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Greenheart going KIND for Camp Greenheart!

From the blog of Greenheart International

"Its not everyday you that a cultural exchange organization decides to open a summer camp…but then again its not every day you encounter an organization like Greenheart!

Taking place in the summer of 2014, Camp Greenheart serves as the newest (and some will argue the most fun!) initiative of Greenheart International.  While activities focused on culture, worldview, volunteerism and personal development will be the basis of the Camp Greenheart, there will certainly be no lack of traditional camp fun such as zip lining, campfires, swimming, and ropes course.
To fund this camp we have entered a contest with KIND Snacks which will award $10,000 to the project with the most votes.  With this money, Camp Greenheart will provide scholarships for children unable to afford camp, while also covering some operational and camp leader costs.  Please support us in our mission to provide these children of Chicago with an eye-opening, enriching, and fun summer experience!"

Not only is Camp Greenheart a place for children to have fun and continue learning during their summer break, Camp Greenheart:
  • Engages youth to explore their natural surroundings, to work creatively, collaboratively and independently
  •  Fosters a holistic sense of well-being for self,
    others, and the world
  • Challenges campers through increased
    responsibility, independence, and outdoor
  • Is a celebration of youth and togetherness with
    music and nature 
Please take a moment to support our friends at Greenheart International by voting on the KIND Snacks project page.  

If you would like to learn more about Greenheart Shop, please join us for "A Fair Affair" taking place on February 13th at the Shop. Greenheart, Slow Food Chicago and Oxfam Action Corps are excited to host their first cooperative event together. Come learn more about conscious consumerism and being Fair before Valentine's Day! RSVP at the Facebook Event page.

For additional questions or information, please contact Catherine at cclare@greenheart.info


Music with us! Oxfam Jam

For years, musical artists and performers alike connected to the message of Oxfam and promoted it in their stage. When we say Music Can Change the World, we really mean it! In the U.K., Oxjam is a popular series of Oxfam benefit concerts during October that promotes local artists to make a global impact. As a well-known event hosted by students, professionals, and any Oxfam-supporter, Oxjam is a fun way to get a community involved in aid for Oxfam as a whole. It continues to be wildly successful in the U.K.

This year, Chicago is one of three pilot cities to put on an Oxfam Jam. We join the ranks of New York and Minneapolis to bring the popular UK event to the United States. From across the pond, we bring the same energy to make a global impact through local music. Our Oxfam Jam will feature The South Bend, Duck&Goose and Saint Millie. Set at the Burlington Bar in Logan Square, our performers will show their best in an effort to raise money for Oxfam. What better way to spend your Tuesday evening on Febraury 25th than to rock out for a cause!

Saint Millie

For a $15 ticket, come out to celebrate local music scene in Chicago. All proceeds go directly to Oxfam, because these incredible artists have agreed to play free of charge to help Right the Wrong! Every dollar spent for Oxfam is a dollar to fight hunger, injustice and poverty here at home and abroad! Whether it is humanitarian aid, supporting local farmers, or promoting campaigns, Oxfam dedicates time and resources to effective lasting solutions to end poverty, hunger and injustice.  

We welcome you to jam with us to jam out poverty. Visit our event page to learn more and buy tickets! Grab your friends, neighbors, loved ones. We will see you soon!

For Media Inquiries, please contact Organizer Megan at chimedia.oxfam@gmail.com


Apply to Be a Chicago Oxfam Action Corps Organizer 2014-2015

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

Sign up at www.oxfamactioncorps.org by February 14


Oh the Places We Have Gone! 2013 A Year in Review

13 is considered an unlucky number, but 2013 brought great accomplishments for the Chicago Oxfam Action Corps. The continued growth and success in various campaigns displays the importance of unity behind an important message and general resilience that brings success.

We introduced the Behind the Brands campaign internationally beginning February 2013. Our first goal aimed towards Nestle, Mondalez and Mars, would help women cocoa farmers receive more pay. Our group headed to Mondalez headquarters located in Deerfield, IL dealing with a blizzard to produce a display to show corporations that they do have a responsibility to the global food system and to people. We as consumers expect corporate ethical responsibility. We followed with campaigning on International Women’s Day in Millenium Park and again in April around Easter. After Nestle and Mars, Mondalez finally agreed to the U.N. Women’s Principles, therefore, raising wages from $4 to $7. Given the low pay and discrimination women receive as cocoa farmers, this took great measures to balance the economic distribution. Women world-wide often provide for large families as sole breadwinners. A little more money goes a long way to help for more food, education for children and medicine.

Immediately upon the win with Mondalez, Mars and Nestle companies, we switched gears to focus on food aid reform. Current legislation remains outdated in efforts to support slower modes of transportation industries, resulting in delayed delivery of food to places in dire need. This legislation requires that food for food aid must come from the U.S., must be transported cross country via train and then internationally by ship. The Chicago Oxfam Action Corps Organizer team, with Adam Olson and representatives from allies completed a total of eight visits with Illinois Senators and House Representatives. Each caused impaction, each had a different response. Unfortunately, like many general industry amendments, food aid is packaged into the Farm Bill. Passage of the farm bill often expands out over a year or two years because of the number of amendments and major reforms stuck into the bill. By June 2013, the amendment for food aid reached the floor and unfortunately lost by less than ten votes. As a whole, we came so close but yet it felt so far. This allowed us to revamp our campaign nationally in anticipation for the next round of the Farm Bill.  

Back to Behind the Brands, the next campaign encouraged General Mills to become more transparent with their business practices. Our presence at Lollapalooza marketed to over 150,000 guests. Our team of twelve people accomplished obtaining over 1000 signatures, the first non-staffed Action Corps event to do so. General Mills signed on within a month of the beginning of our international campaign. After this win, we targeted PepsiCo, Associated British Foods and Coca-Cola Co to ensure the sugar they buy does not come from or contribute to land grabs. We introduced this cycle of BtB at an Atoms for Peace concert at UIC Pavilion. Since then, Coca-Cola has signed on to a zero-tolerance policy for land grabs. In order to persuade PepsiCo, our Action Corps volunteers, along with Action Corps volunteers across the United States visited PepsiCo sites to deliver petitions and leverage photo opportunities. We currently continue to focus on PepsiCo to stop land grabs.

Unfortunately, inclement tumultuous weather brought the Philippines to the center of international stage. Typhoon Haiyan ripped through, leaving destruction and many survivors in need of food, water, and shelter. Oxfam teams prepared for and jumped in to aid the people of the Philippines. Unfortunately, this case again shows the need for reform in food aid legislation. Oxfam America helped Dr. Juanita Salvador-Burris start a change.org petition to focus on the Philippines. It asks Congress to pass an exemption on food aid legislation to efficiently deliver food to where it is needed most in such a desperate time. Within a month, the signatures increased by ten times to 40,000 signatures. Our goal is 75,000 and we will continue focusing on food aid reform!

The following is a list of events we have hosted and attended. We cannot express our great gratitude to our volunteers who stay dedicated and who take action to Right the Wrong!

Events (in no particular order)

  • Green Festival
  • World Fair Trade Day
  • Sweet Justice
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk
  • Slow Food Chicago preSERVE Garden Workday
  • Glenwood Farmer’s Market
  • Kankakee Farmer’s Market
  • Pilsen Farmer’s Market
  • Logan Square Farmer’s Market
  • Latino Fashion Show
  • Lollapalooza
  • World Food Day Dinner, 8th Day Center for Justice
  • World Food Day Dinner, Cuisine of India
  • Teach-In Presentation on GROW Method
  • Frontiers of Food Justice
  • Hunger Banquet at North Central College
  • ONE Campaign- Year of One Event
  • ONE Campaign-Oxfam Happy Hour Meeting
  • Chicago Fair Trade Global Fest Africa
  • Great Lakes Bioneers Conference
  • Surge for Water Waterfalls Fundraiser
  • Slow Food Chicago Holiday Bash
  • Hot Chocolate Run to raise money for Syrian Refugee Crisis
  • Atoms for Peace
  • Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Thao and the Get Down Stay Down

With the same fervor of 2013 to make progress in the fight against poverty, hunger and injustice, we are planning a few major events to engage the Chicagoland on a global platform. Everyone can do something to Right the Wrong. Get involved using your skills to make a better global food system for everyone.


-Megan Nakra

First Person: Voices, video, and photos from Oxfam's fight against poverty