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Oklahoma Hold Out Confronting Tom Coburn on Lord’s Resistance Army

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:

6 comments to Oklahoma Hold Out Confronting Tom Coburn on Lord’s Resistance Army

  • Tomas

    This is a perfect example of Progressives and their misplaced sense of the world. They have issues in their own backyards and they feret over a congressmen and a piece of legislation that deals with another nation. One that has as much chance of putting down arms as it is for Obama to repeal the Patriot Act. And you wonder why Main Street America looks down on progressives as a whole as out of touch.

  • As I remember, Tomas, it’s not progressives, fretting about another nation, who led America rushing headlong into Iraq.

  • Alicia

    Tomas, I believe in what they are doing because I don’t believe that Americans are worth more than the people of Africa. Ask yourself why people are hungry or homeless here in our cities, and what you are doing to stop it. The problem isn’t in the politics its in the people and the communities. I’m sorry for believing that a 24 year war where as of now more than 30,000 kids have been abducted from their homes, and forced to kill their families, and are now fighting in an army that massacres thousands of people just because. If we have the ability to stop that from happening..shouldn’t we? Why do we value our lives over the lives outside of our political border on a map. We are a global community. Are you saying that we shouldn’t reach out to Haiti or Chile either?…Love your neighbor as yourself.

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