Also known as the early adopters of a new technology, or those with their ear to the ground of what's coming, mavens lead the charge because they see the future. And the rest of the world falls in line.
You were standing with us well before KONY 2012, well before lines were drawn in the sand, and well before Joseph Kony became a household name. You had the insight to see an end to LRA violence, an end to the use of child soldiers, an end to the apathy of the world, and the beginning of creative and thoughtful response to global problems. Because of the solid base of supporters like you who believe that these things are possible, they are all within reach.
The last couple of months have been the most intense period of global engagement in the history of the LRA conflict. By FAR. The unexpected, monumental news of the May 14th capture of top LRA commander Caesar Achellam was unbelievably encouraging as he holds one of the highest ranks within the LRA and is a leading influence in the group's operations. It is a major victory for everyone interested in seeing an end to LRA violence.
And just as we were dealing with the overdose of excitement about Achellam and the turning of advocacy wheels, the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs unanimously passed the Kony 2012 Resolution. The Resolution is a commitment to support the international effort to end LRA violence and arrest Joseph Kony, with a special focus on civilian protection, regional cooperation, and rehabilitation programs for affected communities. Read the fine print about the resolution (H. Res. 583) here. Just to be clear - this is a big deal.
Another hugely significant step was the United Nations Security Council meeting on June 29 where they discussed the strategy for arresting Joseph Kony and dismantling the LRA. Invisible Children took advantage of this meeting at the UN to deliver the signatures of 3,729,815 people from countries all over the globe who had signed the pledge to stop the LRA. While conversations about the LRA among world leaders are encouraging, we must hold decision-makers accountable to be swift and responsible in the strategizing and implementing of action.
We are entering one of the most important political seasons in history. The fate of the LRA hinges on the decisions made in the months ahead. It is IMPERATIVE that our determination to see global justice be seen, heard and represented on every street corner, school hallway, store window, political rally, and car bumper in every neighborhood around the globe. Our back-in-stock Action Kit can be used to full advantage in showing the world that we're making the final half of 2012 be the loudest, boldest, and bravest of our generation.
Watch this five-minute video highlighting the steps that the international community has taken since March 5th to stop LRA violence - Global Action to Stop the LRA: March to May.