Editor's Note: This post authored by Hayes Brown originally appeared on ThinkProgress.
Tech giant Intel on Monday announced that its entire 2014 line of microprocessors would be free from so-called “conflict minerals,” making them the first in the rare mineral-heavy industry to completely phase out their use in one of their products.
Green Bay Packers Star Quarterback and NFL Super bowl Champion Aaron Rodgers recently partnered with the Enough Project's Raise Hope for Congo campaign as a celebrity upstander, committing his time and platform to raise awareness about the conflict in Congo, and to support efforts to push for responsible minerals sourcing from the region.
As this year comes to a close we remember the moments, both good and bad, which shaped our ongoing work to end crimes against humanity and mass atrocities in 2013. Take a minute to reflect on the successes of this year and our continued efforts in 2014 to make strides toward peace.
These moments are not ranked in order of importance. The numerical order is random.
On December 10, rebel leader Paluku Hilaire Kombi, commander of roughly 280 rebel troops, surrendered to the Congolese army. He reportedly turned himself in, along with five officers to the Congolese army in the village of Mbwavinywa in southern Lubero territory, North Kivu.
Award-winning photojournalist Marcus Bleasdale speaks to the role photography plays in bearing witness, bringing awareness and leading to action against to human rights abuses. He cites his latest work "The Price of Precious" in National Geographic magazine's 125th Anniversary Collector’s Edition "Photography Issue," that explores the role conflict minerals play in the violence in eastern Congo.
Here at Enough, we often swap emails with interesting articles and feature stories that we come across in our favorite publications and on our favorite websites. We wanted to share some of these stories with you as part of our effort to keep you up to date on what you need to know in the world of anti-genocide and crimes against humanity work.
I was touched by the sincerity of U.S. Special Envoy Feingold as I watched Georges and Jake hand him an open letter from 73 campuses. On November 19, my Enough Project colleagues and I accompanied Georges and Jake to a meeting with the special envoy. As representatives of the growing student movement, Georges and Jake presented Special Envoy Feingold with a letter bearing the signatures of leaders representing 73 campuses from around the world, calling for peace in Congo.
In early October, the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Independent National Electoral Commission, or INEC, declared the release of a roadmap for the 2013-2016 election cycle on November 8, 2013. While a full roadmap was not released to the press on November 8, the INEC met with delegates of political parties in the People’s Palace to discuss future elections.
This week, Academy Award winning composer Hans Zimmer launched a new web series, Pizza With An Icon, to bring together global activists and teens. Every month, an individual who has an internationally-focused career or is active in global philanthropy will join a pizza party with a group of curious and inspired teens.