Saturday, July 01, 2006

Today is our Independence Day. Tomorrow can be theirs...

From BONO'S organization, The One Campaign:

Dear ONE Member:

One year ago, I stood on the stage of Live 8 in
Philadelphia, the biggest concert event in history, talking about something that
was only an idea at the time. It was the idea that, with the stroke of a pen,
eight of the world's leaders could change the future of millions of the poorest
people. Five days later, they did. That moment resulted in unprecedented
commitments to the world's poorest people for debt relief, fair trade, and
better development assistance. July 4th is our Independence Day. It
represents the day our nation started down a path of our own making. Many people
don't realize that development assistance is not about handouts, it's about
providing the means for a country to provide for itself. It's about giving that
country the opportunity to celebrate its own Independence Day. Every three
seconds someone dies of poverty-related disease, but sometimes it's hard to
remember that we are talking about people, not numbers. An actual person —
somebody's daughter, sister, or mother — dies every three seconds just because
she was born on the other side of an invisible line. Together, we can make
statistics like that history.

Thank you,
Will Smith, ONE Campaign

To take action or join the ONE Campaign visit


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