At the 11th hour, Congress passes bill to help arrest Kony

We’re less than a week into 2013 and we’ve already got some exciting news about the impact you are making to help end LRA violence. Late Tuesday night, Congress passed the Rewards for Justice expansion legislation (S. 2318) to help strengthen efforts to arrest Joseph Kony– and there is no doubt that your voices helped to make that happen.
As you may recall, on November 16, 2012 — just one day before thousands marched on Washington for MOVE:DC — more than 700 of Invisible Children’s top activists met with their members of Congress and urged them to take action to help end LRA violence and bring Joseph Kony to justice. One of the main things activists demanded was for Congress to pass the Rewards for Justice expansion bill (S.2318), legislation that would strengthen efforts to locate and arrest Kony by enabling the U.S. State Department to offer financial rewards for information that directly leads to his arrest (for more details about the bill, visit here).
Joseph Kony_Wanted poster
Now, thanks to your efforts, the bill is on its way to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. Once passed, it could result in valuable new information about Kony’s location and movements, bringing us closer to his arrest. It also has the potential to encourage LRA fighters and lower level commanders to defect, which would severely weaken the LRA’s ability to commit violence against communities in central Africa.
This week’s news is more proof that your persistent and bold advocacy is working. We want to offer huge thanks to everyone who participated in LOBBY:DC — especially those who went the extra mile by leading meetings. Your hard work and sacrifice to come to DC was worth it. We also want to thank the members of Congress who introduced this legislation into Congress, namely Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) in the House and Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), John Boozman (R-AR), and Chris Coons (D-DE) in the Senate. Their leadership has been central to the progress made thus far.

10 Responses

  1. From the early moments of standing in line at the convention center that Friday morning and looking into the faces of the 700 or so other advocates, all there with the very same intention as me, that undying intention of peace, I knew that the impact of that day was going to be huge.
    Stepping into the office of my first meeting, backed by about thirty other residents from Florida, all of whom had traveled the near 1,000 miles to get there at their own dime, I felt a beautiful calm settle over me. There was no nervousness. There was no intimidation by the elected officials surrounding me. There was no fright, no question, no doubt. We were there to bring peace upon this world, and every ounce of flesh on my body knew that by the time I walked out of that building, serenity would be on its way.
    Now here I am, back in my small Floridian home town, reading article after article detailing the passage of this piece of legislation that I battled on the theoretic front lines for -this piece of legislation that carries us one step closer to ensuring that never again will the LRA force other youth to battle on the very real front lines of useless violence.
    Here I am sitting here and one thought rises above all others.
    And that thought is, “I am changing the world. I am bringing peace.”

  2. Joel Enoch says:

    This is so amazing. Love it! 2013 will be a year of Justice!

  3. Jennifer Martin says:

    Oh, wow, this is awesome news :) I am so happy :) This proves just what we can all do when we channel our energies into the same cause :) Congratulations, guys, you must all be very proud of yourselves :)

    Blessed Be,

    Jennifer Martin

  4. Alexis Seward says:

    This was the first thing I saw when I woke up! MADE MY DAY!

  5. Jill Fredenburg says:

    We will stop at absolutely nothing. I’m excited to hear what I can do in 2013 to help catch Kony!

  6. matisse97 says:

    Reblogged this on Invisible Children and commented:
    Its amazing what we can accomplish when we work together!

  7. Sumedh Garimella says:

    Invisible Children to-do list

    1. Capture Joseph Kony
    2. If Sudan was hiding him, arrest entire Sudanese gov’t.
    3. Find Kony and Sudanese gov’t guilty of war crimes.
    4. Give both Kony and Sudanese gov’t a life sentence ( Al-Bashir and Kony deserve death penalty )

    S-2318 helps with #1, keep up good work, Invisible Children

  8. brandon says:

    Thanks for the post Johnny. I’m glad to hear this.

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