Student Activists In Kansas Join Global Campaign

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Student activists in Kansas are joining the global campaign called "Kony 2012" after a 30-minute film goes viral.

"I'm hoping to teach other individuals that they too can become activists," said Allen Tang, a student at Wichita State University.

After viewing the Kony 2012 film, Allen started the "Make Joseph Kony Famous-Wichita" group on Facebook.

"Facebook, naturally, [is] something I use quite frequently to communicate with people. So, I started that Facebook page with the ultimate goal of uniting all these interests and active students together," he said.

The film shows the human rights crimes of Ugandan rebel group leader, Joseph Kony. It aims to make this war criminal famous for his acts against children in Uganda.

Governor Sam Brownback also has a cameo role in the film. During his time in the U.S. Senate, he advocated to end Kony's reign.

"It makes me happy that people around the world are interested in something that doesn't seem connected to their daily lives," said Gov. Brownback. "People want to see justice and justice for people that they don't even know."

There are also critics to this film, that caution people to consider the film's intentional use of emotion.

"You have to be very careful because it's not news. It is taking elements of news and putting them into a narrative, that is similar to the narrative of a great motion picture," said Lou Heldman, interim director of the Elliott School of Communication at WSU.

The state's governor gave his thoughts on the rise in popularity for global activism from the film.

"Don't just look at it. Look at what you can do to be active and get active because we have the capacity to do things," said Gov. Brownback.

Student activists in Wichita will join others nationwide to plaster Kony's image and raise awareness of the cause on April 20.

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