Packers’ Rodgers Joins Fight Against Conflict Minerals
Aaron Rodgers had an impressive game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, but some of his latest work off the field is getting attention too.
Specifically, the MVP quarterback will be at the UW-Madison campus on Monday to draw attention to the exploitation of mineral mining workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The mineral trade has been the primary source of conflict in the Congo for decades, fed by seemingly endless profits from western consumers’ love of electronic devices.
“Armed groups earn hundreds of millions of dollars per year by trading four main minerals: the ores that produce tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold,” the Raise Hope for Congo campaign explains. “This money enables the militias to purchase large numbers of weapons and continue their campaign of brutal violence against civilians, with some of the worst abuses occurring in mining areas.”
“The majority of these minerals eventually wind up in electronic devices such as cell phones, portable music players, and computers,” they add. “Given the lack of a transparent minerals supply chain, American consumers have no way to ensure that their purchases are not financing armed groups that regularly commit atrocities, including mass rape.”
Rodgers will speak out about conflict minerals during a 7:30 p.m. rally held at the Memorial Union Terrace, sponsored by the The Conflict-Free Campus Initiative.
This video is from The Conflict-Free Campus Initiative, published to YouTube on Sept. 28, 2011.
Photo: Flickr user Blueberry Files, creative commons licensed.
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