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The One Campaign July 1, 2005

Posted by Leita in Flotsam/Jetsam.

After viewing the commercials for the One Campaign a while back, I placed it firmly on my list of things to do when I stop long enough to remember. Yeah, I was interested but not enough to take a peek at their site.

This morning, my sister Kathy sent me the following email and a cyber nudge:

Dear Friends….. There is one thing that makes me mad, I mean really get up off my butt and do something mad, and that is a child with nothing to eat. All of the faces you see on the posters for The ONE campaign we all probably recognize, but OUR faces are just as important …NO, more important! It is up to those who reach out. Please join hands with me and reach out to help with The ONE campaign. We have so much….and we have even more to give. Thank YOU!

One doesn’t ask for money, just a voice. Give it a read.

The One Campaign Declaration:

“WE BELIEVE that in the best American tradition of helping others help themselves, now is the time to join with other countries in a historic pact for compassion and justice to help the poorest people of the world overcome AIDS and extreme poverty. WE RECOGNIZE that a pact including such measures as fair trade, debt relief, fighting corruption and directing additional resources for basic needs – education, health, clean water, food, and care for orphans – would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the poorest countries, at a cost equal to just one percent more of the US budget. WE COMMIT ourselves – one person, one voice, one vote at a time – to make a better, safer world for all.”

There’s a wristband for sale for the fashion-conscious. It’s white. I like white but what happens after Labor Day? There are a few of us out here who, despite what the style gurus say, can’t get comfy in after-season white. In my case, any white item purchased during the summer mellows into gray putty by Labor Day. I may tamp down my fear of white for this noble cause.

If wristbands and petition signing isn’t your bag, how about a concert? No? How about 10 concerts? Check out Live 8 , sign another petition, get informed and take a gander at a nicely designed site (no tables!)

Here’s what they say:

Every single day, 30,000 children die, needlessly, of extreme poverty.

On July 6th, we finally have the opportunity to stop that shameful statistic.

8 world leaders, gathered in Scotland for the G8 summit, will be presented with a workable plan to double aid, drop the debt and make the trade laws fair. If these 8 men agree, then we will become the generation that made poverty history.

But they’ll only do it if enough people tell them to.

That’s why we’re staging Live 8. 10 concerts, 100 artists, a million spectators, 2 billion viewers, and 1 message… To get those 8 men, in that 1 room, to stop 30,000 children dying every single day of extreme poverty.

We don’t want your money – we want you!

We don’t want your money, we want your face!

upload it online or send by MMS to 0044 7774 777 444 and and we will make sure your face is part of the huge G8 gallery along Princes street in the heart of Edinburgh.

One and Live 8 is a fabulous way to be trendy and cool and still give a damn about the big issues.

Go now, and do good.



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