Well, this one is going to open up a whole world of reader comments, if recent history is any indication. Remember Invisible Children? Want to be able to address your concerns (or thoughts) to them in person? Samara Ressler ’13 of WesAmnesty writes in with a poll:
I am sure many Wesleying readers know by now who Invisible Children is and the controversy that has surrounded their organization recently. Their newest video, KONY 2012, has received both criticism and acclaim from the international community. In the past, WesAmnesty has hosted events with Invisible Children around campus. Invisible Children has contacted our group again in the interest of having another screening at the end of this month. Like many of you, we have become critical of the organization, especially with regard to their new film. However, we are wondering if this event may be a good opportunity for Wes students to see the film and hear what Invisible Children has to say. We are curious to see if students think this event is a good idea and worth attending. Please help us out by doing this short survey!
Here’s a link to the poll. It’s more than just a yes/no reply, but as always, speak out in the comments below.
Your charity dollars at work (EDIT: image/caption added by wieb$)
If you have checked your Facebook in the past 48 hours, you have likely seen dozens of reposts of Kony 2012 from a humanitarian group named Invisible Children. The video has been staggeringly popular, particularly on college campuses, gathering nearly 10 million views in a matter of days. At Wesleyan, lots of students are discussing the video, it’s been posted on the ACB, emails have been sent to this blog– Kony 2012 has arrived.
Kony 2012 describes the plight of Ugandans in the face of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a violent militant group led by Joseph Kony, who are known to commit horrible atrocities against civilians under a demented pseudo-Christian ideology. The video in particular addresses Kony’s abducting children and forcing them to fight in his army. While humanitarian activism is important and issues such as these deserve more coverage and awareness, the motives and solutions proposed by Invisible Children are dubious at best, with multiple sources pointing to the group’s being financially self-interested and irresponsible.
Anonymous submission, Invisible Children:
Invisible Children is a national organization that uses documentary film making to spread awareness and stop the use of child soldiers in Uganda. Wes is lucky enough to be a stop on their tour this spring and they have an amazing documentary as well as a talk for us to enjoy! The documentary is about a former child soldier named Tony and his story. Robert, a Ugandan teammate, will be sharing his story as well. Free food from Haveli’s!! Also be sure to bring cash, check, or credit/debit card to purchase shirts and bracelets, all of which are made in Uganda!
Date: April 26
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Place: Shanklin 107
Cost: Inverse free food, inverse-inverse price of bracelets and shirts
From your friends at UCAB (they’re everywhere, methinks):
It’s Valentine’s Day… Make your sweetheart or friends a card and enjoy a relaxing environment in the Usdan Café. Free refreshments, including Valentine’s desserts!
Date: Thursday, Feb. 14
Time: 9:00 PM
Location: Usdan Café
And! There will be a film screening earlier in the night on Thursday, sponsored by STAND, WesAID, Pangea, and Incite Magazine:
Film screening of the Invisible Children documentary. A breathtaking movie on child soldiers in Northern Uganda. You won’t want to miss this!
Date: Thursday, Feb. 14
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: PAC 002
A little birdie tells me that The Invisible Children will also be speaking on campus on Monday, Feb. 18. More to come.