Tuesday, June 24, 2014

New Website Launch June 30th!

This is an exciting time for Oxfam Madison - we are putting together a great team of volunteers and have plenty of exciting activities planned for the summer.

But first - our new website is coming! Designed and developed by  aperturemerge.org with one of our volunteers, John Eugene Haas, as a lead developer, it will combine great looks with better functionality! So check back on Monday - and let us know how you like it!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Join Oxfam Running Team!

Hi team Run Oxfam! I hope you’re all having a great weekend and enjoying the beautiful weather!!! I know I am.

With all this sun and beautiful weather, I’ve been inspired to be waking up early to go on a run sometimes in the morning. It get the blood flowing, gets some endorphins in my brain, makes me feel good about myself for the rest of the day, AND is helping to get me geared up and ready for our first OxFam race event… which is coming up in TWO WEEKS on June 21st!

As a reminder, the June 21st event is the Strawberry Festival 5K and 10K in Sun Prairie. You can check out the website here --http://www.athenstoatlantis.com/Events/200227/. Registration is $20, which I believe goes to the Senior Center, and while we’re there we will be collecting donations and pledges from community members, which will be given to OxFam upon our completion of this or future races!!!! As an added benefit, we’ll be building awareness for our cause.

So…. If you are considering or committed to running this race (or if you’re interested in a future OxFam running event):
1. Send me an email at vanzoeren@wisc.edu so I add you to the mailing list to get information regarding group training events, OxFam shirts to wear at the event, carpooling, etc. 
2. Go online and register 
3. Get outdoors, enjoy the weather and go for a run! I am headed out right now!!!

Hope to see you on the 21st!
-Your Run OxFam lead trainer,

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Today is the Day! Ask General Mills and Kellogg to Act!

Climate change is making people hungry - and big food companies are making it worst! Join Oxfam America on our newest campaign - ask General Mills and Kellogg to disclose their supply chain emissions, commit to actions to reduce emissions from their operation and supply chain, and speak up, urging other companies and governments to fight against climate change too!

Would you like to learn more? Read the Oxfam briefing paper, campaign blog, or policy blog!

Act now! Sign a petition to support our asks!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Take Action with Madison Oxfam ActionCorps!

Behind the Brands, a part of the GROW campaign, focuses on assessing the top ten food companies policies on social and environmental issues, as well as transparency. How do you think they did

Within the GROW campaign, OxfamAmerica focused on asking several companies to improve their policies. Last year, you spoke and Coca-Cola listened! Over 225,000 people signed a petition against land grabs and as a result, Coca-Cola instituted zero-tolerance policy, which allows thousands of families around the world to stay on their land. 

The time for ACTION is now! On May 20th, 15 ActionCorps cities will lead a new campaign focusing on environmental policies. We have some exciting plans for Madison and we would like you to be there. To learn more, come to our second meeting, May 15th @ 6:30 at Amy's Cafe - we will introduce the campaign and make plans for our collective action!

If you can't make it, you can still participate, simply email madison.oxfamactioncorps@gmail.com and we'll get in touch!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

2014 Kick-off meeting & Oxfam Action Corps go to DC!

Calling for all Oxfam supporters: We will be hosting our first kick-off meeeting on Tuesday April 22nd @ 6:30 pm in Amy's Cafe (414 W Gilman). We will socialize over Amy's happy hour while discussing Oxfam's GROW campaign and volunteer/action opportunities in Madison! Come and meet new lead organizers and others who are - or want to be - involved in local Oxfam activities!

Speaking of new organizers, last week Yoli and Alice joined their fellow organizers from 14 different cities in DC to go through a very intensive organizer training and to get experience lobbying on Capitol Hill. Alice and Yoli met with staffers of Senators Baldwin and Johnson and Congressman Pocan to ask for more aid (increase foreign aid funding) and better aid (support a bill that would introduce a uniform evaluation of aid use and make the data publicly available). We will be following up with the three offices in the upcoming week - and we'll keep you updated!

Yoli and Alice in front of Senator Baldwin's office

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

You know Oxfam, you love Oxfam, now lead Oxfam in your hometown

Leadership opportunity:  Organize in your community to end global hunger – join the Oxfam Action Corps! 

Oxfam America, an international relief and development organization, invites you to play a leading role in the Oxfam Action Corps, an exciting grassroots effort to stand up to poverty, hunger, and injustice around the world – starting right in your community.  The Oxfam Action Corps is a group of trained grassroots advocates in fifteen US cities who organize with other local volunteers in support of our GROW campaign for policies that will save lives, defend the rights of women and farmers, and protect communities worldwide from rising food prices and climate change.  It includes a free national advocacy and leadership training for select participants. You will gain leadership skills, have fun, and change the world!

Sign-up by February 14 to apply for Oxfam’s free four-day leadership training in Washington D.C. April 5-8, 2014.  

"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

View and share the short video below, highlighting the great work done by the Action Corps.

Sign up at www.oxfamactioncorps.org by February 14

Our Voices Have Been Heard: Coca-Cola Agrees to Zero Tolerance Policy for Land Grabs

Here is a great post from the Action Corps in the San Francisco Bay area, highlighting our work and success with the campaign!

Original post can be found at: http://sfbay-oxfamactioncorps.blogspot.com/

Our Voices Have Been Heard: 

Coca-Cola Agrees to Zero Tolerance Policy for Land Grabs


Ladies and Gentlemen, our hard work is paying off! All of our hours spent volunteering, campaigning, speaking out, and signing petitions is showing fruition. Over 225,000 people called for action to prevent land grabs and Coca-Cola has heard us. The food and beverage giant Coca-Cola has agreed to respect and protect the land rights of indigenous communities from which it sources its sugar. Specifically, Coca-Cola has agreed to:

  1. A zero tolerance policy on land grabs
  2. A “know and show” policy relating to being held accountable and aware of land rights and conflicts within its supply chain
  3. To support responsible agriculture investment and to advocate for governments and others to tackle land grabbing;
Sugar production requires a vast amount of land and is currently at an all time high triggering land conflicts and abuse. Coca-Cola is the largest sugar producer in the world making this news all the more amazing. Coca-Cola is the first beverage and food company to take such a stand, but should not be the last. For more information on this breaking news visit politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org

Our mission and work does not end here. PepsiCo and Associated British Foods are some of the largest sugar producers in the world and as such we are urging them to follow in Coca-Cola’s footsteps and make a change in relation to the allowance of land grabs within their supply chains. In order to do this we need your help.

What Can You Do to Stop This?

Start by signing Oxfam's current petition to urge Pepsi-co and Associated British Foods to follow Coca-Cola’s example and hold themselves accountable for the land and human rights atrocities occurring in their supply chains. These huge companies have the market power to pressure their suppliers into committing to zero tolerance land grab policies and you have the power to pressure these food and beverage giants into stepping up and standing against land grabs. Make sure your voice is heard.

Then share the following messages:

Via Twitter

Tell @PepsiCo & #ABF to take action against land grabs! #BehindTheBrands

Via Facebook

Post the following message to PepsiCo's Facebook page

Stop land grabs! Tell PepsiCo and ABF—some of the biggest buyers of sugar in the world—to make sure their sugar doesn’t lead to land grabs that force poor farmers and their families off their land. #BehindTheBrands!