Through non-partisan grassroots action, Oxfam Action Corps - Minnesota's mission is to inform, inspire, and mobilize public support for policies to end hunger, poverty, and social injustice in the United States and globally.
Oxfam America launched Oxfam Action Corps – Minnesota and nine other Action Corps teams as a national pilot project in April 2007. Today there are fourteen cities with Action Corps teams, including Boston, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Albuquerque/Santa Fe, Austin, Burlington, Chicago, Columbus,
Indianapolis, Madison, and Philadelphia.
Who We Are
Although supported by Oxfam America, the Action Corps is 100% volunteer driven. Action Corps volunteers come from all backgrounds. Students, teachers, community organizers, recent grads, nurses, and many more people are all currently active. Some volunteers put in an hour or two a month, others put in an hour or two a day. Everyone is welcomed to get involved at any level - the only rerequisite is enthusiasm and a passion to help the world’s poor.
In our first year, we focused on reforming the American Farm Bill. Then, we turned our attention to highlighting the impact of climate change on the world's poor and how investment in adaptation can help those most vulnerable cope. GROW is our current campaign focusing on food justice. GROW looks to build a better food system: one that produces enough for a growing population and empowers poor people to ear a living, feed their families, and thrive.
We're always ready and willing to participate in events related to lasting solutions to poverty and injustice, including fair trade and effective foreign aid.
What We Do
We educate others on the issues and connect them with avenues to ask policymakers to support change. This includes letter writing, petitions, receiving and acting on e-action alerts, media coverage, and visiting elected officials and their staff members. Some of the ways we get this done are:
- Connecting with concert-goers at places like 1st Ave with our information and action tables.
- Delivering presentations at schools, colleges, and churches.
- Holding monthly public meetings.
- Sending action alerts and volunteer opportunities by e-mail.
- Participating in festivals and conferences.
- Posting updates on the web.
- Visiting Congressional offices.
- Organizing rallies and vigils.
We do not solicit or accept donations. Also, as an organization, we do not endorse candidates or political parties. We stick with the issues and ways to make a difference without getting out the wallet!
Thinking about getting involved? Tips on events that we shouldn't miss? Need a speaker for a program? Other questions? Don't hesitate to get in touch.
Phone: (612) 293-9831