is taking her campaign for Congo
to the streets of Washington, DC this week.
Founder of the grassroots nonprofit Run for Congo Women
and author of A Thousand Sisters
, Shannon is continuing her advocacy for the Republic of Congo, its women and children with her new campaign Outcry for Congo
This morning, Shannon started her five-day demonstration outside the State Department in her battle to raise public support and effect policy change. She is calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
to take the lead in developing a comprehensive “Congo Plan Now” that would include appointing a special envoy to the Great Lakes region of central Africa.
Sens. Ron Wyden
(D-OR) and Sam Brownback
with Shannon last May on a Capitol Hill panel for Congressional staffers, and Shannon appeared
along with Nicholas Kristof
, Ben Affleck
and Secretary Clinton
As of 2008, Congolese citizens faced a 50 percent chance of being enslaved or threatened with death by an armed group, one-in-three odds of being tortured or wounded and a 12 percent chance of being sexually assaulted multiple times" according to The Associated Press
You can read more about the Outcry for Congo campaign here