ONE Campus campaign recap: PEPFAR

Since November, ONE Campus members have been tweeting, calling, and writing letters to members of Congress urging them to #DefendAid. This campaign highlighted the importance of life-saving programs like PEPFAR (The President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief) and the Global Fund, which have saved more than 11 million lives. Beyond advocacy actions, ONE Campus chapters held events such as tabling, coffee shop meet-ups, and World AIDS Day celebrations during the week of World AIDS Day. These events were opportunities for members to generate actions and come together to celebrate how far the world has come in combatting this disease.

In addition to all the campus events and actions, ONE rolled out its annual AIDS report with a focus on America’s part in the fight against AIDS. The report titled, “Red Ribbon or White Flag?: The Future of the U.S. Global AIDS Response,” reveals how cutting U.S.-supported treatment and prevention efforts through PEPFAR and the Global Fund now could squander 15 years’ worth of investment and could trigger a massive resurgence of the global epidemic. The report was a reminder that America must continue to play its historic leadership role in the global fight against AIDS.

With this campaign at a close, let’s look back at a few things that made it so successful.

World AIDS Day Events

Needless to say, ONE Campus chapters crushed this past campaign and held some of the most creative events we’ve seen! Tweet for a Taco event from Bryant University? Yes, please.

Holding an event with a letter to Congress as admission is a genius idea. Check out these photos from Salem State University’s Red Ball event where students enjoyed a night of music, food, selfie booths, and advocacy.

With the holidays right around the corner, Hood College thought to spread holiday cheer AND #DefendAid. This advocacy holiday party was so great, even Santa made an appearance. 👇👇👇

Let’s not forget the power of an in-person delivery to the offices of your members of Congress. Check out this photo from Campus Leader Caroline of Oakland University delivering her letters to #DefendAid.

We love how creative the University of Iowa and Saint Louis University were with their #WorldAIDSDay events. Their events were a great success and so were their awesome graphics!


One final note: The ONE Campus team would like to thank each and every one of the ONE Campus Leaders, executive board members, general chapter members, and action takers this year. You’ve accomplished so much this year! As ONE’s President and CEO Gayle Smith said, “We’re in the fight of our lives.” You’ve fought hard and we cannot wait to continue this journey with you. Happy holidays!

Now is not time to wave the white flag of surrender in the global fight against AIDS. Add your name to ONE’s petition NOW.

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