A Cause Worth Joining: Stand Up, Speak Out

Posted by Connie Reece on October 10, 2020 at 12:42 am

When my friend, the “evil genius” Will Hurley, aka whurley, called today and asked me to conspire with him on a monumental plan, I confess I was intrigued. And when he explained what it was, and said it was time to quit talking and do something to fight poverty, it was easy for me to agree.

Here’s the question: could you live on $2 a day? The fact is that over 1 billion people live on less than $1 a day, with nearly half the world’s population (2.8 billion) living on less than $2 a day.

Please watch the one-minute video and leave a comment saying that you’ll join us on Oct. 16-17 to Stand Up, Speak Out. Better yet, take this material and write your own post; include a trackback to let me know you’re helping out.

“Stand Up, Speak Out” calls for people of the world to hold their leaders accountable, to foster knowledge and understanding of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to propagate global grassroots participation that positively impacts the decisions of world leaders. This is not about raising money; it’s about raising awareness.

How can I help, you ask? First, spread the word! The UN’s looking for some buzz about the event itself. I’m calling all Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and blogosphere friends and friends of friends to fire up their keyboards. Get posting, poking, and writing on walls. We’re on a tight schedule — you’ve got seven days.

If you get bogged down in legal mumbo-jumbo, whurley has given permission to reuse his content. (That’s what I’ve done here.) Just please give credit as needed. In addition to blogging:

1. Add the “Stand Up, Speak Out” campaign on Twitter
2. Add the “Stand Up, Speak Out” banner (created by Colin Grigson) to your Web site. Just cut and paste it into your home page or template directly before the tag. (Get the banner code here.)

Now, on to the actual day. There are three ways to get your hands dirty on Oct. 17, 2007:

  • Organize a local “Stand Up” event
  • Attend a pre-existing event in your area
  • Visit the Web site (www.standagainstpoverty.org) and participate in a “virtual” Stand Up

So, you might ask, why are we only spreading awareness by standing up? Love or hate the UN, we can all agree this is a great cause. I love the idea but was left wondering, what happens once everyone stands up? After all, the name ain’t Stand Up — it’s Stand Up, Speak Out. So where’s the speaking out? UN? Anyone? If we’re all going to raise awareness, shouldn’t we take this opportunity to actually make a difference? Can we finally follow through and actually speak out?

So here’s my idea. We create a BarCamp-like event in communities around the globe where groups can meet for the stand up and then make with the talking and have an open discussion/brainstorm session about improving conditions in their locale. In fact, I am one step ahead of you; I already put up the site. So go to the wiki. Add your local BarCampSpeakOut and/or Stand Up. Add your own ideas. Get things going in the comments on this post. I’ll make sure they’re added right away.

What are you still sitting there for? Get to cutting, pasting, and linking.

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5 Comments

Comment by whurley

Made October 10, 2020 at 1:50 am

Thanks for helping with this effort Connie! Now that you’ve bogged about it I know everyone knows :)

Comment by Dayngr

Made October 14, 2020 at 11:50 am

I love this idea and the dedication behind it. I’m all about standing up and speaking out (even says so on my About page!) so when I saw this on your site and on Chris’ I knew I needed to get involved as well. I’ll be posting too. I don’t know Whurley but I’ll be stopping by to say hello to him too.

Thanks so much for all you do to help others!

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Made October 15, 2020 at 10:22 am

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Comment by Nickolas Adams

Made October 17, 2020 at 12:44 pm

This is such a great cause and I am glad to see such support behind the effort.

Comment by Nickolas

Made October 18, 2020 at 1:27 pm

Not sure if you know but the results are in! Over 38.8 million people, in 110 countries have broken 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.

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