Loyola students show interest in Kony rally

By Zarije Asani

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Loyola University Chicago students are supporting the Kony 2012 Movement at 6 p.m. Friday in front of the Information Commons.

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Students will be rallying by posting posters around the Chicago area, in an effort to get Joseph Kony arrested for human rights violations.

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Out of the 3,000 people invited to the Stop Kony movement around 850 people are estimated to be attending the event meeting at the IC and spreading all over the Chicago-land area.

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The goal of the movement is to stop Kony who is the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Group (LRA) in Uganda, accused of kidnapping 30,000 children and using them as soldiers in a civil war.

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The world recent headlining of the conflict in Uganda is not new but reaching hype now, students believe that the smallest efforts of the younger generations can make a big impact in the world to create change.

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“The youth of today is changing the future of tomorrow by acting to influence Congress as well as the rest of the Government and potentially the rest of the world,” said Milinda Mawley, 19, Political Science Major.

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Jason Russell, creator of Kony 2012 You Tube video and co-founder of the Invisible Children Organization created the video to inform student’s on the where-abouts going on in Uganda for the past decades to impact the youths of tomorrow and creating activism.

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Some Loyola students have started efforts for the Invisible Children in high school.

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“I have done work for the Invisible Children in high school, and although I am currently not a part of the organization, I have always followed the issues they are fighting for and against,” said Katie Minnick, event coordinator, 20, sophomore, International Studies Major.

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Students on campus are fighting for the injustices that the Invisible Children face as well as other political discrimination whether domestic or international.

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“My students seem to have boundless interest and passion in these cause, especially when there is a perception that elites are doing injustices to the poor or powerless,” said Dane Wendell, 28, political science instructor.

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The movement is gaining momentum but students believe that once the rally is over the hype will die down.

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“Of course it is not here to stay,” said Adilla Menayang, 21, sophomore, journalism major. “The video says that it will expire by April 20th, it was meant to be a fad. If it stay, then it means Kony has not been captured yet.”

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The recent meltdown of the Invisible Children co-founder Russell has had a has caused many to wonder if this event will even take place at all.

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“This is a great cause but I’m skeptical to follow this when the creator does not even have a good head on his shoulder,” Mawley said.

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Regardless if the Stop Kony movement effort is here to stay; it has achieved the goal of “Making Kony Famous.”

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“It doesn’t matter whether or not this is just another “pop culture fad”, Minnick said. “The whole point of the video was to get the message across and make Joseph Kony famous, and that it is what it definitely did.”

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