Congressman David Price
Remarks at the Gambia Conference for Democracy and Good Governance
May 18, 2013
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Raleigh and St. Augustine’s University this morning and offer you some brief words of encouragement as you begin what I hope will be a productive conference.
As the Representative of the Fourth Congressional District, which includes most of Raleigh and the surrounding Research Triangle, I am constantly amazed by the presence of so many vibrant communities in our area. We’re honored to be the location of your conference as you welcome delegates from the United Kingdom, Gambia, Senegal and around the world.
Earlier this year, a group of my constituents led by Lamin Tunkara came to visit me in my district office to invite me here today, and I was pleased to take him up on his offer.
The group also provided a startling update about the continued challenges facing your
compatriots back home, and in particular the continued failure of the Gambian government to adhere to international standards of human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.
In response to the meeting, I have been working as a member of the House Appropriations Committee to urge the United States government to do more to hold the Gambian regime accountable for its behavior, particularly in the context of any foreign assistance we may provide.
I believe this can be an instructive lesson for your conference today: like any community of expatriates, the community of Gambians living in the United States and abroad can play a key role in raising awareness and advocating for peaceful change back home. And if you are well organized and effective in your advocacy, then elected leaders will pay attention to your concerns and take action in response to them.
So I hope that your discussions today are enlightening and fruitful, and I hope that when you go home tomorrow you will all be better equipped to organize your owncommunities, educate your elected officials, and advocate for positive, peaceful change in the country you love so dearly.
Thank you again for inviting me here today
David at a Glance
David Price represents North Carolina's Fourth District - a rapidly growing, research-and-education-focused district that includes parts of Alamance, Orange, Durham, Wake, Harnett, Chatham and Cumberland counties. He received his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and went on to Yale University to earn a Bachelor of Divinity and Ph.D. in Political Science. Before he began serving in Congress in 1987, Price was a professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Duke University. He is the author of four books on Congress and the American political system................................more