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Congo Crisis: Change Comes One Step at a Time

The delegation is at the end of a whirlwind of a morning. They’ve done 4 meetings and dropped by one congressional office. They seem thrilled at their accomplishment and energized by the feedback they received. It was almost all positive and supportive.  The delegation is proud of what it has done even though they repeat that “this was just a small, first step.”

Father Jacek thanks the delegation.  He also thanks Catholic Relief Services and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for the Catholics Confront Global Poverty initiative, which he says “connects the Catholic Church in the United States at the national level and at the local level and illustrates the power of what could be possible” when these forces come together.

Watch the reaction of the delegation after they complete their meetings.

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H.R.4128 and S.891 aren’t the answer to all of the Congo’s problems, but they signify a beginning. Passage of this legislation will be a first step to increase the transparency of what is happening with Congo’s mineral wealth. The consumers of these minerals—in the United States and the rest of the world—will perhaps think twice about where the minerals powering their cell phones and smart phones, laptops and gaming devices come from and whether they have caused harm or good to the people living in its country of origin.

Passage of this legislation will not end the suffering in the DRC. But it will show that the United States cares about what is happening with our sisters and brothers and that we won’t just sit back and continue to allow these atrocities to continue. We will take action, we will make change. One little step at a time.

You can take action too. Visit the Catholics Confront Global Poverty Action Center to urge your members of Congress to support H.R. 4128 and S. 891 today.

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