Covering Austin with Kony
March 12, 2012 by James
On April 20, 2012, Austin and surrounding cities, such as Round Rock, Cedar Park, Georgetown, and San Marcos, will take on the color red at night in protest of the crimes of one Joseph Kony. The event in itself is more of a call to action across the entire world to remind governments that citizens still remember Joseph Kony’s war-crimes, and still want action taken against the man by the end of 2012.
Joseph Kony is the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, which is responsible for the abduction of some 30,000 children across the country. These children are then forced to fight for the LRA, as well as murdering their parents and countless citizens stretching to Sudan and the Republic of Congo.
Jason Russel, director of Invisible Children, has organized with his committee a world-wide phenomenon that is shaking 2012 to the core. Invisible Children was created in 2006 as a not-for-profit organization to inform people of Joseph Kony’s crimes. Since it’s inception, millions have taken action and joined the organization in hopes of finding and arresting Kony. From the beginning of April to the 20th, printing companies will no doubt be hard at work poster printing, depicting Joseph Kony for the inevitable event.
Austin and its surrounding cities, being known as a haven for activists and free-thinkers, will be plastered with with these very posters at midnight and until morning. “Covering the Night with Kony” is what many are calling it, as those in protest will work through the night to ensure that those who wake up will see Joseph Kony’s face around every corner.