Edina has become the first Minnesota city with a policy that dictates the city try to avoid buying technology that contains "conflict minerals."
The action came at the request of Edina High School students who worked with the city's Human Rights and Relations Commission on the policy.
The measure does not ban the purchase of technology that contains minerals such as tungsten and gold that are produced by forced labor in the Congo, where armed groups finance terror by forcing people to work in mines. Instead, the city will use "reasonable business practices" to seek alternatives sources that do not contain those materials.
Student Tara Mohtadi told the City Council that efforts like theirs could help quell violence in the world, much as worldwide action to prevent sale of "blood diamonds" that finance African wars boosted awareness of that issue.
The cities of Pittsburgh and St. Petersburg, Fla., and more than 50 colleges and universities have passed similar resolutions, the council was told.