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Anti-Poverty Demonstrations Worldwide; Why Not Seattle?

Anti-Poverty Rallies Worldwide

Over the weekend, millions of people around the world “stood up” against poverty to call for political leaders to fulfill their promise made in 2000 — to achieve the Millennium Development Goals — aimed at reducing poverty and improving life for the planet’s poorest.

There were big and small events in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Miami … in Portland, OR, Vancouver, BC, Moscow, ID (even an Oregon town called Boring) … as well as hundreds of similar anti-poverty rallies or meet-ups throughout Europe, Britain, Africa, India, Latin America, Asia.

But there was nothing in Seattle. Nada. Why not, I wondered?

Anti-Poverty Rallies Worldwide
MDG campaign

Videos of some of the events can be viewed here, at a YouTube site set up specifically to mark the UN meeting this week on the MDGs and to advocate for these international anti-poverty goals.

Frankly, most of the videos aren’t very good — with celebrities saying the obvious and poor-quality videos of people jumping around, playing drums or chanting slogans about why they don’t like poverty. But I thought this one, from Belgium, was brutally on focus and well-done:

This was a worldwide call to action. We seem to have missed it.

Why do you think Seattle, supposedly a hotbed of global health and development advocates, didn’t participate in this global call for more action against poverty?


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Tom Paulson

Tom Paulson is founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere. Prior to operating this online news site, he reported on science,  medicine, health policy, aid and development for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact him at tom[at] or follow him on Twitter @tompaulson.