Damon, Clooney Urge Voters to End Poverty

10/24/2006 at 09:25 AM EDT

Damon, Clooney Urge Voters to End Poverty
Matt Damon
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Matt Damon

Matt Damon

Why would George Clooney, Matt Damon, Julia Roberts and Don Cheadle be standing in line? The stars recently filmed a public service announcement that shows them patiently waiting their turn at a voting booth. The queue also includes New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady, Toby Keith and Alfre Woodard.

But they're not promoting a candidate or political party. The ad is an effort to raise support for ONE: The Campaign to Make Poverty History.

"This is a first step in a long-term effort to start making the fight against global AIDS and extreme poverty part of the election conversation, and Americans can be part of that by joining ONE.org," Matt Damon says of the spot, which is slated to run through Nov. 7's Election Day.

The PSA started airing Monday on MTV and will also run on FOX, Comedy Central, Spike TV and other stations, as well as MySpace.com and YouTube.com.

"Saving lives in the world's poorest countries. Winning the fight against global AIDS and extreme poverty," Damon says in the spot. "There aren't two sides to these issues. There is only one. Please vote. ONE.org."

Says Clooney, "Both this election and as we start to look toward 2008, you can talk with the candidates, you can get on their Web sites, let them know that you will be asking them about their positions and to do even more to save lives in Africa and the world's poorest countries."

Adds country star Keith, "My deal has always been, forget politics. … I've been to Africa and seen it firsthand; it left a mark on me that I have to live with now, so I want to do my part."

According to the official Web site for ONE (www.one.org), which was launched with the help of U2 rocker Bono, the organization "is a coalition of 2 million people and over 70 non-profit, advocacy and humanitarian organizations."

The site points out that ONE is supported by "such notable people as: Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks, Pat Robertson, Kate Hudson, Rick Warren, Jamie Foxx, Jars of Clay, Penelope Cruz, Dave Matthews, Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Bill Gates and many, many others."

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