How it Started
In the spring of 2003, three young filmmakers traveled to Africa in search of a story. What started out as a filmmaking adventure transformed into much more when these boys from Southern California discovered a tragedy that disgusted and inspired them, a tragedy where children are both the weapons and the victims.
After returning to the States, they created the documentary “Invisible Children: Rough Cut,” a film that exposes the tragic realities of northern Uganda’s night commuters and child soldiers.
The film was originally shown to friends and family, but has now been seen by millions of people. The overwhelming response has been, “How can I help?” To answer this question, the non-profit Invisible Children, Inc. was created, giving compassionate individuals an effective way to respond to the situation.
Read the rest of the story here
Before becoming a celebrity, David Archuleta was a supporter of Invisible Children. His involvement introduced me to this cause. I remember the leather bracelet he wore on the Bonnie Hunt show, the Invisible Children t-shirt Dawn gave him that he wore on several occasions and his willingness to share with anyone who asked what they stood for.
After 25 years of war waged by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army, Invisible Children is getting loud… by shutting up. But after the silence ends at 8:00 PM on April 25th (in every time zone), it’s going to get even louder.
Break the Silence is happening in 18 cities across the U.S and will mark the end of the Invisible Children community’s 25 hours of silence for 25.
Break the Silence will unleash the voices of the thousands who are going silent and who have raised at least $25 to fund The Protection Plan – Invisible Children’s work to protect innocent civilians from LRA violence. (More information can be found by clicking here: Protection Plan.)
We’ll end this with two quick acronyms: RSVP ASAP. The cities will fill up, so now that you’ve raised your money and committed to 25 hours of silence, get your name on this list and we’ll see you at one of these cities.
Schedule of the night’s events:
April 25th, 2011
6:30PM – Doors open
7:30PM – 30 Minutes of Silence Begins
7:55PM – Break the Silence Video Begins
8:00PM – Silence is Broken
8-9PM – Celebration with new IC Media, Ugandan speaker, IC Roadies and musical performances
This message from Lauren Bailey (Invisible Children Team) via AFS
Come Monday—you name the price $$ for the event, all goes to ending a 25 year long war.
I just flew in to sunny Nashville, the birds are chirping and sky a’ clear blue. While taking in the scenery I hopped over to Allen Arena to check out the set-up for Monday’s Nashville 25: Break the Silence Event and got PUMPED.
This event is happening in 3 days, and it’s going to be amazing, I promise.
I want all of you to be able to come and experience Evelyn (our Ugandan speaker), performances from David Archuleta & Landon Pigg, as well as IC’s newest media…released yesterday.
But I know some of you are a little concerned about the raising $25 part. So, here’s the deal. Those of you who raised the $25—we love you. Thank you for your commitment, support and trust. You WILL be honored at this event.
However, I know a lot of you are college students with minimal incomes and maybe some with debt. We still want you to come be part of this monumental evening.
So, all of that is to say: You’re invited, don’t freak out about the $25. It’s suggested, but your attendance is more important.
YOU CAN STILL COME IF YOU HAVEN’T RAISED $25.
We will be taking donations at the door. If you haven’t RSVP’d then you can just drop your money in the donations bucket, and enter. You name the price ($5, $25, $100, you decide).
Just come, soak in the bliss of people coming together for a just an honorable cause—plus some sweet music and media.
However, do us a favor and stay silent. We’re breaking the silence at 8PM—please don’t be that kid who tries to do so beforehand. Thanks and can’t wait to see you there!
-Lauren + the Invisible Children Crew
David has been tweeting about his participation and support for Invisible Children. There are 18 cities who will be hosting this event and the concerts to break the silence tonight at 8pm Central Time. Three of those cities will be live streaming and one of those is Nashville where David is scheduled to perform.
This from PRNewswire:
David Archuleta “Breaks the Silence” with Invisible Children in Nashville, TN
100,000 young people have pledged 25 hours of silence to conclude Invisible Children’s national ’25’ campaign; the organization is hosting events in 18 cities across the country where partnering musical artists will “break the silence”
SAN DIEGO, April 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Invisible Children is excited to announce David Archuleta as the most recently added headliner for their event: Break the Silence, which is the end of their campaign ’25’ that launched earlier this year. The former American Idol contestant, one of the youngest ever, will take the stage at Lipscomb University’s Allen arena in Nashville, TN, on Monday, April 25th, to raise awareness and funds to end Africa’s longest running war.
Click on the link below to watch David Archuleta in Nashville