Sunday, November 09, 2008

In My name.


Global poverty is a fundamental moral issue of our age. The suffering of billions of God’s people cannot go unanswered, especially when solutions are within our grasp. While we are in a time of great crisis and challenge, we are also in a time of unprecedented possibility. We are in a kairos moment. We can change the world if only we have the will to act.

If you could save a life by simply standing up, would you do it? Can one person standing up save a life from death by poverty? Perhaps not, but when 43.7 million people around the globe stood up last year it got the attention of international leaders , who have the power to finance and implement life saving policies. It all starts with one person, you, standing up. You will be joined by many millions more.

In September 2000, at the United Nations Millennium Summit, world leaders agreed to the Millennium Development Goals, a set of time-bound and measurable goals for combating poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women.

The deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals is September 2015 -- we must act now if we want to achieve these goals by their deadline.

"Four decades ago, my father, Martin Luther King Jr., proved that peaceful action of the masses can reverse the course of history, no matter how entrenched the status quo may seem. This weekend, people across the globe have the opportunity to Stand Up and Take Action to be part of a movement just as powerful, demanding that world leaders end the evil and injustice of extreme poverty.”

-- Martin Luther King III

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