Graffiti or activism in North Park?
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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,, 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 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.

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MordecaiWatts May 17, 2012 @ 4:55 p.m.

Trees were spray-painted in with KONY 2012 logos in other parts of town. Think globally, crap where you live.


JuliusZsako May 17, 2012 @ 6:48 p.m.

These posters decay quickly when placed outdoors and exposed to rain and sun. They look pretty bad. The people who place them don't seem to have much respect for the rest of the community. The posters can cause traffic signal boxes to overheat and fail, so it is a safety issue as well. It is a form of graffiti - the unauthorized marking on property regardless of the tool (paint, marker, stickers) At, the issues of graffiti prevention and control are explored. I'd love your feedback on it.


Visduh May 17, 2012 @ 7:51 p.m.

The people who put up those posters aren't very smart or really concerned. What they do makes them feel good for a few minutes, after which they've likely forgotten what it was all about. Urban idiocy.


dwbat May 18, 2012 @ 1:59 p.m.

I saw another KONY 2012 poster today on a utility box outside "Beemer Club" on University Ave. in North Park.


StopInvisibleChildren May 18, 2012 @ 10:03 p.m.

These people are a joke, they Travel across the Country all year long, recruiting School Children to do this Stuff, and even charge them to do it. this stuff should not be Allowed in our school Systems, and the School systems should be ashamed for allowing these people in to brainwash these kids. Schools are supposed to Educate and protect our kids from people like this, This poster campaign required kids to do this in the middle of the night "Cover the Night" . not only does this show how irresponsible these people are for the safety of these kids, and also knowing a lot of this was Illegal and letting the Kids take the fall for the graffiti end of it. we have a petition to the National School Board Association, to Ban this group from "OUR" school systems. this group preys upon Impressionable kids through misleading information,manipulation and Merchandise. Help Sign the Petition and put an end to this



dwbat May 21, 2012 @ 1:54 p.m.

Obviously, their disclaimer is just a legal ploy to keep the corporation out of trouble. Of course, they know about the "KONY 2012" graffiti, and who does it.


urilu01 July 4, 2012 @ 5 p.m.

They live in on 29th street so they sure know who did it!!!!


dwbat Dec. 21, 2012 @ 2:37 p.m.

Looks like they are at it again! Here's a sign they defaced on Polk St. in North Park.


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