Monday, June 06, 2005

Some Great Publicity...and more.

Great news - check out the Featured News at the following OurWorld website - http://ourworld.worldlearning.org/site/PageServer?pagename=homepage - or just go straight to the article titled "Help End the Hidden War in Northern Uganda" by clicking the following link - http://ourworld.worldlearning.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=6451&news_iv_ctrl=1341

That is some good coverage and we should capitalize on it by highlighting it on our website and sending it out to people we know. When you send out the article/link, be sure to tell people that they can now use the DONATE section of the website to donate online securely.

With the website functional by Wednesday, we should start getting out press releases, especially to Ugandan and East African media. When we hit the news, we have to hit it hard.

In other news, we have to decide between the following two mission statements. Send in your vote...

Uganda Conflict Action Network (Uganda-CAN), a project of the 501(c)(3) Africa Faith and Justice Network, is a grassroots campaign of citizens working together, in solidarity with the hopes and visions of millions of Ugandans, to advocate, lobby and act for an end to the unnecessary human suffering of the 19-year old war in northern Uganda as part of a greater movement for peace and renewal in the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

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Uganda Conflict Action Network (Uganda-CAN), a project of the 501(c)(3) Africa Faith and Justice Network, is a grassroots campaign of citizens working together to advocate, lobby and act for an end to the unnecessary human suffering of the 19-year old war in northern Uganda as part of a greater movement for peace and renewal in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. In solidarity with the hopes and visions of millions of Ugandans, Uganda-CAN works for a more responsible global citizenship that hears and answers to the suffering of the most poor and vulnerable of our world.

and to go with our finalized mission statement, I am going to post here a brief "About Uganda-CAN" and our "Objectives - feel free to send critique, revisions, thoughts -

About Uganda Conflict Action Network

Uganda Conflict Action Network (Uganda-CAN) was founded in May 2005 after five undergraduate students studying in Uganda were compelled to action after experiencing the horrors of war in northern Uganda. These students were moved by the unnecessary suffering of the hidden war that has pushed more than 1.6 million people into internally-displaced people’s camps and led to the brutal abduction of more than 25,000 children by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Shocked at the neglect and ignorance of the Ugandan government and world community, these students saw an opportunity to use their power to advocate and lobby for action from the international community, especially the United States, to end this vicious 19-year old war.

Uganda-CAN was formed out of that experience as a way for these students and others to act in solidarity with the people of northern Uganda who have suffered so immensely for so long. Uganda-CAN was founded as a project for Ugandans and non-Ugandans to work together for a comprehensive resolution to the war and its consequent suffering. Acknowledging the power of the United States government in Uganda and its role in fueling the conflict, the founders of Uganda-CAN recognized a tremendous opportunity for American citizens to use their democratic voice to demand that their government use its clout to actively support efforts to end the war.

Uganda-CAN exists as a project of the Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN), a Washington-based 501(c)(3) advocacy network that addresses U.S. policy towards Africa. AFJN launched Uganda-CAN as an opportunity to both support peace efforts in Uganda and contribute to the greater movement for peace and renewal in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. AFJN established Uganda-CAN as a vehicle to push for a more responsible global citizenship that hears and answers to the suffering of the most poor and vulnerable of our world.

Objectives

Uganda Conflict Action Network (Uganda-CAN) seeks to:

· Raise awareness about the war in northern Uganda, particularly highlighting the realities on the ground and the voices of Ugandans caught in the midst of war.
· Take creative and targeted action to lobby policymakers in the United States to push for a comprehensive peaceful resolution to the war in northern Uganda and an end to its consequent suffering.
· Work in partnership with operating humanitarian organizations to provide relief and other forms of assistance to alleviate the unnecessary human suffering in northern Uganda.
· Build an effective broad-based grassroots network of concerned, outraged citizens committed to monitoring and using their power to work for peace and renewal in the Great Lakes Region of Africa and beyond.

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