I’m heading back to lobby in DC!
Exactly one week from today, I will be meeting with district representatives to discuss why I think it is so vital that the U.S. play a part in ending Joseph Kony’s war on central east Africa.
I’m excited! And a little nervous as well. For those who don’t know, I’ve been to D.C. to lobby for this cause (then H.R. bill 1067- the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act 2009) before. I was with friends from my hometown.
This time, I’m a little more on my own. While I will be traveling to D.C. and staying there with some friends from Kent State University, I don’t have hometown friends that will meet alongside state representatives from my home district with me. Also, the training! Last time I lobbied through Invisible Children, there was a full day of training seminars. This year, we have a little more than an hour before we hit the capitol with full force.
I’m a little excited as well though! It’s been a little more than three years since I’ve lobbied in the nation’s capital, and I’m ready to discover how much my knowledge about this cause has grown since then. I’m also always beyond excited to talk about how badly the U.S. should aid the war torn area in it’s recovery. It’s a subject I know so incredibly much about. And, I’ve never been more passionate about anything in my life. I’ve met so many Ugandan and Congo natives, how can I not want to help my friends?
And have I mentioned how excited I am to see a lot of the friends I met from Invisible Children’s Fourth Estate conference in 2011? So excited! So many of them live on opposite sides of the country world, and I’m beyond excited to have them all in one place again, even if it’s just for two days.
I always love having a chance to put my life motto into action.
“Live a life that demands explanation.”
And, in the spirit of 2012,
STOP at NOTHING.