Tonight at midnight, members and allies of USC’s anti-genocide coalition, USC STAND, will turn off their cell phones and stop using their Facebook accounts for 24 hours in solidarity with victims of mass violence in the ongoing conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The shutdown is part of STAND’s ongoing campaign for the University of Southern California to go “conflict-free,” that is to adopt policies that reduce its ties to the conflict mineral market that continues to finance warfare in the region. STAND meets with administrators shortly to discuss these policies and what it would take to implement them.
Learn more about Congo and conflict minerals here.
Learn more about USC STAND Anti-Genocide Coalition here.
STAND welcomes the participation of any and all supporters of human rights and the end to mass violence to join them in going off the grid. No matter if it’s past midnight, you can jump in during the day. Interested? Participate here.