Be A Local Leader
For over two decades, the world was silent as thousands of marginalized families in northern Uganda suffered under senseless LRA violence and systemic injustices from the very institutions responsible for protecting them. International leaders knew of the crisis, and had the power to help end it, but there didn't seem to be a strong enough incentive to take action.
Fast forward to May 12, 2010. To the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. Minutes before Congress unanimously passed the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act, Congressman James McGovern (D-MA) said these words before his fellow Representatives about the role of citizen activism in challenging the dynamic of inaction by our leaders.
"These Americans, thousands of them high school and college students, understood that the children and people of northern Uganda, the DRC, the southern Sudan, and the CAR have no voice in Washington. So they were determined to become their voice. They realized that these African children and families were invisible to Washington policymakers. So they decided to make them visible.....They built a grassroots national movement of hope for peace, for justice, for reconciliation, for reconstruction, for the recovery of the human spirit."
This generation has advanced further than ever before in creating the momentum needed to mandate action from our leaders to end this conflict. This momentum emerged and intensified as a patchwork of individuals across the country chose to act on a shared belief in the power of their voices in government and in the inherent value of all human life. They stayed informed, rallied their communities, and helped unify activists with each new challenge. They pushed the movement forward.
But there is still much work to be done.
We need committed leaders around the nation who are willing to step up and amplify activists' voices on the local level. These leaders are essential in our effort to sustain and strengthen this movement, and brave new storms that lie ahead. As our most trusted advocates and local point-people, The Resolve is committed to equipping these leaders to create and strengthen a network of activists within their region, coordinate and lead local lobbying efforts, and build relationships with their Congressional offices. Bottom line: We want you to be unstoppable.
If this is you, let's talk.
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