Yesterday 20 ONE volunteers and I had the opportunity to attend a grassroots campaign event for President Barack Obama at the State Fairground in Des Moines, IA. We were there to wear our ONE shirts and represent the world’s poorest people, but we were also there to say thank you Mr. President.
For months, ONE members across the country have been writing thousands of THRIVE postcards to the White House asking President Obama to show bold leadership at the G8 summit and support smart agriculture and nutrition programs to help lift 50 million people out of extreme poverty.
Just last week prior to the G8 summit, President Obama announced at a symposium hosted by the Chicago Council, a new global alliance on food security and nutrition to prioritize country driven plans that fight hunger and poverty and continue the L’Aquila promises from 2009:
“After decades in which agriculture and nutrition didn’t always get the attention they deserved, we’ve put the fight against global hunger where it should be—at the forefront of global development.” –President Obama
Following this great commitment, we were lucky enough to get a brief opportunity to thank the President in person but we also wrote more THRIVE postcards to the White House, expressing our thanks.
You can see the video here.
During his speech, President Obama spoke about the power of even one voice and what amazing things can happen when all those voices are combined to make a loud noise. We couldn’t agree more. Keep up the loud noise ONE members!
P.S. Tweet to British Prime Minister David Cameron, next year’s G8 host- to push for more action on hunger and nutrition!