Witness: A Lawyer's Journey from Litigation to Liberation, with a Little Help from Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the (Humankind Project) (Paperback)
Eric Sirotkin's Witness speaks to something innate in us all: the desire to feel connected to those around us and to feel our full potential as human beings. This was brought home in Sirotkin's first meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa, while Sirotkin co-chaired the International Monitoring Project of the South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Tutu smiled as he told the author, "We are human through our relations with others. If I undermine your humanity, I dehumanize myself. This is ubuntu." As an activist litigator for social causes in America, Sirotkin engaged in the "good fight," but felt something missing. Learning to actively live and work from ubuntu became a roar of awakening to a journey from litigation to liberation. Witness is filled with profound moments of compassion and quiet heroism from world famous activists and unknown women and men whose lives will inspire you to be the change the world needs, now more than ever.
Eric Sirotkin is an internationally renowned human rights trial lawyer, mediator and educator who advocates navigating conflict in ways that enhance health and well-being. He lectures nationally and internationally on ubuntu, peace and justice issues, and practices law and life in Albuquerque, New Mexico.