Desmond Tutu

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Desmond Tutu

South African Bishop Desmond Tutu was widely acclaimed as an advocate for the peaceful dismantling of his country's policies of suppressing the rights of the majority of blacks, which was known as "apartheid."

However, after the collapse of "apartheid" and a transition of power from the all-white government to the marxist-led African National Congress (ANC) in 199?, Bishop Tutu began a gradual slide to the marxist left and blatant anti-Israel activism with the Palestinian terrorist organizations that continued into the new century. He became a supporter of the so-called Gaza Flotilla, a propaganda arm of the Palestinian terrorist organization HAMAS and its Turkish founders, which were essentially the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), and in the U.S., sometimes known as the Palestine Solidarity Movement (PSM).

Interestingly, within Bishop Tutut's family, several of his daughters became avowed marxists or open participant in marxist organizations such as the Democratic Socialists of America and The Guardian maoist weekly (U.S.).

DSA National Convention

Speakers at the Democratic Socialists of America 2nd National Convention (1985), in Berkeley California, included: Nicaraguan Foreign Minister, Fr. Miguel D'Escoto, Mpho Tutu, daughter of SA Anglican Bishop, Desmond Tutu, Marta Petrusewicz, Barbara Ehrenreich, Rep. Ron Dellums, Elinor Glenn, Michael Harrington, Harold Meyerson, Paulette Pierce, David Plotke, Jim Shoch, Beverly Stein, Mel Pritchard, Jim Jacobs, Dolores Delgado Campbell, Guy Molyneux, Cornel West, Gail Radford.[1]

South Africa benefit

On January 17 1986, a benefit concert was held at Oakland's Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, for the National Emergency Fund of the South African Council of Churches.

Dinner Committee Members included Hon. Alan Cranston, Hon. Leo McCarthy, Hon. Barbara Boxer, Hon. Sala Burton, Hon. Ron Dellums (a DSA member), Hon. Don Edwards, Hon. Tom Lantos Hon. George Miller, Jr. Hon. Norman Mineta, Hon. Pete Stark, Hon. Willie Brown, plus Democratic Socialists of America members Julian Bond, Nancy Skinner, Harry Britt, John Henning, Adam Hochschild, Frances Moore Lappe, Stanley Sheinbaum, Communist Party USA affiliates Wilson Riles, Jr., Maudelle Shirek, Al Lannon, and Irving Sarnoff, and radical socialists Julianne Malveaux, Drummond Pike, John George, Peter Yarrow and actor/activist Sidney Poitier.[2]

Supported Peurto Rican rebel prisoners

In 1999, eleven imprisoned Puerto Rican independence fighters were released on parole from long prison terms in the US. they were Eliam Escobar, Dylcia Pagan, Alberto Rodriguez, Ida Luz Rodriguez, Alejandrina Torres, Adolfo Matos, Edwin Cortes, Ricardo Jiminez, Luis Rosa, Alicia Rodriguez and Carmen Valentin. A twelfth prisoner Juan Segarra Palmer, accepted an offer to nullify his fine and was due to be released in five years. Two other prisoners Antonio Comacho Negron and Oscar Lopez Rivera refused the clemency offer.

The clemency offers came after a long campaign that saw 75,000 people sign a petition in Puerto Rico and the US. The campaign, led by the Pro-Human Rights Committee of Puerto Rico, involved such activists as Coretta Scott King, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchu and Dr. Aaron Tolen, President of the World Council of Churches.

Political leaders who supported the prisoners included Reps Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Nydia Velazquez (D, NY), Jose Serrano (D-NY), Ron Dellums (D-Calif.) and former New York City Mayor David Dinkins.[3]

Naomi Tutu-Seavers

The following is a complete reproduction of a fundraising letter/flier that was put into an issue of the maoist weekly "The Guardian" in March 1986, writen and signed by Naomi Tutu-Seavers, one of Bishop Tutu's daughters. This is possibly the daughter who attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. and became radicalized there {CITATION}.

"NAOMI TUTU-SEAVERS" Hartford, Connecticut, March 19, 1986

"Dear Guardian reader",

"When I return to South Africa to visit family and friends, I sometimes don't even bother looking at the newspapers -- the grapevine is faster and more accurate than the press. Back in the U.S., I wonder: do activists here understand how lucky they are to have the Guardians?"

"I have read the Guardian since I came to the United States to study economics and international development eight years ago. I certainly don't agree with everything I read in the Guardian, but I want to emphasize the importance of the independent role this paper plays in strenghtening the progressive movements."

"Right here in our hands, every week, we have a newspaper with a national distribution, international scope and internationalist perspective. A newspaper with a history of journalistic integrity. A newspaper with the good sense to take risks, and the good grace to take criticism. Do you realize what that's worth?"

"I've always paid close attention to the Guardian's international coverage, and I especially appreciate the priority placed on background and analysis, on regional and global context. But there's a lot more to value in this newspaper, and I urge you to think about all of it as you decide how much to contribute to this campaign."

"This is the newspaper that first reported stories like the top-level corruption and shop floor hazards flourishing under Reagan's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The newspaper that has been working to expose Jonas Savimbi for ten years, and that wasn't fooled by Eden Pastora for one second. The newspaper that doesn't ignore racist violence, that never lets down the guard."

"In the past twelve months the Guardian has demonstrated its special value as a forum for productive debates on topics like pornography, Lous Farrakhan, Zionism, and anti-interventionn strategy. It has also sought out and popularized important new expressions of progressive culture while keeping a sharp eye on Ramboism. It's a wide-ranging news source that deserves your immediate and continuing support."

"Please consider becoming a Guardian Sustainer with a pledge of $10 a month or more. Maybe you can joing forces with a friend, or convince your local organization to make the pledge. However you give -- as a Sustainer pledge or as a single contribution -- make sure your contribution reflects all of what you value about the Guardian."

"Without your strong, abiding support, this most independent newsweekly won't make it. So please, get out your pen now and make sure the Guardian stays on guard for another year."

Sincerely, N. Tutu-Seavers, Naomi Tutu-Seavers


  1. Dem Left, Jan/Feb 1986, pages 9-11
  2. EBONY & IVORY invite you to attend a dinner benefit for theNational Emergency Fund of the South African Council of Churches
  3. PWW, 11 Puerto Ricans accept clemency offer, Jose Cruz. Sep. 11, 1999, page 4