ONE members around the country are hitting the presidential campaign trail, engaging and educating the candidates on the fight against extreme poverty for ONE Vote.
Did you know that Wisconsin produces more than one-quarter of the country’s cheese? Impressive, isn’t it? What’s just as impressive is the drive of Wisconsin ONE members to take action and fight in support of life-saving development programs.
We recently had our Wisconsin ONE Vote 2012 kick-off party in Milwaukee and it was a success. Our event was generously hosted by the friendly folks at the Hamilton and entertainment was provided by the talented Josh Backes of the Grasping At Straws, who performed some pleasant tunes on his guitar to set the mood as people started coming in and getting to know each other.
The crowd was a great mix of experienced ONE volunteers and new folks ready to take action. Everyone got to learn a little about ONE and our nonpartisan ONE Vote campaign to make global health and extreme poverty foreign policy priorities in this election.
Our amazing speaker was Mr. Bill Keeton, vice president of government and public relations at the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. Bill spoke about the AIDS epidemic and how important it is to continue our fight to ensure no child is born with HIV by 2015. He also spoke about the power of advocacy and the responsibility we have as citizens to make sure that our voices are heard by our elected members of Congress and candidates for office alike.
Everyone was greatly encouraged by the incredible successes of smart and effective US-funded development programs. After learning that all of this has been possible thanks to the tiny, less-than 1 percent of the US budget, they were inspired to take action by joining a ONE Vote action team and committing to attend our training on Thursday of next week in Milwaukee.
I am always impressed by the actions of ONE volunteers in the field, and no time is more exciting than now to join in and help lead our local efforts to make sure candidates for office and current members of Congress support smart programs that save millions of lives, ensure babies are born HIV-free, and kids grow well-nourished and healthy.