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Jan 18, 2007
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Conflict diamonds – diamonds that help finance war and terrorism at their origins in Africa and beyond – have seen their profile rise in the minds of consumers, due in part to the  recent Leonardo DiCaprio film Blood Diamond, and an early-January documentary on the History Channel with the same name.

Co-op America's most recent editorial takes this opportune moment to remind consumers that they have the power to demand that entire industries change.  We tell you how many jewelry stores say they have policies on conflict diamonds, and give you solutions, showing you what consumers (and Congress) can do about the problem. 

If you would like other readers to have access to this or any of Co-op America's editorials, please forward this e-mail to the editor of your local paper, with instructions contact us for reprint permission.  (All of Co-op America's editorials are available to reprint.)

Also, to help you make responsible jewelry purchases, check out our Real Money articles on gold and precious gems, with links to green and Fair Trade jewelry retailers, as well as our National Green Pages™.

And stay tuned – our next issue of the Co-op America Quarterly, due out next month, will focus on economic actions for Africa – how you can use your consumer and investing choices in partnership with people in Africa working for a better future.
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