Dearest Show Me Campaign and Fellow Activists, Catalysts, and Advocates…
Thank you for your adamant support of me during my internship with ONE this summer!
Thank you for your enthusiasm and excitement for the successes we had with ONE in Austin this summer!
Thank you for your interest in my blog and my internship!
I am ever so appreciative of you!
SO NOW WHAT?
Well, although my internship with ONE this summer at an end- my work and efforts with ONE are not.
As promised, I wanted to give you a little more details on the upcoming event for ONE in Austin.
SAVING THE WORLD 101!
What the power of synergy can do!
I was able to get the support of 9 other organizations to help make this event a reality. So we have been collaborating together for the last several months to really make this event a success!
A big thank you to all the organizations collaborating with us for this event!
THE ONE CAMPAIGN
AUSTIN OXFAM ACTION CORPS
AIDS SERVICES OF AUSTIN
THE THIRST PROJECT
WOMEN OF VISION- WORLDVISION
So what are we going to do at this event?
We are going to train and raise up new advocates, catalysts and activists for the City of Austin and the world.
How exactly are we going to train these amazing advocates?
We are going to give them a quick session on Advocacy 101. Then we will have 9 breakout sessions for them to choose from. Everyone will go to 3 breakout sessions- each on a specific issue revolving around poverty AND being taught by a unique organization. Then, at the very end of this event, we will have an organization fair and networking party to give all attendees the opportunity to really engage with all the organizations, attendees, and organizers- AS WELL as learn about opportunities to volunteer or intern for an organization that they are really interested in!
We are all so thrilled and excited for this upcoming event- and if you happen to be in the Austin area- please feel welcome to come on out and invite your friends and family! You can simply sign up here: http://savingtheworld101.eventbrite.com/
SO MUCH TO LOOK FORWARD TO!
I am looking forward to continuing to contribute my time, effort and resources to the ONE Campaign and the fight to end extreme poverty.
It is my passion, my purpose and my path!
I am looking forward to continuing to learn more about solutions to fight poverty- and hope to one day be able to significantly contribute to the fight to end poverty.
AND ONE LAST THOUGHT!
Always remember that your voice matters and is powerful. Always remember that you can make a difference! Always remember that you have the power, ability and initiative to make a positive change in this world!
Hold on to your passion and “be the change you wish to see in the world” (Ghandi)!
Thank you again!
Ever so grateful,
ONE Vote in Austin
AND…SOME EXCITING NEWS….
One of the biggest events of the summer finally happened:
ONE VOTE 2012- ATX! (Event Blog)
We had candidates from both side of the aisle- Democrat and Republican- come together at the CTC Garden to support our fight to end extreme poverty.
And, why? Because it is crucial for both parties, rather- for all parties, to understand that their constituency, their district, their state CARES and ADVOCATES for the world’s poorest. So this event did just that. ONE Vote 2012 does just that.
ONE Vote is the massive, nation-wide effort to hit the campaign trail and engage and educate all candidates on the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease.
ONE Vote events will continue happening across the country, so go this website: ONE VOTE 2012 and find out what is happening in your neck of the woods. The excitement and enthusiasm revolving around elections 2012 will only increase, so I urge each and every one of you to be a part of this exciting movement. It is time for both sides of the aisle to come together under one roof and pledge support for the fight to end extreme poverty around the world.
ONE VOTE 2012!!! ONE VOTE 2012!!! ONE VOTE 2012!!! ONE VOTE 2012!!!
And, in other news…
I am, of course, very excited to add that there are many more amazing events coming up. The opportunities to work together with other organizations in the City of Austin have increased so quickly- and I finally feel like there is this strong sense of synergy and forward momentum happening throughout the city. IT IS PHENOMENAL!
Stay tuned for news on our upcoming AUSTIN ADVOCACY BOOTCAMP: Act Locally, Impact Globally and our Art Show 2012!
An Exciting Road Ahead!
My Dearest Fellow Activists,
This summer has been filled with a number of exciting developments. Exciting partnerships in the poverty fighting community of Austin, groundbreaking events for the near future this Fall season, enthusiastic synergy building within our great city. I really can’t believe how much ONE Austin has grown in the past several months. (I am sure many of you can relate to me when I say that it is like watching your baby learn to walk on its own!)
ONE Vote events have been happening across the state of Texas and this Tuesday, August 21, 2012, a ONE Vote Kick-Off Party will be happening in Austin, Tx. We will have representation from both sides of the aisle joining us under one roof, in one gathering, at one time to promote the fight to end extreme poverty. Stay tuned for more news on the event’s unfolding. (And if you happen to be in Austin- you are most definitely welcome to join us! Austin’s ONE Vote Kick-Off Party)
Austin Training 2012 is very quickly unravelling to become a real-live event for the very near future in the end of September. It is quite an amazing thing and I am happy to say that it is due to the hard work of all of us! The enthusiasm, excitement, and determination to make this event a success is what is bringing us closer to the day of seeing it happen. We are 9 international non-profits that have joined together as one to really make a difference and invite Austinites to join us in the fight to end extreme poverty. We have received several sponsorships already- and are waiting on several more great sponsorships and donations for the event. It is most definitely encouraging to receive such great support from our local businesses and organizations! (If YOU are interested in joining us at our Austin Training, please either email me or RSVP at this link: Austin Training Facebook Event)
All in all, there have been so many things that have happened so far, and I believe that even after this internship and fellowship- the excitement and enthusiasm will only grow. But till then, you can definitely count on more exciting news!!!
Thank you for all your support!
CDLs from San Antonio, Tx; Houston, Tx; and Austin, Tx (Me!) with ONE Senior Adviser Michael Gerson.
Also, want to make a big shout-out to ONE Senior Adviser and Washington Post Op-Ed Columnist: Michael Gerson! Michael Gerson has not only been a long time supporter of ONE and our issues, but helped us down here in the Lone Star State kick off our ONE Vote Parties! Here is our ONE Blog to read up on those kick-off parties: Michael Gerson helps kick off ONE Vote in Lone Star State.
Austin ONE Vote Kick-Off Party coming up within the next couple weeks- Stay Tuned!
A note to all fellow activists…
Fellow Activists: Kudos! Welcome! Keep it up!
This is what I have continuously been telling my fellow colleagues that are advocating to end poverty around the world, to see no child born with HIV by 2015, to see all elected officials on both party lines come together to support the fight end extreme poverty!
These past several weeks have most definitely been an intense and busy few weeks- for every activist and ONE Campaigner I know. Why is that?
Well, as I am sure many of you know, the XIX International AIDS Conference 2012 was held in Washington D.C. (for the first time since 1987 I must note!) from July 22-27, 2012. This was a very exciting moment for all advocates fighting for the end of HIV/AIDS! There were over 160 ONE campaigners in D.C. that helped carry the AIDS Memorial Quilt in front of the Capitol.
Amazing! And, here in Austin- we made sure that all our members, activists and partners spread the word to anyone and everyone we knew. Because fact of the matter: IT IS POSSIBLE TO SEE NO CHILD BORN WITH HIV BY 2015!!!
Again, a BIG kudos goes out to all participants in the conference that really made it clear to the world that there is a day where we will see an AIDS Free Generation! They discussed great policy ideas, amazing new medical breakthroughs and displayed a newfound hope that was so encouraging and inspiring for all of us here in Austin! So, activists, believers, “dreamers”- celebrate!!! Celebrate!
I also just want to let everyone know that there has been some amazing progress with all our projects here in Austin! It’s been great! Updates to come later this week! Stay tuned…. :)
“You, you may say
I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one” ~John Lennon
Also, if you are interested to see more updates on the International AIDS Conference and how ONE was heavily involved in being present and supportive of everything, check out our ONE Austin Facebook page!
The Beauty of Synergy
Let me begin by saying THANK YOU!
Thank you for believing in me, encouraging me and inspiring me.
Today I finished my presentation for an exciting meeting that ONE Austin has coming up next week. A collaborative meeting between individuals and non-profits that not only want to give back to the Austin community, but want to really share the importance of fighting global poverty. This synergy keeps us all encouraged, motivated and excited!
Why does it matter to work together and really strive to make a difference as one strong unit? Because when you have the efforts, time and resources of every unit, organization and individual involved- you have just created one mass movement, rather than simply a good event or conference. You have come together to really make a difference as ONE. And, that’s where the beauty comes in- not only does every organization get to shine individually, but every organization’s efforts shine together as ONE big effort, cause, belief and motivation. This is what moves mountains and what influences the press and media. This synergy and togetherness is what grabs at the attention of our elected officials, universities and general public.
The ONE Campaign Austin chapter, along with the local support of Austin chapters for: RESULTS, The Thirst Project, CARE, Oxfam, Women of Vision-WorldVision, and CTC International, (and two more exciting team additions) are pursuing a major project together. We are going to put together a collaborative TRAINING that will educate the general ATX public on WHY FIGHTING GLOBAL POVERTY is IMPORTANT. EXCITING HUH?
So what will this look like? We are going to talk about advocacy and major issues that impact global poverty. So far, this is what we have- till our first team meeting on July 10th: Keynote speaker, Advocacy 101 session, 8 breakout sessions-Clean Water & Maternal/Child Health; HIV/AIDS & Agriculture Development; Education & Fair Trade; Human Trafficking & Diversification within Non-profits- and a fun networking session to close off the training.
Our upcoming meeting will be great because this is the day when everyone will be able to meet each other, have a more extensive idea of ONE Austin’s vision for this training, and really get to start investing their ideas and suggestions into the training’s planning process. I must say we are all VERY excited for this!
ONE VOTE 2012
ALSO! Another great thing that is coming up with my work here with ONE is the ONE Vote! So as ya’ll know this is ELECTION YEAR!!! Quite an exciting one as we have noticed. And, it is important to make sure that we use this time to remind ALL CANDIDATES- no matter what party they may be a part of, no matter what ideology one may have, no matter what background someone has come from- to support the effort and the fight to eradicate and END GLOBAL POVERTY.
So Texas is an official ONE VOTE state this year- which is quite a unique thing. And, so we have some ONE VOTE parties coming up here in TX in the next few weeks. It will be an exciting time to reach out to the community and raise awareness to constituents, organizations and elected officials that fighting global poverty is a priority. So, I will be helping with the Austin party and reaching out to San Antonio Rotaries to support the San Antonio party.
AN EXCITED OUTLOOK
Needless to say- it has been an exciting past few weeks getting things ready for our AUSTIN TRAINING and now for ONE VOTE parties with the ONE Campaign. It’s a great thing to be a part of, and an even greater thing to work with others that are fighting for the same cause and mission as you are.
So, stop, listen and appreciate the Beauty around you. Embrace this beauty. And, invest into it- this beauty of SYNERGY.
INTERESTED THE ONE CAMPAIGN?
If you’d like to join us in our fight to end global poverty, feel free to sign up for ONE, and to tell your Congressman to continue supporting life-saving AIDS program PEPFAR and to fulfill our commitments to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.
YOUR VOICE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!
Announcing our 2012 Show Me Campaign Fellows
Congratulations and a warm welcome to our 2012 Show Me Campaign Fellows! Visit the Fellows page to meet these 10 amazing students and learn about the organizations they will be supporting this summer. From Philadelphia to Paraguay, they will be working hard to improve education and alleviate poverty using innovative solutions.
Follow this blog all summer to read about the Fellows’ unique experiences and gain new insights into how YOU can help change the world for the better.
The Show Me Campaign Team