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YCC works on Kony 2012 project

Friday, April 6, 2012

Northview High School Youth for the Community Committee (YCC) member further discussed ways to get involved during the club's bi-weekly meeting Tuesday afternoon.

YCC President Matthew Aselage said the YCC plans to meet with officials from Serving on the Streets (S.O.S.) in regard to a locally based service project.

"We are looking to meet with the S.O.S. leaders so we can see exactly what their needs are and how we can help," Aselage said.

In addition, the group is also working on an internationally based service project called KONY 2012 "Cover the Night."

Gabrielle Christie was on hand to continue the discussion of the project.

Gabrielle Christie said, "We can do many things for this such as make posters, get t-shirts and also get bracelets. We need to talk to area businesses to see if we can put a poster in their shop window or outside near the road."

According to a document Christie gave The Brazil Times, in 1986, Yoweri Musaveni became the president of Uganda.

In opposition, Alice Lakwena, from the Acholi tribe in Northern Uganda began the Holy Spirit Movement (HSM).

The purpose of the HSM was to gather followers and foster alliances with rebel militias, and the goal was to enter in to Kampala, the country's capital city, to free the northern portion from oppression.

Later, Lakwena was exiled, and the HSM was left without a leader.

With the group left vulnerable, Joseph Kony, who claimed to be a relative to Lakwena, took control and renamed the HSM, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).

Kony then corrupted the group, and it lost its following after he began stealing food and abducting children to assimilate his army.

"Subsequently, he lost any remaining regional support," the document reads. "What had started out as a rebel movement to end the oppression of the north became an oppression of the north itself."

Kony used the "spiritual powers" he claims to have to manipulate others and build his army.

To date, children are still abducted, beaten, used as sex slaves, brainwashed, indoctrinated and taught to return to their home villages only to kill and destroy the very families who brought them into the world; however, due to the attention the LRA is getting, abductions have slightly dispersed.

"Children remain terrified to sleep in their own beds at night in fear of being taken from their families," the document reads. "Kony has been compared to people such as Hitler due to his crimes."

In March, Christie asked the YCC for help in gathering support for Cover the Night.

The YCC, along with other possible organizations, will be hanging posters on the streets and throughout the community to raise awareness and make sure people recognize Kony's face.

"The LRA doesn't have any set cause for good or evil," Christie said. "They just want power."

The event will take place at sundown Friday, April 20, and the group discussed having three meeting times throughout the evening to ensure more people could make the event, including 8:30 p.m., 10:20 p.m. and 1 a.m.

The YCC is still discussing a meeting venue for the evening, but they would like to see all who are available attend.

During the April meeting, Aselage stated the YCC's position on the Kony 2012 "Cover the Night" project.

"With anything political the committee as a whole cannot take a position and act on it, but any individual members of the Committee are free to act on any political issue if they want to, and it is the job of the president to get those members the information they need to do so."

The next meeting pertaining to the Kony 2012 "Cover the Night" project will be on Wednesday, April 11, at 8:15 a.m. The meeting will be brief, with the main goal being to set up sign-up sheets and schedules.

The next YCC meeting has yet to be announced.

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