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First Meeting and The Roadies

Hello!

My name is Angela and I am the Public Relations Officer for the New Paltz chapter of Invisible Children. I’m hoping to use this blog as a way to update you on everything Invisible Children. We had our first club meeting on Sept. 24 and came up with a bunch of new ideas for fundraisers and club events. One of our e-board members also gave us a brief history of the war, the organization, and updated us on the initiatives being taken by the people in Africa who have been affected by the war, and people like you and me to help stop it. There are some great videos and useful information on the prezi so please take a look!

P.S- Our club meetings are held on Mondays at 7 p.m. in SUB 405.

http://prezi.com/vcsaqw1din4v/civil-war-in-africa/

The Roadies are also stopping by on Oct. 10 and are bringing Richard, a Ugandan native to shed some light on the war and what he has been doing in his country to make sure this war comes to an end. The movie titled “Move” will be screening and there will be free pizza and Epic Glee will also be performing. The event will take place in SUB 100 at 7 p.m. Please come out and ask all the questions you want!

Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/384499771617917/

I hope to see you all there.

THE ROADIES COME TO VISIT! SPRING 2012

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Monday, April 2nd, the Roadies came to SUNY New Paltz and presented to us the video that many of you may know, KONY 2012, that has gone viral and has over 80,000,000 views. We want to thank Boni for sharing his story of growing up surrounded by the war produced by Joseph Kony. And we would also like to thank everyone who came out to see the viewing and ask their questions. We also would love to thank the Roadies for coming out!

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And a big thank you for all of the Invisible Children Club members that made this event a success!

Also, keep an eye out, Kony 2012 Part II will be released Thursday, April 5th.

 

 

THE ROADIES ARE COMING!

THE ROADIES ARE ALMOST HERE! This upcoming monday APRIL 2 at 7 they will be here in the Lecture Center 100. Come check it out! We will be giving out free pizza (from fat bobs)! Performances by urban lyrics and male call will also be there to entertain! We will have a Q&A with the Roadies as well as screen the viral video Kony 2012.

Please come join us for an amazing experience!

The Buzz On Kony!

Check out the new invisible children video!

Want to make a difference, come join us at our next meeting Monday March 12 at 7:30-8:30 in SU 407.

Save the date: Roadies tour at SUNY New Paltz April 2 in LC 100! Help us plan 🙂

General Interest Meeting!

 Come join us for our General Interest Meeting on February 13th at 7:30 in SUB 407 at 7:30- 8:30! Learn about what our club is about and how you can help! Oh yeah and there will also be free pizza 🙂

The Roadies visit 10/6/11

Last Thursday the Roadies came to SUNY New Paltz Tour as part of the Frontline Tour. Thank you to everyone who came to share this experience with us!

We started the night with performances by Urban Lyrics and Male Call.

Urban Lyrics is having an event Oct. 18 at 8:00pm in SUB MPR.

 

We watched the Invisible Children film, “The Rescue”, followed by an update on what has happened since the film was made. Next, Brenda, a young woman from Uganda,  shared her story of growing up during the war in Uganda. She is currently mentoring schoolgirls sponsored by Invisible Children. We were happy to share the day with Brenda because it was her birthday!

 

The event turned out very well and we are happy to have had everyone there to share this amazing night with us!

The Roadies Are Coming!!!

On Thursday, October 6, The Invisible Children Team is heading to New Paltz!! The show will start at 7:00p.m.! Join us while we watch the movie “The Rescue” and receive the newest updates from the Roadies Crew. Also, Grace Nimaro is joining us all the way from Uganda! She has recently graduated from college and will be sharing her story with all of us. So come out Thursday in LC 100 for a great movie, a Ugandan speaker and FREE PIZZA.

See you then!

General Interest Meeting 9/14

Invisible Children will be having a General Interest Meeting on September 14 at 8:00 p.m. in SUB 401/405!  Com to learn how you can help be the end of the 25 year running war in Central Africa.  The meeting will be brief, informative and have FREE PIZZA!!!!!! So come check out Invisible Children Club September 14 at 8p.m.!

25 Event!!!!

April 25th was Invisible Children’s 25 event. Numerous club members raised $25 and spent 25 hours in silence, with each hour representing one year of Africa’s longest running war. On the afternoon of the 25th, ten club members silently met on campus, silently drove to the train station, and then silently traveled to “The Green Building” in Brooklyn. Along the way, we communicated through note pads and text messages. On the train, we even had a few rounds of ASL hangman! When we finally arrived at the location of the event, we were greeted with IC volunteers holding large signs to direct us where to stand. My favorite was a sign that said, “Shhhhhhhhhhh!”
While waiting in line two men rode by on bikes and asked, “What is this?” Since we couldn’t answer, everyone just stood there staring at them. One girl tried to catch up to them so she could give them a card, but she didn’t make it.
When we finally got inside, we were instructed to take paper and pens and write letters to our representatives in Congress, asking to do all in their power to stop Joseph Kony. After we wrote the letters, we also signed the poster for our city’s event. Once everyone was done, we sat there and waited. Once it became 7:35, the 25-minute countdown began!
We all anxiously watched a rolling countdown for 25 minutes, wondering what was going to happen next. When there was about 2 minutes left on the clock, the volunteers motioned for us to stand. The excitement mounted, as the clock kept counting down.
When there was 5 seconds left on the clock, the screen read, “GET READY TO SCREAM.” When the clock hit zero, we broke the silence with the loudest screams we could make. After the screaming ended, we read these words aloud off the screen:
THIS IS MY VOICE
THIS IS OUR VOICE
WE’VE SEEN THESE KIDS
WE’VE HEARD THEIR CRIES
THIS WAR MUST END
WE WILL NOT STOP
WE WILL NOT FEAR
WE WILL FIGHT WAR
After watching a short IC video, we listened to Akello Babra Bridget speak and then listened to an exciting and energized performance by “Spirit Family Reunion.” After the performance, Jedidiah Jenkins spoke. He recognized the participants who raised the most money and then showed a video about The Fourth Estate. The Fourth Estate is a conference happening this summer in California, where lucky individuals will get a chance to brainstorm ways to end the war. The top fundraiser at the event was lucky enough to get a free ticket to the conference!
After Jedidiah was done speaking, we filmed some shots for future IC videos. He did a good job of making us laugh when we were supposed to have serious faces! After the filming was over, we mingled amongst ourselves and got a chance to talk to one of our Roadies, Meagan. She told us that our school was her favorite from the tour! Yay!
After the event was over, we headed home, talking about our personal highlights. I have to say that breaking the silence with all of those people was one of the most moving things I have ever been a part of!

Blog Post By: Jamie Dice

The Little Rebellion posts a link to our blog!

A big thanks to The Little Rebellion for posting a link to our blog on their website, we really appreciate the compliment.

Also I just want to mention some articles that The Little Rebellion has posted on our club in the past:

Invisible Children Spreads Awareness March 17, 2011

April 25: Invisible Children to Participate in “25” February 11, 2011

Shedding Light on a Cause April 17, 2010

Thanks again to The Little Rebellion for giving us great publicity over the past two years!