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Bono and Scarlett Johansson launche poverty campaign

 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2004 4:35 pm    Post subject: Bono and Scarlett Johansson launche poverty campaign

According to Sunday Times

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BONO and Scarlett Johansson are to launch a worldwide anti-poverty campaign at new year parties in London and Edinburgh. The lead singer of U2 and the Hollywood actress will appear in a three-minute video to be screened at festivities in Trafalgar Square and Princes Street, Edinburgh, shortly after midnight.

The Make Poverty History campaign, the brainchild of Richard Curtis, the screenwriter, and Sir Bob Geldof, the Band Aid impresario, has the backing of hundreds of charities, trade unions and campaign groups.

They are already expecting to raise 20m (€30m) for famine relief in Africa through sales of the re-released Band Aid single, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, in Britain with a further 6m (€9m) donated by Tom Hunter, the Scottish businessman. The aim of the campaign is to encourage the leaders of developed countries to increase aid and trade and to cancel Third World debt.

A series of events is planned next year, culminating in a 100,000-strong demonstration in Edinburgh in July before the G8 summit at Gleneagles.

The video, which will immediately follow Auld Lang Syne in the two cities, will feature a montage of world leaders making promises about ending global poverty and images of children picking over a waste site in the Philippines.

It will highlight the fact that every day 30,000 children die from starvation and malnutrition. Bono will say: “We’re the first generation that can end extreme poverty. By that I mean the kind of stupid poverty that allows a child to die of hunger in a world of plenty.”

Johansson, the actress who starred in Lost in Translation, will say: “To make it the most powerful movement the world has ever known, we need all citizens around the world to stand up and be counted.”

Angela O’Hagan, a spokeswoman for the campaign, said: “2005 is the year when the most powerful politicians in the world will come to Scotland and when we will be calling on them to take the necessary action to make poverty history. That’s why it’s very appropriate that only minutes into the new year, revellers in Edinburgh and London will see this film about the campaign.”
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2004 5:36 pm    Post subject:

Anti-poverty, huh? Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2004 6:36 pm    Post subject:

haha

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2004 7:59 pm    Post subject:

Oh no. Just what we need, Scarlett to go Bono on us. I don't mind Bono but he can get a little overboard sometimes.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2004 1:27 am    Post subject:

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Johansson, the actress who starred in Lost in Translation, will say: To make it the most powerful movement the world has ever known, we need all citizens around the world to stand up and be counted.

Rolling Eyes

yeah, some activist celebrities can be annoying, though I guess it's probably better then not for them to actually care. I'd just like to see a little more humility, since it's not like they're risking their lives or even taking a real stand against the root causes of poverty (can't make themselves too controversial, it's bad for their careers.) So many other lower-profile people are fighting tooth and nail against the institutional structures that create poverty, to the very best of their abilities.

as long as scarlett doesn't record a stupid band-aid type song.
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