On April 20th, KONY 2012 “Cover the Night” will be taking place in Portland, along with cities across the country. Overnight, supporters will be covering the city with KONY 2012 posters, signs, stickers, and banners. The purpose of this KONY spread is to bring awareness and get other people involved in stopping and capturing Joseph Kony, rebel and leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The documentary “Kony 2012” touches on horrific stories of child abduction, brutal mutilations, and sexual slavery brought on by the LRA.
Although the media seems to be focusing on the KONY 2012 goal of capturing this warlord, there have been some hiccups along the way. Jason Russell, co-founder of Invisible Children and director of “Kony 2012”, was detained for masturbating in public just a month before his long-awaited “Cover the Night”. His actions were blamed on extreme exhaustion and dehydration. Nonetheless, this was the person everyone viewed as the trustworthy Christian who was making a change in the world. Unfortunately, this impromptu incident has a lot of people questioning the campaign now. It’ll be interesting to see the outcome on April 21st.
Because PSU is situated in the heart of Portland, it’s expected than many students will be involved in “Cover the Night” Portland. Will you be a part of this event? Have the current incidents affected your thoughts on this campaign?