally, pushing for non-violent change and economic sanctions against South Africa. Two years after winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, Tutu was chosen to be Archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in South Africa. In 1994, he was appointed as Chairman of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate apartheid-era crimes. His policy of forgiveness and reconciliation has become an international model of conflict resolution, and a trusted method of post-conflict reconstruction.


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