Wednesday, March 7, 2012

If you don't watch any other YouTube Videos today... this one. No other video you see today will shape history like this one.

Post it everywhere and get involved to stop Joseph Kony by December 2012.


Don't forget to research what you're sharing.
It will take more than stopping Kony to end injustice like this in Uganda and other similar areas.
Here's a great article by Musa Okwonga, a writer of Ugandan descent with family in areas severely affected by Joseph Kony. He applauds the campaign move by Invisible Children to bring this to social media to spread awareness, but also says,

The thing is that Joseph Kony has been doing this for a very, very, very long time.  He emerged about a quarter of a century, which is about the same time that Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni came to power.  As a result the fates of these two leaders must, I think, be viewed together.  Yet, though President Museveni must be integral to any solution to this problem, I didn’t hear him mentioned once in the 30-minute video.  I thought that this was a crucial omission. Invisible Children asked viewers to seek the engagement of American policymakers and celebrities, but – and this is a major red flag – it didn’t introduce them to the many Northern Ugandans already doing fantastic work both in their local communities and in the diaspora.  It didn’t ask its viewers to seek diplomatic pressure on President Museveni’s administration.

About ten minutes into the video, the narrator asks his young son who “the bad guy” in Uganda is; when his young son hesitates, he informs him that Joseph Kony is the bad guy.  In a sense, he let Kony off lightly: he is a monster.  But what the narrator also failed to do was mention to his son that when a bad guy like Kony is running riot for years on end, raping and slashing and seizing and shooting, then there is most likely another host of bad guys out there letting him get on with it.  He probably should have told him that, too.

Despite all kinds of criticisms of Invisible Children's organization (and people sure are swiftly bringing those to light, the bottom line is this. This campaign can affect positive change if it causes people to spread the word and reach out to governmental representatives who affect policy.The government works for us, and if we all speak loudly enough about something we care about, they'll care about it too. You don't need all the details to affect change, because the politicians already know exactly what's going on in Uganda.

They only need to be told that you think it's important enough to act upon. They need you to tell them they should be involved because it matters to you. The more people who tell the government that this matters, the better chance we have to see an end to it.

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