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“Eastward and westward storms are breaking, -- great, ugly whirlwinds of hatred and blood and cruelty.
I will not believe them inevitable.”
– W.E.B. Du Bois

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“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.
If an elephant has its food on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral,
the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
– Desmond Tutu

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“In time, we shall be in a position to bestow on South Africa the greatest possible gift – a more human face.”
– Steven Biko

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"The fight for freedom must go on until it is won; until our country is free and happy and peaceful
as part of the community of man, we cannot rest.”
– Oliver Tambo

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“Racism, xenophobia and unfair discrimination have spawned slavery,
when human beings have bough and sold and owned and branded fellow
human beings as if they were so many beasts of burden.”
– Desmond Tutu

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“Verbal abuse. Swearing. Threats. Intimidation. Harassment. Bullying. Vandalism. Graffiti.
You don’t have to be hit for it to be a hate crime.” – Lothian and police borders, 2010

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Sanja BornmanLAWYERS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS (Chair)
Matthew Clayton (Secretary)TRIANGLE
Marlise RichterSONKE GENDER JUSTICE
Alana BaranovSOUTH AFRICAN JEWISH BOARD OF DEPUTIES
Prof Juan NelPSYSSA
Glenton "Liberty" MatthyseGENDER DYNAMIX
Shenilla MohamedAMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Annisa EssackSOUTH AFRICAN MUSLIM NETWORK
Lerato PhalakatshelaOUT LGBTI WELLBEING
Roshan DadooCONSORTIUM FOR REFUGEES AND MIGRANTS IN SOUTH AFRICA