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      Anastase Tabaro, a self-taught engineer who had just six years of elementary-level education as a child, has built a hydroelectric system that provides power to some 700 households around his village in rural Rwanda.

    • Melanie

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    “Being a leftist is a calling, not a career; it’s a vocation...It means you are concerned about structural violence, you are concerned about are concerned about institutionalized contempt against gay brothers and lesbian sisters, hatred against peoples of color, and the subordination of women. It means that you are willing to fight against, and..the sources of social misery...That’s what it means to be a leftist...” ~ Dr. Cornel West

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    ~Cornel West

    Excellent point!

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