USA – Friends of the Congo: Join us for Congo Week, October 20 – 26, 2013

The United Nations, African
Union, the United States and other countries are getting more involved, however,
greater engagement is not a prescription in and of itself. The application of
policies grounded in justice for the Congolese people is paramount to bringing
about peace and lasting stability in the Congo and the Great Lakes Region of

Young Congolese both inside and outside of the Congo along with
their allies in the global community are mobilizing to assure that policies are
implemented to benefit the Congolese people as a whole. Each year, Breaking
the Silence Congo Week
provides a platform to commemorate the millions of
lives lost, elevate the profile of the Congo and engage an increasing number of
supporters in the global Congo movement.

We encourage you this year to
join us from October 20 – 26, 2013 as we build a global consensus for
peace and justice in the Congo.

This year, we are prioritizing three
concrete actions:

1. Participate in the Dear
John Campaign
(A campaign to send a letter/postcard to Secretary of State
John Kerry demanding that the US hold its allies in the region accountable for
their destabilizing of the DRC)

2.  Organize a fundraiser or benefit
event to raise at least $500 to support Congolese youth both inside and outside
of the DRC who are organizing for peace and justice. Find out more here:

Recruit individuals and organizations (student, women, peace, labor,
faith-based, human rights, environmental, etc) to participate in Congo Week and
join the Congo Week organizing committee by emailing us at

We encourage you to seize this moment and become a
part of a noble pursuit for peace, justice and human dignity in the heart of
Africa, our home, the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Samya Lugoma

Kambale Musavuli

Sign-up for Congo

to post your event on the events calendar:

the Congo Week promotional video:

Congo Week Organizers Tool Kit and Materials:

our film Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth

in the CELL-OUT
, on October 23, 2013. The CELL-OUT is a one-hour digital
moment of silence in support of the Congolese people.

Friends of the

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