For those that may not know, ONE is a dynamic global movement of nearly 6 million members worldwide advocating for the end of extreme poverty, particularly in Africa. We use the power of our voices to engage world leaders to educate them about how extreme poverty impacts our global community and to let them know that we want an end to extreme poverty in the world.
I became involved with ONE when I was living in Chicago in April 2013. I attended a film screening of “Mary and Martha,” a film about two mothers from the United States and Europe directly impacted by malaria in Africa. I knew from that experience I would be involved with ONE long term. I met several people that night including one of ONE’s Congressional District Leaders that inspired me to get involved. Since then, I have been to several meet ups in Chicago and I have met so many wonderful people that share my values and my passion for human rights, justice and bringing an end to extreme poverty.
Now that I am in metro Detroit, I am so excited to be the new Congressional District Leader for Detroit. I was really inspired by our event on Monday night. It seemed to happen organically. We were all from different backgrounds and interests and from different parts of the city and metro area. We were able to come together to sit down and talk about what is very important to all of us – the impact of extreme poverty. During our time together on Monday evening, we also spoke about the Energize Africa Act and ways that we can all bring awareness to Detroiters about this important Senate bill as well as a strategy to encourage U.S. Senator Carl Levin to sign on to the bill. As we work together in Detroit and the metro area, I am sure we will meet our goals.
This is what it is all about, coming together as a united voice for a universal goal. Detroiters know how to unite for important issues and we will work together to build a strong voice in Detroit for the ONE Campaign. There will be plenty of opportunities for Detroiters and folks from the metro area to get involved and learn more about the work of ONE. We plan to have additional meet up events in the area and we welcome all to come out to find out how to be a part of this global movement.
For me, I always walk away from a ONE event very inspired and ready to do more. Monday night at the Cass Café is one more reason why I am involved. I look forward to meeting new friends and helping to mobilize and encourage Detroiters and metro area folks to engage our leaders. This is a good time and it will be a great experience.