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Honouring Nelson Mandela

To world leaders, the United Nations and fellow citizens:

We have lost a great inspiration, but Mandela's message of hope and public service lives within all of us. The United Nations has already declared Mandela's birthday to be an international day of public service. We pledge to honour his legacy, and call on you to make Mandela Day the first ever universally-observed global public day, where citizens in every country are encouraged to come together in shared commitment and service.

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We stand with you Madiba

We stand with you Madiba
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As the world mourns Mandela, many are trying to whitewash his legacy, lauding his love, forgiveness and acceptance while ignoring the fiercely principled fight for justice of a man who was on the US government's terrorism watch list for decades. As world leaders converge for his memorial this week, let's remember and honour the real Mandela.

The whitewashed praise is coming thick and fast from leaders that opposed his struggle for freedom, branded him a "terrorist", and were weak or even complicit in the apartheids of South Africa and of today. This dishonours Mandela's true legacy and misses the chance for our leaders to face the stark challenge that his life poses to all of us.

To protect Mandela's legacy, and remind our leaders of it, Avaaz staff have created a huge memorial wall right outside of his house in front of the world's media and we're filling it up with hundreds of messages from Avaaz members right now. Add a message to the global memorial -- to express love and gratitude for Mandela's life, and hope that our leaders will learn from his true legacy.