The University of San Francisco: College of Arts & Sciences

Breaking the Silence: Congo Week 2013

Breaking the Silence Congo Week is a week of activities that commemorates the millions of lives lost in the Congo conflict while celebrating the enormous human and natural potential that exists in the country.


Communities throughout the globe join in partnership with Congolese each year on the third week of October to screen films, hold teach-ins and forums, organize rallies, host fundraisers, put on concerts and undertake many other activities to elevate the profile of the Congo throughout the globe. Students and community organizers initiated Congo Week in 2008. Religious leaders, scholars, intellectuals, artists, and ordinary people throughout the globe also got involved to acknowledge the lives of the Congolese people and their pursuit for human dignity.

Since 2008, Congo Week has galvanized the participation of people in over 65 countries and 400 university campuses and communities. The purpose of Congo Week is to raise global consciousness about the situation in the Congo and advocate for peace, justice and human dignity in partnership with the Congolese people. Congo Week 2013 is the sixth anniversary of Congo Week and will take place from Sunday, October 20 to Saturday, October 26, 2013.

Congo Week 2013 In Bay Area And Beyond


Congolese Dance and Drum Festival Workshops and lectures.

Fri, Oct 11: 6:15am - 8:15pm
Sat, Oct 12: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Sun, Oct 1: 8:30am - 5:45pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts,
1428 Alice Street,
3rd fl., Studio E Oakland, CA

Contact: LaKiesha Golden,
(510) 368-2475 or

Blood in the Mobile

Screening and discussion led by Manu Kapapa, Bio-Rad Laboratories.

Sun, Oct 20: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
367 Kalmanovitz Hall,
University of San Francisco

Contact: Karen Bouwer,
(415) 422-3690 or

Crisis in the Congo

Screening and discussion led by Patrick Cannon, Professor of Government, Sacramento State University.

Tue, Oct 22: 12:00pm - 1:15p
Cultural Awareness Center,
Sacramento City College

Tue, Oct 22: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
301 Sequoia Hall,
Sacramento State University

Contact: Patrick Cannon,
(916) 278-4520 or


The cell out starts at noon.  Leave a message on your phone during the cell out (click here for a model text). 

Supporting another cause?  Use the cell out to raise awareness for your cause.

Wed, Oct 23: 11:30am - 1:30pm
Crossroads Cafeteria information table.

Contact: Karen Bouwer,


Grassroots Activism in the Congo

Wilita Sanguma, Friends of the Congo Advocate, Program Assistant, USF.

Wed, Oct 23: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
7th Floor Lounge,
Phelan Hall, Univeristy of San Francisco

Contact: Wilita Sanguma

Conflict Minerals

Panel discussion. Speakers include: Muadi Mukenge (Program Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Global Fund for Women) and Patricia Jurewicz (Director, Responsible Sourcing Network)

Thu, Oct 24: 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Maraschi Room,
Fromm Hall, University of San Francisco

Contact: Bénédicte Richardson,
Co-President UN Women
National Committee