Jubilee Debt Campaign Birmingham

Stand Up Against Poverty

Posted on: October 18, 2008

The “Stand Up Against Poverty” event in Victoria Square this afternoon was encouraging. We were near the Iron Man statue, at the bottom of the steps which lead up to the square where many people were passing and could have a look at us. There were about 70 in our group wearing white headbands and “Drop the Debt Badges”. Jewish, Muslim and Christian faith groups were represented. A stilt walker dressed like a policeman drew the attention of the passers-by, as did the beating of a drum.

Around 2pm Mohammed Imran got to work with the loud hailer. He introduced students from UK and Morocco who are spending time in Birmingham on a Global Exchange Programme. One after the other, every three seconds they lay down to show how frequently a child in our world dies from poverty or hunger – the equivalent of thirty thousand children a day or ten million a year. We finished by joining together in a pledge: “As part of the generation that demands an end to poverty, I stand up: for the children killed by poverty today; to insist that governments keep their promises and aim even higher, for action not excuses, for justice and equality. I stand up against poverty”. Many bystanders signed their names to show they were standing with us.

Last year 43.7 million people stood up world wide. This year the target is over 67 million, one percent of the world’s population. So why not use Oct 18th and 19th to get your friends, congregation or organisation to stand, and enter the numbers on the website: Stand up and Take Action? Standing up is one small step, but it’s an indication that we can overcome poverty – if we have the will.

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