KONY 2012 on campus news release

Champlain College Activists Bring Invisible Children’s ‘KONY 2012’ Campaign to Campus

Burlington, VT – Champlain College will host Adonga Quinto of Uganda and the Invisible Children’s presentation of “KONY 2012,” a film about the ongoing conflict in Uganda, Central African Republic, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. The free showing and discussion will be on Tuesday, March 13 at 2 p.m. at Champlain College’s Alumni Auditorium.

US Sen. Patrick Leahy will hold a press conference about the Invisible Children Campaign and Joseph Kony on March 12 at Champlain College.

Vermont’s U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, one of the 12 policy makers targeted in the KONY2012 campaign, will hold a press conference Monday, March 12 at 1:30 p.m. at Champlain College to talk  about Joseph Kony, the Invisible Children campaign, and the US and international efforts to capture him.

Quinto is one of 16 Ugandan survivors touring with the film to help put the spotlight on the ongoing brutal conflict in Central Africa and to advocate on behalf of the countries that are still terrorized by Joseph Kony’s rebel force, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Invisible Children uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony’s rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities in Central Africa to peace and prosperity.

The Champlain event was organized by Sadie Stone, a junior majoring in event management at Champlain. She brought the Invisible Children program to campus last spring featuring the documentary “Tony,” with the help of hotel and management student, junior Angie Cummings.

After showing the 24-minute documentary, Quinto will share his story of being abducted by the LRA and later released. Quinto is currently a staff member in Invisible Children’s offices in Uganda.

Organizers say the 24-minute documentary, “KONY 2012,” explains the importance of civic engagement and shows youth how they can help stop the man who is arguably the worst war criminal in the world. Invisible Children encourages students to use social media to engage influential culture makers and policymakers during KONY 2012. The Twitter hashtags #InvisibleChildren and #Uganda have been in the top 10 trending topics for more than two days since the new film was released. The YouTube version of the documentary already has 32 million -plus views online.

The event is part of Champlain College’s second annual Activate Campus Thinking (ACT) Week. Students will also be encouraged to set up or attend meetings with their members of Congress. Invisible Children believes that no matter one’s political persuasion, arresting the world’s worst war criminal is something everyone can all agree on.

“There has been significant progress in the recent months towards stopping the violence of the LRA,” said Invisible Children’s CEO, Ben Keesey. “If the world continues to rally behind this effort, 2012 will be the year that peace is finally achieved, once and for all.”

This is Invisible Children’s 14th national tour. More than 60 young people from around the world are touring 16 regions. For more information about Invisible Children or KONY 2012, visit http://www.kony2012.com.  For more information visitwww.invisiblechildren.com.

For additional information: Addie Horn, Tour Promotions, 619-562-799, ahorn@invisiblechildren.com

For Champlain College information: Stephen Mease – 802-865-6432, smease@champlain.edu

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