As a mother and social justice writer, I struggle daily with the balance of wanting to provide my children a healthy cocoon with minimal discomfort, while also preparing them to take on the injustices of the world -- a role I expect them to step up into someday.
That day, I learned something about myself that would change my life forever. How had I been skipping school, sleeping in and not doing my homework on the same day that other kids were walking seven, or 10 miles to school?
You think it's messed up that people can't tell their own story -- that people have to have someone come in and package, market, and produce their story for the world to take it seriously. We think it's messed up, too.
Invisible Children's faith, infused with prophetic imagination, not only causes the organization to live towards a different story, but has clearly invited others to join in living just such a better story.
We sometimes forget that we can support a person or a group and synchronously criticize certain actions, thoughts, or words. I support Invisible Children and simultaneously feel free to criticize certain tactics, campaigns, or actions.
Social media is becoming an increasingly valuable tool for social justice advocates through its capability to help shape the national discourse surrounding issues, as two recent examples from two very different spheres of the web prove.
To restore its waning credibility, Invisible Children should immediately cut ties with the dictator and the corrupted Fellowship. As long as Invisible Children is linked to human rights violators, its claims to be humanitarian will be suspect.
Not for the first time since I got involved with Cura Orphanage, I wonder whether critics like those who chastise and even mock IC's efforts would say similar things about my work, were it more bold, more public.
Right now there are potentially hundreds of millions of youth interested in Uganda and hungry for guidance. Experts must positively engage this expanding global dialogue and to teach the conversation upwards.
If the aim, as Invisible Children purports, is ending armed conflict, then the "capture Kony" route is at best of limited effectiveness -- more likely still it is a myopic policy with a plethora of unintended consequences.
Invisible Children has been criticized for not spending enough money on programs. But Invisible Children is an advocacy organization. They spend money on media -- not direct aid -- because that's their strategy.
This heightened awareness of the 26-year trail of wreckage left by Kony is a good thing. And now, more than ever before, countless people are asking how to help the victims and not only how to help catch Kony.