Utica "Covers The Night" in 2012

Kony 2012. You may have noticed hundreds of red and white posters taped to buildings and door hangers tucked under car windshield wipers and dangling from doorknobs all over Utica and its surrounding area this past weekend.
This explosion of “advertising” is the result of a one-night event called Cover The Night which occurred all over the world on Friday, April 20th. Cover The Night is a part of the Invisible Children Movement whose “Kony 2012” video burst onto the Youtube scene in 2005, generating mass public support and mobilizing an astounding number of followers, many of them college-age activists. The end goal of Invisible Children, a human rights organization founded in 2006 by three college students, is to “Use film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony's rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities in East and Central Africa to peace and prosperity.”
The organization was successful in attracting enough public support that in October of 2011, President Obama sent in “combat-equipped troops” in an attempt to find and capture or kill Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army that operates in central Africa. In addition to countless other atrocities, Kony’s LRA has abducted thousands of children since the 1980’s, effectively creating an army of child-soldiers.
Despite the fact that the organization has come under fire as of late in regards to its financial transparency, the arrest of one of its co-founders, and its push for military intervention as a solution to the ongoing violence in Darfur, Sudan and the northern region of the DRC, thousands of supporters flooded the streets this past Friday to Cover The Night with Kony 2012 posters, urging the public to notice, remember and act out against violence worldwide. The sheer size of this movement, coupled with its humble beginnings and its message of action to end violence, especially violence against children, has culminated in an international media-fueled phenomenon that will have lasting impacts on America’s youth for decades to come.

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Concerned Utican says ... on Tuesday, Apr 24 at 8:59 AM

I wish I had known about this event. I would have helped. This is such an important issue! This should be a cover story! I wonder what the refugee center has to say about this.

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