Stand up. Get up from your chair, your sofa, the floor, or your bed right now.
Now imagine 117 million people all around the world, on every continent, standing up at the same time. This weekend, that’s what’s going to happen.
More than one hundred million people are taking a stand this weekend against global poverty as part of the Stand Up and Take Action Days. While many of us work on poverty issues everyday, talk about it at home and in our communities, once a year we have the opportunity to literally stand in solidarity with people across the world at the same time – all people who care about ending poverty once and for all.
Almost 10 years ago, world leaders committed to a bold roadmap to end global poverty and its root causes – beginning with achieving the Millennium Development Goals which include eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, improving maternal health and ensuring environmental sustainability by 2015. This weekend we are all coming together because we know that despite the gains we’ve made, the global economic crisis is threatening our progress.
At Jubilee USA Network, our almost 100 Stand Up events across the country are focusing on one part of the poverty puzzle: debt cancellation and responsible lending. Without debt cancellation, we will not reach the Millennium Development Goals in time. Right now the world’s poorest countries pay rich creditors more than $100 million in debt payments everyday. Can you imagine if this money went toward shelter, education and health care?
We know that it is possible. Debt cancellation has already brought increased education, healthcare and vital social services for many countries in Africa and Latin America. But too many needy countries have been left out.
This weekend, churches, synagogues and community groups will by taking the Stand Up Pledge to reach the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. They’ll also urging Congress to support the Jubilee Act, a bill which calls for expanded debt cancellation to help all the poor countries that need it to reach the MDGs.
This weekend, all over the world we are going to pledge our commitments to fighting global poverty. Let's continue to work to break the chains of international debt.
To learn more about Stand Up and to find out how YOU can stand up, visit www.jubileeusa.org