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Sen Cleare hosts asylum seekers to honor Nelson Mandela

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State Senator Cordell Cleare, in partnership with the South African Consulate, has hosted an uplifting event for Asylum Seekers to honor Nelson Mandela Month 2023.

The event took place at the Malcolm Shabazz Masjid on Friday, July 28th, serving as a powerful testament to the enduring impact of the late Nelson Mandela’s legacy.

The consulate commemorates the ten-year anniversary of Mandela’s passing with a theme: “The Legacy Lives on Through You: Climate, Food & Solidarity.”

The event profoundly reflects Mandela’s vision of a democratic and inclusive South Africa, fostering harmonious coexistence among all individuals and serving as a timeless inspiration for generations to come.

The event served as a powerful testament to the lasting impact of Nelson Mandela’s legacy, as it brought together diverse communities, including asylum seekers, in a spirit of solidarity and shared commitment to creating a better, more inclusive world.

Senator Cleare and the South African Consulate called for eradicating inequality and actively supporting initiatives promoting food security.

“Today, as we commemorate President Nelson Mandela’s birthday, we are reminded of his enduring legacy as a revered statesman and peacemaker,” said Senator Cleare.

“In a world facing numerous challenges, Mandela’s ideals of peace and genuine fellowship among all humankind hold even greater relevance. Following in the footsteps of this remarkable leader, let us unite in promoting peace everywhere, making our collective actions a testament to the indomitable spirit of Nelson Mandela,” Cleare added.

Motumisi Tawana, Consul General of South Africa in New York said, “I am humbled to witness the enduring impact of Mandela’s legacy, bringing together asylum seekers and various communities in solidarity. Let us eradicate inequality and support initiatives promoting food security, for in doing so, we honor the indomitable spirit of Nelson Mandela and work towards a better, more harmonious world for generations to come.”

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