It’s been a busy weekend for some of our favorite do-gooder celebs. Over the weekend, Sophia Bush, Kristen Bell, and Harry Shum helped Invisible Children rock the world and the 1,500 attendees at the organization’s Fourth Estate Summit.
If you need a refresher, Invisible Children is dedicated to ending the LRA conflict in Africa. If the organization sounds familiar, it’s probably because their team was the brains behind the KONY 2012 video, which reached 100 million views in 6 days, making it the fastest growing viral video in history. This weekend, the nonprofit gathered more than 1,000 of its most dedicated supporters and proceeded to inspire them on Oprah-like levels. Trust us — we were there!
Photo: Ballerinas and a live orchestra? Nope, not a Kanye music video. It's the Fourth Estate Summit! (Alexis Tirado)
Over the course of three days, Bush, Bell, and Shum were joined by some of our fave orgs like Pencils of Promise and To Write Love On Her Arms, as well as by some big-name political support. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, once a journalist dedicated to covering human rights issues, gave her first public speech after receiving her ambassadorship. NBD.
If you missed out on the live stream, you can find recaps as well as pictures from the summit on Invisible Children’s blog. You might want to grab some tissues, though, because one of the many life-changing moments occurred when The Buried Life boys gave 18-year-old Torri a new bionic arm. Can you say BEST SUMMIT EVER?
Photo: The Buried Life's Ben Nemtin gives Torri a hug after the boys gift her with a bionic arm. (Alexis Tirado)
Now that the Fourth Estate Summit is over, the organization is focused on a new campaign, #zeroLRA. The goal is to make sure zero children are abducted from their homes and zero indicted LRA commanders are “allowed to roam free.”
Inspired to take action? You can learn more about the summit and ways to help Invisible Children end the LRA conflict by going on the organization’s blog or by checking out the action widgets below.
Photo: 1,500 activists waving glow sticks. (Alexis Tirado)