Saturday, February 22, 2014

Hike for Congo 2014


Hike for Congo 2014 is happening the weekend of May 3-4, 2014!  We will hike together through the forest and fundraise for our Congo Connect partners in D.R.Congo: Youth for a New Society.  Hikers are encouraged to raise as much as they can for the cause.  We are raising funds for youth in D.R.Congo to create Technology Networking Centers♥ ~ a place where youth can get online♥ -learn how to use internet +technology to organize and mobilize their communities ♥ - and take action for social justice and PEACE ♥ (as their country has been in conflict for over 15 years -over 6 million have died and the conflict is ongoing) ..this is our 4th year doing this fundraiser - 3 technology centers have been created - the goal is to create 11 centers, one in each province in DRC - so the youth can build a nation-wide grassroots movement for PEACE +justice.  More info here: http://congoactivists.blogspot.com/p/congo-connect.html


::3 Steps to Participate in the Hike for Congo::

1- SIGN UP: email rfcwaa@gmail.com and say "Sign me up for the Hike!". We will add you to the hike team roster.

2- FUNDRAISE: Set a fundraising goal for yourself. Ask friends, family, and co-workers for donations. Share our crowdrise page to attain your personal goal, and help us reach our goal of $3000!

http://www.crowdrise.com/HikeforCongo2014

3- SHOW UP and HAVE FUN: Join the team for the hike on May 3rd and/or 4th at Waterloo Rec Area. The hike begins at 12pm. Potluck picnic immediately following the hike- bring a dish/snack to share.

Hike for Congo -Michigan will be a 3.6 mile hike in the Waterloo Rec Area, 20 minutes north of Ann Arbor.  Lakeview Trail is an easy hike with a nice view of Mill Lake.  There is also a Discovery Center to explore too (great for kids!).  We will meet outside the Discovery Center at 12 noon both days.  Potluck picnic around 2pm.

This year we are opening the invitation to anyone to do a Hike for Congo in your area, anywhere around the world, and fundraise for the cause. You can either create a team to hike with, or hike solo. **We are having a competition to see which team can fundraise the most!!** (email Brooke for further instructions on how to create a team and to add your team to the list: rfcwaa@gmail.com)


Teams:

Michigan: Hiking at the Pinckney Rec Center: 12 noon both days May 3-4: contact Brooke rfcwaa@gmail.com to join this team

North Carolina: contact Ngoie congofutureinc@gmail.com to join this team

New York: contact info TBA


Click here to donate to the cause!!:: www.crowdrise.com/hikeforcongo2014

facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/355825444560469/

One Billion Rising 2014


One Billion Rising Flash Mob in front of Ann Arbor City Hall

Friday, January 31, 2014

One Billion Rising


One Billion Rising
February 13, 2014, 6pm
An evening of poetry and dance to celebrate the right of women to be free from violence. Join us - Rise, Release, Dance!

ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is a global call to women survivors of violence and those who love them to gather safely in community outside places where they are entitled to justice – courthouses, police stations, government offices, school administration buildings, work places, sites of environmental injustice, military courts, embassies, places of worship, homes, or simply public gathering places where women deserve to feel safe but too often do not. It is a call to survivors to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right. ............

Our stories have been buried, denied, erased, altered, and minimized by patriarchal systems that allow impunity to reign. Justice begins when we speak, release, and acknowledge the truth in solidarity and community. ONE BILLION RISING FOR JUSTICE is an invitation to break free from confinement, obligation, shame, guilt, grief, pain, humiliation, rage, and bondage.

The campaign is a recognition that we cannot end violence against women without looking at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy. Impunity lives at the heart of these interlocking forces.

It is a call to bring on revolutionary justice.

Learn more about OBR: http://www.onebillionrising.org/
Join the OBR-AnnArbor fb page: https://www.facebook.com/OneBillionRisingObrAnnArbor

DANCE WITH US: We will be doing the One Billion Rising Dance at this event: everyone is welcome to JOIN US!! Check out this video to learn the steps:
----> http://youtu.be/mRU1xmBwUeA

CALL FOR Participants & Performers: Calling for survivors, allies, friends to break the silence and release their stories – politically, spiritually, outrageously – through art, dance, ritual, song, spoken word, testimonies and whatever way feels right. To be added to the lineup please email Barbara: werenje@hotmail.com

JOIN US: **Feb 13**: 6pm: The event will take place in the Greenhills School Dining Room (enter via the entrance by the Campbell Center) 850 Greenhills Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105


FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1420053371571929




Congo & OBR:
Rise4Justice Blog: Congo Rising: Why Am I Rising for Justice by Jane Mukuninwa ----> http://www.onebillionrising.org/4467/rising-justice-jane-mukuninwa/
Rise4Justice Blog: Congo Rising: Dear One Billion Rising for Justice Activists by Christine Schuler Deschryver ---> http://www.onebillionrising.org/4465/rise4justice-series-congo-rising/
Rise4Justice Blog: Congo Rising: What is Justice for the Women of Songo Mboyo? by Jessica Neuwirth ----> http://www.onebillionrising.org/4473/rise4justice-blog-series-congo-rising-justice-women-songo-mboyo-jessica-neuwirth/

Congo Connect


Congo Connect Skype Call
Saturday, February 1, at 12pm
Michigan Union - Tap Room, UofM, Ann Arbor
Its time to reconnect with our partners in DRC - Youth for a New Society.  Join us next Saturday for a Skype to DRC. (look for our bright green mini-flyers on the table)  Bring questions!!  For more info about the Congo Connect project see the Congo Connect page on our website: http://congoactivists.blogspot.com/p/congo-connect.html  We will also have a brief CAM meeting immediately following the Skype call ~we have lots to discuss ~and its time to start planning our 4th annual Hike for Congo! 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Skype with DRC

Skype with our partners: 
Youth for a New Society
December 14, 2013: 12 noon: 
UofM UgLi Library room 2134: 
Ann Arbor


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Human Rights Day Candlelight Vigil

Dec 10: Human Rights Day Candlelight Vigil
6pm: UofM Diag
This Human Rights Day Candlelight Vigil is for *all* human rights issues ~ anyone can speak about any human rights issue.  Please bring info, stories, poems, or quotes to share.  Also bring candles if you have them, some candles will be provided.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Congo Week 2013


Activation Station
Tuesday, November 19, 5:30-7:30pm
Undergrad Library, room 3048, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Our Congo Week events are finally here.  Stop by the Activation Station, gather all the tools and resources you need to be a fully activated powerful knowledgeable Congo Activist!!  You can view the short documentary "Crisis in the Congo", pick up fact sheets, look over book suggestions, join discussions, write a letter to our president or senator, sign a postcard, give suggestions for future events/activities, or ALL of the above!  Stay for the full 2 hours or just drop in for 5-10 minutes.  If you only have one minute stop in and sign a postcard!!  Grab a handful of postcards to take to your friends and family! 

"Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth"
Thursday, November 21, 6:30pm
Student Center, room 347, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti

Film screening of the short documentary "Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth" (26 mins) followed by discussion.  This film is packed with information - even if you've seen it before you will probably learn something each time you see it.  We will also have postcards available for you to sign (and some to take home for friends).  Watch the trailer here: http://youtu.be/u0EOJRQZSyI


Postcards to Sec. John Kerry
We have 800 postcards to send to Sec. John Kerry!!!!  We need YOUR help getting them all signed and mailed!!!!  Attend one of the events above to sign a card OR I can drop some off at another time/place in AnnArbor OR email me (rfcwaa@gmail.com) your address and I can mail some to you.  *We need stamps* ~ please bring some!!  Where will you mail your card?  Take a photo of yourself mailing the postcards and upload it to our social media pages - or tag us in your pic.  Click here to read the postcard in full: http://congojustice.org/postcard/