Thursday, June 09, 2005

What Is That White Bracelet?

Since Gretchen and I returned from the Philadelphia U2 show (Uno, dos, tres, quatorze!, May 16, 2005), people have been asking us about the white rubber band bracelets we've been wearing. Where did it come from and what does it mean?

The bracelets promote the One.org campaign to make poverty history -- to "rally Americans to fight the emergency of global AIDs and extreme policy. The bracelets are $1 each and available on-line, but so far appear to primarily be sold at U2 concerts -- where fans are encouraged to text message their support. Expect to see many more as U2 tours the US again in the fall and on the heals of this summers Live8 concert. Almost exactly 20 years after LiveAid, Live 8 will take place on Saturday July 2nd at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (the "Rocky" Steps), Hyde Park in London, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Versailles in Paris, and the Circus Maximus in Rome.

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