• April 25, 2011
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25: What it means to those with Resolve

It would be easy to conclude that a war lasting 25 years is just unsolvable. But in this case, it’s just not true.none

We know this because we’ve heard directly from communities that have been the targets of the violence perpetrated by Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Even they have not given up on peace. We know from them that a few absolutely “doable” things could make all the difference.

Peace, like war, is waged.  And you are waging peace. For the past 25 days, you have spoken boldly to ask leaders in Congress to take the needed steps to help see an end to violence by the LRA. And you are being heard.

Your efforts to speak out – through local lobby meetings, emails, petition messages, phone calls and videos – are resulting in concrete commitments from Congressional leaders. More than 20 Members of Congress have already pledged to help protect the funds needed to implement the President’s LRA strategy, and more are coming on board every day.

Because of the commitment of so many of you, dozens more S2F local lobby meetings are scheduled for the coming weeks. So, while we’re formally ending the Start Something to Finish It campaign today, we’ll continue to speak out as the budget process moves forward. And, we’ll keep you updated on the progress.

Today, we’re joining our friends from Invisible Children in hopes that our silence speaks just as loudly as our words. We are being silent to stand with those who have been silenced by 25 years of Joseph Kony’s terrors.

Tomorrow, we’ll be right back to sharing this story as much as we can, as loudly as we can. Because the only reason to start something is to finish it.

So, thank you. Thank you for believing, as we do, that 25 years is too long for a solvable problem to remain unsolved and that our voices can be part of the solution. Thanks for adding your voice.

— Michael

About the Author

Michael Poffenberger
Michael Poffenberger

Michael Poffenberger is Executive Director of The Resolve.