The following is an interview I conducted with Palestinian-American activist Fadi Quran on March 2, 2012, following his release from military custody. Quran was arrested on Feb. 24 during a protest in Hebron, West Bank. He was released on Feb. 28 after growing international media and pressure.
The website, founded by Rattray and a former dormmate, Mark Dimas ’02, facilitates the creation of online social petitions to address specific instances of social inequity. Petitions support a host of different causes, including gay rights, the environment, economic and criminal justice, education and immigration. Nearly 15,000 petitions are started each month on the site — a number that continues to grow.
There is, however, reason to hope for the children of Khayelitsha. We visited the Center of Science and Technology (COSAT), a school that has been declared one of the best in South Africa. COSAT educates the poor children of Khayelitsha free of charge, using funding from non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Adolescents from grades eight to 12 are given rigorous educational training–they attend school from Monday to Saturday and receive subsidized transportation and free lunch. The funding, teacher dedication and student passion for learning, despite parental apathy in many cases, ensures that these children have a chance to attend tertiary educational institutions once they graduate from COSAT. The school’s matriculation rate is 83 percent! COSAT has set an example in the region, with other schools attempting to copy its model.
It’s 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, and I’m at the Cape Town minibus taxi rank. It’s already sunny out, and the wind is strong. My friend and I walk towards the Nyanga line, and as we approach we are beckoned into the minibus at the front of the line…
When the United States “could no longer sit on the sidelines of the disintegration of the apartheid system…President Reagan sent a black man to South Africa to make a statement,” said Edward Perkins, former U.S. ambassador.
Although former justice Albie Sachs’ 15 years as a judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa have been marked by socially progressive decisions, his lecture “Does the Law Have a Sense of Humor?” focused mainly on his lifelong advocacy for the power of humor.