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ACTION ALERT: Ban "Conflict Minerals"


April 24, 2010
Amnesty USA

Minerals found in our cell phones and other electronics are fueling a vicious cycle of rape, war and other human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Help us bring down the multimillion-dollar conflict minerals empire!

http://blog.amnestyusa.org/africa/conflict-minerals-bill-snags-another-co-sponsor/

Conflict Minerals Trade Act (H.R. 4128) Gains Support in Congress
Amnesty USA

WASHINGTON (April 23, 2010) -- Minerals found in our cell phones and other electronics are fueling a vicious cycle of rape, war and other human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Help us bring down the multimillion-dollar conflict minerals empire!

Inspired by Earth Day or simply outraged by the vicious cycle of rape, war and other human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), tens of thousands of you spoke out in a big way yesterday.

Because you did, we can add four new names to the growing list of Representatives who want to stop the dangerous conflict minerals trade. Yesterday, John Boozman (R-AR), Lincoln Davis (D-TN), John W. Olver (D-MA), and Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) became the newest co-signers of the Conflict Minerals Trade Act! And we're expecting more to join over the next few days.

But to take down this multimillion-dollar conflict trade that is fueled by weapons, war, rape and other human rights violations, we need your help to support the efforts of our researchers, organizers, issue experts and grassroots activists who are so committed to winning this fight.

Help us build enough momentum to finally stop mining that fuels human rights abuses in the DRC.

We've had less than a week to let Representatives know just how outraged we are that the minerals commonly found in our cell phones, laptops and other electronics -- coltan, cassiterite, wolframite -- are being used to fund the illegal activities of armed groups operating in the DRC.

We rose to the challenge – generating tens of thousands of emails, letters, phone calls, tweets and more – urging Representatives to step up and expose the nefarious trade in conflict minerals for what it really is – wrong. If enough of us show our support, then we can truly build the momentum needed to finally break the cycle of conflict minerals mining in the DRC.

The amazing results we've seen this week are proof of the power we have when we stand up for something we believe in. They're proof that your support makes a difference.
Thank you for standing with us,

Scott Edwards, Africa Advocacy Director
Amnesty International USA



Conflict Minerals Bill Gains Another Co-Sponsor
Juliette Rousselot / AMnesty USA

WASHINGTON (March 26, 2010) -- Today, we celebrated the addition of a new co-sponsor to the Conflict Minerals Trade Act (H.R. 4128): Republican Congressman Edward Royce, representing California’s 40th congressional district.

As we have reported before, the Conflict Minerals Trade Act is a great first step in ensuring that the flow of conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo is stemmed.

Conflict minerals play a large role in perpetuating conflict and human rights abuses through financing the activities of many armed groups in the region, and end up in pieces of technology you use every day, including the equipment you’re using to read these words.

Although the bill now has 30 cosponsors (in addition to Jim McDermott, the bill’s original sponsor), it is crucial to gain additional cosponsors if this life-saving bill is to make its way through Congress. Several members are in a unique position to provide strong and meaningful support to the legislation, including members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee such as Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Florida’s 18th district), Congressman Christopher H. Smith (New Jersey’s 4th district), and Congressman Mike Pence (Indiana’s 6th district).

But no member of Congress should pass up the opportunity to support this bill. And none of us should pass up the opportunity to tell them so.

You can take action online today and ask your Federal Representative to co-sponsor the Conflict Minerals Trade Act.




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