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KONY 2012 Effort: "Crucial" Cash Came From Antigay Proposition 8 Funder

"A-1 Self Storage was one of the original donors who helped the founders of Invisible Children travel to Uganda and make the documentary Invisible Children: The Rough Cut which led to the creation of Invisible Children, Inc the 510 C 3 non-profit organization... The contributions of A-1 Self Storage have been crucial to the growth and success of Invisible Children"

-- quote from current Invisible Children web page, crediting the Caster family business A1 Self Storage with providing crucial funding that launched Invisible Children. The Caster family was one of the biggest donors funding California's Proposition 8 and has just been exposed as one of the biggest funders, in 2008, of the virulently anti-LGBT rights National Organization For Marriage.

Today, Friday the 20th, two national human rights efforts will hold awareness events in American schools. One, the Gay, Straight, and Lesbian Education Network (GLSEN) will hold its annual Day Of Silence, to raise awareness about anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. The other effort, Invisible Children, is also holding an event today, called "Cover The Night". While IC, behind the KONY 2012 viral video, states that it is pro-LGBT rights, the organization has extensive ties to the hard, antigay politicized evangelical right; in fact, Invisible Children's own website states that the organization was started with "crucial" seed money from one of the top funders of both California's anti-same sex marriage Proposition 8 and the anti-gay rights group the National Organization For Marriage. Back when I wrote my April 4th report on the "extensive social and institutional ties" between the Invisible Children nonprofit and the Uganda branch of The Family / The Fellowship, credited by Ugandan MP David Bahati with having helped inspire, and even provide "technical support" for, the internationally condemned Anti Homosexuality Bill looming before Uganda's parliament since late 2009, I missed some rather obvious connections. A current page of Invisible Children's website titled "Our Network" identifies two entities, as part of IC's network, that are directly connected to the California Caster family -- one of the biggest funders of the 2008 anti-same sex marriage Proposition 8, and also a major funder of the virulently antigay National Organization For Marriage. According to a leaked NOM 2008 tax return form, members of the Caster family donated over $256,000 to the National Organization For Marriage in 2008, the largest collective donation next to a whopping $450,000 gift from John Templeton. According to California Watch, the Caster family donated over $700,000 to the effort to pass the anti-same sex marriage Proposition 8:
"[Terrence] Caster drew fire in 2008 after his family donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the ballot proposition to ban same-sex marriage. Caster gave $172,500 individually, and his Caster Family Trust gave $622,000 to the Prop. 8 campaign, according to campaign filings. At the time, Caster told The San Diego Union-Tribune, "Without solid marriage, you are going to have a sick society." "
In addition, confidential National Organization For Marriage memos leaked to the pro-LGBTI rights group the Human Rights Campaign outlined the strategic goal of targeting young Americans in the "millennial" age range - which mirrors Invisible Children's targeting of millennials outlined in IC's 2007 application to join the elite evangelical Barnabas Group. read the rest of this article here, at Talk To Action.