End of Year Message, 2008

End of Year Message, 2008

Tutu Alicante December 31, 2008
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The end of a year is an appropriate time to reflect on our work and commemorate our achievements.  The past year was a momentous one for EG Justice, and we have many reasons to celebrate.

The end of a year is an appropriate time to reflect on our work and commemorate our achievements. The past year was a momentous one for EG Justice, and we have many reasons to celebrate.

In 2008, EG Justice became a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, and with the unwavering support of our Board of Directors, volunteers and partners, we achieved many milestones. Our work with our partners in the Publish What You Pay Coalition, especially Oxfam America and Global Witness, prompted the introduction of legislation in the U.S. Congress that would create transparency in the global oil, gas and mining industry. Then, in collaboration with the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Associación Pro Derechos Humanos de España, we engaged in legal advocacy to hold the EG government accountable for natural resource-related corruption. Additionally, we worked with the International Budget Program and our partners in Equatorial Guinea to evaluate the levels of transparency and access to budgets in Equatorial Guinea. Finally, we unveiled our logo and launched our website.

Yet, our work is just beginning!

On October 15 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of Equatorial Guinea's independence with the organization's official launch. Supporters and partners gathered at the Open Society Institute offices in Washington, DC for a panel discussion and reception, and we were honored by the attendance of former U.S. Ambassadors to Equatorial Guinea, Frank Ruddy and John Bennett.

At the launch event, I reflected on how, as a human rights lawyer from Equatorial Guinea and new father, I could not cease to think about the opportunities and rights that would be available to my daughter by virtue of being born in the United States. Receiving quality medical care, attending a good school, reading a newspaper, and voting to elect her leaders will all become central aspects of her life, while these same rights are denied to her cousins in Equatorial Guinea.

We can and must bring about fundamental change in Equatorial Guinea. We have the power to help transparency and accountability take root in order to ensure sustainable economic development for the people. That is why I, along with our Board of Directors, invite you to join us on this journey. We are calling on you to help us give a new meaning to the freedoms for which men and women fought valiantly forty years ago in Equatorial Guinea. You can help us make respect for human rights and rule of law, transparency and accountability the cornerstone of a new Equatorial Guinea.

I grew up surrounded by people who were paralyzed by utter fear and intimidation. From a very early age, however, I knew I was not willing to let injustice become the norm. Then I came to the U.S. and learned, through my work with migrant workers, that the most daunting obstacles can be overcome if people build strong coalitions with an effective strategy for change. These are the values that will guide EG Justice's work in the coming year.

The possibility of deeding a better future to our daughters and sons has never looked more possible. Together, we can do this. It is the only way change has ever been achieved!

I am counting on you to make a tax-deductible contribution and to join us now in building a just Equatorial Guinea. If you have not yet made a contribution in 2008, please consider doing so now!

I look forward to many great things to come for our organization in 2009 and am grateful to you for being a part of it.

Tutu Alicante
Executive Director
EG Justice

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