If you are one of the few that has yet to see the KONY 2012 video created by the advocates at Invisible Children, then it’s time to sit down. Grab a hot cup of tea, coffee or a frosty beer and watch. Ponder. Then act.
I’ve been involved with Invisible Children for almost 4 years now. I’m an advocate for what they are doing because I believe that what they are doing is profound, noble and most of all – it’s changing the world. I ran across an Invisible Children “roadie” van in Lubbock, Texas when they were traveling around doing screenings across the country. We saw the van in the parking lot, put a note on the van that said, “call us we want to come to the screening but we don’t know where it is.” Amazingly enough, the roadies called. I went to J& B Coffee, into a small back room and said for a little over an hour watching the Rough Cut documentary. It blew my mind. My world was shaken. To see this type of injustice on such a scale broke me.
After the screening I talked with a few of the roadies. I purchased the documentary and the Innocent bracelet and CD. At the time I was teaching “at risk” students at a local High School and I immediately designated a few class periods to the film so that I could give these “troubled” students a look at what things are like outside of their/our bubble. They couldn’t comprehend why things were this way… I was right there with them. For a moment in class, even the students that didn’t get along were connected in empathy for the children of Uganda.
Over the years I’ve been able to be part and even help their yearly events that go throughout the night in hopes of raising awareness for the people of Uganda that are being oppressed daily by the LRA. My heart has continuously broken for Uganda. Every year, a new project, a new event, a fresh break. Every year I’m reconnected to the oppressed. I am reminded to listen to their cries. I am compelled to tell others.
This year Invisible Children wants to bring awareness not only to what is happening in Uganda and now beyond the Ugandan borders, but they are wanting to make certain that everyone knows who is at the root of the oppression – Joseph Kony. So, they have launched a campaign to make KONY FAMOUS!
The majority of the people that I know, and I would suspect that you know, have no idea who Kony is, much less what he looks like. It’s time to make his face known. It’s time to make him FAMOUS.
This APRIL the campaign will kick off full swing. Instead of our cities being plastered with signage about politicians, it will be plastered with KONY 2012.
Join me and others this year.
Go sign the pledge here.
Get the Action Kit.
Be sure to stay tuned to what IC is doing in the month to come.
This is the KONY 2012 video. Watch it. Then… do something.
Grace and Peace