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STANDing UP in Chi-town

On Wednesday, October 17, the Global Day of Action Against Poverty, students at Columbia College in Chicago showed how creative expressions of concern, hope, and determination be part of the movement to end extreme poverty. With music, performance art, and advocacy they participated in the STAND UP SPEAK OUT event, organized around the world by the Millennium Campaign.

The energizing local event was organized by the Columbia College student group Artists of Foreign Policy in collaboration with the College’s Critical Encounters: Poverty and Privilege Learning Initiative and the ONE Campaign. The crowd of about 100 people enjoyed performances by hip-hop/soul band Fly Phoenix and spoken word artist Mayowa Osinubi. Participants also signed a petition to Senator Durbin, urging him to support the Jubilee Act for debt cancellation.

The event concluded with participants together standing up to demonstrate their support of the Millennium Development Goals and their commitment to ending extreme poverty by 2015.  They added their numbers to the 38.7 million people in 110 countries around the world who broke the Guinness World Record-- set last year at 23.5 million-- for the largest number of people to "STAND UP AGAINST POVERTY" in 24 hours.  Read the full press release here.

 

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