ONE is hitting the campaign trail to find out where candidates stand on extreme poverty. Stay tuned for more updates like these from our field team and organizers on the road.
Yesterday, former President Bill Clinton came to Chicago for an event with U.S. senatorial candidate, Alexi Giannoulias and other local candidates. I went out with some ONE members extra early, decked out in our ONE shirts to make sure that they saw ONE and were reminded of our efforts to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease in Africa.
During his speech, President Clinton touched on many subjects and fired up the crowd with stories from his years in office, but he took time during his speech to praise former President Bush’s efforts to save lives from HIV/AIDS in Africa by creating the PEPFAR program. President Clinton went on to remind the crowd that America must continue to lead in the fight against AIDS, poverty and malaria!
Once his speech was over, President Clinton took time to take pictures and shake hands with the crowd. When he got to us ONE members, he grabbed my camera and insisted that all of us got in the photo with him! We thanked the former president for his leadership, and for always making time for the world’s poorest people in his personal work and with ONE members across America.
The election is less than a week away — but we need you and your voice to help make a difference and make sure that no matter who wins the open Illinois Senate seat — Republican or Democrat — that they go to D.C. ready to continue efforts to fight extreme poverty and save lives in the developing world.
-Christopher Shaffer, ONE Vote 2010 organizer, Illinois