Kara Arsenault, who helped organize this past action against HIV/AIDS, reports on the results of the campaign.
Last week, we wrapped up our big HIV/AIDS action around the International AIDS Conference. So this week, I did a little number-crunching to see just what our members helped achieve. Turns out the numbers are anything but little.
As a campaigner, I’ve been working on ONE’s New Media team for a bit now, but I still get floored to see just how many people give up their lunch (a big one in my book), leave work, spend precious weekend hours to do stuff that makes a huge difference in other people’s lives. Like joining the fight against AIDS.
Don’t believe me? Then take a look at this:
Keeping watch of how many petition signers we have!178,042 people from across the US signed our petition and asked Congress to fund global AIDS programs in the budget. (If you haven’t signed it, it’s not too late… click the link above and add your name.) Congressman McDermott with our ONE petition signaturesONE members then delivered our AIDS petition to more than 120 local congressional offices and more than 400 offices on Capitol Hill. They even snagged some great pics. A letter to the editor from ONE member Michael Cuppett in West Virginia.More than 400 people wrote a letter to the editor and sent it to their favorite local newspaper. Canada ONE member Sarah Stone talks about her experience laying out the historic AIDS Quilt on the National Mall with ONE.150 people hit the National Mall to help lay out the AIDS Memorial Quilt and ask folks to make their own digital panel for the (2015)QUILT 230,197 folks watched some wacky predictions in our new video with Funny or Die.
I get tired just typing those numbers. And the crazy thing is, there’s still lots to do. Even something new you can try right this very instant: Submit a tweet to the (2015)QUILT and it will magically create a quilt panel using your message.
So thanks for all your amazing hard work, take a nap if you need it, tweet your message to the (2015)QUILT, and stay tuned for our next big push to reach the beginning of the end of AIDS.
At top: ONE members in Washington, D.C., helped unfold the historic AIDS Quilt to help kick off the International AIDS Conference.