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MARCH FOR CRITICAL THINKING 

Put Action Where Your Tweets Are.

On February 11, 2018 Hater Free NYC will lead a March for Critical Thinking in NYC. This date marks the 27th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison where he served a lengthy 27 years in his fight to free South Africa from the horrors of apartheid. This march is from a decidedly anti-racist and global perspective on the importance of critical thinking in the 21st century in order to address 21st century problems. 

WHY WE MARCH  

On February 11, 2018 Hater Free NYC will lead a March for Critical Thinking in NYC. This date marks the 27th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison where he served a lengthy 27 years in his fight to free South Africa from the horrors of apartheid. This march is from a decidedly anti-racist and global perspective on the importance of critical thinking in the 21st century in order to address 21st century problems. 

 

On February 11, 1990 Nelson Mandela stood outside the old City Hall in Cape Town and said the following:

 

"Today the majority of South Africans, black and white, recognize that apartheid has no future. It has to be ended by our own decisive mass action in order to build peace and security. The mass campaign of defiance and other actions of our organisation and people can only culminate in the establishment of democracy. The destruction caused by apartheid on our sub-continent is incalculable. The fabric of family life of millions of my people has been shattered. Millions are homeless and unemployed. Our economy lies in ruins and our people are embroiled in political strife...Our struggle has reached a decisive moment. We call on our people to seize this moment so that the process towards democracy is rapid and uninterrupted. We have waited too long for our freedom. We can no longer wait. Now is the time to intensify the struggle on all fronts. To relax our efforts now would be a mistake which generations to come will not be able to forgive. The sight of freedom looming on the horizon should encourage us to redouble our efforts."

Hater Free NYC recognizes that in the complexity of our social media driven, 24 hour news cycle culture somehow we walk away with a lot more information than ideas. Further, the radical Truth (capital "T") concerning  the past and present struggles facing women, people of color, and immigrants get short shift. We have lost the ability to source and entertain opposing ideas in our mind at once; to draw accurate conclusions, critical to the greater good. We have forgotten how to think critically which is essential to solving complex 21st century problems. HFN wishes to center the voices of organizers and public intellectuals who can remind New Yorkers how to be critical thinkers. The hope is a gathering where the radical wisdom of women, people of color and immigrants are front and center to bring a little sanity and honesty back to the public square. This will be a public experiment in political education for New Yorkers on local issues of housing and gentrification plus where the local struggle meets the national fight. Power is always with the people and we wish to remind the people they always have the power. 

In the words of legendary NYC based organizer and activist Ella Baker, "Strong people don't need strong leaders."

"We have lost the ability to source and entertain opposing ideas in our mind at once; to draw accurate conclusions. We have forgotten how to think critically which is essential to solving complex 21st century problems. "