On Friday, March 9, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch carried a front page story about Joseph Kony, a Ugandan warlord, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court and yet who, for the most part has been unknown in the West. (I certainly had never heard of him.)
That all changed with a YouTube video, "Kony 2012," posted earlier this week. Three days later it had been viewed 40 million times. As I write this on Saturday, March 10, the video has been viewed almost 65 million times.
Although there is real question in the justice and peace community about whether to support this particular effort or not, I find the video and the website (www.kony2012.com) potentially valuable resources because they show the process of how the "Kony 2012" campaign brings people from different political perspectives together around values which unite them and offers the opportunity for social change.