Saturday, December 8, 2007

Speak Up & They Will Listen!

It seems that we really can make a difference! Tens of thousands of petitions, thousands of phone calls, and dozens of petition deliveries from ONE members have motivated the presidential candidates of 2008 to answer important questions regarding their plans to end extreme poverty and global disease.

You can visit the On the Record site which features each of the candidates' personal video responses and short summaries of their plans on:

♦ Reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis
♦ Eradicating malaria
♦ Improving child and maternal health
♦ Achieving universal primary education
♦ Cutting in half the number of people without clean water or enough food

We've been asking the presidential candidates to pay attention to the plight of the voiceless millions struggling to break the cycle of poverty and to put these issues in the middle of the debate over America's role in the world.

For the first time ever, the entire presidential field is debating these issues and coming up with plans that recognize the challenge and the opportunity we have to build a better future for the world's most vulnerable people. The result is a huge victory for the millions of people around the world living in extreme poverty.

This focus on fighting extreme poverty and global disease couldn't come at a more critical time. We're only weeks away from the Iowa caucuses and the candidates know that 2.4 million ONE members are comparing their plans and looking for leadership, as we make up our minds on who to support in 2008.

Through On the Record, we have the chance to make a more informed choice than ever before. This year, we'll go into the primary season with more knowledge and more confidence that extreme poverty and global disease will be central to the 2008 election.