Letter to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors re Rwanda/Congo/Africa

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Letter to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors re Rwanda/Congo/Africa
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Rwanda Genocide, 1994
(I will read this letter to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The Congolese Development Center was the first African advocacy group to sign on; the San Francisco Bay View Newspaper the first local organization. I will add the names of others as I hear from them. For those who lack background as to what this is all about, see "Rwanda's Never Again is Once Again?," http://goo.gl/sTGr, or the pages of Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza for President, http://goo.gl/fjhM, Frank Habineza, the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda's presidential candidate, http://goo.gl/5atE, and Bernard Ntaganda, the presidential candidate of Rwanda's P.S. Imberakuri Party, http://goo.gl/kEFk, who was arrested and imprisoned in Rwanda yesterday, 06.24.2010, along with hundreds of other opposition party protestors, just before Rwandan journalist Jean-Léonard Rugambage was gunned down in Rwanda's capitol, Kigali, http://goo.gl/Cukk. Or, search for "Rwanda" and/or "Congo" on Global Research, http://www.globalresearch.ca/, the San Francisco Bay View, http://www.sfbayview.com/, and/or Fog City Journal, http://www.fogcityjournal.com/wordpress/. Or, try this archive of San Francisco's Pirate Cat Radio; DJ Andy Blue graciously invited me on, and made extraordinary effort to study up in advance, http://goo.gl/LAOB.---Ann Garrison)

We would like to thank the citizens of San Francisco and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for passing Community Choice Renewable Energy legislation, and for helping to so decisively defeat the Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation's predatory Proposition 16 in California's June primary. Pacific Gas and Electric's nuclear and natural gas power plants in California greatly add to the demand driving the deadly scramble for Africa's fossil fuels and uranium. Your commitment to renewable energy is also a commitment to peace in Africa, as would be any commitments you might make to mass transportation.

In December 2007, Africa superseded the Middle East as a source of U.S. oil imports, and Africa contains much of the world's uranium reserves as well.

We ask you now to make a public statement and to contact San Francisco and California's federal legislators, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congresswoman Jackie Speier, and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, on behalf of the Rwandan people, who face political crisis and danger of violence that could easily equal or surpass that of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide. In 1994, a million people, mostly civilians, were massacred in 100 days time, many more in reprisal killings thereafter.

Rwanda's neighbors, the Congolese people, also need democracy and an end to military dictatorship in Rwanda, to stop the tragic conflict in eastern Congo, which includes the epidemic use of rape and HIV/AIDS as weapons of war. The death of more than six million people in the fight for eastern Congo's unparalleled resources is a little understood consequence of the Rwandan Civil War and tragedy of 1994.

The United States is deeply involved in Rwanda, economically, diplomatically, and, most of all, militarily. Rwanda is the U.S.A.'s closest military and political ally in Africa and the U.S. Embassy is next door to the Rwandan President's offices. We are asking you to stand with the Rwandan people now, to prevent another national tragedy in Rwanda, and to end the tragic conflict in Congo, the heart of Africa, during the presidency of Barack Obama, who is himself of half African parentage.

Please ask San Francisco and California's federal legislators to act on the Feingold Statement on the Fragility of Democracy in Africa, which Senator Feingold read into the Congressional Record on March 2nd, 2010, http://goo.gl/RZEW, and make real democracy in Rwanda a condition of the U.S.A.'s ongoing economic and diplomatic support.

Signed,

Africa advocacy organizations:
Congolese Development Center, http://www.c-dc.net/

San Francisco and San Francisco Bay Area organizations, officials, peace & justice advocates, and political candidates
San Francisco Bay View, National Black Newspaper, http://www.sfbayview.com/
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