HOH’s One-Minute Recess: ONE Love

Posted August 6, 2010 at 11:10am

D.C. summer interns spend a good portion of their time trying to sneak into swanky parties and events. But on Thursday night, the advocacy group ONE, founded by U2 lead singer Bono, held an event just for Capitol Hill’s summer interns.

The humanitarian organization’s own crop of interns sponsored a special just-for-interns screening of “The Lazarus Effect” at the Pennsylvania Avenue bar Top of the Hill as a way to recruit young people to get involved with ONE’s advocacy efforts on college campuses. The HBO documentary, produced by Spike Jonze, studies how antiretroviral treatments are helping prolong the lives of HIV-positive Africans.

ONE President and CEO David Lane spoke at the event, while ONE’s interns reached out to their colleagues on the Hill and urged them to help spread ONE’s message when they return to their schools in the fall.

ONE intern Matthew McAllister tells HOH that about 15 interns signed up to do direct advocacy efforts on their campuses, something he says will have a huge effect on Congressional leaders. McAllister, for example, attends the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he’s been able to directly lobby his Congressman, Rep. Jared Polis, whenever the Colorado Democrat stops by the school.

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