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Monday, March 28, 2011

No Conflict Minerals in California!

"California is the first state to consider its own legislation to ease conflict minerals mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo out of the supply chain for electronics." from California leads US in taking a swing against Congo's conflict minerals by Talia Samuelson.

Please Sign the Conflict Minerals Petition here

SB 861 is a landmark piece of legislation that will help curb the trade in illegally extracted minerals from eastern Congo. The conflict in Congo is the deadliest since World War II, claiming more than 5.4 million lives since 1998. Rape has become a devastating weapon of war; hundreds of thousands of women have reported brutal rapes, a fraction of the estimated total. This bill could incentivize compliance with federal regulations on conflict minerals and the development of conflict-free products. In so doing, SB 861 could help show, once again, that California is a leader in protecting the rights of the most vulnerable in the world. I support swift and complete passage of SB 861.

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