A non-violent protest : giving people the tools to know where to buy diamonds and where their diamonds are coming from : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

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Authors
Mackintosh, Terra M.
Advisor
Kessler, Karen L.
Issue Date
2008
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Degree
Thesis (B.?.)
Department
Honors College
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Abstract

I have had enough. People are not being told about conflict diamonds, and as a result, they are unknowingly supporting violent conflict in Africa. I want to call attention to our government's failure to enforce its own laws concerning diamond sales and the failure of large retailers to follow the Kimberly Process. I decided to educate the public on Saturday April 12th by means of a non-violent protest. A small group of Ball State students, professors, and myself will arrive at the Muncie Walmart at 10am to pass out leaflets and peaceably discuss these issues with the public. The group will move on to the Muncie Target at 3pm. If we are asked to leave Walmart early, we will then proceed directly to Target.I will be presenting my findings during Final's Week (at Motinis). I will show the documentary that inspired mywork (Blood on the Stone), reflect on the protest, and provide the audience with information on both conflict diamonds and how to be a smart buyer. I have also launched a website to provide those interested with links to more detailed information and organizations with which they can get involved. Here is the address: http:l/tmmackintosh.iweb.bsu.edu/conflictdiamonds. Thank you for taking the time to look at it.