#Kony2012: Should You Donate? How NGOs Work

When working on projects, we often say, “Chaos will ensue” and we’re happy when it does because it means we’re making progress. It’s also often said that “Inventions should cause disruption.” Sometimes that disruption is good and sometimes it’s bad. The kind of chaos and disruption Invisible Children’s #Kony2012 campaign has caused is good. No matter what side of the debate you’re on, you can’t argue against awareness about child soldiers and child sex slaves. If we don’t know, we can’t do anything. But there’s more to it than that, isn’t there? The concern is, “Should I donate?”

I serve as the treasurer for an NGO, as co-chair for a government set-up advisory board, and as the president of a church.

We did it!! The LRA Bill passes through CONGRESS!

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act, by voice vote without a single objection.

Over the course of 30 minutes, seven Congress members spoke on behalf of the bill, calling on President Obama, in response to the atrocities being committed in central east Africa, to form a plan to remove Joseph Kony from the battlefield. Eight additional Members of Congress submitted written statements expressing their support for the bill.

Can you believe it? The leaders of our nation, for 30 MINUTES, stated and restated the atrocities committed by Joseph Kony and the urgent need for a strong response from the United States.

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This is an open call to Senator Coburn (R-OK) asking him to meet with Invisible Children in Oklahoma City RIGHT NOW to re-consider his hold on the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act (This bill has the largest potential to FINALLY putting an end to this war). As of right now, 217 Members of Congress have decided to co-sponsor the bill, and Senator Coburn is the only man standing in the way of its passage. Without his help, the U.S. will miss a huge opportunity to stop Joseph Kony and his use of child soldiers.

YEASAYER is coming with us to UGANDA!

For any of you who have been following this project with La Blogotheque and the Polyphonic Spree, we've got some BIG NEWS!

YEASAYER is coming with us to UGANDA. That is, if we get funding in time. We just got word from the band that they are totally in. They have been a huge supporters of Invisible Children for a while, and a few years ago requested that if there's ever a chance to go to Uganda, they'd love to get out there. We're glad that the dream is finally coming true!

Become a part of this documentary by helping fund the project, in exchange for digital downloads, signed records, personalized videos to YOU from the bands, etc. CLICK HERE TO DONATE.

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A Very Sincere THANK YOU.

I'm so completely appreciative at how willing everyone was to help us out in that $1 Million campaign - I'm still in shock that we won it! But it wouldn't have been possible without your help. Seriously. It came down to 1200 votes - and if there was another 10 minutes in the competition, we wouldn't have made it. 

Time and time again, I am encountered with the impossible becoming a reality at Invisible Children. And you're as much apart of making that happen as anyone else. So again, I wanted to extend a huge thank you for lending your time and resources in helping us win that $1 MILLION grant!

Knowing how much I appreciate it - well, I can't imagine how thankful the people that will feel the impact of this money will be.
And I wanted to show you how insane we all were at the office during the last night of voting. It's a pretty epic 4 minute video:

:: Help Invisible Children win $1,000,000 from CHASE BANK ::

Invisible Children needs your help right now.  It'll only takes 30 seconds, and you can help win us $1 MILLION dollars

Invisible Children seeks to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony's rebel war and help restore Northern Uganda to peace. You can help us reach these goals right now! 

Chase Bank has been doing a MAJOR donation campaign via Facebook. Based on the number of votes received, certain organizations are awarded substantial donations from Chase. Invisible Children has already won and received $25,000 from the 1st Round of voting last month. 

There are now 100 charities left in the 2nd Round, in which the winner will receive $1 MILLION dollars - 5 runners-up receiving $100,000 each! THIS IS HUGE. Especially right now. And it is such a simple thing for people to do. 

Segment on BBC World News...

Invisible Children was profiled on a special segment of BBC World News yesterday, and if you missed it, here is a link to the web version of  the piece. Watch it and tell the world to watch it....youtube it, blog it, re-blog it, facebook it and "like it".

It briefly covers the history of IC as well as provides information for a lobbying event we held on Capitol Hill this past June. We are so grateful and excited about the potential this story has!

NEW Fall Invisible Children Band Tour...

We are all extremely excited to announce that Invisible Children will be jumping on Brand New's headlining tour with Thrice at the end of October for a month. Both bands have recently released acclaimed albums, and these tours will be the first to promote them. So not only are big things happening for these artists, but we get to pair the energy with our own initiatives by setting out on our most ambitious quest yet - calling on Obama to address the war in northern Uganda and put the United States' name behind international efforts to arrest Joseph Kony. Try saying that three times....and fast. 

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OBAMA and 7-11 runs....

Something happened the other day. Something ironic.

There are days when the only thing that will suffice a serious appetite is a 2 AM 7-11 run. Who's with me? But on this particular night, I witnessed something not unfamiliar to the 7-11 franchise.  Theft. But not any kind of theft.

This 15 year old still pre-pubescent punk walks into the store.... goes to the "beer cave".... and walks right out the front door while maintaining eye-contact with the man behind the register - as if to say, "just try to stop me." I'm there at the counter, paying for my moon pies, as any good participating citizen would. The man at the register just shook his head, defeated. I looked at him - then to the kid - back to the man, and thought "I need to run after him and stop him." I walked out. The acne laced thief just kept walking. And nothing. What was I going to do? The 7-11 dude told me not to go after him - that the last gentleman that did was, and I quote, "knifed". 

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Crashing Motorcycles

Tim's Blog Entry

30 Aug 2009

Crashing Motorcycles

This trip is the most amazing traveling I have yet done in my life. Most of you who know my bro David and I, know we are very laid back, easy going peeps. It takes a lot to rile us or even get us to react. We don't live in fear of worst case scenarios or what ifs. It may not be the best attributes to have here as bad stuff going down is quite possible. So where do we draw the line?

I possibly should have last week in Gulu, Uganda at the Invisible Children (IC) compound. The previous day we were touring some of the IC project schools and sites. David and I with driver on one boda boda or motorbike taxi and our guides on the other. Ok, these bikes are small 125cc janky rigs not designed to hold that much weight, however do regularly.

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