11/24 Meeting

Hey guys, its Juliana again. 🙂

So today’s meeting was really fun – just getting to know each other and making nametags. =)

AND we officially started the Change for Change Drive today! So grab your Arizona Iced Tea bottle and start collecting! 😀
OH, and something I didn’t mention at the meeting, but its gonna be a contest! So whoever raises the most money will get a really cool prize. (Which Matt and I haven’t decided yet, so if you have any suggestions, feel free to mention them in your comment!)

Anywho, hope you all have an awesome Thanks Giving Break, and I’ll see you next week. 🙂

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11/17 – The Hometown Shake Down

Hey Guys!

Important news straight from the IC blog:
“If you haven’t heard yet, the LRA Disarmament Bill passed its first big test yesterday. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee affirmed the bill unanimously, moving the bill one step closer to President Obama’s desk. This is a colossal pat on the back for all of our efforts, but the time for celebration is yet to come. We still have a lot of work to do.”

Anyway, we also had an awesome meeting yesterday tlking about this same bill. But even for those of you that didn’t go this is a REALLY important blog post!

Yesterday, we wrote letters to Senator Diane Feinstein and Congressman Howard (Buck) McKeon. And we made a couple phone calls too. 🙂

But whether or not you went to the meeting today, you still have a really important action item: To participate in “The Hometown Shake Down”.

What’s that?
Well, today, everyone involved in Invisible Children are calling/emailing and writing letters to their congress men and women. And we need your help too!

Below, I’ll have a sample phone call, letter & email.
You can do any of the three, but all we ask is that you do one. 🙂
And really, how long does it take to copy and paste an email? Like what, 35 seconds?
(And even if you wrote a letter yesterday, it’d still be awesome if you called in or sent an email)

Hold the phone. (Yes I really did just say that.)
Before you do ANYTHING else, go here and sign the petition for Joseph Koney’s arrest!
This will take you right to it and all you have to do is put down your name and email and you will have signed it!

Okay, now you can continue. 🙂 below are the sample email, phone call & letter. Take a look!

Email: (Why this is important: Our elected representatives keep a tally of how many emails they receive on an issue. The more they hear about their constituents’ concern for this conflict, the more likely they are to make peace a priority. It’s the whole squeaky wheel concept.)
http://feinstein.senate.gov
http://mckeon.house.gov/

“Hi. My name is _________ and I’m writing from _________ to ask you to do more to help the children being victimized by the
Lord’s Resistance Army and to help achieve peace.
The situation on the ground is deteriorating rapidly and immediate action is needed to stop the violence and protect people from
attack and abduction. Much greater investment is needed from the U.S. to make this happen.
Specifically, I am asking that you sign on to the “LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act” to appropriate money
to help war-affected communities and urge the Obama Administration to address the continued threat posed by the LRA.
As a constituent in your district, I would appreciate your efforts to bring an immediate end to this conflict. Thank you.”

Phone call:
Senator Feinstein’s office: 202-224-3841
Congressman McKeon’s office: 202-225-1956

When you call, if you get a recording you can just skip dow to the script below. But if a live person picks up, say that you would like to leave a comment for (whoever you’re calling) and then, once they’re ready say:

“Hi. My name is _________ and I’m calling from _________ to ask President Obama to do more to help the children being
victimized by the Lord’s Resistance Army and to help achieve peace in central Africa.
The situation on the ground is deteriorating rapidly and immediate action is needed to stop the violence and protect people from
attack and abduction. Much greater investment is needed from the US to make this happen.
Specifically, I am asking President Obama for three things: first, to make a public statement about the LRA’s atrocities and commit
the United States to stopping Kony by Christmas 2009. Second, I am asking that he sign into law the “LRA Disarmament and
Northern Uganda Recovery Act of 2009” and third, that he commit to the recovery of war-affected areas in east Africa.
I am also calling to urge (name of congress person) to cosign this said bill. (House Bill # HR248-for McKeon- and Senate Bill # S1067-for Feinstein)
As a citizen of the United States, I would appreciate your efforts to bring an immediate end to this conflict. Thank you.

But if its live, don’t hang up yet! They will probably ask you you’re area code and such (not really a big deal).

Letter (this is the one we wrote @ the meeting yesterday):

“Hi. My name is _________ and I’m writing from _________ to ask you to do more to help the children being victimized by the Lord’s
Resistance Army and to help achieve peace.
The situation on the ground is deteriorating rapidly and immediate action is needed to stop the violence and protect people from
attack and abduction. Much greater investment is needed from the U.S. to make this happen.
Specifically, I am asking that you sign on to the “LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act” to appropriate money to
help war-affected communities and urge the Obama Administration to address the continued threat posed by the LRA.
As a constituent in your district, I would appreciate your efforts to bring an immediate end to this conflict. Thank you.”

(And, yes I know the letters take longer, but the cool thing about them is that our congress men & women – or at least their secretaries – have to read all of the hand-written letters.)

Some helpful facts:
– LRA atrocities, which began in Northern Uganda and have now spilled over to three neighboring countries, have been occurring
_ for more than 23 years. This is Africa’s longest running conflict.
– Over 1.5 million people have been forced into squalid displacement camps that lack even the basic necessities.
– Over 60,000 children have been abducted and used in this brutal conflict as frontline soldiers and sex slaves.

Anyway guys, thank you SO MUCH for helping out!
See you Tuesday! (And get all your friends to sign the petition too! :D)

-Juliana

11/10/09 meeting

Hey there guys its Matt!
So today we watched some videos on the makers of the bags for Mend movement that of course isn’t required for you to buy a bag or anything, but they are cool if you want to look into getting one.
We also watched the video on We Want Obama for the passing of the bill, Juliana and I would think it would be awesome if we could get everyone in the club to sign this petition. So please please please sign it :] here is the website

10/29/09 meeting

Sorry guys it’s Matt. I posted something and I guess it didn’t actually post
anyway so the meeting was great we finished the last like 5 minutes of the ICU video!
We also got to watch the schools for schools video which was awesome and we also watched the 2007 video update and like I mentioned it’s always good to see where all the work, time, and effort we put into the club actually goes and it’s always heartwarming to see the lives that you have impacted with your help :]
so remember guys we need fundraising ideas and also ill be checking in and out in the next couple of days and choosing someone for a prize for commenting the blog so remember comment!

10/12 & 10/20 Meetings

Hey guys!

This is Juliana again. 🙂  Basically, these last two weeks we’ve watched the original Invisible Children documentary (produced in ’03) – the one that started it all.

Next week, we’ll finish up the last bit of the movie (and recap it for others who missed one or both parts) and watch the ’07 update and have a bit of discussion. 🙂

Also, if you want to borrow a copy of the dvd we have plenty available! We’re selling them for $5, but renting them for free. 🙂

Also, if we have time, we’ll talk about Schools for Schools – what that is and how it helps.

Thanks for reading and commenting! Oh, and don’t forget to take a look at our twitter and facebook pages!

9/22/09 Meeting

Hey! This is your club’s co-President Juliana speaking. 🙂

Thanks to everyone who attended our 2nd official meeting!

Matt and I were very excited to see so many new faces!

Today did some re-introductions (of Matt, Tiffanie – our secretary, and Mrs. Margrave – our advisor), and we told everyone about Ms. Neylan, who will be our OFF-campus advisor. She substitutes in our district, so some of you may have had her before. Anyway, she (along with Mrs. Margrave) have been with the club since it first started, we’re excited to get all the help we can this year. =]

Matt, Tiff, Mrs. M and I also shared a little bit about why we, personally, are in ICU club, and why we had decided to join.

Then we wanted to have a few of the new comers volunteer why THEY decided to come today, Alex shared about the LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) and another Alex shared about why she decided to join this year. We also had Joe share, who was a member last year, :]

Alex and Alex both got a copy of the original Invisible Children movie and the 2007 update. 🙂

But unfortunately we only had three volunteers to share. Obviously that didn’t work as well as we’d hoped, so we’ll have to try a new tactic next time.

Capt. Collet also shared about his son (who is in Uganda right now) and how our club can talk to him about what’s going on there RIGHT NOW – which is pretty cool if you ask me. 🙂

We also talked about possibly showing the original movie during two meetings. (Since the movie is about an hour long, we would have two consecutive meetings, like Tuesday and then Wednesday in order to finish it).

Sooo…. Your action items for this week are to:

  • Check out our facebook group (search “VHS ICU Club 09-10!” we’ll have info about or new Twitter on there as well later today.
  • Think of creative ideas for a fundraiser! (Can be big or small)
  • Comment the blog (hey, since you’re already here, why not get to it? Just scroll down to where it says “0 Comments” or whatever the number is, and post something! 🙂 )

See you next week! 😀

    Summer Meetings

    Hey guys, soo sorry for the delayed posting.  This week and last week we talked about summer meetings.  Amelia is officially going to AOC so Juliana and Matt are planning to head the ICU program at Valencia next year.  Amelia is going to start an Invisible Children club at AOC (working with the preexisting Amnesty International club).  We’re starting an alliance!  This is why we need every member who possibly can to come to summer meetings…

    At the summer meetings, future fundraisers and marketing will be planned (along with much more, I promise you)!

    The action items for the past two meetings have been to get the exact travel dates (if possible) of when you will be out of town for the summer. Please post them in a comment, and Amelia will proceed to book meetings from there. : D

    ALSO…ICU is going to have an end of the year party after school gets out.  It will either be the first day of summer (the Friday after finals) or that Saturday.  In a comment, let me know which day works for you and we’ll plan the party according to which day will work best for the most people.…  the party will be at Amelia’s house and will be a potlach, i.e. everyone brings one item of food to share.

    Comment!