If you are an active member of Facebook, Twitter or virtually any social network, chances are you may have already heard about this cause - if so, I hope it opened your eyes as it did mine. If not, please keep reading.
As I've gotten older, I am finding the things that fill my soul and nourish my spirit. Helping youth is one of those things. Through the Denton Women's Collective, and our work with Finding Kind, we have been able to reach out to young women and expose the issue that is female bullying. And through YOuth TOday (YOTO), I am working to mentor homeless youth right here in my community. But this problem is bigger than me, or my community. It needs the voices of ALL of the world's people to stand TOGETHER and say - This. Must. Stop.
I realize this may be viewed as political by some. But it isn't. It matters not if you are Republican or Democrat or nothing at all. This email is about helping children halfway across the world - because no one else can help them like we can. Regardless of how you feel about the celebrities, politicians and public figures featured in this video, focus on how you feel about these children who are being ripped from their homes and forced into absolutely revolting things.
This is Joseph Kony. He is what evil looks like. He is a heinous human being who MUST be stopped. I realize this name might mean nothing to you, so I ask you to please, make time for this 30 minute video. Learn who this evil person is, and what YOU can do to help stop him. We can't all give money, but we can pick up our phones and share this video with everyone we know.
I care... I hope you will too. I will be participating on April 20th to spread the word. Who is with me?
Edit (3/8): In the past 24 hours (give or take), the internet has blow up with both positive and negative things about the “Kony 2012” movement. Here is where I stand. I realize that just killing Kony would not solve this problem…but he AND the entire LRA ring do need to be brought to justice for the malicious things they are doing, not just in Uganda. I am NOT pro-war, I'm all about peace, but something has to be done. I am aware that some will view me as naive for appearing to jump on this “band wagon”, but I’d rather be viewed as naive then go against my instincts to do whatever I can to help bring this issue to light. I WILL be participating on April 20th, and I will NOT think “mission accomplished” if Kony is captured tomorrow. I know that there are many, many more just like him that will gladly step into his shoes, but that is unacceptable – and THAT is why I am throwing my support behind this. The fact that it happens, and will continue to happen in so many regions of Africa, is not okay.