Raise Hope for Congo

Enough Policy Brief: A Proposal for Moving Peace Talks Forward in Eastern Congo

In a new Enough Project policy brief published today, authors Aaron Hall and Sasha Lezhnev urged leaders attending tomorrow’s high-level meeting focused on the conflict in eastern Congo -- reignited with the emergence of the M23 rebellion earlier this year -- to use the U.N. General Assembly forum to launch a “revitalized peace process” with the gravitas to make an impact where current regional efforts are coming up short.  Read More »

New UW-Madison Student Group Pushes for Conflict-Free Campus

Sep 18, 2012



Contact: JD Stier, Raise Hope for Congo campaign manager, (202)250-4057, jdstier@enoughproject.org

Madison, WI– On Friday, September 21, the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative, or CFCI, at UW-Madison will host a kickoff event introducing how students can get involved with promoting conflict-free technology on campus in order to stop the trade of conflict minerals funding armed groups in eastern Congo. The Conflict-Free Campus Initiative is a movement that has spread to more than 100 campuses across the nation, and has led 12 schools so far to pass resolutions giving preference to conflict-free electronics products.

The event will feature unique campus and national speakers including Raise Hope for Congo campaign manager and UW-Madison alum, JD Stier. Filmmaker Paul Freedman (Sand and Sorrow, Halfway Home) will film the event and document the journey of the student leaders as they launch the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative on Madison's campus, which will become a core story line for a comprehensive film about the conflict in Congo.

Who: Conflict-Free Campus Initiative at UW-Madison, a new student-led group advocating for the university administration to pass a conflict-free resolution

What: Conflict-Free Campus Initiative Kickoff

Where: Beefeaters Room in the Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St., Madison, WI, 53706

When: Friday, September 21, 2012 from 6:30PM – 7:30 PM, CST

Why: Armed groups in eastern Congo earn hundreds of millions of dollars every year from the sale of conflict minerals—gold, tin, tantalum and tungsten.  In order to control the mines, these armed groups use systematic violence and rape as a way to intimidate local communities.  The ongoing conflict in eastern Congo has claimed more than five million lives, and still continues today.

As purchasers of electronics products, U.S. consumers have a powerful role to play in helping to prevent this deadly trade. Collectively, students can work together to create a demand for responsible sourcing of minerals from Congo. With more than 40,000 students enrolled, UW-Madison has significant purchasing power that can be used to pressure electronics companies into creating conflict-free products and responsibly sourcing minerals from the Congo.


The Conflict-Free Campus Initiative draws on the power of student leadership and activism to bring about peace in Congo. It is a project of the Enough Project 's Raise Hope for Congo campaign and STAND.

Raise Hope for Congo aims to build a permanent and diverse constituency of activists who will advocate for the human rights of all Congolese citizens and work towards ending the ongoing conflict in eastern Congo. For additional information on the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative, and Raise Hope for Congo, please visit: http://www.raisehopeforcongo.org/content/conflict-free-campus-initiative

Game Over?: Nintendo Bends to Activists’ Pressure on Conflict Minerals

Continued pressure from citizen activists has finally started to crack Nintendo—the company that ranked dead last in the Enough Project’s 2012 company rankings on conflict minerals report released last month. Nevertheless, much more is needed to convince the world’s largest video-game console maker to move beyond issuing public statements and take meaningful action to clean up its supply chain.  Read More »

Environmental Law Institute Presents: Complying with the New SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule

Oct 10 2012 12:00 pm
Oct 10 2012 1:30 pm
America/New York

The Environmental Law Institution will host a panel to discuss the new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule and the anticipated impacts of the new rule on companies and their global supply chains. 

Sasha Lezhnev, Enough policy analyst, will participate in the panel. Other panelists will include :  

  • Carl Bruch, Senior Attorney and Co-Director of International Programs, Environmental Law Institute (moderator)
  • John Fieldsend, Securities & Exchange Commission 
  • Paul Hagen, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond
  • Sandy Merber, Counsel, International Trade Regulation and Sourcing, General Electric 

*Attendance is free, but space is limited and RSVP is required. RSVP to mcmurrin@eli.org

The event will also be available over teleconference. Please indicate in your RSVP whether you will participate in person or via teleconference.

Location: Beveridge and Diamond, PC

1350 I Street NW, Suite 700

Washington, DC (map)


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University of Wisconsin - Madison Conflict Free Campus Initiative Kickoff

Sep 21 2012 6:30 pm
Sep 21 2012 7:30 pm


The Conflict-Free Campus Initiative,or CFCI, will host a kickoff event at the University of Wisconsin - Madison on Friday, September 21. The event will introduce CFCI and explain how UW-Madison can become a CFCI leader in the nation. Clips from the documentary series, "I am Congo" will be shown.

Raise Hope for Congo campaign manager JD Steir will speak about the campaign and his time in Congo.

Location: Old MadisonMemorial Union, UW-Madison

800 Langdon Street

Madison, WI 53706 (map)

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Student Activism for Congo and the Power We Didn’t Know We Had

On August 27, Ohio University’s Bobcats for a Conflict-free Campus claimed a victory two years in the making, becoming the 12th U.S. school to pledge a commitment to giving preference to conflict-free electronics products. Student leaders Ellie Hamrick and Jack Spicer wrote this guest blog post about strategies they used to advocate for the university to take a stand.  Read More »

John Bagwell to Speak at Annual Conference of the Presbyterian Church (USA)'s Congo Mission Network

Oct 3 2012 11:30 am
Oct 5 2012 12:30 pm
America/New York


The Congo Mission Network of The Presbyterian Church (USA) will host its annual 2012 conference on
Empowerment Through Collaborative Advocacy for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

John Bagwell, Enough Project outreach director, will hold a workshop at the conference about how to organize and advocate for change.

* Registration deadline is September 12, register here.

Location: First Presbyterian Church

292 W Main St.

Newark, Delaware 19711 (map)

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Actor Robin Wright in HuffPo Oped: Congolese Women Stitching a Community Back Together

As documented in a new report from the Enough Project, which ranks electronics firms on their progress in cleaning up their supply chains of conflict minerals, there are glimmers of hope for eastern Congo despite ongoing violence there, which is driven partly by conflict minerals. When we visited Congo late last year, we met activist Amani Matabaro when we first arrived in Bukavu, South Kivu province. His story, his work, and his passion were featured as part of Raise Hope for Congo's video series "I Am Congo."  Read More »

M23’s Wider Influence: Mobilizing Militias, Stirring Ethnic Conflict

The widespread nature of violence in eastern Congo today is often described as being the result of a security vacuum: The attention of the Congolese army and the U.N. peacekeepers is focused on M23, leaving other parts of the volatile region vulnerable to local armed groups. This is surely part of the story. But there is also reason to believe that these local militias are receiving backing from outside actors.  Read More »

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