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And Still I Rise: A Day of Advocacy and Tribute to Congolese Women 

When: Sun., June 28, 2-4:30 p.m. 2009
Price: free

After a long history of European colonization, western-backed dictatorships, and assassinations of political leaders, the Democratic Republic of Congo is moving toward a more progressive style of government. A new constitution in 2005 came three years after the Sun City agreement, which helped curb an ongoing civil war between Ugandan- and Rwandan-backed factions. It's a precarious situation nonetheless. At present, Congo still has to contend with a lack of infrastructure, widespread social unrest, and violence against women. Such problems will come to light at this Sunday's forum, And Still I Rise: A Day of Advocacy and Tribute to Congolese Women, presented by the D.C.-based organization Friends of the Congo. The event kicks off with a panel discussion to help get people abreast of current issues facing the country, plus a keynote speech by engineering student and activist KambaleMusavuli. It will also feature poetry, food, and a live performance by the Congolese music and dance ensemble Visual Sounds of Africa. Sun., June 28, 2-4:30 p.m. at Oakland's Humanist Hall (411 28th St.). Free. FriendsoftheCongo.org


— Rachel Swan

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