This week Senator Russ Feingold introduced a new bill to the Senate that, if passed, will accelerate the United States’ involvement in ending the atrocities of the Lord’s Resistance Army and aiding the victims of their decades long war in northern Uganda.
In his statement introducing the bill, Senator Feingold credits the efforts of “young Americans” in bringing the distant civil war to forefront of American concern. This is a direct nod to the efforts of several groups like Resolve Uganda and Gulu Walk, but most notably to the years of creative activism and awareness campaigns by my friends at Invisible Children. Read this excerpt from Senator Feingold:
For many years, we have both sought to bring attention to the terror orchestrated by the Lord’s Resistance Army, the LRA, and the suffering of the people of northern Uganda. We have come a long way in just a few years, thanks especially to young Americans who have become increasingly aware of and outspoken about this horrific situation. And as a result, the United States has made increased efforts to help end this horror. Those efforts have yielded some success, but if we are now to finally see this conflict to its end, we need to commit to a proactive strategy to help end the threat posed by the LRA and support reconstruction, justice, and reconciliation in northern Uganda. This bill seeks to do just that.
It has taken thousands upon thousands of screenings, a bunch of national and international tours, three audacious nation- and world-wide events, and countless hours and dollars committed by high school and college students, and finally this week the greatest single power in the world, the US government, is considering making our cause its own.
Congratulations to IC for this huge victory! And don’t stop now.