February 16, 2005

Global Campaign Against Poverty

Filed under: Random Stuff — Bob Gifford @ 5:56 pm

You may have noticed the white banners with the slogan “MakePovertyHistory.org” on some of your favorite blogs. Richard and Mike at connexions cleared up the mystery. It turns out that MakePovertyHistory.org is a UK-based campaign affiliated with the Global Call to Action Against Poverty, or GCAP. GCAP is supported by a long list of international NGOs including World Vision, the Micah Challenge and Oxfam, and is an umbrella group for various national campaigns against poverty.

The US national campaign is called The ONE Campaign. From its website:

What is The ONE Campaign?
ONE is a new effort by Americans to rally Americans ONE by ONE to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty. The ONE Campaign is engaging Americans through a diverse coalition of faith-based and anti-poverty organizers to show the steps people can take, ONE by ONE, to fight global AIDS and poverty.

Why is The ONE Campaign needed?
Right now, the US government is making decisions about how much money to spend on humanitarian assistance next year and the UK is poised to lead the world’s wealthiest nations at the G8 summit next July. By joining the ONE campaign, we will show our leaders that we want to do more to respond to the emergency of AIDS and extreme poverty.

What is the goal of The ONE Campaign?
The ONE Campaign seeks to give Americans a voice, to ring church bells and cell phones, on campuses and in coffee shops, for an historic pact to fight the global AIDS emergency and end extreme poverty. We believe that allocating an additional ONE percent of the U.S. budget toward providing basic needs like health, education, clean water and food, would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation of the poorest countries.

You will notice the ads for the ONE Campaign on this post and on the sidebar of this blog. Please click on the ad and sign the ONE Declaration. Any American effort such as this must have plenty of stars, and the ONE Declaration is no exception, with signatories such as Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks and Dave Matthews. Speaking of which, I will close this post with some lyrics from the Dave Matthews song “Seek Up”:

the TV’s hungry child
his belly swells
Well, for the price of a coke or a smoke
I could keep alive those hungry eyes
Man, take a look again, take a look again
take a look again
Every day things change
But basically they stay the same

Let us hope not.


  1. The One Campaign sounds like socialism being forced on the entire nation. If we
    want to vote in a socialist government the Democrats would now be in the majorityof public offices and not the Republicians. I think this star studded campaign is simply another leftist hollywood measure to bring the US down. Is it not noteworthy that when hollywood people come by their money easy they suddenly feel guilty and want everyone to give their money to the poor.

    Some of us did not come by our money as actors do. Some people work themselves their entire life to make a better life. Now we are ask by this campaign run by the privilaged to contribute to making this nation more socialist. How stupid is that.

    Comment by Michael M — May 19, 2005 @ 8:10 pm

  2. We encourage you in your work.

    We notice that you have incorrectly used the name “Michah Challenge” when it should be “Micah Challenge”. Small but important difference.
    [Origins draws on teh words of Micah 6:8 found in the Old Testament]

    check out the cutting edge videos at http://www.micahchallenge.org.uk/ or see any of the other global campaigns at http://www.micahchallenge.org.uk/globalmovement/


    Executive Director
    Micah Challenge UK

    Comment by A Tanswell — February 11, 2007 @ 3:37 pm

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