Thursday, April 5, 2012

KONY 2012, PART 2

         Temecula, CA – The organization was never about Jason Russell alone. It started with 3 young Wiseman who followed a star, Collin Powell, when he said there was a genocide going on in a distant land. Grabbing a camera they took off and the video ‘Rough Cut’ was born. Like the CEO of Invisible Children, I was mesmerized to a call to action immediately after screening it. Also, perhaps as one of the oldest IC members, I felt much like one of the two AK-47 toting adults you see in the film watching over the kids. However, in my usual Lois Lane with a penis fashion, I have had an embed’s POV. Today is no exception. After the jump, the just released Invisible Children KONY 2012, Part Duex
         And now, Invisible Children

Below are the representatives who 'crossed the aisle' to make this resolution possible.

Kony 2012 Resolutions (H.Res. 583/S.Res. 402)

In March 2012, two resolutions were introduced in Congress– led by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Ed Royce (R-CA). These resolutions (H.Res 538 and S. Res 402) condemn the crimes against humanity committed by Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and call for the implementation of the policies advocated in the Kony 2012 campaign to enhance US support for regional efforts to bring LRA leaders to justice and protect civilians.  You can read the full text of the resolutions here and here, but in brief, the resolutions:
• Support the efforts of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and other regional governments, as well as the African Union and United Nations, to end the threat posed by the LRA;
 • Support continued efforts by the United States to strengthen the capabilities of regional military forces deployed to protect civilians and pursue commanders of the LRA; as well as to enhance cooperation and cross-border efforts to increase civilian protection and provide assistance to populations affected by the LRA;
 • Call on the U.S. to utilize existing funds for ongoing programs to enhance mobility, intelligence, and logistical capabilities for partner forces engaged in efforts to protect civilians or remove Joseph Kony and his top commanders from the battlefield;
 • Call on the President to keep Congress fully informed of U.S. efforts and to work closely with Congress to identify and address critical gaps in efforts to counter the LRA.
Below are all the House and Senate cosponsors, listed alphabetically:
Original sponsors: Rep Jim McGovern (D-MA3) and Rep Ed Royce (R-CA40)
Rep Bachus, Spencer [AL-6
Rep Bass, Karen [CA-33]
Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA-28]
Rep Buerkle, Ann Marie [NY-25]
Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5]
Rep Calvert, Ken [CA-44]
Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-8]
Rep Carnahan, Russ [MO-3]
Rep Carter, John R. [TX-31]
Rep Cole, Tom [OK-4]
Rep Connolly, Gerald E. "Gerry" [VA-11]
Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-7]
Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4]
Rep Deutch, Theodore E. [FL-19]
Rep Engel, Eliot L. [NY-17]
Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17]
Rep Gallegly, Elton [CA-24]
Rep Garamendi, John [CA-10]
Rep Griffin, Tim [AR-2]
Rep Jackson Lee, Sheila [TX-18]
Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [IL-2]
Rep Lance, Leonard [NJ-7]
Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9]
Rep Lewis, John [GA-5]
Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10]
Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7]
Rep Meeks, Gregory W. [NY-6]
Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2]
Rep Miller, Brad [NC-13]
Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4]
Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8]
Rep Olver, John W. [MA-1]
Rep Pascrell, Bill Jr. [NJ-8]
Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16]
Rep Rivera, David [FL-25]
Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [FL-18]
Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9]
Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1]
Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9]
Rep Schock, Aaron [IL-18]
Rep Sherman, Brad [CA-27]
Rep Smith, Christopher H. [NJ-4]
Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13]
Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10]
Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8]
Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-30]
Rep Wolf, Frank R. [VA-10]

Original Sponsors: Chris Coons (D-DE) & Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Sen Akaka, Daniel K. [HI]
Sen Ayotte, Kelly [NH]
Sen Begich, Mark [AK]
Sen Blunt, Roy [MO]
Sen Boozman, John [AR]
Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA]
Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH]
Sen Cardin, Benjamin L. [MD]
Sen Coats, Daniel [IN]
Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME]
Sen Cornyn, John [TX]
Sen Durbin, Richard [IL]
Sen Enzi, Michael B. [WY]
Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA]
Sen Franken, Al [MN]
Sen Graham, Lindsey [SC]
Sen Hatch, Orrin G. [UT]
Sen Heller, Dean [NV]
Sen Isakson, Johnny [GA]
Sen Johnson, Tim [SD]
Sen Johanns, Mike [NE]
Sen Klobuchar, Amy [MN]
Sen Landrieu, Mary L. [LA]
Sen Lautenberg, Frank R. [NJ]
Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT]
Sen Levin, Carl [MI]
Sen Lieberman, Joseph I. [CT]
Sen McCain, John [AZ]
Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ]
Sen Merkley, Jeff [OR]
Sen Moran, Jerry [KS]
Sen Murray, Patty [WA]
Sen Nelson, E. Benjamin [NE]
Sen Reed, Jack [RI]
Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY]
Sen Sessions, Jeff [AL]
Sen Shaheen, Jeanne [NH]
Sen Tester, Jon [MT]
Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI]

Though we are quick to point out flaws in our elected officials, we also give credit where it shines through.

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