Friday, July 16, 2010

Peace Activist of the Week- Paul David Hewson

You're probably thinking "Deltaflute you said this month is celebrity peace activist. So how in the heck is Paul David Hewson a celebrity? I've never heard of him before." But you have. You've known him under his stage name: Bono. Oh!....

Paul David Hewson aka Bono is an Irish pop singer. We can call him Bono. His friends do. He was nick named Bono Vox, meaning good voice. Bono simply means good. Anyway, I digress.

Bono has contributed to the better good in focusing his efforts on Africa. He has founded and supported a number of organizations dedicated to the relief of extreme hunger and diseases including AIDS in Africa. One of his organization is called One Campaign. You may have seen the ads. Like this one

He is not without controversy. Some feel that his efforts are more handouts and make Africa more dependent on foreign aid rather than being self sustaining. (Considering how much our government has put farmers out of business by shipping cheaper crops to Africa, I believe that we need to stop growing too many crops and also stop subsidizing them as a solution. But I digress again and that would take a whole other post to explain) Also there is controversy surrounding his sales of Product Red products. Instead of donations being funneled directly to aid, portions of the sales go to the manufactures of Product Red goods and portions go to helping Africa. The same is true of anything you buy with the pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness. Researchers make more money if you donate directly than buying products because the some of the proceeds go to the manufacturer. It's a money making scheme playing at our sympathies.

That being said, because of Bono's celebrity he has turned to the spotlight on Africa. He also helped fund-raise for Amnesty International. And he is Man of Peace prize recipient, which is a secondary award to the Nobel Peace Prize.

"When you are trapped by poverty, you are not free. When trade laws prevent you from selling the food you grew, you are not free, ... When you are a monk in Burma this very week, barred from entering a temple because of your gospel of peace ... well, then none of us are truly free."- Bono

Because Bono has chosen to put an end to extreme hunger and disease in Africa, I salute him as my celebrity peace activist of the week.

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