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Want to be an Active Advocate? Join an Event Committee or become a Lead. Get involved! Email us at Chicago@OxfamActionCorps.org


Upcoming Events

Let us know if you want to join in on any of the upcoming events!

Good Greens Festival

Saturday, September 6, 2008
DuSable Museum of African American History - 740 E. 56th Place
Farmers Market, healthful food preparation demonstrations, panel discussion, and free concert
Come table and enjoy the Festival!

SGI USA Think Peace Take Action Day
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Chicago Cultural Center - 78 E. Washington
Lecture by UN representative Hiro Sakura, members of SGI USA, DePaul University, Peace Alliance, and the United Nations Association
Come table and attend the lecture!

Sisters on the Planet Screening and Reception
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Gene Siskel Film Center - 164 North State Street
Premiere screening of Oxfam's Sisters on the Planet documentary followed by a reception and discussion
Come volunteer and watch!

Congressional Lobby Visits
Scheduled at times that work for you
Set up a personal lobby visit with Illinois representatives and senators


Oxfam Social! Come join us...

As we are cruising through August, we wanted to extend the invite to come join the local Oxfam Community for an end-of-the-summer gathering! For the past several months, the Oxfam Chicago community has been out at concerts, street festivals, and activist breakfasts working to bring attention to the current effects that climate change has on poor communities around the world.

Come meet other like minded Oxfam supporters, see how "Oxfamers" have gotten involved in the past, learn about what's coming up in the Oxfam world in the future, and just have a good time! Friends are of course, always welcome.

WHEN: TUESDAY, August 19, 2008
TIME: 7:00 - 9:30

We'll have soda, beer and pizza, so in order to make sure our numbers are on point, please send us your RSVP to chicago.oxfamactioncorps@gmail.com.

Public Transit Directions: One block from the green and orange line Roosevelt
Stop & 2 blocks from the red line Roosevelt Stop.

Thanks, looking forward to seeing you there!



We've been rolling deeep at recent Coldplay shows at the United Center! A total of 20 volunteers out both nights talking to folks about Oxfam's mission and signing people up to get involved and support the work we're doing! 1,143 signatures, I believe..

Great time had by all, wonderful job on behalf of the volunteers who came out, thank you so much for your energy!


Activist Breakfast in Pilsen

Time for another activist breakfast! We're switching it up and heading to Pilsen this month. Come join us!

Efebos Cafe
1640 S. Blue Island

(few blocks south of Roosevelt, few blocks west of Racine)

Saturday, July 19th - 10am

We'll be talking about (drumroll please..):
  • Outreach at the upcoming Coldplay concert
  • Other neighborhood street festivals
  • Upcoming release of Sisters on the Planet documentary (with a sneak preview!)
  • House Parties and an Oxfam Summer Social for late August
  • Updates about climate change and Congress, recent contact with Sen. Durbin's office and other local political opportunities
  • And finally... we'll be taking Obama up on his offer to help create the platform for the Democratic Party! (We'll also be submitting it to the Republican National Convention committee.)

Stop by to hear more about what's going on with Oxfam Action Corps here in Chicago! It's a busy summer, come be a part of the movement! Please RSVP to chicago.oxfamactioncorps@gmail.com.

If you're coming on the CTA:
Take the pink/blue line to the 18th St. stop, walk east (left out the doors) on 18th St. to the intersection of Loomis/Blue Island/18th - follow the diagonal just past the McDonald's. It's about 10-15 minutes from the loop/downtown area.

Hope to see you there!


Activist Breakfast this Saturday

Hey hey everyone, we're kicking off a renewed monthly activist breakfast for Chicago area people interested in getting involved and just learning more while having some good conversation. Join us! The details are as follows:

Saturday, June 21st at 10am
Heartland Cafe
7000 N. Glenwood
(Rogers Park neighborhood)

We'll have light breakfast and a cup of coffee waiting for you :) I know Rogers Park can be a bit of a hike, if you have suggestions for upcoming months, favorite cafes, etc.. drop us a line: chicago.oxfamactioncorps@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!!


Who we are

The Oxfam Action Corps is a group of dedicated volunteers in more than a dozen US cities who campaign with Oxfam to fight poverty. Our current campaign focuses on climate change and its effects on the world’s poorest communities. Learn more about Oxfam’s climate change campaign. As volunteers, we receive ongoing support from Oxfam, including campaign materials, policy strategies, and advice on community organizing. Each city has two trained volunteer “co-leaders” who welcome and orient volunteers throughout the year.

In Chicago the co-leaders are Jackie Jaimes (left) and Christina Bronsing (right). Come meet us, we need your energy and input! We want to hear from you - why do you want to see a more just world, what that would look like? We can help plug you in to some opportunities in Chicago to be a part of creating lasting solutions to poverty and social injustice.

From showing up at a one time event to being a core part of planning our efforts here in Chicago, there are many po
tential ways you can get involved:
  • Concert outreach
  • Tabling at festivals
  • Lobby visits to local legislative offices
  • Come to a monthly activist breakfast
  • Help organize a hunger banquet
  • Dropping literature off to key locations
  • Host a house party
  • Write a letter or editorial
  • Help get petition signatures
  • What ideas do you have?

What have we been up to so far?

Since the training in Washington D.C. in early April, the Chicago Action Corps can chalk up:

  • Lobby visits on Capitol Hill with Sen. Durbin's office, Sen. Obama's office, Rep. Gutierrez's office and maintained contact locally since
  • Concert outreach at 5 venues
  • Gathered OVER 1,000 petition signatures in one day at the Green Apple Festival
  • 2 Walks for Climate Justice, involving 65 volunteers
  • Tabling at Chicago Fair Trade Day
  • Another 1,200 signatures over 2 days at the Green Festival
Thanks to all the volunteers who have been a part of making this happen.. it couldn't be a reality without you.
Come get involved!
Email us at: chicago.oxfamactioncorps@gmail.com

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