my ONE bracelet
I’m sure if you read my blog you’ve seen the people walking around with the white bracelets, and know what they mean, but if you just randomly fell into my site let me give a bit of the back story.
The white band is our common symbol of the global fight to end poverty.
It was agreed as a worldwide symbol by the Global Call to Action Against Poverty, the world’s largest ever anti-poverty movement with organisations representing more than 150 million people in over 80 countries.
Rumour has it that it was started by Nelson Mandela, the “President of the World”
Now of course there are a ton of people making money off what has become a “fad” now, you can’t call yourself a post modernist and not have some fashion accessory showing your link to global justice. And even though the ONE groups sells their bracelets for just a buck I can’t bring myself to spend a dollar on a piece of non biodegradable consumerism driven fad linking me to millions of red GAP t-shirt wearing teens and soccer mommies.
But that said I am a huge supporter of ONE and Make Poverty History, but I can’t get past the irony of wearing overprices cheap advertising to promote making a difference on extreme poverty.
So I decided to grab one string and make my own.
Yep, this is my white arm band, self made, and it’s one string with no break, and it perfectly cyclical. Yes, that means I had to make it while wearing it, and there is no way to take it off other than to cut it.
I’m not against the rubber wrist bands, but I would like to see more people making there own bands and taking real ownership of making a difference in extreme poverty and global justice.
Wearing the band is just a tool to open the doors to get people to ask. But to those that already know, it’s a way to find kindred souls.