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Student Activism Sees Results in Major White House Announcement

Princess Kasune Zulu

CHICAGO, IL (June 1, 2007) – The White House announced plans Wednesday to double the U.S. commitment to fight global HIV/AIDS through a five-year, $30 billion plan. This is exactly the type of political action North Park students and thousands of others across the country mobilized to promote on World AIDS Day December 1, 2006.

In addition to a special chapel where Princess Zulu (pictured here) encouraged students to be "a voice of hope" in supporting the effort, Seminary student and University Ministries (UMin) Intern David Healing worked with the UMinGlobal Partnership Team to coordinate over 50 North Park students who participated in World Vision's Chicago AIDS Walk and to distribute pictures and profiles of AIDS orphans from Zambia across the campus for students to pick up and pray for throughout the week leading up to December 1.

To read the complete White House announcement, click here.

According to an email World Vision distributed to all volunteers in response to President Bush's announcement Wednesday, "By participating in the World AIDS Day Walk for Orphans and signing the declaration, you played an important part in encouraging President Bush to make this proposal to Congress."

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.