Bringing #agit8 to the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

All photos: Abby Sasser/ONE

Tie-dye, jam bands and a-whole-lot of poverty fighting! That’s what went down at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival last weekend. ONE members from as far as Miami travelled to Manchester, Tenn., to petition festival goers to speak up on behalf of the world’s poorest people.

The timing was perfect. As ONE’s agit8 campaign launched across the pond in London, our team of Southeast ONE volunteers simultaneously preached the power of the protest song at one of the biggest music festivals in the country. We asked the ‘Roo Crew to tell us what lyrics have changed the world throughout history, and here is a sampling of what they had to say:

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In addition to posing with their favorite protest song lyrics, almost 2,000 festival goers signed our petition to the G8 summit leaders asking that they support sustainable ways to fight poverty including food aid reform, universal energy access and government transparency. Extreme heat and thunderstorms didn’t stop our volunteers from working tirelessly on behalf of the world’s poorest people.

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They were rewarded by nightly concerts from some of the world’s biggest artists including Tom Petty, Paul McCartney and Macklemore – an agit8 contributor himself! After this weekend I can truly say the Southeast ONE team ROCKS!

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Click here to listen to some of the world’s most powerful protest songs on our agit8 website.


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