DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa)

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The organization DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa) was established in 2002
by Bono and Bobby Shriver, along with activists from the Jubilee 2000 Drop
the Debt Campaign.[97] DATA aims to eradicate poverty and HIV/AIDS in
Africa.[97] DATA encourages Americans to contact senators and other
legislators and elected officials to voice their opinions.[97]

2007 Liberty Medal Recipients
The National Constitution Center's 2007 Liberty Medal was awarded jointly to Bono, U2 lead singer and activist, and DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa), the advocacy organization he co-founded to combat poverty and disease in Africa. The prestigious Medal, and its accompanying $100,000 prize, recognizes Bono and DATA's groundbreaking work in raising awareness about and spurring a global response to the crisis of AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa. The public ceremony took place on Thursday, September 27, 2007 at the National Constitution Center on Philadelphia's Independence Mall. The prize money will be donated to DATA.

DATA has helped focus public attention on how to beat AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa by working closely with politicians, the media and celebrities. In 2005, DATA and campaigners around the world helped persuade the G8 nations to reach an unprecedented agreement that included $25 billion in additional development assistance for Africa by 2010, broad debt cancellation, universal access to education, and near universal access to AIDS and malaria treatment and prevention. DATA is monitoring the G8's progress on keeping these commitments and holding government leaders to public account. If kept, these promises will save millions of lives and mark a turning point in the West's relationship with Africa.

Bono's acceptance speech!

Liberty Medal Recipients......

2008 - Mikhail Gorbachev
2007 - Bono & DATA
2006 - George H.W. Bush & William J. Clinton

2005 - Viktor Yushchenko
2004 - Hamid Karzai
2003 - Sandra Day O'Connor
2002 - Colin Powell
2001 - Kofi Annan
2000 - James Watson & Francis Crick
1999 - Kim Dae-jung
1998 - George Mitchell
1997 - CNN International
1996 - King Hussein & Shimon Peres

1995 - Sadako Ogata
1994- Vaclav Havel
1993 - Nelson Mandela & F.W. de Klerk

1992 - Thurgood Marshall
1991 - Médecins Sans Frontières & Oscar Arias

1990 - Jimmy Carter
1989 - Lech Walesa


The Liberty Medal is awarded annually by the National Constitution Center to men and women of courage and conviction who have strived to secure the blessings of liberty to people the world over. The Liberty Medal was established by We the People 2000 celebration of the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution to heighten recognition of the principles that founded this nation and to serve as a lasting legacy to the Constitution.

The Liberty Medal was administered by the National Constitution Center for the second time last year, when Bono, U2 lead singer and activist, and DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa), the advocacy organization he co-founded were honored for helping focus public attention on how to beat AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa. In 2006, the Medal was awarded to President George H.W. Bush and President William J. Clinton. A global initiative of the Constitution Center, the Liberty Medal reflects the values of the U.S. Constitution -- a belief in justice, fairness, self-governance, and a balance between individual rights and communal responsibility; in the power of people to effectuate change; and in resolving issues through deliberation, compromise, and respect for diverse viewpoints.

Past Liberty Medal winners include Vaclav Havel, Nelson Mandela, Shimon Peres, Kofi Annan, and Sandra Day O'Connor. The Medal has also been awarded to organizations, including Doctors Without Borders and CNN International. Six former recipients of the Medal have subsequently won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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