The California State Legislature just passed SB 861, making California the first state in the nation to pass conflict minerals legislation. This legislation is a major milestone on the path toward peace in eastern Congo, and will go a long way in providing incentive to companies to clean up their supply chains so that minerals found in our electronics products are not longer fueling violence and instability in the region.
We need to call as much attention to the bill as possible so California inspires other states to pass similar legislation.
Help SB 861 get the attention it deserves by asking Gov. Jerry Brown sign the legislation during a public signing ceremony.
I am writing today to ask you to help this bill get the attention it deserves by holding a public signing ceremony for SB 861.
Nearly six million people have lost their lives and hundreds of thousands of women have been raped in over a decade of conflict in eastern Congo. Armed groups responsible for human rights abuses earn hundreds of millions of dollars each year through the trade in conflict minerals: tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold. These minerals are central to the functioning of our electronics products, like cell phones, laptops, and MP3 players, meaning our purchasing decisions are helping fuel the deadliest conflict since World War II.
This landmark bill will prohibit California state contracts with companies that fail to comply with Federal reporting requirements to combat the trade of conflict minerals from eastern Congo. California should be seen as an example for states around the country as a place where human rights abuses are not taken lightly.
Thank you for showing your strong support for this bill with a public signing ceremony, and for demonstrating to other states that they too can stand up for peace in eastern Congo.