In northern Uganda and occasionally in bordering countries, the Lord’s Resistance Army has used the mask of religion to justify a decades-long campaign of abduction, slavery and brutal warfare. Senator Russell Feingold has introduced S. 1067, the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act. Feingold’s bill would provide humanitarian relief to those fleeing the violence and would sponsor regional diplomacy in Africa to counter the LRA’s abductions and bolster peace efforts.
Senator Tom Coburn has used his senatorial privilege to place a hold on the legislation, claiming that he’s doing so for reasons of budgetary discipline. So Feingold called his bluff, declaring that he would alter the legislation to stipulate that no new federal funds would be spent to enact the bill. As the LRA continues its campaign of violence, Tom Coburn has maintained his hold, stripped of budgetary reasons and now maintained… for what?
In Oklahoma, activists are in the 138th hour of a political action in which they’re occupying the space in front of Coburn’s office, pressuring him to end his hold and allow the legislation to proceed.
Watch a mixture of live and recorded video in a feed of the Oklahoma Hold Out here: