STUDENTS, SPONSORS INVITE PORTLANDERS TO ‘STAND UP’ AGAINST POVERTY

October 15, 2008 at 9:13 am Leave a comment

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2008 FROM 3:00 – 8:00:  

Portland State Students and sponsors will hold an Arts Festival to promote awareness of extreme global poverty and the ongoing hunger crisis as apart of the international campaign called Stand Up Against Poverty.  The event will include performances by local musicians and dancers as well an art installation to enact the eight Millennium Development Goals.  The event is free and open to the public.  The Event will take place in the South Park Blocks and the Smith Memorial Center on Portland State campus.

Speakers at the event include Jubilee Oregon, Mercy Corps, Medical Teams International, Bread for the World, and Interfaith Power and Light among other local groups working on cutting poverty in half by the year 2015.

Stand Up is a global mobilization to end poverty and inequality and to raise awareness for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The set of eight goals for cutting extreme poverty in half by the year 2015 were established by 189 nations at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000.  The goals, such as achieving universal primary education and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases have helped developing countries make progress against the conditions that create populations living on just $1 per day.  The ongoing hunger crisis and economic downturn brings new challenges to the progress on achieving these goals.  

Every day, 50,000 people die as a result of extreme poverty and the gap between rich and poor people is increasing. Nearly half the world’s population live in poverty, 70% are women. We have the power to change this.

 Last year during Stand Up events around the globe, 43.7 million people joined setting a new Guinness world record.  The student’s main objective is to raise awareness of global hunger and poverty and to get people of all ages and beliefs to take action toward the complete eradication of poverty and the fulfillment of MDGs by the year 2015.  They will have a petition signing and encourage those in the Portland community to use their voices and let our Oregon politicians know that citizens care about global hunger and poverty.

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