Critical Mass and Invisible Children
Meet at the VAG on the Georgia side (you know, the fountain?) and be ready to ride by 6 p.m. Late updates will be posted here. Or, if you’re more of the “bicycle poser” type, head straight to the afterparty.
Then, Saturday, head to the Global Night Commute, an event to raise awareness and funds for the film “Invisible Children” about the crisis in Northern Uganda.
Northern Where? Yeah, I know, it’s far away and you don’t know anyone from there. But here’s the deal. In 2003, three guys headed to Uganda with a video camera. They came back with enough footage to make “Invisible Children: Rough Cut” and started a non-profit with a goal of making a feature-length film to highlight the plight of the children displaced, orphaned and in danger of being abducted into the LRA (the Lord’s Resistance Army, a paramilitary group that’s fighting against the Ugandan government. They’re seriously messed up).
Currently, 160 people have signed up in Vancouver to show up at the VAG on the 29th at 7 p.m. (If you’ve heard of the Gulu Walk in Toronto, it’s a little like that.) At 9 p.m. there’s the group photograph, and then from then until 6 a.m. it’s a sleep-in. The event is a little U.S.-centric (lots of references to your state senator, for example, but that’s because this is part of an estimated 50,000 people in 130 cities worldwide who have pledged to show support for the 50,000 children who flee their houses daily and head to city centers in Uganda to avoid being drafted into the LRA.
Thanks to Leader Notes for pointing this out to me.