2017: This is ONE Campus
Happy New Year! The start of a new year is always appropriate to look forward to the unmarked days and months ahead. On the heels of one of the most divisive elections in modern American political history, there’s uneasiness about what’s yet to come. As ONE’s North American Executive Director Tom Hart said immediately after the Presidential election: “However you feel [about the election] right now – left behind, finally heard or somewhere in between – know that there are people who feel differently than you, but they’re working for the same thing you are – a world without extreme poverty.”
What’s yet to come is this: ONE Campus members across the country will continue to campaign. In case you needed a refresher, this is ONE Campus’ mission statement:
WHO WE ARE
College students are a powerful political force. So in 2007, ONE launched the ONE Campus program to propel this group into action and mobilize college students in the fight against extreme poverty.
Through action-oriented campaigns, students, faculty, and alumni join together to take meaningful advocacy actions that urge political leaders to support programs that are saving lives and creating sustainable futures in the developing world every day.
ONE Campus strives to combine the crucial elements of advocacy campaigns with the energy and activism unique to the college experience. Students can join or start their school’s ONE chapter. Through their ONE Campus chapter, students rally with their peers to participate in our creative advocacy campaigns and report each advocacy action they complete.
WHAT WE DO
College students are a unique and powerful constituency. Collectively, students and young people have defined social movements, decided elections, and changed the course of history. When we rally our voices as activists and advocates for the issues we care most passionately about, our elected leaders listen.
ONE Campus creates change by mobilizing college students across the country to learn about extreme global poverty and the challenges it creates; campaigning on campus about the opportunity to eradicate extreme poverty; and advocating smart and lifesaving investments and US development policies.
It’s not easy work, but the numbers don’t lie. Since 1990, the number of people living in extreme poverty has been cut by 60%. As we continue to improve our work and make our voices heard, we can see an end to extreme poverty in our lifetimes.