Monday, March 9, 2015

Happy International Women's Day!

I am looking forward to hearing about the many International Women's Day events held by Oxfam Action Corps cities across the country. If you have photos from your event, please feel free to share them with me on Facebook, where I just posted a request in the OAC Organizers Group.

In the meantime, in honor of International Women's Day, I'd like to share Oxfam America's "Six women who will make you believe we can end hunger". It's an inspiring overview of six women with links to full-length stories.




Monday, March 2, 2015

Celebrity chefs support food aid reform

Recently just under a dozen celebrity chefs from across the country flew to Washington DC to voice their support of food aid reform to Congress. The lobby visits by these chefs on behalf of Oxfam America was featured in Heard on the Hill



So, you may ask, what's the connect to the Oxfam Action Corps? First, our very own Clara helped organize this very successful chef summit. And, second, food aid reform remains an important issue for the Action Corps. For those of you who are incoming organizers, the upcoming training in Washington DC next month will have some similarities to this recent chef summit. Among many issues addressed during the training, you can expect to learn about food aid reform. And, of course, you get your own chance to lobby to your Senators and Representative. Just in case you missed it, check out a first-hand account of lobbying with the Action Corps in a post from last month.

Friday, February 27, 2015

International Women's Day events are on near you!

Every March 8 for more than a century, millions of people around the world have come together to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8. Here in the US, Oxfam Action Corps members are hosting events that raise awareness and public action in support of women’s efforts to overcome poverty and injustice worldwide. Here's quick look at some of our events, with active links to event pages below the map:


Click the links below for event info!

Albuquerque, NM, Monday March 2nd, 7-9pm Mountain Time.  Come hear an exciting panel of women leaders from our community who inspire doing good for our world!  Click for info

Austin, TX, Sunday March 8th; noon-6:30pm Central Time. at Darwin's Pub, Austin.  Come all to hear from women musicians and supporters for an Oxfam Jam! Click for info.

Berkeley, CA, Join us at the Berkeley Women's Film Festival. Click for info.

Chicago, IL, Saturday March 7, 11am Central Time.  Join us for a screening of "No Land No Food No Life" at the One Earth Film Fest. Click for info.

Des Moines, IA. Tuesday, March 10, 6-8pm Central Time. The event "Empowered Women: Protecting Rights and Resources" will feature a networking reception as well as remarks from distinguished women leaders from our community. Click for info

New York, NY, Saturday March 7, 4-6pm Eastern Time.  Join us for a film screening and discussion. Click for info. 

Seattle, WA. Monday, March 2nd, 6pm Pacific Time. Join us for a dialogue between Hannah Owusu‐Koranteng  (Deputy Executive Directo (WACAM), Ghana) and Joanna Manu (a farmer, community activist, and District Assembly representative from southwest Ghana) regarding fair and equitable land rights. Click for info.

And if you want to organize something too, see our webpage at http://www.oxfamamerica.org/take-action/events/international-womens-day/ 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

We Be Jammin'

Across the country, Oxfam America supporters are taking part in the Oxfam Jam movement. Some Oxfam Action Corps are hosting Oxfam Jam events. For example, OAC New York City is having its second annual Oxfam Jam Benefit Concert. Check out this great article about the NYC event here.

Head over to oxfamamerica.org/oxfamjam to learn more about hosting an Oxfam Jam event or to search for an upcoming event.


Friday, February 6, 2015

What's it like to lobby?

The Oxfam Action Corps provides a unique opportunity for concerned citizens to share their concerns about global poverty and hunger to their elected officials. Action Corps organizers take part in lobby visits to their Senators and Representatives during the annual training in Washington DC, and lobbying efforts continue throughout the year in Action Corps cities by volunteers who share relevant information on policy positions or provide petition signatures.

A personal account of lobbying with the Oxfam Action Corps was recently posted on the Albuquerque blog by Kathy Chavez: 
To Right the Wrong of poverty we tackled Capitol Hill. That process turned into one of the most rewarding and exciting things I have ever done. Before becoming an Oxfam Action Corps Volunteer, meeting with members of Congress and the Senate seemed out of my reach.

Read more and see several photos on the Albuquerque OAC blog here.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Reminder: It's Time to Become an Action Corps City Organizer!

Hello Everyone!


Let's talk about Action Corps: it is awesome. Period. No two ways about it. And luckily, it is once again that great time to join this amazing group of individuals as an Organizer!

Check out our page for more information about our locations in 16 different cities, the job description, and the application! And look below at what other Organizers have said about their experiences...

"This is leadership in practice. You can't just read a book on leadership. You have to put it into practice." --Jill Mizell, Researcher, New York

"Oxfam Action Corps has given me a ton of confidence... Gaining knowledge and being able to speak to people about the issues." --Amy L., Business Operations Analyst, Des Moines

"This has become one of the best parts of my life... I can't express enough how satisfying it is to be organizing with people who are just as committed and dependable and passionate. It is so great to have the support from the Oxfam America staff, and I've been really impressed by their accessibility, competency and friendliness." --Isaac E., Educator, New York City

Ready to join them? Apply to be an organizer or if you aren't ready yet, consider volunteering with any Action Corps in efforts to help Oxfam fight hunger and social injustices! Remember, Oxfam is here to Right the Wrong so come join us! 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Local action. Global change. Become an Oxfam volunteer!

It's time for annual recruitment of volunteers for the Oxfam Action Corps. If you are a new or returning volunteer, sign up is now available online - apply now. Applications are due on February 1.
For current organizers, I've pasted a letter from Brian below. Please feel free to copy and spread the word.


Letter from Brian:
Each day, I work with Oxfam volunteers, supporting community efforts to create global change through local action. Now is your chance to get involved!
Our Oxfam Action Corps volunteer leaders are based in 16 cities across the country and, in just the last year, they have helped change the world by:
  • Delivering reports and petitions to big food companies like Kellogg and General Mills to push them to stand up for farmers rights and fight climate change;
  • Visiting Congressional offices – in DC and in their hometowns – to advocate for poverty-fighting foreign assistance, lifesaving reforms to food aid policy, and more;
  • Mobilizing marchers at the People's Climate March in New York City;
  • Hosting Oxfam America Hunger Banquets, World Food Day Dinners, and other events to raise awareness about the global fight against poverty, hunger, and injustice;
  • Recruiting hundreds of new Oxfam supporters at concerts, music festivals, and other events;
  • ...and so much more.
We're looking for skilled volunteers of various ages and backgrounds for our free national training in Washington D.C., April 24-28, 2015. We also provide online training and opportunities to meet other volunteers in your city. If you have some organizing experience and a passion for global justice, we want you! This is a great opportunity to develop your leadership skills with support from Oxfam staff and to take meaningful action locally to help change the world. Apply now >>
Our volunteers include people of all ages and backgrounds, including moms and dads, professors and students, nurses, pastors, bank tellers, tech experts, retirees, food workers, musicians and, yes, even rocket scientists! Here's what a few of them have said about their experiences:
"This is leadership in practice. You can't just read a book on leadership. You have to put it into practice." – Jill Mizell, Researcher, New York
"Oxfam Action Corps has given me a ton of confidence...Gaining knowledge and being able to speak to people about the issues." – Amy L., Business Operations Analyst, Des Moines
"This has become one of the best parts of my life...I can't express enough how satisfying it is to be organizing with people who are just as committed and dependable and passionate. It is so great to have the support from the Oxfam America staff, and I've been really impressed by their accessibility, competency and friendliness." – Isaac E., Educator, New York City
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to email me.
Thanks so much, and we looking forward to hearing from you.
Brian Rawson
Senior Advisor, Community Organizing
Oxfam America