Written by Michael Kinzer and Sarah Palazzolo, co-leaders of American University's Empower Congo which took on the Conflict Free Campus Initiative's (CFCI) campaign.
In 2013, American University (AU) became the first school in the Washington, D.C. area to adopt conflict-free purchasing guidelines. As the co-leaders of the campaign to pass a resolution at AU, we would like to express gratitude for our university's willingness to work with us, and highlight the economic power that students - distinct from the university - have as personal consumers. Please note that our efforts are merely a single part of a much longer road to peace, a road that should not and will not be paved entirely by activists in the West. [view whole blog post ]