Joseph Kony has a friend in the US Senate…

I posted a few weeks agot that the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act was on hold in the Senate because one senator had hotlined it.

We now officially know that Senator.

Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is responsible for this bill not being passed.

My friends at ResolveUganda.org have a memo to Senator Coburn and tell you how to contact him

Here is their plan and what I recommend you do:


Memo to Senator Coburn: While you obstruct this bill, Joseph Kony and the LRA are still at large and innocent civilians across multiple countries continue to live in fear of death, rape, and abduction. Moreover, the funding authorized in the bill for the recovery of northern Uganda is a critical investment in the restoration of war-affected areas, and crucial for sustainable peace.


We are deeply concerned that Senator Coburn could single-handedly prevent the bill’s passage. We trust you are too.

That is why we are now calling on all Oklahomans to use their voices and let Senator Coburn know—loud and clear—that you want him to remove his hold on the bill. You residents of the Sooner State are the key to keeping this bill alive and we need every single one of you to act NOW. Here is what we need you to do:

1. Sign up to join our Coburn action campaign, and we’ll be in touch as the strategy develops. (Non Oklahomans can join this one too!)

2. Oklahomans: Call Coburn’s DC office EVERY DAY at (202) 224-5754, and request that the Senator immediately remove his hold on S.1067, the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act.

3. Email Senator Coburn by clicking here.

4. Click here to help set up or attend a constituent meeting with one of Senator Coburn’s offices in Oklahoma.

5. Spread the word. Tweet, facebook, you know the drill. Share this link with friends so they can get involved.

6. Check back soon for full disclosure of our campaign to overcome Senator Coburn’s obstacle and get this historic bill passed.

Please make sure to be strong AND RESPECTFUL in your communication with Coburn’s staff. We believe this issue is worthy of our best efforts, but we want to maintain integrity in our advocacy and ensure we have the best possible chance of convincing Senator Coburn to respond to your voices.


1 Response to “Joseph Kony has a friend in the US Senate…”

  1. January 14, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    For an in-depth look at Joseph Kony and the LRA, see the book, First Kill Your Family: Child Soldiers of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army.

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