the debate continues
Dustyn Winder replies to Invisible Children's Jason Russell. Previous IC posts are here and here.
Well, in regards to Mao, that is simply untrue. We have the email from Mao and we have multiple people who were conferenced in with Jason when he said Norbert Mao is a politician so you have to realize that when he says something. Politicians have to please their audience.
And as far as the film goes, premiered is different from released. The film started making waves in 2006 and was then touted as "look what is happening in Uganda." And what matters is that it is still be shown to people who believe it is accurate to this day.
We are most certainly not trying to drive a wedge between anyone and the leadership in Uganda, but the fact remains, that out of Jason's own mouth, Mao was not consulted before the release of the shirts. Again, we have the email from Mao.
There needs to be accountability. That is our biggest concern. As we said, IC does do great things and we don't wish to discount that. It just saddens me that those great things take a back seat to the media. Prioritize.
Jason, neither Erin or I were physically able to come to Lobby Days this year, but I - and I can confidently say Erin - have never rejected an offer to meet. We would love if our voices weren't only heard but actually taken into account. On that matter, the ball is in your court.
By all means, I have no desire to see IC fail. IC is an important organization in bringing Kony to justice and peace to the region, but things must be done correctly. I know Jason knows this, but this isn't just business. It is a 'business' dealing with the lives of people. We want IC to work to sure up its weaknesses because there is great opportunity.
There is a difference between saying you welcome criticism and are willing to listen and actually listening.