Cabral/Truth Circle on Mineral Exploitation in the DRC

TransAfrica's Cabral/Truth Circle at Busboys and Poets presents

Regional and Multinational Corporations Exploiting Minerals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo    

April 7, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00PM

Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street NW (14th & V), Washington, DC 20009

“If we are going to forge a 21st century movement for peace and justice, we must first understand the plight of our brethren around the world. The Cabral/Truth Circles are designed to educate and then motivate our community to take action against tyranny, racism, and all forms of war.”                                                                             

--Nicole Lee      President, TransAfrica

The Cabral/Truth Circle on April 7 will focus on the mineral exploitation of the Democratic Republic of Congo by multinational and regional corporations.  The featured film is SABC's Special Assignment report Poached Earth.   The film presentation will be followed by a discussion. 

Poached Earth Abstract: "During the recent Mining Indaba held in Cape Town, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), waved the green flag for business, re-iterating its commitment to enabling global investment in the Congo's lucrative mining sector. This occurred against the backdrop of rising volatility in South Africa's mining sector...the Congo's grim history of conflict moulded by a relentless scramble for the country's enormous mineral wealth by nations united by greed. The green flag is certainly being waved. But in the business of mining, green still signifies the colour of money. ..."

Panelists: Nii Akuetteh, independent Africa Policy Analyst; Bahati Jacques, Policy Analyst; Policy, Africa Faith and Justice Network; and Paul Pumphrey, Co-Founder of Friends of the Congo.

The Cabral/Truth Circle is a combination of a great film festival and an exciting book club that focuses on the history and political movements of Africa and the African Diaspora. The Circle, named after Amilcar Cabral and Sojourner Truth, focuses on the history and political movements of Africa and the African Diaspora through a film screening and highlighting of a complementary book.  Every other month, TransAfrica shows a short documentary and hosts a discussion linking history and current affairs, and encouraging individual and collective activism.

 The Cabral/Truth Circle is named in honor of Amilcar Cabral and Sojourner Truth. Amilcar Cabral was one of Africa's most successful and thoughtful leaders. He led the anti-colonialism movement in Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau. Sojourner Truth petitioned the government and won back her five-year-old son who had been sold illegally. She spent the rest of her days traveling throughout the country encouraging the debate to end slavery and the creation of a peaceful society.

The venue is Busboys and Poets, one of the most exciting establishments in the Washington area. Busboys and Poets is a restaurant, bookstore and gathering place for people who believe that social justice and peace are attainable goals. Admission is free, but space is limited. We encourage you to have dinner with us and change the world.

 For more information: email info@transafrica.org or call 202.223.1960 ext. 137 or visit www.transafrica.org.