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I Really wanted to refrain from talking about Joseph Kony and the Kony 2012 campaign but i cant seem to do it. With all this controversy, my hope is that people understand the need of creating a space for activists and organizers to collectively develop relevant theory, vision and strategy to build our movements towards the goal of collective liberation.
Liberation or Re-colonization?
International solidarity with child soliders in Uganda has become the next “hot” topic . In recent days, a video by Invisible Children went viral, creating lots and lots of heated discussions. So I instead of feeding into the trolls, I decided to write down my thoughts and questions.
So what does it mean to turn apathy into activism in oppressed communities and what roles do people coming race, class and/or gender privlidged communtiies play? and how do big organizations like IC and mass mobilizations like the Occupy movement fit into a larger strategy of global justice? What role should IC, a white, middle class, male led organization play?
While there are benefits to the way IC is currently organizing, It is important that IC’s politics reflect on their privilege and use it to fight the system. They should organize with other white people as a way to build the base of anti-racist /anti oppresive radical politics into these communities. The goal shouldnt be what can we do to them, but how can we support in build movements led by the oppressed. It will be this sort of commitment that will lead us to collective liberation. Solidarity organizing with the oppressed is key to winning justice.
What if instead activists, neighbors, organizations collectively organize to hold the 1% accountable for their irresponsibilities in profit of war crimes. Let’s make videos go viral that hold Dynocorp CEO Van Honeycutt, Lockhead Martin CEO Robert J. Stevens, and all the other USA Military Contractor CEO’s accountable.
Does Invisible children have bad organizing? yes. Bad politics? yes. Have they succeeded in other ways? YES. IC has had a huge impact in Uganda. I was active in many of their campaigns and I can say with all confidence that IC has attracted many young folks in the US that would have not otherwise been attracted to or engaged in social justice issues before. You have a bunch of youngins a little bit more informed about an injustice than before. Of course i understand how their white mans burden and neo-imperalist strategy is problematic.
Brainwashed and unaware- i think this is an issue of a poorly thought out advocacy campaign and illustrates our fucked up education system.
Some similarities I found between IC and Occupy
Ultimately, our movement today shouldn’t be about righting every wrong and validating every good. Instead we should constantly reflect, learn and understand the power, privilege, and influence that characterize the dominant–subordinated system of oppression
For the possibility to working towards long term movement building, more mentoring is needed with IC and Occupy. They both have made some great impact with their unique ways of organizing but I think there is an opportunity for both Occupy and IC, to take some constructive criticism and learn how to reflect on that by work positively towards building a political and structural analysis that works within a collective liberation framework.