Subject: File No. S7-40-10
From: Anna Stout
Affiliation: MPH candidate, Harvard School of Public Health and Advocate at Congo Action Now

October 26, 2011

As a member of Congo Action Now, I urge the SEC to issue strong rules and regulations in line with the statutory language of Section 1502 in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act. The SEC should not exempt gold from the regulations, which continues to fund war and sexual violence in Congo. I also ask that there be no prolonged delay of these rules. Our organization wants to see these rules and regulations released in a timely and effective manner. We are currently building a movement in Massachusetts to pass state legislation prohibiting the state from contracting with companies that do not comply with federal regulations for the certification of minerals originating in the Congo. Swift federal action is needed now.