What is the goal of KONY 2012?
Invisible Children has been working for 9 years to end Africa’s longest-running armed conflict. U.S. military advisers are currently deployed in Central Africa on a “time-limited” mission to stop Kony and disarm the LRA. If Kony isn’t captured this year, the window will be gone.
Who is Joseph Kony?
Joseph Kony is the world’s worst war criminal. In 1987 he took over leadership of an existing rebel group and renamed it the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
The LRA has earned a reputation for its cruel and brutal tactics. When Joseph Kony found himself running out of fighters, he started abducting children to be soldiers in his army or “wives” for his officers. The LRA is encouraged to rape, mutilate, and kill civilians–often with blunt weapons.
The LRA is no longer active in northern Uganda (where it originated) but it continues its campaign of violence in Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, and South Sudan. In its 26-year history, the LRA has abducted more than 30,000 children and displaced at least 2.1 million people.
Ok. It is NOT okay to make cutting jokes. Or talk about how awesome having a butterfly on your arm is. It is NOT awesome. It is a horrible thing. You do not want one. The Butterfly Project is a beautiful movement. However, you do not want to have to rely on something like cutting. Ever. Stop please stop making jokes. It doesn’t make you cool or make people laugh. It just hurts those around you. Or worse, trigger them.
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What do we talk about when we fight for marriage equality? Equal rights under the law? Benefits? Documentation?
Based on recent anecdotes, the argument for marriage equality is most successful when we talk about love and commitment rather than rights.
According to this piece from the Los Angeles Times, some of the most compelling evidence in favor of marriage equality has come not from descriptions of legal advantages won or lost, but from couples and families telling stories about their own lives. In particular, Republican lawmakers seem to have changed their minds about gay rights most often when compelled by personal stories rather than considerations of benefits and the like.
A Washington state lawmaker who voted for the bill recalled her own marriage. “I was married for 23 years to the love of my life and he died six years ago,” said Republican Rep. Maureen Walsh in a video that went viral. “How could I deny anyone the right to have that incredible bond with another individual in life?”
In New Jersey, 15-year-old Madison Galluccio told state lawmakers debating same-sex marriage what it’s like being the adopted daughter of two gay dads.
“A lot of people think that my family is different,” she testified before an Assembly committee. “You gave us a civil union. I don’t know what that is…. It’s very hard for me to explain to my friends. It’s very hard that I can’t tell them, ‘Oh yeah, I have gay dads and they’re married just like your parents.’ But they’re not.”
Some of the most successful ad campaigns for marriage equality (read: the It’s Time video) follow this line of thinking, too - they don’t focus on rights or benefits at all, but instead emphasize the love and commitment that underlies marriage. What do you think of all this? Do you agree?