Archive for June, 2009

So i have so many people ask me how i do so much that i do, with working and kids, im pretty lucky to be able to absorb information at a good rate and to use my “technological Skills” to raise awareness from yep you guessed it my chair.

I find alot of people dont donate to organisations because there are just sooo many out there that they dont know where to start so i’ve thought id help yous all out and give you some information on great websites where you can support non profits and get to meet some fantastic people who support similar causes and who can open your eyes to other issues our world is currently facing.

So to start a few great websites:

Change – www.change.org is a great place to start. here you can become a member, and support a whole heap of non profits and causes, interact with members, sign petitions and take pledges to help others.

Social Vibe – http://www.socialvibe.com – Get a sponsor – get a cause and your ready to raise awareness!  Major businesses such as “colgate” sponsor individuals, and for what you do on their websites, rate movies, watch clips, read things, play games etc your sponsor donates to your cause – add to facebook eg: Colgate Kisses and for each spin of the wheel colgate will donate to invisible children. CHECK OUT Colgate Kisses Here

Care2 – www.care2.org through this website you can support a whole range of causes and organisations. very similar to change yet a little more indepth, more for those with a little extra time on their hands.

Kiva – www.kiva.org – A great way to support an individual in need. Through a Non Profit on the ground, individuals are reffered to kiva to request a loan. members donate funds to these individuals to support their loan. the loans are repaid over a period of time as specified on their webpage. Please read the terms as funds are not garunteed by kiva.

Free Uganda – www.freeuganda.webs.com – my website that i update every few days with news from uganda and africa as well as video’s and clips and much more.

For more information or if you have any questions, please direct them through the FREE UGANDA website

Current News from Uganda as reported by New Vision News in Uganda.

Gulu – MAO confirms new rebel group – read the full report here

Gulu – MP Asks for Food Aid – Read the full report here

300 NAADS Chicks set ablaze in Thatched hut – read full report here

JIE Warriors kill 8 in Kaabong – Read full report here

10 Districts to miss recovery funds – read the full report here

OTHER NEWS and INFORMATION

Help support Discover The Journey’s Trip to Africa – Get the full details here

Ok so for all those IC Supporters out there, you know HOW IT ENDS was on last week 22nd and 23rd June 2009 in DC.   With guest speakers such as: The head of the International Criminal Court – Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Betty Bigombe, Jolly Okot, Government Representative’s from Uganda and many more people coming together to discuss ending the longest running war in Africa.  I was able to watch the live feeds online and the premier of the Rescue Documentary (from the events held worldwide) as well as hear the speech from Luis Moreno-Ocampo and much more that was going on Live at the Lobby Days.

Invisible Children pulled together a massive event at DC and deserve to be commended for what they have done over the last 6 years that has led them up to this point.  “HOW IT ENDS” is a culmination of all the work that IC have done. Integrating relationships with Resolve Uganda, Enough Project and IC, they created a force strong enough to grab the attention of senators throughout america.   U.S. Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Sam Brownback (R-KS) and U.S. Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA), Brad Miller (D-NC) and Ed Royce (R-CA) introduced legislation to help end the reign of terror conducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in northern Uganda and neighboring countries.  This bill calls

“…to apprehend or otherwise remove Joseph Kony and his top commanders from the battlefield, and to disarm and demobilize Lord’s Resistance Army fighters.”

The bill not only sets a plan for ending the war but outlines the need for reconstruction and rehabilitation of the war affected regions. It is our goal at Lobby Days to see that we put our support behind this bill.

Here is a quote from Senator Feingold as he introduced the bill to the president:

“Mr. President, today I am pleased to introduce the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009, and I am pleased to do so with a great champion on this issue: Senator Sam Brownback.  For many years, we have both sought to bring attention to the terror orchestrated by the Lord’s Resistance Army, the LRA, and the suffering of the people of northern Uganda.  We have come a long way in just a few years, thanks especially to young Americans who have become increasingly aware of and outspoken about this horrific situation. Those efforts have yielded some success, but if we are now to finally see this conflict to its end, we need to commit to a proactive strategy to help end the threat posed by the LRA and support reconstruction, justice, and reconciliation in northern Uganda.  This bill seeks to do just that.” ~ Russ Feingold

To help support this cause, why not sign out petition to Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.  We are asking for him to support any and all acts passed by US Governments in relation to Uganda and The LRA Disarment.  CLICK HERE to be a part of historical change for the Ugandan’s

This is the HOW IT ENDS GOALS CHART

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We need YOUR SUPPORT to get this bill passed through congress! So come on and support the END OF THE LONGEST RUNNING WAR IN AFRICA.

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Graphic Footage from Phone Camera’s of the protests going on in iran due to what people are calling a “Rigged Election” i dont know enough about the history of this country and the election so i wont give my personal opinion on the matter just will share the information.

WHAT IS GOING ON IN IRAN? LOTS OF QUESTIONS FUELLING THIS ON TWITTER, IVE BEEN FOLLOWING AND THIS IS A GOOD MEDIA CLIP SO YOU CAN CATCH UP ON WHATS GOING ON.

POLICE VIOLENCE IN IRAN – GRAPHIC IMAGE NOT TO BE WATCHED NEAR CHILDREN PLEASE

News in Australia this morning reporting that the AU government asked the Social Site Twitter to not shut down the site for scheduled maintenance as the only information coming out of Iran is through twitter. For anyone that tweets Twit #IranElection for information and footage from Iranians.  Do NOT @username anyone who is from Iran as their government officials are trying to have the site shut down and these people could become targets for military action.

Obama refuses to “meddle” in Iran Election Read the information here

BBC World Reports

Innocent Googling? Not in Tehran – SEE THE FULL REPORT

More information will be posted as its coming through, however i suggest TWITTER for everyone.

More Video footage – please be aware these are graphic clips and we advise you NOT TO WATCH NEAR CHILDREN

1 Hr Ago (AM AUS TIME)

Time to go: ABC thrown out of Iran

Middle East correspondent Ben Knight is leaving Iran after journalists were ordered out of the country and told not to report on unauthorised gatherings. Here he describes how it is getting harder to get information out of Iran about the protests.

“Today we were told by the Islamic Guidance Ministry and its agency that looks after the press that our press cards have been revoked. They still have, I think, about 12 days to run. But all foreign journalists have had their credentials cancelled. READ THE FULL REPORT

SYDNEY PROTEST – CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION

MORE VIDEO IMAGES

YET MORE VIDEO

PICTURES FROM INSIDE IRAN

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fhashemi/sets/72157619758530748/

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN- DISGUSTING USE OF VIOLENCE BY IRANIAN POLICY/MILITARY

MORE VIDEO FOOTAGE – graphic image warning

Graphic Video Footage

OBAMA’s Speech

Somalia – DADAAB, Kenya – “Is it too late?” a medic asked while pressing little Anfac’s bony chest. Fluid dribbled from the toddler’s mouth as the team worked frantically to save her. Tension filled the small room at Medecins Sans Frontieres'(MSF) only clinic in Kenya’s Dadaab camp – the world’s biggest refugee camp. Locals dub it the “Death Camp” for more information visit our news page

Northern Uganda:  GULU, 12 June 2009 (IRIN) – The Ugandan army says it has detained 11 people over alleged rebel activity in the north of the country. Uganda army and defence spokesman Maj Felix Kulayigye said the 11 were coordinators of a new rebel group. He said five had been arrested in Gulu and Pader districts of the Acholi sub-region, which was the epicentre of the conflict pitting government forces against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) from the late 1980s well into this century, and that weapons and communications equipment had been unearthed in Pader. Ulayigye said six others were detained in Rhino camp in Masindi District, western Uganda, with guns and solar panels. The Gulu resident district commissioner, retired Col Walter Ochora,said those detained include former senior LRA fighters who had surrendered in 2007 and joined the regular army or who had been granted amnesty. Treason charge According to Kulayigye, the six held in Masindi would be charged with treason. “We have taken the files of those we arrested in Gulu and Pader to the director of public prosecution for advice. They are also preferably going to be charged with treason,” he said. Asked what the name of this new rebel group is, Kulayigye said: “They are still in initial stages. They are still proposing the name of their rebel group,” he said. “We are aware of some politicians in Gulu and those in the diaspora who are behind these new rebel activities in northern Uganda. They feel discredited by the LRA,” Kulayigye said.For more information visit our

GULU, 15 June 2009 (IRIN)- Lilly Atong, 26, was first abducted by Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)rebels from Amuru district in northern Uganda in 1991 when she was 10 years old. She was made a “wife” of the LRA leader Joseph Kony but escaped in 2005. However, during the Juba peace talks in 2006 she met Kony to persuade him to release other women and children, only to beheld captive again in Garamba National Park, where the rebels werehiding. She managed to escape a second time and is now living in a rehabilitation centre in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu. Visit our News Page for more information

Worldwide: June 20 is World Refugee Day – Visit The UN Refugee Website for more information about local and international events

We have just created a fantastic range of T-Shirts and Apparel and they are now available to purchase. T-shirts, hats, bumper stickers with more coming soon, we have a great selection of products to purchase with 100% of the profits being donated to Charity!

Supporting Fantastic Non Profits such as Invisible Children, Call and Response and the Coalition to stop the use of Child Soldiers. Fantastic gift ideas for loved ones. Donations from purchases are made every 3 months to each charity. A tally of donations will be listed on our Website.

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Sign the petition to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd from Australia. Ask him to support the US LRA Disarment and Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009.

Be the voice of change.

Support initiatives to end the LRA War in Uganda – The Petition Site

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After putting my 3 little ones to bed last night i decided to sit down and watch the Documentary – Uganda Rising.

In my title i called it a shockumentary – what i learnt last night was quite shocking and to me, kinda made me feel a little ashamed. i hear your minds wondering why i would feel ashamed – well to explain that, ill need to go back in history, back to when africa was the “tribal” nation. Actually instead of me putting words here for you to read, maybe ill put in the short clip from Uganda Rising, that explains it much better than i ever could. Please watch below a 10 min clip – The Scramble for Africa.

WARNING – GRAPHIC FOOTAGE ON THIS DOCUMENTARY – PLEASE DO NOT WATCH NEAR CHILDREN.

I feel ashamed because im of European decent. From what ive learnt, watched and researched, the problems facing Uganda and other african nations, dates back to the colonization of africa when european nations took hold of africa in what is called the “Scramble for Africa”. I kind of felt like white man started the road to decline in africa and then bailed out. The worlds ignorance of africa is just mindblowing, i as a 29 yr old woman and mother of 3 children cannot fathom how people can know this goes on in the world and not want or even feel compelled to do something about it.

Other people always say to me, but what can i do? The most important thing you can do is Donate to Charity. Find something your passionate about and research it. Watch the Invisible Children Documentary “the Rescue” online for free, see pictures of other invisible children supporters and missions/events. Youtube has a comprehensive collection of video’s you can watch as well as the actual organisations website, or why not even sign up to the Change website, a secure interactive site where you can support all your charity’s in one spot and raise awareness from the chair your in, sign petitions and even start your own fundraiser!

I see myself as an armchair activist. I work full time, have 3 wonderful children and a family so i don’t have the many hours to spend out on the streets to talk things up or out giving speeches etc. I do give a few speeches when i can, the latest being June 9th, ill be giving a speech to the Blacktown Lions Club with Christina Vandenhengel from Invisible Children. I do most of my work from right here in my chair. I Blog away to my hearts content, run a website called Free Uganda, i run a newsletter to keep people updated with invisible children, i wear all my invisible children shirts and bracelets when i’m out and about, as they are interesting conversational pieces and i can talk forever about this, the longest running war in africa.

When i’m out and about talking it up about invisible children i hear people say, “but africa has always had civil wars”. Africa has always had civil wars, caused by the colonisation of africa, the stripping away of their cultures by white mans ideals and greed. Alot of people have no idea why these wars are going on, but because they are in africa its supposed to be ok? Again i ask, is one african life not worth the same as one westerner’s life? to me that answer is very simple. YES

The Acholi people of Northern Uganda live in such hopeless conditions that life to them has no meaning, men can no longer work as there is no land for them to work, food has to be provided by the world food program as they are unable to harvest enough food due to the lack of land available to them. The children see suffering, disease and death on a daily basis. Just recently (June 3, 2009) the Word Food Program has cut its delivery to more than 740,000 people of Northern Uganda as they simply cannot afford to feed the masses of people that require food. These people have faced the harshest of times for the last 2 decades and now they are in dire need of assistance.

I urge each and every person reading this blog to make the change, take the step to ending the longest running war in africa. Even a small donation can go along way. the way i put it to other is:
$5 here can buy you a Maccas Meal – $5 there can help a family eat for nearly a week – The difference is massive!

Donate to Invisible Children

Sponsor a Child through Joy for Children Organization

Donate to the Food Crisis in Uganda

I Currently Sponsor 2 children through Compassion Australia – One in Uganda and another in Colombia – I feel blessed i’m able to help those who cannot help themselves. Are you blessed today?

Miss B
FREE UGANDA

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Where you can promote your non profit organisations that you support, start your own fundraising page, sign petitions and take action. A fantastic website that allows you to interact with those non Profit Organisations we all love and support.

Check it out today!

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Some fantastic video footage put together by other activists who attended the rescue event. Fantastic job to you all! Invisible Children had live streaming for the whole rescue event and it was fantastic to get online and watch and keep up the support for those who wern’t yet rescued.

THE IMPORTANT CLIP – A Message from Bobby Bailey – Invisible Children

SYDNEY RESCUE EVENT CLIPS – all clips supplied from youtube

AMERICAN RESCUE EVENT CLIPS

The taping of Oprah Live outside Harpo Studio’s!

The Actual Live Oprah Clip

Media Interviews recently

CNN REPORT

SKY NEWS AUSTRALIA

FOX 26

NBC NEWS

For around 2 years now i’ve been eagerly supporting the invisible children cause, buying dvds/bracelets, shirts and talking to everyone i know about IC and even emailing them every 6 or so months asking them to come on down under!

And finally they came……
After getting connected and catching up with Katie Bradel, she asked me to come work with her and a group of people on a Media Relations team to help organise some media for The Rescue.  Eagerly i took on this role and headed into Newtown to meet Katie and the other volunteers who, like myself believe in the mission and movement IC has created.  We were pumped, by the end of the meeting i had met some fantastic ladies and we had put together some fantastic ideas.  I was ready to do this!

So i started emailing and faxing…..10,000 emails later and around 400 faxes later….came the eve of the event…which also happened to be my 29th birthday….whoops i totally forgot it was my birthday, no birthday dinner with family, no cake, i had been so caught up in the Rescue, id totally forgotten myself….oh well..i know what i wanted, all my presents had to be purchased on the invisible children website!  I went to bed that night and had never felt so refreshed when i awoke…today was the day we were going to help make history!

9am – 25th April, 2009 i headed out by train to Sydney from Blacktown.  With everyone meeting at Milsons Point station – i headed straight for “Fleet Steps” as i was sick and almost hospitalised the week leading up to the event i was told “no walking that far and no outside in the cold” by my doctor…are you kidding??? like i’m missing this for my health!!!   Compromise is a bitch…yet it had to be done….no marching….no camping….but i was going to the Event!

Arriving at the fleet steps a few volunteers had already arrived and were starting to set up.
Helping set up with people such as noelle and christina, colin and Katie Bradel and everyone else was like a dream come true….they aint “celebs” as such but in my life they are “hero’s”.  The best kind of hero’s ive ever seen.  So finally we set up and had some fantastic times trying to get banners to hang from garbage bins etc, and the “abducted” were arriving…..it was beginning.

Sydney Event

Sydney Event

The night overall…was the best night id ever had.  I went to the Rescue on my own yet i wasn’t alone. With approx 1000 other IC supporters i felt myself becoming “a hero” as well.  To watch the youth of sydney so proudly sing “your the voice”  with Damien from underbelly was truly amazing…the dancing, chanting and singing was undeniably great and made the event so much more than just a group of people sharing the same ideals and beliefs….it made us whole.

At around 10.30pm we started heading off to Hyde Park Barracks where we were to be camped out for the night.  This is where my night had to end.  I arrived, walking up with a group and hung around for a little while, purchasing my bag and rescue bracelets!  Time to go home…..11.30pm.

So off i went to St James Station to catch the train back to blacktown….home to sleep

Sunday 26th April: Sunrise gave a brief overview about the chanting coming from outside! Sydneysiders from the Rescue had marched to Sunrise Studio’s and parked themselves out the front of the Live Recording room window – Bring Joseph Kony to Justice was all you could see in the window….GOOD ON YA GUYS!!!!
Sky News gave a 7 min interview with Christina and Colin from IC

Sydney

Sydney

For the next 3 days i was online watching the live feeds and i had the best time watching….the mission in the US was still going and they needed support….to see Oprah’s live show and the Bobby and IC there was exceptional – Thanks Oprah and Thanks to the dedicated “abducted” who camped out the front of Harpo to get the attention the movement deserves.

Today exactly one month after the event…its not over.  The movement is still going hard so so must i…..on June 9th i’ll be giving a speech to the local lions club about IC and what it has done for the people of Northern Uganda in hopes that they can in turn spread the message to other local lions clubs as well.

Invisible children in my life isn’t just a movement, its a way of life for me and my family.  We are honored to help, we are honored to say “i support invisible children” and we will be even more honored on the day we can finally say “we helped to end the LRA War in Uganda”

Invisible Children – Thank You for changing my life.

Welcome to my Blog.

I’m Rebecca, 29 and a mum of 3 fantastic children.  I work full time as a Personal Assistant/Admin Manager as well as run my own Wedding Stationery business. In my spare time i like to hang out with my family and children, watch movies, listen to music, my fave Singer is P!NK and support the Invisible Children organsation as well as many other things.

In 2006 i was diagnosed with a “multi nodular goitre/tumor” but at that time i was pregnant with my daughter so could not have anything done about it at that time. Throughout the next 2 years the goitre/tumor grew at such a rate it started to choke me and had caused serious complications with my throat and voice.  My dr told me without surgery i had until around April 2009 to live.  At night when i was sleeping, i would wake up in a fit trying to breath, because my head had slipped sideways whilst asleep the tumor had cut off my airways. It was now a struggle to turn my head left or right completely without struggling for breath, and apart from the fact i sounded horrible, i was devastated, life really sucked and i didnt want to be a part of it. Mentally i was struggling to come to terms with having my throat sliced open (even though by a dr its not a nice thought), just a few cm’s from my jugular. OUCH it was scary but there wasnt any alternative, surgery had to be done if i wanted to live.  It was then i fell apart, depression had struck, life was miserable, i was slowly choking to death but finally i had been given my date of surgery, November 5th, 2008.

So on November 5th, 2008 i had my tumor removed.  Since then i vowed to change my life, my depression had got the better of me, but i knew deep inside, that i was not as bad off as i thought, there were people out there that had it worse than i did. I knew what i had to do and i knew exactly where i wanted to start – Invisible Children.  A Not for Profit Organisation started in America by 3 young men, who went to Africa to find a story and found the Longest Running War in Africa – Northern Uganda’s LRA War.

This was it, this was my calling, to help the Invisible Children, not only of Uganda but of all Countries.  So as a starting point i logged on to the I.C Website, got the DVD “the Rough Cut” and from there on my life has never been the same. The passion, the determination and strength of those involved in I.C is truley admirable.  They may not be celebrity’s but in my life they are Hero’s.  In 2009 Invisible Children extended their reach by sending their “roadies” downunder for “the rescue” event in April.  YAY this was my chance to do something in my own beautiful land of Aus to help those who are to us, invisible.

Next Blog:

Invisible Children In Australia & NZ  for The Rescue Event. My story of “the Rescue” event on April, 25th as well as pictures and information.

Thanks for reading my blog and hope you can check out some more!

Cheers!!