thoughts on kony 2012.
I’ll admit that in any other situation, I would have let an awareness campaign such as this pass by unnoticed.
…but I probably won’t do the same for this one.
coming from a poli-sci background has made me substantially more aware of all the fiscal issues associated with supporting decentralized, social activism-based causes such as the one Invisible Children advocates… but a number of things have started to change my mind about this one in particular.
1) the scope of the action Invisible Children is aiming for is actually focused.
- the organization is taking on a big task of garnering widespread public support for the capture and trial of Joseph Kony. Haven’t seen an anti-child soldier organization go as far as to try and tackle the LRA itself.
2) it actually has significant capacity and potential to place this item on the Western agenda.
- it comes quite timely: not too long after the deployment of military advisors to Central Africa by Pres. Obama. If the April 20 campaign is a success, this could easily make world news and bring the LRA to the forefront. The ICC will most definitely be hearing about this one.
3) this is a global issue that sits very close to my heart, personally.
- Even prior to my viewing of Invisible Children in grade 11, there were a number of circumstances in my life that convicted me to pursue greater knowledge of this issue of child slavery; the forced enlistment of children as soldiers in particular. It was a substantial part of my rationale in pursuing political science as my major.
- My friends and I recorded (with what we had at the time… not going into that story) a CD to raise money for World Vision efforts in the rehabilitation of former child soldiers in the summer of 2008. I’ll admit that I’ve done a rather poor job at following up with others about the cause in particular, but seeing this has renewed my passion for it.
This is why this particular ‘campaign’ has caught my attention.
So am I gonna buy a bracelet? Yeah, probably.
Will I be out late on April 20th? Quite possibly.
#who’s with me?
Does it matter if half the costs incurred are going towards all the money it took to make the movie and all the cool looking 15-passenger vans? definitely does. but look at the bigger picture of what could happen if this is actually a success. That’s a risk I’m willing to take, personally.
should you take part? that’s up to you… but watch the video. at least know what’s going on.