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Rep. Kildee comments on death of Nelson Mandela

GENESEE COUNTY — Congressman Dan Kildee released the following statement on Dec. 5 after learning of the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela:

“It is with heavy hearts that Michigan, the U.S. and the entire world mourns the death of Nelson Mandela. The world today has lost an incredible and courageous leader. “Nelson Mandela’s perseverance in the face of oppression inspired millions around the world, myself included. As a student in college in the 1970s, I studied and was moved by Nelson Mandela’s life work. As an anti-apartheid leader, he tackled racism and inequality head-on, standing at the forefront of the movement that led to a free South Africa. His mission to propagate peace is only more admirable after he himself was unjustly imprisoned for nearly three decades. Through it all, his dedication to peace and justice persevered, demonstrating to the world that hope and love can conquer all. “While today we mourn the loss of such a revolutionary leader, I take solace in knowing that Nelson Mandela’s life work has undoubtedly made the world a more peaceful, just place.” — R.S.

World Peace Program planned for New Year’s Eve

FLINT TWP. — People of many faiths are invited to gather at 6:45 a.m. Dec. 31 at Life Enrichment Center, 2512 S. Dye Rd. for the World Peace Program – a non-denominational, non-political grassroots effort to unite people in a common bond of peace, love, understanding and forgiveness.

For more than 12 years, the church has hosted this special program which includes prayers from local religious leaders in their own language, who then light a candle in remembrance. Religions participating include Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Baha’i, Unity, and Native American. Also the program will include a worldwide peace meditation, a burning bowl ceremony, candle lighting and special music. A free breakfast will be served following the ceremony.

The annual event began as World Healing Day on Jan. 1, 1984, led by John Randolph Price at an Austin, Texas church. It was also called ‘World Peace Day’ and ‘World Instant of Cooperation.‘ Word spread, and on Dec. 31, 1986, an estimated 500 million people representing all major religious faiths from 77 countries on seven continents united for this moment of global cooperation. They gathered in arenas, stadiums, city parks, churches, temples, ashrams, hotel ballrooms, capitol rotundas, forests, on mountains and beaches, and in private homes. — R.S.

State robotics tourney at C-A MS this weekend

FLINT TWP. — The 2013 Michigan FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship Tournament will be hosted this weekend at Carman-Ainsworth Middle School, 1409 W. Maple Road. Nature’s Fury is the theme of this year’s competition. C-A’s’ Rankin Elementary School Robotics Team (Mo’ Peeps) will be among teams competing. The action starts at at 8 a.m. Saturday. — R.S.

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