Invisible Children, Inc., is the San Diego nonprofit company that created a video on Joseph Kony's rebel war in Central Africa. The video has reportedly garnered over 100 million views, but the organization may have allowed its local supporters to go too far in spreading their message.
Recently the KONY 2012 campaign posters have been plastered on utility boxes. A while back, “KONY 2012” tags were seen on North Park sidewalks along University Avenue and on plywood covering the former F. W. Woolworth Co. building at 3067 University Avenue. (The graffiti has since been painted over.)
While graffiti generally refers to tagging, that's not the exact meaning as defined by law. According to the San Diego Municipal Code, graffiti means “any unauthorized inscription, word, figure, picture, or design that is sprayed, marked, posted, pasted or otherwise affixed, drawn, or painted on any surface of public or private property.”
On its website, kony2012.com, the organization states it doesn't support illegal tagging or postering: “Disclaimer: Invisible Children does not condone any type of illegal activity, including vandalism or trespass, in the distribution of KONY 2012 materials. Our company accepts no liability for consequences, including loss or damage, that may arise in connection with their distribution. Any action you take in relation to KONY 2012 is strictly at your own risk...so just ask for permission to post these materials.”
“That sort of activity is not what KONY 2012 or Invisible Children is about,” said Emily Wilkinson, the organization’s director of legal affairs and development. “We don't know who caused the vandalism you have described, or if the people behind it are even supporters of Invisible Children. However, we would be happy to assemble a group of volunteers to help clean it up.”
Graffiti removal in North Park is accomplished via a partnership between the North Park Community Association's Stop Graffiti Now! program and the Urban Corps of San Diego County. Graffiti photos are also sent regularly to the San Diego Police Department.