The bipartisan video below is a message from the United States Senate in honor of Cover the Night, or what they call the “KONY 2012 global day of action.” In this bipartisan statement, several senators applaud young people for their civic involvement in KONY 2012 and talk about the importance of stopping Joseph Kony and LRA violence. Who knew that the Senate made riveting 7:41 videos? Cause they do.
Our thanks to everyone who has contacted their members of Congress in the last several weeks. They are listening, so let’s keep it up.
Below are excerpts from the press release:
WASHINGTON – The day before the Kony 2012movement’s global day of action, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), John Kerry (D-Mass.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)released a new video on the Senate’s efforts to support the removal of Joseph Kony and his top lieutenants in the Lord’s Resistance Army from the battlefield in central Africa. Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), is also featured in the video, which is aimed at the millions of young Americans who have become part of the Kony 2012 movement in the last month.
“The level of engagement we’ve seen from Americans — especially young Americans — because of the Kony 2012 movement has been truly extraordinary,” Senator Coons said. “We had two goals in mind for this video: reiterating the Senate’s deep bipartisan support for stopping Joseph Kony, and embracing and encouraging this once-in-a-generation interest in a humanitarian cause abroad. Because so many Americans first learned about Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army online, and because that’s where people are talking to each other about it, we wanted to engage with interested Americans there, too.” Senator Coons is chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs.
“Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army have burned a path of destruction through Uganda and its neighbors in central Africa for the last 25 years,” Senator Coons said. “Joseph Kony represents the worst of mankind, and he and his commanders must be held accountable for their crimes against humanity. This is an issue that has strong bipartisan support in the Senate — and has had such support for years — and we want to be sure Americans know that.”
Forty-three senators have cosponsored S.Res.402, a resolution in the Senate introduced last month condemning Kony and declaring support for U.S. efforts to advise regional forces on Kony’s capture. At a press conference in the Capitol Thursday to unveil the video, the senators invited Americans to become “citizen co-sponsors” of the resolution by adding their names online at www.coons.senate.gov/cosponsor. Americans who have cosponsored the resolution before its passage will have their names entered into the Congressional Record.