Wednesday, March 07, 2012

please watch.

I was going to post a fun DIY today.

But after I watched the following film, I couldn't.

I feel I have to open my mouth. As a mother. As an American. As a daughter of God. I cannot let this go.

It's thirty minutes. I know you are busy. Find the time. Please.

You all know I don't share my politics here. This isn't politics. This is life. This is children.

I tuck my children into bed each night assured that they are safe. Every mother should feel that way.

On April 20th, I will be out plastering Carlsbad with posters. Will you join me?

UPDATE: As this campaign grows and more people become aware, the critics are coming out in full force. Do your homework. Read the financials posted on the Invisible Children website. Read the articles that have been written criticizing this movement and then read the rebuttals written by the leaders of KONY2012.  This may seem like a trendy thing that will pass, but I think it is a chance to make a meaningful change. I am choosing to take action instead of spilling negative dogma into the world.


Anna M said...

wow. the power of one. let's do this!

Natalie said...

brilliant, april. thank you so much for posting this. i'm pledging and reposting it myself.

J.Crabbit said...

This is trending everywhere, you dont have to apologize for sharing, it is a good cause. plus now you have an extra DIY to post later.

Colette said...

I didn't want to watch it (cowardly like that!) but did and I am glad I did. It needs to be watched by everyone with a heart. I have shared it on facebook, so thank-you for sharing it with us.


Jennifer said...

Thank you for the priority check for all of us. Having lived in Africa and known personally many families directly affected by killings in Zaire, Rwanda and South Africa, I have a particular kind of outrage over this ongoing tragedy. And yet, I am still wrought with terror if my children escape the backyard gate for 1 minute. Mothers cannot ignore this. Humans cannot ignore this. I will be with you in Carlsbad absolutely.

Paula (from spark) said...

I cried.. I was moved... to ACTION!!! Gracias April!

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Lara Watson said...

Absolutely 100% with you. Found this film elsewhere this morning and so pleased to see it pop up everywhere. And I'm in awe of the people behind it. So many of us care but don't know how to help/get heard. I love that Facebook, Twitter etc are being used for causes that matter, like this.

tollestrupfamily said...

This is a POWERFUL film. However I did a little research since the charity my sister worked for was in Uganda. It turns out that only 31% of the proceeds actually helps children in Uganda. That makes me a bit crazy. This video has gone viral and will make a tremendous amount of money but almost 70% will NOT go to help the children from Uganda who need it. The horror stories my sister told me are frightening. It makes me cuddle my well fed, loved and safe babies a little closer and pray for the ones who don't have that luxery. At the same time we need more action than prayers. I know there are a lot of charities out there that give 90 or even 100% of proceeds to the children. I think that is where our focus should lie. This could just be me being annoying but I had to pass it on!