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Lasell Group Lobbies State House on Congo Conflict Mineral Consumption

October 22, 2014

Members of Lasell's International Students' Club, Lasell for Congo group and Amnesty International chapter, along with others from the College community, are slated to join a coalition of advocacy groups at the State House on Thursday, October 23 to lobby for passage of a bill that would reduce the use of "conflict" minerals in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Congo Conflict Minerals Bill (H.2898) would prohibit the Commonwealth from contracting with companies that do not comply with federal regulations for the certification of minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of Congo, i.e., "blood diamonds."
Proponents of the legislation contend that the purchase of such "conflict" minerals (used in commonplace products like computers, cell phones and automobiles) helps fuel conflict in the Congo.

Proponents add that passage of H.2898 would place Massachusetts "in the forefront of efforts to end the war and sexual violence that are devastating the Democratic Republic of Congo" and, by extension, "make a significant difference in the lives of the Congolese people."

To learn more, contact Assistant Professor of Psychology Jesse Tauriac, who is leading the Lasell contingent at the State House, at jtauriac@lasell.edu or 617.243.2173.