CGR New York (which stands for Conseil Gabonais de la Resistance a New York or The Gabonese Council of Resistance in New York City) is a non-profit organization that advocates for the welfare of African peoples (mainland and diaspora), with as primary objective to promote the respect of commonwealth, rule of law and civil rights in the country of Gabon and all over Africa.
The organization was born during the summer 2017 Presidential election in Gabon. On August 27th, 2016; then incumbent leader Ali Bongo Ondimba orchestrated a military and electoral coup, claiming a 99.93% turnout in his home province of Haut-Ogooue and declaring himself the victor of the election over his main opponent Jean Ping. Protests ensued and were met with violent military repression which led to the death, disappearance and imprisonment of hundreds of citizens and political opponents. Since then, Ali Bongo Ondimba has been using duress and force on civil society and opposition members, as well as unarmed civilians in an effort to discourage any form of political dissent to his regime.
CGR New York emerged from a natural gathering of Gabonese expatriates living in New York who have decided to stand in opposition to the Bongo Regime and fight for the establishment of democracy in Gabon. For more than a year, the Gabonese resistance has worked throughout the world to shed light on the daily human rights abuses, the violence, the corruption and mismanagement of funds that plagues Gabon. Our organization is made of men and women from all walks of life, from doctors to entrepreneurs, to cooks, to employees in corporate America, dishwashers, preachers and students. All share one unique vision, the improvement of their home-country Gabon, refusing to remain silent or inactive in front of the human right abuses.
Our efforts and actions lie within the scope of an international struggle for the transition to democracy in Central Africa, one of the richest sub region in the world. Starting with Gabon, CGR New York and allies seek to draw attention to the Central African’s fight for genuine independence and rule of law undeterred by the indifference of the international public opinion, the lack of press coverage, and the silence of the international bodies and authorities. CGR NY yearns to make a difference and produce concrete life-changing actions towards the development of the African continent.
CGR New York has actively participated in National and international Gabonese Revolution via Marches and Sit-ins, countless protests whether in the streets of New York (Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, UN, Gabonese Consulate) or in Washington DC in front of the White House.
Along with our Sisters Organization across the US (DC, Boston, Atlanta, Omaha, North Carolina, Houston, Dallas and Canada) we’ve organized Summits and think thanks, receiving many of the highest ranked personalities in the Gabonese Opposition:
- Jean Ping, the president elect.
- Dr. Laurence Ndong, Spokesperson for Jean Ping.
- Marc Ona Essangui, representing the civil society.
- Guy Nzouba Ndama, Head of the Senate.
- Seraphin Moundounga former Secretary of Justice, now in political asylum in France.
We have provided financial help to the families and victims of the Bongo system whether jailed, or victims of floods who did not receive help from the government.
In our latest effort, we have collected and donated funds to support the Gabonese National Convention of Education Trade Unions as a gesture of solidarity for public school system instructors who had been deprived of their salaries for months by the government and were striking to demand better work conditions.