Greetings to those of you reading this. This is an important message … one that needs to be passed on. First … some history.
My name is Meghan and I am a mentor for team 1568 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (I am finishing up my last year at the University of Rhode Island). This is my first season with FIRST and so far it has been fantastic. I am excited to say that my team has qualified for the championship competition in Atlanta, so for those of you who will be there … see you there.
Point of Post:
There is this crazy awesome thing happening across the country on April 29 (last day of competition) and, as luck would have it, one of the cities in which it is happening is Atlanta. It is called the Global Night Commute. I was going to take part in this in Providence (capital of RI) until my team qualified for Atlanta, so I have decided to still do it, but in Atlanta. What is this event you may ask? Here is some background.
Background of Event:
Basically, a few weeks ago, I saw a rough cut of a documentary called Invisible Children. Three college-aged kids from California went to Africa in 2003 in search of a story, and found one in northern Uganda. There, a civil war has been waged for the past 17 years and the children of Uganda are being conscripted into the guerrilla army. Watching the film was moving and heart wrenching. When asked what we could do to help, all the children responded that what they wanted most was education. Many had dreams of becoming teachers and lawyers and engineers, but did not have the resources to do so. These children are forced to commute every night to the large city of Gulu to sleep in the streets. They do this because they fear being abducted by the guerrilla army in their villages. The children are called Night Commuters. The college students returned from Uganda and took their footage and put together a 55 minute rough cut. A feature film version will be released sometime next year. Their mission now is to simply raise awareness of the subject, and to do so, they have dispatched 7 teams across the country screening the movie to colleges, high schools, churches, community centers … wherever they can. On April 29, all across the country, they have organized what we are calling the Global Night Commute. They are asking anyone and everyone that want to help out these children to grab a sleeping bag and pillow and sleep in the streets. Currently, about 100,000 people have signed up. This is going to happen simply to raise awareness of what is going on.
So, my mission right now, is to try to let every single person who will be at the competition in Atlanta know what is going on
I strongly suggest you check out www.invisiblechildren.com for more information on the movie, the global night commute, and the movement.
Spread the word!!!