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Post #5, The Congo

With the private engagement of $5,000 + the $12,300 raised through the on-line campaign, in a little over a month The Conflict Mineral Project has raised over $17,000 from individuals like yourselves who have decided to engage to end the atrocities in Congo.  Make no mistake about it, this is significant. 

There are many causes worthy of engagement.  I personally give to St. Judes, Public Radio, diff't environmental organizations, and local shelters.  But here is why Congo is different - Congo DOES NOT NEED TO BE and NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN. The situation in Congo is the result of Nations, Global Entities, officials, soldiers, and yes, CONSUMERS making the decision to serve their interests as opposed to making the decision to do what is best for the common cause of humanity.  And when enough people/entities make this decision a dark area in the spectrum of human consciousness is created-  A dark area where millions can be killed, raped, and displaced, not in a flash but in a slow drawn out obscenity.  Or as we've seen around the world - where economies can collapse and hundreds of thousands are suddenly without work, asking, "What happened?"
There are "Checks" in place to balance the decisions of Geo-Corporations and National leaders.  But when these fail (and they have failed in Congo) the last check is us, the people.  Our power has been realized throughout history, from the abolitionist movement  to the Arab Spring.   It is ours to give, and it is ours to take away.  It always has been.
And there in lie the question - a question bigger then this campaign, a question bigger then Congo.  "Will we re-own this power?" It is scary because with that question comes accountability - accountability for all the dark spots in the human collective that everyday we thank God we don't live in.  This campaign is designed to harness that power and shed light on one of those dark areas.  I am damn grateful for all who have participated, in this campaign or any other.  For those who would like to engage for Congo - you can do so through the link below.  (There are only 10 days left in the campaign.  For those who have stated your intentions to engage, now is the time.)
Below is piece that always gets me fired up.  I hope you enjoy.
My best,
Our Greatest Fear 
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

—Marianne Williamson