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Crisis in the Congo: Occupy the phones to the U.S. Senate before today’s hearing

December 14, 2011

by Friends of the Congo and the African Great Lakes Coalition

Congo opposition supporters protest what appear to be fraudulent ballots – badly printed photocopies of election ballots found in Kinshasa. – Photo: Jerome Delay, AP
Friends of the Congo and the African Great Lakes Coalition* would like to urge Occupiers and all people of good will in the U.S. who live in the states represented by members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to occupy the phones to the U.S. Senate on behalf of the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The committee is holding a hearing on the Congo today, Thursday, Dec. 15.

The DRC has held a presidential election that the Carter Center and the International Crisis Group characterize as dangerously indefensible. The fierce resistance of the Congolese people has left “the international community,” most of all foreign heads of state, thus far unwilling to acknowledge the victory claimed by incumbent President Joseph Kabila.

Please call and encourage your senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee NOT to recognize Joseph Kabila as the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Are these your senators?

These are the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:

If yes, please contact them about the Congo

If you live in one of the states listed above, we need your support in calling your senator and posting a message on his or her Facebook page about the situation in the Congo.

A supporter of Congolese opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi is attacked by a Congolese riot police officer outside his candidate’s headquarters in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. – Photo: Jerome Delay, AP
Here is a script you can read over the phone, post on Facebook or use as talking points:

Hello, my name is ___________. I am a constituent of Senator ___________. I am calling in regard to the Senate Hearing on Thursday, Dec. 15, on Congo’s elections that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will be hosting. I want to thank Senator ______ for holding this hearing.

According to Public Law 109-456, it is U.S. policy to support democracy in the Congo. In this respect, I appeal to Senator ______ to:

1. Urge the U.S. government not to recognize the current elections results published by the Congolese Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) in light of the Carter Center’s, European Unions and Catholic Churchs reports about the irregularities during the electoral process.

2. Assure that the will of the Congolese people is respected per their votes on Nov. 28.

Thank you!

*The African Great Lakes Coalition is composed of the Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN), African Great Lakes Action Network (AGLAN), Foundation for Freedom and Democracy in Rwanda (FFDR), Foreign Policy in Focus, Friends of the Congo (FOTC), Hope Congo (HC), Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation (HRRF), Mobilization for Justice and Peace in Congo (MJPC) and Save the Congo USA.


3 thoughts on “Crisis in the Congo: Occupy the phones to the U.S. Senate before today’s hearing

  1. Moise

    The word must clearly now that we congolese we are tired with the war and now we need peace we agree fully there were fraudes during the election the DRC. But DRC in not the first contry do fraude the election even in the USA, French, Australia,South Africa Kenya…….there are massive fraude which are going on but no one state it out. But is in the DRC every need to poke his nose insides please leave us alone we need peace mind your countre we are alredy acustom to our missery. Let meet again in 2016.

  2. n-gomo

    Conglose people vote for Mr tshisekedi, Kabila killing day and night Congolse with help of president of Rwanda paul kagame in east of Congo nobody talk about it, kabila go back to your country rwanda .

    1. June sina

      Stop blaming Kagame for your mess.It is yours and you should sort it out yourselves just like kagame did sort out his.


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