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NGOs, Congo Experts Identify Tom Perriello as Top-Choice Candidate for U.S. Congo Envoy Position

Secretary Kerry, Special Envoy Feingold Meet With President Kabila in DRC

Russ Feingold was the highest-level U.S. envoy ever deployed to the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes Region of Africa. Today, two months after Feingold’s resignation to run for Senate, the pressure is mounting on Secretary of State John Kerry to appoint a new, high-level Special Envoy.NGOs, Members of Congress, and Congo experts are all weighing in on the conversation. The United States must swiftly appoint a new envoy whose credentials and position within the State Department’s hierarchy mirror those of Feingold. A name has emerged as a frontrunner in the Congo coalition community: former Congressman Tom Perriello.   Read More »

Members of Congress Urge President Obama to Appoint New High-Level Special Envoy for Great Lakes Region and DRC

On May 5th, 22 Members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama, urging him to quickly appoint a new high-level U.S. Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of Congo to replace Russ Feingold, who stepped down from the position earlier this year.   Read More »

Claire Underwood Calls for Investment in Congo’s Mineral Sector – Grab Lunch with Her and Talk it Over

House of Cards actor and Enough Project upstander Robin Wright wants you to join her for lunch on the set of the hit television series to talk politics, power, and maybe even Congo. It only costs $10 and the funds benefit Enough’s Raise Hope for Congo campaign.  Read More »

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is standing up for peace in Congo, and he wants you to join him

In October 2013, Superbowl MVP and Enough celebrity upstander Aaron Rodgers led a rally for Congo at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Now he wants you to join him on the field before his December 8th Monday Night Football game against the Atlanta Falcons. It only costs $10 to enter, and the funds benefit Enough’s Raise Hope for Congo Campaign.  Read More »

Cal Poly Passes Conflict Minerals Resolution

On May 20th, 2014, the California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) Academic Senate passed a conflict minerals resolution, making Cal Poly the 17th school to go conflict-free. The official statement, recently published on the University's Office of Contracts, Procurement, and Risk Management website, acknowledges the problem of conflict minerals, resolves to take into account whether companies are working to address the problem when making purchasing decisions for the University, calls upon the entire California State University system to adopt similar practices.  Read More »

Building a Movement: Students & Business Leaders Call for Greater Action on Conflict Minerals, Especially Gold

Cooperative efforts by student activists like Roxanne Rahnama and socially-conscious companies like Intel indicate a sustained and growing interest in the conflict-free movement and exemplify its cross-cutting nature.  Read More »

Canada to Vote on Conflict Minerals Legislation, Should Join Support for Mining Reforms and Livelihood Projects in Congo

On September 24th, the Canadian House of Commons will hold a Second Reading vote on Bill C-486: The Conflict Minerals Act. Bills like C-486, Provision 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act in the U.S., and legislation proposed by the Eurpoean Union indicate the growing global movement dedicated to eliminating the flow of conflict minerals. In addition to these positive steps, Canada, along with other important donor governments, must also step up their support for mining reform efforts and livelihood projects in Congo.  Read More »

Emmanuelle Chriqui, Omékongo Dibinga launch “Congo on the Come Up” on HuffPo Live

Actor and activist Emmanuelle Chriqui joined hip hop artist Omékongo Dibinga and Raise Hope for Congo Campaign Manager JD Stier on a HuffPo Live segment to discuss the growing movement for peace in Congo and launch a new music video, "Congo on the Come Up."  Read More »

CFCI Students Deliver Open Letter to U.S. Special Envoy Feingold

Student representatives Georges and Jake deliver the letter to U.S. Special Envo

I was touched by the sincerity of U.S. Special Envoy Feingold as I watched Georges and Jake hand him an open letter from 73 campuses.  Read More »

Brown, Dartmouth, and Yale Release Joint Statement on Conflict Minerals

Annie Callaway, Guest Blogger

Not only do universities educate students on issues of social justice, but they also serve as venues for students to organize around these issues and generate substantive change in society. Today, student leaders at Brown, Dartmouth, and Yale are seizing their opportunity to stimulate change by releasing a joint statement calling for responsible investment policies in relation to conflict minerals sourced from eastern Congo. Brown, Dartmouth, and Yale all participate in the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative, or CFCI, a network of more than 150 campuses worldwide, in this rising call for action.  Read More »

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