Annapolis Update–1/20/12

Greetings from Annapolis,

We had a tremendous second week of the legislative session as we kicked off the campaign to make Maryland the second state in the nation to become conflict mineral free.

Friends, the travesties in Congo have taken over five million lives, making it the deadliest conflict since World War II. The rare mineral trade is exploited by the Congolese militia, and serves as their main source of financing for arms used to intimidate, horrify and massacre the populous. These are the same minerals used in many popular electronic products including cell phones. It is my firm belief that we have a responsibility to ask our companies to source these minerals from mines that benefit rather than destroy communities. And so I am proud to be partnering with the Enough Project, and introducing legislation that would require companies doing business with Maryland to divulge where they get their minerals.

Over 40 people came out to our kickoff Wednesday evening to support the effort, and we look forward to fiercely advocating for it this session.

Further, it was great to hear from so many of you following last week’s update, and I hope to continue to as the session progresses.
Best,
Shane
p.s. Conflict minerals was a topic on Kojo Nnamdi this week, listen here.