Stand Up

To help raise their voices against poverty, the University of Miami students of igKnite, the student organization of the Knight Center for International Media, are taking a stand.

The group, along with local activists form the ONE organization, is hosting “Stand Up and Take Action,” an event which will raise awareness about global poverty and the spread of preventable diseases, such as HIV, as well as educate people on the Millennium Development Goals set forth by the United Nations.

It will take place on Oct. 14, 2009 at the University of Miami’s School of Communication Courtyard at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free, and there will be live music, art, dance, and speakers from the community, as well.

“The Stand Up and Take Action event is a fun way of showing other people how to get involved and take action,” Jacqueline Villavicencio, a student organizer for the event, said.

This event is one of thousands being held around the world over the Oct. 16 weekend as part of a worldwide effort to raise awareness through the “Stand Up, Take Action, End Poverty Now” campaign.

Last year, more than 116 million people – nearly two percent of the people on earth – participated in “Stand Up, Take Action, End Poverty Now,” breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest mobilization of human beings in recorded history.

For more information on the mobilization, visit