When U2 played the inaugural concert for President Barack Obama, front man Bono had nothing but praise for the President-elect. But while he sang his praises on stage, online the organization he cofounded with Bobby Shriver called on the new President to be accountable for bringing hope not only to the people of the United States, but to keep his promise to bring hope to "millions of lives in the world's poorest countries."
This is the very essence of The ONE Campaign - working with political leaders, not alienating them. It's a wonderfully delicate balance - applying pressure without cutting off relations, calling on leaders to be accountable, and giving them answers to problems rather than simply identifying what's wrong.
The ONE Campaign is a firm supporter of the Millennium Development Goals, the UN's call to stamp out extreme poverty by 2015. It is also one of the leading human rights organizations working to alleviate illness that often results from extreme poverty. It seeks the raise awareness of just how easily and relatively inexpensively the lives of those living in the poorest countries can be vastly improved if we simply commit ourselves to helping.
The ONE Campaign is an exceptional example of a grassroots campaign that has utilized the power of the internet to reach the world. Members can hook up via the One.org website or can organize their local groups in their own areas. Or, if one does not have much time to devote, One.org allows one to still be a vital member by engaging in the simple act of signing petitions via email.
President Obama has called upon all Americans to devote themselves to some form of service. The ONE Campaign is an excellent place to start.
*~Aisling Ireland~* is long time human rights activist, a member of Amnesty International, a One Campaign supporter, writer, and an ordained Spiritual Counselor.
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