Champlain College Activists Bring Invisible Children’s ‘KONY 2012’ Campaign to Campus
U.S Sen. Leahy to Talk about Support to Capture War Criminal Joseph Kony on Monday
When : Monday, March 12, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Morgan Room, Aiken Building, Champlain College, 83 Summit St., Burlington, VT
BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Champlain College student activists and representatives of Invisible Children will discuss the KONY 2012 campaign, aimed at bringing African war criminal Joseph Kony to justice, at Champlain College’s Aiken Hall on Monday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m.
A documentary on the issue, “KONY 2012,” has gone viral on the internet, netting nearly 60 million hits on YouTube just since its release on March 5. Leahy, chairman of the Senate’s budget panel for the State Department and Foreign Operations, is a longtime U.S. leader on issues relating to war crimes and criminals and the innocent victims of war and conflict. He recently included funding in the U.S. foreign aid budget to help Kony’s victims – many of them children — and he has long supported efforts to capture Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which has terrorized the people of northern Uganda, the Congo and elsewhere in Central Africa for more than two decades.
The victim assistance funding secured by Leahy will be discussed next Wednesday in Leahy’s annual budget hearing for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which will implement those efforts. Kony and his forces have kidnapped children and forced them to become soldiers and to kill and mutilate members of their own families. Adonga Quinto, a northern Ugandan who was kidnapped by the LRA, will discuss his experiences. Also speaking will be Sadie Stone, a Champlain College student who has joined the effort to bring Kony to justice and Champlain College President David Finney.
On Tuesday, March 13 at 2 p.m., representatives from Invisible Children will screen the 28-minute documentary at Alumni Auditorium for students as part of the College’s Activate Campus Thinking Week. Adonga Quinto is one of 16 Ugandan survivors touring with the film to help put the spotlight on the ongoing brutal conflict in Central Africa and to advocate on behalf of the countries that are still terrorized by Joseph Kony’s rebel force, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Invisible Children uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony’s rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities in Central Africa to peace and prosperity.
The Champlain event was organized by Sadie Stone, a junior majoring in event management at Champlain. She brought the Invisible Children program to campus last spring featuring the documentary “Tony,” with the help of hotel and management student, junior Angie Cummings.
After showing the documentary, Quinto will share his story of being abducted by the LRA and later released. Quinto is currently a staff member in Invisible Children’s offices in Uganda.
Organizers say the documentary , “KONY 2012,” explains the importance of civic engagement and shows youth how they can help stop the man who is arguably the worst war criminal in the world. Invisible Children encourages students to use social media to engage influential culture makers and policymakers during KONY 2012. The Twitter hashtags #InvisibleChildren and #Uganda have been in the top 10 trending topics since the film was released on the Internet. The YouTube version of the documentary already has 58 million -plus views online and has received strong media coverage internationally.
“There has been significant progress in the recent months towards stopping the violence of the LRA,” said Invisible Children’s CEO, Ben Keesey. “If the world continues to rally behind this effort, 2012 will be the year that peace is finally achieved, once and for all.”
This is Invisible Children’s 14th national tour. More than 60 young people from around the world are touring 16 regions. For more information about Invisible Children or KONY 2012, visit www.kony2012.com. For more information visit www.invisiblechildren.com.
For additional information:
Stephen Mease – 802-865-6432 (office) or 802-578-8029 (cell), [email protected]
John Goodrow – 1-800-642-3193
If you have questions about Invisible Children and its work, here is a good starting place to get some answers.
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