Raise Hope for Congo

North Kivu Civil Society for a Conflict-Free Minerals Supply Chain

Amid uncertainty and frustrations spurred by a looming insurgency by ICC-indicted Bosco Ntaganda, the coalition of civil society groups acting as the local conflict-minerals watchdog, known by its French acronym GATT-RN, is steadfast in ensuring that efforts toward legitimate minerals sourcing in eastern Congo do not lose momentum.  Read More »

Bosco Ntaganda's Desperation

Eastern Congo’s “Terminator,” the rebel chief and erstwhile Kinshasa ally Bosco Ntaganda, has apparently gotten spooked. Two weeks after Thomas Lubanga, Ntaganda’s former boss, was convicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court, and amid calls by the Congolese civil societies and the international community to arrest him, Ntaganda appears on a mission to orchestrate a show-of-force in the Kivus.  Read More »

'A New Generation of Justice’: KONY 2012 Part II Addresses Criticisms and Goes Beyond Making Kony Famous

The goal behind last month’s release of KONY 2012 wasn’t to make it the most viral video of all time—though it did achieve that distinction—but to create global momentum that would lead to the apprehension of Joseph Kony and bring an end to the brutality of his Lord’s Resistance Army. The goal of making him famous was achieved in record time, and now Invisible Children is working to focus these massive amounts of energy and willpower by releasing KONY 2012 Part II: Beyond Famous.  Read More »

5 Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

A weekly round-up of must-read stories, posted every Friday.  Read More »

Tin, Tungsten, Gold Smelters: Time to Go Conflict-free

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 »

The Kony Effect: Activism and the Power of Social Media

Apr 9 2012 6:00 pm
Apr 9 2012 8:30 pm
America/New York

Kony Effect Poster

Location: McCormick Tribune Forum
1870 Campus Dr, Evanston, IL
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.

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Event Schedule

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.

*DISCLAIMER: NUCHR and the collaborating organizations for this event do not publicly endorse or declaim the efforts of Invisible Children and Kony2012

Returning to Our Roots: Duke's Advisory Committee for Investment Responsibility and ‘Conflict Minerals’

This oped by three student leaders in the Coalition for a Conflict-Free Duke, Liz Hannah, Saira Butt, and Sanjay Kishore, originally appeared in The Duke Chronicle.  Read More »

Congolese Leader Jacques Bahati Reports on the Importance of the SEC Rules for Congolese Miners

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 »

European Leaders Boost Efforts to Help End Trade in Congo’s Conflict Minerals – Urge Them to Do 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 »

African Union Launches Initiative Against LRA but Key Questions Remain

African Union launch of LRA ops - Enough - Nenad Marinkovic

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 »

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