Guest Posts

My Night with Robin Wright

Robin Wright and student activists

In April 2015, CFCI Campus Organizer Corey Jones had the opportunity to attend an event at the University of Florida with actor and activist Robin Wright. In this post Corey reflects on the evening, the power of influence, and his work advocating for peace in Congo.  Read More »

Feeling the Movement - A Reflection on the Lemkin Summit

Ohio University student and STAND Campaigns Coordinator Luke Kubacki reflects on his experience at the Lemkin Summit: A National Gathering of the Next Generation of Human Rights Defenders in February 2015.  Read More »

Voices of Congo: Mamafrica and Products With a Purpose

In a web of complex global supply chains, few consumers can say that they share personal relationships with the artisans who craft their clothing and accessories. Mamafrica Designs - an organization based in Bukavu, South Kivu - seeks to provide that connection, while creating a community of beauty, strenght, and resiliance for women in eastern Congo.  Read More »

Responsible sourcing of minerals from conflict zones: is the EU doing enough?

On March 5, 2014, the European Commission released its long-awaited responsible trading strategy for minerals from conflict zones. The Regulation – basically a draft law – would establish a system that is fundamentally different from the approach taken by the U.S. Dodd-Frank Act and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule. Business & human rights experts, namely the architect of the U.N. Guiding Principles (UNGPs), John Ruggie, also expressed concern with regards to the non-binding character of the due diligence exercise envisaged by the E.U.  Read More »

Minnesota Lawyers Support Conflict-Free Initiative

On April 25, 2014, the Minnesota State Bar Association (“MSBA”) became the first Bar Association in the nation to adopt a conflict-free policy.  Read More »

Discuss, Engage, Act: Massachusetts Activists Engage on Three Key Initiatives for Peace in the Congo

Nonprofit groups and campus organizations throughout Massachusetts recently united at Boston University for a conference with three key goals: Elevate the conversation on the Congo within our communities; Reinvigorate our civic engagement on policies that can help bring an end to the conflict in Congo; and Commit our campuses to the conflict-free movement.   Read More »

They Bombed Everything That Moved: Aerial Military Attacks on Civilians and Humanitarians in Sudan, 1999 - 2013

Refugees in Blue Nile State, Sudan

This week I published the fifth update to my original May 6, 2011 report and data spreadsheet on military attacks on civilians and humanitarians in Sudan.   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 »

Doing Well – and Doing Good

Dr. Ellen J. Kennedy

Guest blogger Ellen J. Kennedy, Ph.D., is the Founder and Executive Director of World Without Genocide at William Mitchell College of Law.  Read More »

Become a Leader in the Anti-Genocide Movement

Mickey Jackson, STAND

Are you a high school or college student with strong leadership skills and a passion for growing the anti-genocide movement? If so, I’d like to encourage you to apply for one of the many positions that are now open on STAND’s national leadership team. In case you aren’t familiar with STAND, we are a student-led organization consisting of high school and college chapters around the country, all of whom are dedicated to mobilizing their communities to prevent and stop mass atrocities. We were originally formed in response to the Darfur genocide, and the scope of our advocacy now includes ongoing atrocities in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burma, and Syria.  Read More »

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