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Cover the Night 2012
     I'm sure most of you have heard about the KONY 2012 movement that has become extraordinarily popular recently. If you haven't then continue reading as I'm about to fill you in on one of the fastest and most influential social movements as of late. The main point I want to get across is that Joseph Kony has been capturing the children of Uganda for years now and forcing them to commit ungodly crimes. Many of these children are stolen from their homes late at night away from their families and forced to kill their parents and siblings. The captured boys are placed into the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) as soldiers and the captured girls are sold in prostitution and slave trafficking. Joseph Kony is the leader of the LRA. 
     Invisible Children Inc. was created to serve and protect these children and many of the volunteers have devoted their lives to stopping Joseph Kony. Invisible Children Inc. would like to see Kony arrested for the crimes he has committed since 1986. Kony is thought to have over 85 wives and 44 children. 
     The KONY 2012 movement is intended to raise awareness to as many people in the world as possible in order to get Joseph Kony's name out and circulating. Invisible Children Inc. has produced a 30 minute video explaining more of the backstory and also goals that the organization wishes to accomplish. The video is listed below. 
    Another feature of KONY 2012 is the "Cover the Night" event that was held on April 20th 2012. This event, which is explained in the video, will take place around midnight on April 20th. Activists will cover their cities and towns with posters to raise awareness about Joseph Kony and the LRA. 
     Here at Kent State University we have an Invisible Children club and on April 20th myself and multiple students "covered the night" with posters and flyers in honor of the pursuit to capture Kony. Many cities around the world were involved as well as numerous politicians and celebrities.  

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     *UPDATE* The KONY 2012 social movement has faced a lot of speculation from stealing profits to Jason Russell's drunken street parade. I have heard first hand on campus from many students that the Invisible Children organization is stealing profits from volunteers and activists. Students believe that not all of the profits are going toward stopping the LRA and helping the children of Uganda but are actually going into the pockets of the top dogs of Invisible Children; including that of Jason Russell (founder of Invisible Children). I personally do not believe this to be true and even if they were profiting illegally by lets say 30%. then 70% would still go to the cause. However, that would be unethical. After researching the Invisible Children webpage I found that they include a finances tab that lists all financial statements of the organization. I encourage you all to check that section out and make up your own mind about the rumors. 
      Recently, Jason Russell, 33, was caught drunk in public one night in March. He was reportedly intoxicated and masturbating and sent to a mental institution. Now as horrible as this seems I don't think he deserves the ridicule he has been receiving. The man has done a tremendous amount of work and has involved much dedication to the KONY movement. From a sociologist perspective I try to take the good with the bad and I have a hard time believing that this man is a "monster". Jason Russell, the main character of the KONY 2012 videos (see below) has also been facing much stipulation about his mental state and ownership of his son, also starring in the video below. 
     To learn move about how you can get involved in the KONY 2012 movement please visit the Invisible Children website, just click the link I have provided. In their shop they sell t-shirts, bracelets, poster, and pins. They also sell action kits that include: a bunch of posters, a t-shirt, a pin, stickers, and two bracelets as well as an information packet. GET INVOLVED and spread the word!!!

Please watch the KONY 2012 video to help raise awareness of Joseph Kony.

 


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