I wake up every morning to the sound of the ‘alala and invasive cardinals and a whole swath of other invasive and native birds.
I drink purified rain water. Most of the facility is run off solar panels and batteries. Sure, I’m in the fucking middle of nowhere but I work with birds that will very likely never exist in the wild again. They are also very spiritual. They represent uncertainty. I feel like that is a good way to sum up the future of Hawai’i.
The 30-minute video, Kony2012, was produced by three American videographers campaigning for greater efforts to capture Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
But Kony and his diminishing troops, many of them kidnapped child soldiers, fled northern Uganda six years ago and are now spread across the jungles of neighbouring countries.
“What that video says is totally wrong, and it can cause us more problems than help us,” said Dr Beatrice Mpora, director of Kairos, a community health organisation in Gulu, a town that was once the centre of the rebels’ activities.
“There has not been a single soul from the LRA here since 2006. Now we have peace, people are back in their homes, they are planting their fields, they are starting their businesses. That is what people should help us with.”
Joseph Kony, a former church altarboy, has spread terror through eastern and central Africa for almost three decades, as he has pursued an aimless war that has killed thousands of people and at one point forced hundreds of thousands from their homes.
The video, from Invisible Children Inc, an activism organisation, was posted to YouTube and Vimeo, a film-sharing site, on Monday night and by late on Thursday it had been viewed 32,600,000 times.
It aims to make Kony “famous” by encouraging supporters to plaster US cities with posters, in order to make the fight against the Lord’s Resistance Army an issue of “national interest” to Washington.
That, the video’s makers claim, will ensure funding for 100 US military advisors sent to train African armies to find Kony will continue.
“Suggesting that the answer is more military action is just wrong,” said Javie Ssozi, an influential Ugandan blogger.
“Have they thought of the consequences? Making Kony ‘famous’ could make him stronger. Arguing for more US troops could make him scared, and make him abduct more children, or go on the offensive.”
Rosebell Kagumire, a Ugandan journalist specialising in peace and conflict reporting, said: “This paints a picture of Uganda six or seven years ago, that is totally not how it is today. It’s highly irresponsible”.
I take back what I said. Stop spreading that video please.
*Hey y’all. We are switching our Your Stories and Personal Post days in light of the response from yesterday’s KONY video post.
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Y’all piss me off sometimes. Riddle me this:
If you have the opportunity to use your voice as a way to change someone’s world for the better, why wouldn’t you?
I do think you should know all the facts before you put your money/efforts toward something, including peace in East Africa. I don’t think you should just step forward with blind faith in hopes that Jason Russell, whom you may know nothing about, will change the world. HOWEVER, I think reading one article that says something scathing about an organization that has put almost three million dollars into a cause that desperately needs the attention and support of people exactly like us, is not worth much.
Do your research. If after reading over the financial records, researching the ever-evolving list of initiatives that have come into fruition/ CONTINUE TO HELP THESE PEOPLE, and doing an extensive search for another non-profit that is doing half as much as Invisible Children, you decide your heart and soul should go elsewhere, so be it. Fight for this alternate organization, spread the word, raise awareness, I commend you in your efforts.
But I will say this: Bad-mouthing an organization, discrediting the work that has been done in the past 10 years, and telling people you think their efforts are misplaced, is not helping. In fact, it is doing the exact opposite of helping. If you want to help somewhere else, help somewhere else. We should not be bringing one another down, we should be working together. Use your voice as a tool for good, for the betterment of society, for the well-being of those around you. Negativity will never make anything better.
My very biggest hope is that the number of you out there crying “foul play!” on those of us supporting Invisible Children and their current push for peace and justice in East Africa is equivalent to the number of you who are taking action to help in the ways that you see fit. If you are reading this post and you are angry with us for supporting IC, and you snap a remark our way and shut your computer… guess what? You ain’t helping shit.
That said, let’s all talk for a hot second about what it means to fight for equality. I know many of you would much prefer if this organization (and all organizations) gave 100% of their proceeds toward the cause that they underwrite… but I beg of you to think about the places that the money IS going, and how THOSE THINGS may also be creating something larger than any of us have yet imagined.
The biggest thing that moved me about the KONY2012 video we posted on Wednesday was how it highlighted the power that youth currently have to make change. Political power, organizational power and the power to take action. You’re angry with the founder of this company for using “only” 3 million of his organization’s almost 9 million dollars directly for East African youth? What about the money that went into the production of the videos that are opening the eyes of people worldwide who would have never, ever seen nor thought about this situation?
You’re angry with the organization for paying their employees salaries of less than $90,000 per year? What would you say if Dannielle and I were taking a salary at that level? What if we had the funds from our work to pay ourselves enough support our lives, our families, and our own futures? Would that make us a cause not worth supporting? The fact that we spend countless hours fighting for what we believe in, the fact that we speak to thousands of youth each year… those things become worthless if we don’t give all of the proceeds from our efforts DIRECTLY and without any creative license, to that cause?
“Invisible Children is a youth for youth movement that uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony’s rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities to peace and prosperity.”
That’s the mission they have put out there, and from what I can see that is exactly how they have been using their funding.
Further, if your issue is one with supporting military initiatives in these areas, then please go and put your dollars to someone who is doing the specific things you believe in. I am choosing to listen to this group of individuals who have visited East Africa and spoken to those on the ground numerous times in the past decade, because I have not been there myself and I believe that the intentions here are the right ones. I believe that this fight is not one of guns against guns here, but rather one that requires the technology and equipment to find a human being who has hurt and killed thousands.
You don’t have to do what we believe in, but we would very much appreciate the space to fight our own personal fight, and would also appreciate being given the credit, in the future, for having done the research on the causes that we fight for, before posting them for thousands to see.
"Bad-mouthing an organization, discrediting the work that has been done in the past 10 years, and telling people you think their efforts are misplaced, is not helping. In fact, it is doing the exact opposite of helping. If you want to help somewhere else, help somewhere else. We should not be bringing one another down, we should be working together. Use your voice as a tool for good, for the betterment of society, for the well-being of those around you. Negativity will never make anything better."
Best: Probably wandering around Disneyland three sheets to the wind making an ass of myself in the good way and riding rides.
Worst: Any time I black out. I get really mean to Adam and very rude to everyone around me and say VERY inappropriate things. I lose the filter. So I don’t drink to the point of blacking out anymore (very often).
My boss is staring to get bitchy with me, which means my days are numbered. She always starts being really mean to a single employee until they quit, then moves on to the next one. She’s done it to 3 other people this month.
I’m trying to figure out the logistics of moving to Hawaii in less than a week.
My boyfriend and I opened a joint checking account, and both sort of sarcastically joked that that was getting gay married because that’s all we can really do in this state to be “together” in the state’s eyes.
Thinking about my teenage years and being mad that I never really lived more.
Feeling really fat, and justifying eating more with the fact that I will be living off 20 Dollars a day for the next month in Hawaii. God, I’m whiny. And I WILL take cheese with my Whine, thank you. The whole block please.
There’s just a lot going on right now. That’s always how it works though.
AHHH. That’s like my nightmare. You don’t trim him yourself? I don’t trim the keets cause they are crazy hard to trim/really funny to see flying around, but I used to do my cockatiel. I guess the bigger parrots are scary to trim too.
I tried! I made a birdie burrito and wrapped him in a pillowcase, but he managed to bite the shit out of my hand before I could take enough off the length. He was still flying around the apartment so I decided the vet was my only option. I just had no idea he’d be such a problem! Granted, he played those techs by acting all cute in his travel cage. They surely didn’t expect him to turn into a feathered monster as soon as he saw a towel!
How are your babies, btw? Has Sky become more sociable yet?
He’s a little bit better. He steps up when there is promise of food and doesn’t run when we come near. He’s also getting more coordinated an less fat (HE WAS SO GIANT… he weighed more than bird when we got him). Though he spooked yesterday when I forgot the cage was open and crashed into the door (sort of… he was clipped super hard when we got him and grew some of the feathers back, but not all, so now he flies like one of those giant carpenter bees… super slowly and uncoordinately), but he’s learning! haha. He also really likes when I sit next to the cage before bed and talk to him/cheep back at him. It’s really cute! haha.
Bird is like a B-52 bomber. He’s got navigating around the house and harassing us down, especially in the morning when I let him out and Adam is still sleeping. He flies into the sleeping corner and circles a few times screaming till he gets up. Haha.