Thursday, March 8, 2012

Stop at nothing. Not a usual Post.




Disclaimer: Some of the information in this post is extremely heavy. I would encourage you to read and investigate for yourself about the atrocities that this man, Joseph Kony, has commited. I have tried to make that a bit easier by providing a bunch of linked information, and would encourage you to dig into it to really understand what is going on in our world.



Invisible Children have released their new campaign for 2012. Kony 2012. This is something that I believe in. Something that I have believed in since I first interacted with this organisation almost 6 years ago, and something that I believe needs to be seen, heard, and changed. And my goodness, I think this might just do it. If you havent seen the KONY 2012 video yet, you need to scoot on over to the official website and check it out. It is also available through vimeo and youtube too! This will all make a bit more sense once you have viewed it. I have to say, that the footage of the night commuters from the original IC rough cut still really effects me. There is just something powerful in the imagery, and the haunting of Jacob's tears. And that is just one child, one of the thousands and thousands that have been abducted, raped, tortured or killed by Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army


Invisible children have been working on spreading this message through a variety of campaigns which have mobilised a generation of young people. By creating incredibly heartfelt and moving imagery, and the use of social media, the message of this struggle has sunk in to a generation of young people around the world. KONY 2012, the latest documentary and campaign, is to bring the face of the man responsible to light. To make him 'famous', not to celebrate him, but to bring him accountable for the things that he has perpetrated. And social media is doing just that. In just 3 days over 15 million people have seen the documentary, #kony2012 is trending worldwide on twitter, my facebook feed is full of people sharing the film and talking about Kony. TV and Radio presenters in New Zealand are talking about it, the message is getting through. It is exciting. It is exciting to be part of a movement of people who realise that where you live, shouldn't determine whether you live. It is exciting to feel that even from the other side of the world, something can be done, something as simple as 140 characters on twitter, or pressing a few buttons on facebook to share a message. That is power. 


There are a few things that you can do to help in this fight. The first and most obvious is to watch the documentary. And then, if any thing that you see resonates with you, share it. Log into twitter, log onto facebook, and any other place that you might have a presence on the internet {blogs, instagram, flickr, deviantart, youtube... I could go on and on} and SHARE it! Get it out there, spread the message. It costs you nothing, and it might be the difference between a person understanding, and a person having no idea. Secondly, you can make a pledge to help bring Kony to justice. Simply by going to kony2012.com. From there, there are a number of things that you could do to help! If you are in a position to financially contribute {well hello moneybags!} then you could donate, you could buy an action kit from IC and get more involved that way, get a bracelet to remind you of your pledge and to get people talking, or your could get involved with Cover the Night, and really make this man visible in your community. 


For heaps more information, head over the kony2012.com, check out invisible children on facebook, and follow @invisible on twitter {and check out all the awesome famous folk that are getting behind this incredible cause}


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