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Remembering Helen Suzman: I Hate Bullies and I Like Simple Justice

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Robben Island
lies
off one of the most beautiful
cities in the world
in hand touching
closeness
like
Dachau
to
Cape Town

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Mandela's Jail and His Visitor, by Steve Punter at Flickr

For Helen Suzman
held
in respectful memory:

A woman who made
Me
a teenager
in Chiswick
think

She
a white
woman
would get on her feet
and
speak


Apartheid Museum1, by a kep at Flickr Commons

"Those who knew her will attest to her sparkling yet resolute nature and deep commitment to and love for the causes of justice, human rights and peace.

"It is this very core set of beliefs that led Helen to a noteworthy public life in South Africa where she dedicatedly fought for the cause of equality and dignity for all and diligently fought the apartheid regime from where she was with what she had."

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For 13 years - from 1961 to 1974 - Suzman was the sole representative in Parliament of the liberal Progressive Party, forerunner of the Democratic Alliance.

Suzman has been generally recognized as the most effective parliamentary fighter against the old National Party's apartheid policies when the NP was at the heyday of its power.

Mr. Mandela wrote of her in his biography: "It was an odd and wonderful sight to see this courageous woman peering into our cells and strolling around our courtyard. She was the first and only woman ever to grace our cells."

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I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)
 

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