A few years ago, I was on the Robben Island in South Africa. I had the pleasure to meet one of Nelson Mandela’s closest friends at heart. Christo Brand told me he chose to serve as a prison guard rather than embrace the brutality and danger inherent in the work of soldiers and policemen. Assigned to the maximum security facility on remote Robben Island, Brand was given charge of the country''s most infamous inmate: Nelson Mandela.
For 12 years Brand watched Mandela scrub floors, empty his toilet bucket, grieve over the deaths of family and friends yet remain as strong as any freedom fighter in history. Won over by Madiba''s charm and authentic concern for the well-being of others, he became Mandela''s confidante and at times accomplice. “ “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. # — Nelson Mandela. ❤️ #nelsonmandela#robbenisland#christobrand#100years#apartheid#freedom#southafrica#fightforfreedom#president#capture
July 17, 2014: #EricGarner is murdered by NYPD officers using an ILLEGAL CHOKEHOLD.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., Garner was approached by a plainclothes police officer, Justin Damico, in front of a beauty supply store at 202 Bay Street in Tompkinsville, Staten Island.
According to bystanders, including Ramsey Orta, a friend of Garner's who recorded the incident on his cell phone, Garner had just broken up a fight, which may have drawn the attention of the police—although Garner may also have been selling "loosies" (single cigarettes without a tax stamp) in violation of New York state law.
Garner is heard on the video saying, "Get away for what? Every time you see me, you want to mess with me. I'm tired of it. It stops today. Why would you...? Everyone standing here will tell you I didn't do nothing. I did not sell nothing. Because every time you see me, you want to harass me. You want to stop me selling cigarettes. I'm minding my business, officer, I'm minding my business. Please just leave me alone. I told you the last time, please just leave me alone." When Pantaleo approached Garner from behind and attempted to handcuff him, Garner swatted his arms away, saying "Don't touch me, please." Pantaleo then put Garner in a chokehold—which is prohibited by NYPD regulations—from behind.
Pantaleo then pulled Garner backward in an attempt to bring him to the ground; in the process, Pantaleo and Garner slammed into a glass window, which did not break.
As Garner was being brought to the ground, other uniformed officers surrounded him, and Garner went to his knees and forearms and did not say anything for a few seconds. At that point, 3 uniformed officers and the two plainclothes officers had surrounded him.
After 15 seconds, the video showed Pantaleo had removed his arm from around Garner's neck; Pantaleo then used his hands to push Garner's face into the sidewalk.
Garner is heard saying "I can't breathe" 11 TIMES while lying facedown on the sidewalk.
The arrest was supervised by a female African American NYPD sergeant, Kizzy Adoni, who did not intercede.
Adoni was quoted in the original police report as stating, "The perpetrator's condition did not seem
Dear struggling friend, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I know you have loads of questions (I still have questions) and I do feel I have few answers. You asked me about freedom and how I’ve been able to live free from pornography and masturbation. Well, there’s so much to share that I would likely leave something out if I attempted to say it all in one letter (hopefully, I can one day pack everything into one book though) but I'll do my best to share what has helped me most. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’d like you to know first of all that God truly loves you more than you can imagine and accepts you in this very moment as your eyes are scanning the words I’ve written. Yes, He accepts you right here right now, flaws and all, and is over- the-top thrilled to call you His son. Contrary to what you may have believed and felt for years, He is not disappointed in you. He’s proud of you for having a passion to learn to win your personal battles. He is proud of you for having the courage to shine light on your weaknesses when shame tells you to lock them up and shut people out. He is overjoyed that you want to follow His ways and live as He intended you to, and when you fall He is not waiting to beat you further into the ground; He is ready to firmly yet graciously pick you up and guide you to a better path. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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