Global Campaign Uses Celebrities
to Raise Awareness
By Melissa Charbboneau
CBN News White House Correspondent
EDINBURGH, Scotland – It was an American invasion on British
A delegation of staffers and volunteers from the "One"
campaign flew into Scotland to convince the world's richest nations
to eradicate extreme poverty.
Financial heavyweights such as Virgin Atlantic's Richard Branson,
Bill Gates, and George Soros raised the heat on G8 leaders by
funding "One" activists.
“We can end this problem. We can do it,” said Melissa
Fitzpatrick, an actress on West Wing. “But, we as citizens
of the United States have a responsibility, and that's to let
our officials, our elected officials know we want this.”
Hot off a Live 8 mega-concert in Philadelphia, the "One"
volunteers came for the star-studded lineup. And they wanted to
President Bush a message.
“So proud to be here, history is being made,” said
Paula Abdul, a judge on American Idol. “I couldn't imagine
being anywhere else…"
Artists and actors have rallied America to act, touting their
symbol of unity by wearing the "One" wristband.
“I think the meaning is One, we all are one, and we are
all equal around the world, and we should all start paying attention
to this,” actor Chris Tucker said.
Live 8 organizer Bob Geldolf said the 1.3 million Americans
who signed on to the "One" campaign can persuade G8
leaders to pony up
“We've never been wealthier. We produce surplus in every
single area, including food,” Geldof said. “Yet an
entire continent will go to bed hungry. That makes no sense, it's
Geldof and his vast array of celebrity colleagues said it is
time Africa's plight made it to the global stage.
“It's not good for the world if 6,300 people - principally
children - are dying every single day in Africa,” musician
Dave Matthews said.
“The leaders of the developed world need to come together,”
actor Djimon Hounsou said. “They know the issues.”
“Volunteerism is the new black,” Jon Bon Jovi added.
“Everyone should get up and volunteer. That's what it's
all about, giving back to your local communities and the world's
communities. Everybody's reaching out today, performing here but
there's one united message because we're trying to save some souls.”
The driving force behind the "One" campaign is Irish
superstar Bono of the band U2. The rocker-turned-lobbyist has
become a political force in Washington, visiting members of Congress
with Bush's Secretary of State, and the Oval Office.
Bono's three-step proposal is debt relief, increased aid, and
fair trade for Africa. His co-founder Bobby Shriver of the Kennedy
Clan said "One"'s outreach has seen a surprising political
convergence of the left and the right.
“It's important to get along with the Republicans because
even when President Clinton was in office they had a lot of clout
in Congress,” Shriver said. “So we started off on
that strategy, sort of inadvertently, and when we realized it
was going to work really well, you know Bono and Jesse Helms,
Bono and so-forth, we stuck with it. And that's why Pat Robertson
and Puffy (P. Diddy)…get people to pay attention.”
“No matter what Christian, or religious background you
come from, or if you're in rock-and-roll or pop music,”
Dan Haseltine, from Jars of Clay, said. “When 30,000 people
are dying everyday from issues surrounding poverty - stuff that's
preventable, everybody feels that. And so I think it's easy to
put all the other differences aside and say okay, we all can unify
When Bush and other G8 leaders arrive at the summit tomorrow,
members of "One" and other anti-poverty activists will
wait in Edinburgh to make sure they shine a global spotlight on
the plight of Africa.
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