LUCHA'S NONVIOLENT YOUTH-ORGANIZED FIGHT FOR PEACE, PROGRESS AND PROSPERITY
In working solidarity with LUCHA Youth Movement, Socent Studios is producing Arise Congolese! to share the ground-truth story of Congo's youth-organized fight to restore DRC's constitution back to power.
LUCHA (fight for change) is a nonviolent, non-partisan, youth-organized citizen movement made up of Congolese from all walks of life, origins and religions who share in a united desire for a truly independent, constitutional, democratic and prosperous Congo, and who militate for its advent through nonviolent actions.
Today LUCHA poses the greatest resistance to Congo's dictator, Joseph Kabila. As a result, LUCHA youth have been captured, tortured and killed by the Kabila-led state government.
Socent Studios stands with LUCHA in their nonviolent fight for peace, progress, and return to noble prosperity for all Congolese.
Since 2016 students and church leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo have led non-violent protests demanding that Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, allow for free and fair elections mandated by the Congolese Constitution.
Since then, Joseph Kabila has rebuked the Constitution and refused to step down as President. Protesters are being arrested, beaten and killed. Recently, Kabila's police have taken to firing live ammunition and tear gas at youth, church goers, and Priests.
In response to Kabila's usurpation of the Congolese constitution and lethal action against The People, the United States Congress has introduced H.R. 6207: "Democratic Republic of the Congo Democracy and Accountability Act of 2018" calling on President Kabila to hold peaceful elections by the end of 2018 or face debilitating sanctions and increasing pressure.
THE UNITED STATES STANDS WITH CONGO
Today, the United States of America stands with Congolese and the peace, progress and prosperity of Congo. The following collective of U.S. actions represents historical Western Policy for DRC.
As a top Senator on the Senate Foreign Relations’ Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy, Corey Booker has been an outspoken voice for addressing the turmoil in the DRC. Earlier this year, he led a bipartisan letter to DRC President Joseph Kabila urging him to hold free and fair elections. In October 2017, he led a letter to President Trump urging the President to address the political and humanitarian crises in the region. In July 2017, he led a bipartisan letter urging the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, to work with the UN Secretary-General to pursue an independent special investigation into the suspicious deaths of the two UN investigators killed in DRC in March. And in April 2017, he led a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) pushing the agency to keep in place key parts of the bipartisan Conflict Minerals Rule, which addresses the illicit mineral extraction that has helped fund armed groups in DRC.
Declaring Human Rights Abuse across the globe a National Emergency in December 2017 and commissioning the U.S. Treasury to hunt down, seize the assets of, sanction, investigate and bring to Justice Human Rights Abusers worldwide, The White House listened.
U.S. Department of State's Call to the U.N.
The United States has called for the United Nations to investigate the deaths of UN employees and human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
U.S. Executive Order 13413
Notice Regarding the Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
U.S. Global Human Rights Abuse Sanctions (Dan Girtler and 20 DRC Transnationals)
United States Sanctions Human Rights Abusers and Corrupt Actors Across the Globe
U.S. Humanitarian Aid (largest single donor)
The United States announces additional humanitarian assistance for DRC
U.S. Congress Letter to Kabila
Led by Booker, bipartisan Senators Urge DRC President Kabila to Hold Free and Fair Elections on Schedule
U.S. House Bill 6207 (in progress)
H.R. 6207: Democratic Republic of the Congo Democracy and Accountability Act of 2018
U.S. Investigation (Apex Predator - Glencore)
U.S. corruption and money-laundering probe into Glencore Plc