August 3, 2011
Dear Chairman Mary L. Schapiro,
I am writing to you in regards to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. As you are well aware, this section addresses "conflict minerals". Unfortunately as I type this email, I have no way of knowing if the minerals used to produce this computer were part of the conflicts. It pains me to think that people were killed, women and girls were raped and children were forced to become soldiers because of the minerals needed to make the electronics we use.
I'm sure the SEC has received a lot of comments about the proposed regulations. I am urging you to not bend to the request of large companies. Please take this opportunity to save the lives of the people in Eastern Congo. Please do not publish final regulations that contain loop-holes and extended deadlines for compliance. I know this is a topic outside of your typical area. But please do not lose sight of what Section 1502 is about. It is about saving lives and not contributing to the pain and suffering of others all in the name of computers, cell phones, lap tops, iPads and such.
Thank you for your time,