If you had the power to make the world a better place... would you do it?
Guess what? You do have power. It's an election year.
I have a pretty active Facebook Fan page. I use it to discuss my songs, to share my music videos, and to display images of funny/crazy/terrible things for the amusement of my fanbase, Team Bad Ass. Since the page gets a lot of traffic I get lots of spammers who post stuff on my Wall to promote themselves. I ain't going for that. However, a post that I got from a fan named Christabel Amankwah from Sydney, Australia was an eye opener for me. This is what she posted on my Wall:
If I’d ask you, who is Joseph Kony, you wouldn’t know. You should. And that’s why I’m going to tell you about him.
Joseph Kony considers himself as a good Christian.
He abducts kids, little girls go in prostitution, little boys become kid soldiers and are forced to do horrible things, things a kid isn’t supposed to do. Neither is an adult, no one is. He started the LRA, Lord’s Resistance Army. 20,000 kids have been kidnapped, this needs to stop. And that’s why we need to Make Kony Famous. Let the world know about the horrible things he does, and the thousands of children and parents suffering.
So come together, at April the 20th. That is the day we will cover the night. People in all kind of cities, all over the world meet at sundown & cover the city with posters and stickers of Joseph Kony. To Make Kony Famous. If you want to help these kids and parents, cover the night at 4/20/2012
There is a movement going on. The film I posted below, KONY 2012, is part of a campaign led by the organization Invisible Children that aims to make a Ugandan rebel leader named Joseph Kony famous. Due largely to the power of social media, KONY 2012 has amassed 3.3million views in just two weeks, and the campaign has become a worldwide Trending Topic on Twitter. And they say people in my generation don't care about anything. Once again, "they" have been proven wrong.
Invisible Children's goal is to raise awareness of Kony's crimes against children in Central Africa and to create an international demand to bring him to justice. He is abducting children & forcing them to be soldiers and sex slaves. And guess what? It's been going on since the 1980's! The stories in this video are astounding, it brought me to tears. How come none of the politicians over the past 20 years were talking about resolving this? Guess who the first president was who ever made steps to tackle this issue? Obama.
**update** Obama was not the first president to attempt to stop Kony. According to an article in the New York Times from October 14, 2011, "American efforts to combat the group also took place during the Bush administration," which included Bush sending 17 UNARMED counterterrorism advisers to "train Ugandan troops and provided millions of dollars worth of aid, including fuel trucks, satellite phones and night vision goggles, to the Ugandan army." When these efforts failed, Bush did not continue his support of this cause. No similar efforts were made until Obama ordered up to 100 ARMED military advisers to Uganda to help take action against the rebels.
This video is so moving, and it is a story that needs to be told. Joseph Kony needs to be stopped, and this video breaks down how we can do it. It's easy to see why KONY 2012 was able to touch so many people so quickly.
This documentary is calling on us to act on April 20, 2012. Together, we can help to solve a problem that has been going on since before many of of us were even born.
There are plenty of things that you can do to support this cause:
- Share this blog post with others who are not aware of the KONY 2012 Campaign. Spread the word.
- Click Here to Donate to Invisible Children
- Click Here to Purchase KONY 2012 products
- Click Here to Sign the Pledge
- Plan your own "Cover the Night" efforts or find out if any activities are being planned in your city. If plastering the streets with stickers and posters isn't your thing, maybe writing a blog post about Joseph Kony is... or maybe on April 20th you can encourage your friends to make a donation or plan your own viewing event for KONY 2012. If you have any other ideas for Cover the Night efforts, please comment below.
You have the power to make the world a better place... will you do it?