A Call to Action

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

It’s not unusual for me to hear about something, see it in the news, and then want to talk about it. It’s not unusual for me to be moved by cleverly written or filmed news stories and documentaries.

In the late 90’s I was criticized for supporting gay rights. In high school, I marched alongside my classmates demanding better air quality of our schools. During the height of the Occupy movement, in late 2011, I was criticized for openly supporting those occupying Wall Street and Parade Square, here in Halifax. I’ve run for breast cancer awareness, relayed for cancer research, and walked for Ronald McDonald House.

I was raised to speak out for those who can’t and to stand up for what I believe in.

It’s not unusual for me to see a well put together video, become emotional, make a few impassioned pleas on Facebook or Twitter, and then find something else to preach about. Call me a bandwagon jumper, call me a follower, call me a sheep in need of a master. I call me passionate.

This is different.

I have always had a soft spot for children, and anything involving them. Defenseless, they look to adults to make decisions for them: when to eat, what to wear, where to live… So, when I hear stories of children not given the opportunity for a childhood, first I am saddened, then I am angry. 

Invisible Children aims to make Joseph Kony, the leader of the LRA, the most famous man on the planet, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice. 

For years, this man has been abducting Ugandan children, turning the girls into sex slaves and the boys into soldiers, forcing them to kill their own parents. The children of Uganda are so scared of the LRA that they leave their homes at night to sleep in guarded parking lots, schools and other public buildings. 
The LRA is supported by no one, and has no mandate other than to increase its numbers and power. So far, 30 000 children have fallen victim to this man. 

What if they were YOUR children?

In October 2011 the United States sent 100 combat-equipped troops to assist the Ugandan military in removing Kony from the battlefield. While this is good news, if he is not found quickly, the US will cancel the mission. 

Joseph Kony is a monster. He must be captured.

What follows is the documentary from Invisible Children.
If you do one thing to get involved in this issue, watch and share this video. 

“The people of the world see each other, and can protect each other. It’s turning the system upside down, and it changes EVERYTHING”

Links:

Pledge: http://s3.amazonaws.com/kony2012/kony-4.html
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/invisiblechildren
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/invisible
Tumblr: http://invisible.tumblr.com
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/invisiblechildreninc?feature=watch

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