It’s time for a change! We will no longer be posting on this city blog, but make sure to check out our National Blog where you can find anecdotes from your Oxfam Action Corps Organizers and dedicated volunteers. The National Blog will feature events from across the country, important action items and news from Oxfam America. We hope you will move with us!
January 23, 2015
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!
May 19, 2014
Oxfam MN Action Corps was honored to be a part of the roundtable discussion for the importance of Somali remittances held May 12th at the Safari Restaurant in Minneapolis. The event was hosted by African Development Solutions (Adeso) and featured speakers Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN-5), Compliance Officer at Kaah Express Aden S Hassan, Kristin Toretta from the U.S. Department of Treasury, and Oscar-nominated actor Barkhad Abdi. It was an informative and engaging event that had the more than 150 community members in attendance pledging support to fight back the reductions in remittance services from banks, and to strengthen United States-Somalia relationships that will contribute to Somalia’s development and stability. This is demonstrated in Representative Ellison’s bill H.R 1694 Money Remittances Improvement Act of 2013 which has been introduced the House of Representatives. There is promising support for this bill that will help many Somali families in Somalia and right here in Minnesota.
We know this for we talked and listened to many Somali-Americans that are directly benefitted by the remittances, and consequently directly affected by policies that many banks have taken to not provide this lifeline for the fear repercussions of anti-terrorist laws.
This is an issue Oxfam America and Adeso have been working on for quite some time and it was great to see how it has brought people together to make us all aware of the hardships Somali-Americans are facing with this challenge.
For more information see Oxfam America.
April 16, 2014
The Oxfam MN Action Corps tabled at the Flogging Molly concert held at First Avenue Sunday, March 9th. It was a sold out event that showcased the Irish punk rockers spirit and commitment to the mission of Oxfam.
We were joined at the table before their set by the bassist Nathen Maxwell, who championed Oxfam’s work and supported our presence.
We asked guests at the show to sign the petition supporting women farmers, and to consider their role in the global community and what they can do to end poverty, hunger, and injustice around the world. Oxfam is always well received by First Avenue audiences and it’s great to know that there are a variety of musicians that support Oxfam.
We had shin splints from jumping up and down for nearly two hours.
We are members of their extended family as we are now part of the legion of loyal Flogging Molly fans!