• October 20, 2011
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Dear policymakers & thought-leaders, thanks for your support!

We want to take a moment to send a huge “thank you” to our members of Congress who have already made statements in support of U.S. efforts to help end the threat of the LRA.

That’s one reason that today’s national call-in day is so important: it’s where our grassroots efforts can serve to remind policymakers that we want to see this strategy effectively through to completion.

Notice how support for the efforts to stop the LRA is coming from both sides of the aisle. There’s no better proof that this is a bipartisan issue:

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) released a statement and then spoke for 15 minutes on the Senate floor.

Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs released a statement saying, “Joseph Kony and his followers are guilty of horrific crimes against humanity, and the international community has a responsibility to help protect innocent civilians. That’s why I support President Obama’s decision to deploy U.S. military personnel to central Africa to advise regional forces in their effort to counter the LRA and capture or kill Joseph Kony.”

Former Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), who co-drafted the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act, expressed support in an interview.

Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) and  Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) issued a joint statement.

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said he “supports efforts to assist our partners in central Africa in combating the LRA” even as he criticized Obama for not consulting Congress before deploying 100 troops. We’re just grateful that Senator McCain is supportive of the overall intention.

The media attention that followed President Obama’s October 14 announcement is immeasurable. We can hardly keep up with our Google alerts…and that is a very good thing. Some misconceptions about why the U.S. is deploying advisers to central Africa have already arisen, and so it’s more important than ever to quell the misunderstandings by spreading the truth.

The media attention that followed President Obama’s October 14 announcement is immeasurable. We can hardly keep up with our Google alerts…and that is a very good thing. Some misconceptions about why the U.S. is deploying advisers to central Africa have already arisen, and so it’s more important than ever to quell the misunderstandings by spreading the truth.

So in addition to Members of Congress, we want to thank these thought-leaders for supporting U.S. efforts to stop Joseph Kony:

Jonah Goldberg, conservative journalist and author, wrote an editorial in the LA Times concluding that this is a purely humanitarian issue.

Sarah Margon and John Bradshaw, of the Center for American Progress and The Enough Project, respectively, co-authored this article for Think Progress.

Michael Gerson, President Bush’s former speech writer, wrote an editorial for the Washington Post.

J. Peter Pham wrote this thoughtful article for the Atlantic Council.

We express our sincerest thanks to everyone who has expressed their support publicly. This is nowhere near a comprehensive list, and nowhere near adequate thanks, but it’s a start.

-Azy

P.s. Don’t forget to call in today and thank your senators and congressman!

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