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Kony 2012 - April 20th

By March 13, 2012

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Have you seen the video that went viral last week? Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, has been forcing thousands of children to murder others and a massive campaign, Kony 2012-Invisible Children has been created to get the attention of Washington. The goal is to get him arrested and brought to justice. Most American's have never heard of Kony, so this campaign is designed to make him famous. The video urges everyone to sign a pledge to bring him to justice in 2012 and to plaster his face across the nation on April 20th. The video is 29 minutes long, but worth a watch. I would imagine this could turn into a major event in Washington DC. I will post details as the date approaches.

Update March 13, 2012: Over the past week, there's been a lot of criticism and questions circulating about the Invisible Children organization. Ben Kingsley, the CEO of the non-profit, has released a new video to address these questions.

Comments

March 8, 2012 at 11:03 am
(1) Tom Richardson says:

There is, of course, push back from skeptics – their everywhere! Two points: 1. Killing or arresting/convicting Kony won’t stop the ubiquitous crimes against humanity in the world, or even in Africa. And, 2. Kony 2012 doesn’t publish (expose to public view) their finances – income and expenditures and the Better Business Bureau doesn’t rate them very high.
I don’t agree with point #1. It’s a start and theprecedentt might help restrain some bastards; and, if it works to eliminate him, maybe it can be replicated many times around the world.
I do agree with point #2, BUT…. Not to the point of concluding that it provides a sufficient excuse to do nothing about Kony in 2012.
Push for KONY 2012!

March 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm
(2) Papa G says:
March 9, 2012 at 3:33 pm
(3) Ray Hue says:
April 9, 2012 at 10:49 pm
(4) Dylan Thompson says:

Itís been all over the Internet since the day it was created. Itís the biggest thing Invisible Childrenís ever done before. Its Kony 2012.Can Kony 2012 make a big change in the world? It may take out Kony and his three henchmen, but it wonít completely kill the LRA, because this is not Americaís job to do, itís just to assist, not all Americans care, and we arenít taking the LRA completely down. The video never shows the Ugandan president, and is making Uganda seem helpless and weak. Uganda has been making an effort, and guess what, the LRA has moved out of there. The Ugandan people do care; they want help, not big bad America doing it for them. Do you think this is our job to completely do? No, it isnít. It is our job to assist. The Kony 2012 video is making it seem like Africa as a whole isnít doing anything. They are. Not every single American is going to get the Action Kit, not all of us really are going to do something about this problem. Yeah, the movie showed lots of people (almost all teens), rallying for this, but thatís pretty small compared to the rest of America. I highly doubt that more than 500 people are going to show up is Old Town Square (Ft. Collins, Colorado), and most probably donít care. To end this, we need to get the entire LRA, not just Kony and the top three. We, (since we are doing the job), need to let the child soldiers, the ones who cooperate, free, and either execute of imprison all adults for life. We need to let the people of the African countries do most of this, with some assistance from us. I do not think that Kony 2012 will make a very big difference.

April 18, 2012 at 2:01 pm
(5) Amber Rose Roberts says:

Holy NEGATIVE NANCY! Atleast some of us care enough to make an effort to create positive change.

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