Monday, October 15, 2007

ONE Campaign

This Wednesday, the ONE Campaign is holding rallys across the world, attempting to break a world record. There is an event in San Francisco. I might attend. I might even purchase a t-shirt.

I'm interested in their campaign because it is consciously a meta issue. They're campaigning to end poverty in our generation by working to make it an issue in the 2008 U.S. elections. They even have contests between university campuses to see which campus is the most committed to ending poverty.

I find three things fantastic about this organization:
1) it is committed to doing what it can from the activists' perspectives.
2) it doesn't provide western solutions to non-western problems.
3) it uses the forces of globalization to manage the effects of globalization.

The ONE Campaign should be super cool. If they succeed in putting global poverty on the list of issues instead of abortion or gay marriage issues, it might be an interesting election.

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