Subject: File No.
From: M.E. Lawrence

March 8, 2017

Dear Commissioner Piwowar,

I strongly urge you to support the continuation of the Conflict Minerals Rule. As a U.S. citizen and a life-long advocate for international human rights, I always research the products I buy, especially now in the age of increasingly sophisticated computers, televisions, and cell phones I either buy second-hand or search out products that avoid so-called conflict minerals. I certainly don't want our family's purchases to support violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo the Conflict Minerals Rule has made it easier for me to decide which companies are taking steps to ensure their products are not linked to this long and terrible war.

Please do all you can to keep the Conflict Minerals Rule fully intact, and work with your fellow SEC commissioners to achieve this crucial goal.

Yours rruly,

Melanie Lawrence
John Smail
Polly Smail
Margaret Lawrence Smail