“I was there when the people of South Africa first got to vote. Along with the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is one of my all-time great experiences as a journalist.”—Chris Matthews, Chris Matthews remembers Nelson Mandela
“You emerged from the darkness as a light. Your example was a beacon–not just for your people, but for the world. In you, we found a model of humanity that showed us who we are need not be constrained by the conditions in which we exist.”—Melissa Harris-Perry in her "Open Letter" to Nelson Mandela.
“You’re punishing these people. You have 15% of the population didn’t have health insurance when this started, roughly, we think that number was high closer to 10%. What they’ve done is disrupt it for the 85% who had healthcare and their costs are going up significantly.”—Rep. Mike Rogers on Meet the Press
“Angela, there are few times in life that we get second chances to right our wrongs. Well Angela, this is yours.”—Melissa Harris-Perry in her “Open Letter” to Florida State Attorney Angela Corey, the woman who worked to put Marissa Alexander in jail.
“I need for him to be in prison. I’m not gonna feel safe other than that. Every time that I think about going home to see my parents, it’s gonna be really hard… every time I even think about my parents being home, it just really bothers me and it scares me…I know I’m only 20, but I wanted to protect them. I wanted to be strong for my family, I still want to be strong for them, and if that meant dealing with it on my own, that’s what I felt like I needed to do.”—Courtney Andrews was raped — and her rapist was sentenced to no prison time. Now she’s speaking out.