Leading electronics companies are trying to make it as easy as possible for their key suppliers to go conflict-free, and it’s time for those companies to take up the offer. Intel, HP, and the GE Foundation yesterday announced that they have pooled funds in a new incentive program for smelters—the key chokepoint in the conflict minerals supply chain—to get audited to be conflict-free. Read More »
Location: McCormick Tribune Forum
1870 Campus Dr, Evanston, IL
Join Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights, in collaboration with African Students Association, Peace Project, NCDC, Inspire Media, and Northwestern STAND for a panel discussion regarding the role of and methods toward socially conscious activism.
This event is meant to create a more diverse dialogue regarding the role of social activism. Invisible Children will be present to explain their contributions toward their social activist efforts.
6-7pm: Invisible Children will screen "Kony2012" After the screening, Oyella Jane, a Ugandan student personally affected by the LRA, will share her story. Finally, representatives from Invisible Children will explain the mission and intent of KONY2012, opening the floor to audience questions.
7-8pm: NUCHR and collaborators will present a panel discussing the role of Social Activism using Kony2012 as a particular case study.
We will offer light refreshments before and after the event.
Wendy Cohen (via Skype) of Participant Media. She will discuss the role of the documentary within social activism. Wendy Cohen joined Participant in November of 2007 as the Manager of Community and Alliances and the founding editor of the TakePart.com blog. Wendy has developed innovative online and mobile initiatives for Charlie Wilson’s War, The Visitor, Food, Inc. and The Cove. She shepherded the digital component of social action campaign for Waiting for "Superman"
JD Stier of the Enough Project will discuss the role of social media within activism. JD is the Raise Hope for Congo Campaign Manager. He has over a decade of experience with campaign and community organizing, advocacy, and politics. JD has advised for and co-founded numerous organizations with missions focused on improving the lives of those living in Congo, Uganda, and Sudan; including the Save Yar Campaign and EDGE Project. JD most recently served at the White House with the Obama Administration and worked on the 2008 Obama Presidential Campaign.
Professor Jeff Rice of Northwestern University will discuss the question of how to responsibly advocate in an age of social media, ideally speaking about the consequences of simplifying complex issues into mass marketable messages and ways to be a "responsible humanitarian."
Panelists will discuss their specific takes on the role of activism and finally open up the floor for audience questions.
Congolese leader Jacques Bahati of the Africa Faith and Justice Network recently returned from a visit to mining communities in eastern Congo and published an interesting report on his findings. The visit concluded that while the SEC continues to delay its decision on the Dodd Frank section 1502 for conflict mineral reform, people in Congo are left hanging in a state of ambiguity. Read More »
Taking a cue from American legislation aimed at de-incentivizing dealings in conflict minerals from eastern Congo, European leaders are now pushing for the adoption of due diligence guidelines to regulate electronics companies peddling products that may contain conflict minerals. The Canadian and U.K.-based Centre for African Development and Security is encouraging that trend and, with its new petition, calling on European leaders to do more. Guest blogger and CADS co-founder Greg Queyranne describes the effort. Read More »
t a ceremony held in Juba several days ago, the African Union officially launched the implementation of its initiative against the Lord’s Resistance Army, or LRA, including an A.U. military task force. However, several key details about the military task force remain unclear, raising concerns that it will essentially put a new name on current efforts by the regional governments that have been largely failing. Read More »
As part of the series Enough 101, this post is intended to provide a contextual background for understanding the complex issues that the Enough Project works on. We're publishing it today to coincide with the release of “Kony Hunter with Christopher Meloni,” a new video co-produced by the comedy team at Funny or Die and the Enough Project, to provide background on the LRA’s deadly operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read More »
The kings of comedy are at it again, but this time they are using humor to shine a light on human rights atrocities in central Africa. Comedy video website Funny or Die partnered with the Enough Project to co-produce a three-minute video starring Christopher Meloni, who co-starred on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU and recently joined the HBO series True Blood.