Partners in the Pursuit for Justice:
We certainly wish you and your loved ones a happy and holy holiday season. We hope that you will choose to spend some of your time this holiday season Breaking The Silence– speaking out concerning the rape, brutality and the economic assault currently taking place in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Break the Silence:
Education & Awareness!
- We can choose to not be silent about the history of exploitation of the DRC. In 1885 Belgium colonizers began a brutal stripping of Congo’s precious minerals (including Coltanwhich is a mineral now widely used in cell phone production).
- We can choose to not be silent about the litany of armed militias that invaded Congolese soil since the Rwandan genocide in 1994.
- We can choose to not be silent about the ways in which foreign investors and corporations have continued to strip DRC of Coltan through supporting rebel forces in their overtaking the mining supply chain.
- We can choose to not be silent about U.S. Foreign policy towards central Africa, and the ways in which our foreign policies may be paralyzing our ability to be partners in honoring the human dignity of our Congolese Sisters and Brothers.
- We can choose to not be silent about the 6 million who have died in the DRC as a result of rape, brutality and invasion.
- We can choose to not be silent as to why Congolese residents continue to live in abject poverty.
Break the Silence:
Advocacy & Action!
- We can choose to advocate for U.S. corporations to boycott conflict minerals by submitting public statements.
- We can choose to advocate for the end of the black market for minerals- enabling the Congolese government to be empowered to constitute a humane practice of extracting, investing and/ or trading of Congolese minerals to build the country’s economy.
- We can choose to watch and participate in theOversight Hearing regarding Crisis in Eastern Congo. This event will take place on Tuesday December 11th 3:00 PM EST at the Rayburn HOB in Washington DC. You can watch the Hearing online here: Oversight Hearing and submit questions. If you are local, you can attend.
This holiday season we can Break the Silence knowing that we are partners alongside our Congolese Sisters and Brothers. We can Break the Silence knowing that our Congolese Sisters and Brothers voices have to be at the forefront of our advocacy initiatives in order to cultivate sustainable change.
Sisters and Brothers, prayerfully we ask you to join us in Breaking the Silence!
For more information about the crisis visit these websites:
Peace & Justice,
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.