Check out the thousands of Cover the Night photos sent in from around the world at ctn.kony2012.com.
The end of LRA violence will only come as the result of increased support to the existing international effort. We’re coordinating our efforts so that our national and global leaders will coordinate theirs. Because when they agree, change can happen.
Here’s your action plan for the five days leading up to Cover the Night on April 20th:
- Monday, April 16: Sign the pledge and share it with your friends
- Tuesday, April 17: Encourage UN and African Union leaders to follow through on their strategy to arrest Kony and help affected communities
- Wednesday, April 18: Message key world leaders whose support is essential to the plan’s success
- Thursday, April 19: Ask your head of state to join the effort
- Friday, April 20: Wear your shirt all day and Cover the Night
Following the launch of KONY 2012, the United Nations and African Union announced an ambitious new plan to arrest Joseph Kony, protect civilians, and restore communities affected by LRA violence. But it will only work if world leaders choose to follow through by declaring their support and providing the necessary resources. Specifically, we are calling on world leaders to:
- Expand communications networks and other programs that help warn communities of LRA threats and provide opportunities for LRA abductees to escape and return safely to their families.
- Provide the African Union effort with the logistical support needed to arrest Joseph Kony and his top commanders and protect civilians.
- Engage directly with African governments to ensure Kony and his LRA forces cannot exploit remote areas or political discord to find safe haven anywhere in the region.
This June, the UN will meet to discuss their strategy, and we’ll be there to deliver your signatures.
MONDAY, April 16:
Sign the pledge at http://www.KONY2012.com if you haven’t already. This is how we’re communicating telling to ur leaders that we want them to make this a priority, so tell your family and friends.
TUESDAY, April 17:
Encourage leaders in the United Nations and African Union to implement their new strategy to arrest Joseph Kony and help affected communities.
We’ll tweet at UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon (@UN) and Jean Ping, the chairperson of the African Union Commission (@_AfricanUnion) asking them to see their plan through. Twitter is fast and efficient. Below are some sample tweets:
Thanks @UN for leadership on #LRA. Please follow through and stop Kony’s crimes this year #KONY2012 #[yourcountry]
Thanks @_AfricanUnion for leadership on #LRA. Please follow through and stop Kony’s crimes this year #KONY2012 #[your country]
WEDNESDAY, April 18:
Message four of the key world leaders whose support is essential to the plan’s success
@BarackObama Step up and lead the world to stop Kony’s crimes this year. #KONY2012 #[yourcountry]
@EU_EEAS Step up and declare new support for efforts to stop Kony’s crimes this year. #KONY2012 #[yourcountry]
@number10gov Step up and declare new support for efforts to stop Kony’s crimes this year. #KONY2012 #[yourcountry]
@NicolasSarkozy Step up and declare new support for efforts to stop Kony’s crimes this year. #KONY2012 #[yourcountry]
THURSDAY, April 19:
Ask your head of state to join the effort. (If you’re from the U.S. we’re contacting Congress, too)
It’s pretty easy to find email addresses, phone numbers, and Twitter handles for your heads of state. They purposely make it easy on the internet, so use Google to find their info.
When you call, share why you care about this issue, and why you believe it is important that our leaders unite with others around the world to stop Joseph Kony and end LRA atrocities. Keep it respectful and polite.
A personal note is always more impactful, but if you need inspiration, here’s an example of what you can write:
Dear President/Prime Minister/Chancellor ___
My name is ____, and I am from___. I welcome the UN and African Union’s new plan to arrest Joseph Kony and help the people in central Africa being affected by LRA violence. It is crucial that world leaders unite around this effort and ensure it succeeds. Together with young people around the world, I am asking my own nation’s leaders to commit new resources to make sure it does. Please sign the Global resolution and make your commitment known at the UN Security Council this June.[Your Name]
[Your City or Zipcode]
FRIDAY, April 20: