This time last year, we camped under Secretary Clinton’s window in 7 degree weather, urging a Congo Plan Now. We were told by the State Department the one thing we would not get is a Special Envoy.
We persisted. This year, we signed petitions. Called the White House…some of us daily (you know who you are…Richa). We plastered Facebook with photos of protest, and rallied everyone we know- kids, boyfriends, co-workers, even our pets- to do the same. Even women in Congo joined our cries for action. We gathered experts, spearheading a letter to Secretary Clinton signed by 77 US & Congo based advocacy organizations, unanimously calling for cohesive, comprehensive, coordinated policy. Geez, some of us even stopped eating…sister Elizabeth Blackney fasted for 40 days!
Guess what? It worked.
Today, we have remarkable news. The US has appointed a Great Lakes Special Representative Barrie Walkley. To read more at our partner’s The Enough Project’s blog: http://www.enoughproject.org/blogs/white-house-names-great-lakes-special-envoy-walkley
Is this 100% what we asked for? No. We asked for a Special Envoy reporting directly to Secretary Clinton. Rep. Walkley will report directly to Assistant Secretary Carson, who you’ll recall we spoke with last year at Outcry for Congo. It is a huge step forward.
HELLO! YOU DID THAT!
Join us in extending a warm welcome to Rep. Walkley. Let him know we look forward to bold leadership. Host a “Coffee for Congo”. Can’t make it? Post your welcome letter below. We’ll make sure he gets a copy!
Coffee for Congo
1. Pick a local coffee shop, date and time. Email us the info, we will post it under events here. Post on FB, too.
2. Invite your friends, and ask them to bring a pretty card.
3. Bring pens, extra cards, and copies of the letter sent to Secretary Clinton outlining our core policy demands (http://athousandsisters.org/2011/05/14/ats-letter-to-secretary-clinton-from-coalition-of-77-organizations)
4. Write welcome cards to Rep. Walkley! Let him know we fought hard to bring him on board. We look forward to seeing him execute powerful change for Congo. Be sure to reference the policy changes we need to see, as outlined in the our letter to Secretary Clinton. Make sure ever card includes a copy of that Clinton letter, outlining policy we want enacted under Rep. Walkley.
5. Bundle and mail your letters to: A Thousand Sisters, P.O. Box 28427, Portland, OR 97228
Congratulations. This is you changing the world.