Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Will you help Brad Pitt help others?

Some of the background on this action is that the GWB has not intervened in the situation in Darfur, and has fairly well ignored the worsening violence and poverty, and AIDS crisis' on the continent of Africa. Do you remember how long he took to acknowledge the sunami disaster, and when he finally spoke, he pledged a nominal amount--for the US-- in aid? I saw a cartoon that truly summed up his thoughts on Aid to foreign, meaning people who are not white, countries. Bush is at the Crawford ranch, on the phone, cowboy hat on head, and he is yelling into the phone "Sue Nami, who the hell is Sue Nami, and what does she want? I'm on vacation, dammnit"

From Brad...

Dear Friend,
Every single day 30,000 children die from the effects of extreme poverty and it almost never makes the news. Tonight, that's going to be different.
I visited Africa last month with Diane Sawyer to record a "Primetime Live" special, and tonight that program will air at 10pm/9pm Central on ABC. The show is not only about the emergency in Africa, but also about successful projects that are saving people's lives and building new hope in entire communities.
Yesterday the ONE campaign asked all of us to do something that will make a real difference for the people we met in Africa:
sign a letter to President Bush asking him to seize the best opportunity we've had in decades to actually end extreme poverty. The ONE letter asks the President to support three bold commitments at the G8 summit of world leaders on July 6th: more and better international assistance, debt cancellation and trade reform....

the letter..
Dear President Bush,
ONE billion people around the world live on less than ONE dollar a day;
The US government spends less than ONE percent on overcoming global AIDS and poverty;
Citizens are uniting as ONE across political and religious divides to support action to overcome the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty.
At the G8 leaders meeting on July 6th we urge you to:
Help the poorest people of the world fight poverty, AIDS and hunger at a cost equal to just ONE percent more of the US budget on a clear timetable;
Cancel 100% of the debts owed by the poorest countries;
Reform trade rules so poor countries can earn sustainable incomes.
We urge you to lead an historic deal with other nations to help Africa and the poorest nations overcome global AIDS and extreme poverty. Together as ONE, we can Make Poverty History this July.

Go HERE to sign the letter and then the Declaration


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