May 19, 2014

Keeping the Lifeline Open: The Importance of Somali Remittances


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

Oxfam MN Action Corps at Flogging Molly, First Ave. Minneapolis, March 9th 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!

February 16, 2014

Oxfam Jam for International Women's Day

Celebrate International Women's Day with Oxfam Action Corps - MN on March 16th
at the Amsterdam downtown Saint Paul! Please join us for an evening of entertainment 
and engagement with local musicians,  speakers, activists, spoken word artists and comedians celebrating IWD.
Our goal is to raise awareness of women's efforts locally AND globally,
funds for Oxfam America’s ongoing disaster relief efforts AND  
our dedication to ending hunger, poverty and injustice!
 




LaDonna Redmond and her organization Campaign for Food Justice Now understands that food justice goes beyond nutrition, exploring the intersection of the food movement with social justice themes race, class, gender, and the use of food as a weapon. CFJN is fighting for reform of the agriculture system through community-based solutions, engaged advocacy, and social change. It confronts underlying themes of social justice within the food movement through community-based solutions, promoting social change, and engaged advocacy.
Liz McMann is the Consumer Affairs Manager at Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op.  She holds a master’s degree in holistic health studies from St. Catherine University and is a Master Food Preserver through UW-Extension.  Her blog, foodsnobberyhobbery, shares her experiences with gardening, cooking and baking from scratch for vegetarian, gluten free and vegan diets, eating local and organic, and food budgeting.  

 Cadence & the Wolf is a rock band featuring four piece vocals with rock n roll guitar riffs from Minneapolis. They’ve been together since meeting at the Girls Rock n Roll Retreat in 2007. They blend a unique sound with ideals of unity and female empowerment.
               Beau Koo Jacks are keeping Mardi Gras going strong in St Paul! Founded in 2002 by Tom Zosel, John Eric Thiede and Paul Lagos, the BKJs are a tribute to the great New Orleans rhythm and blues sounds of the 50′s and 60′s. 
            Oceanna Snyder is a singer/songwriter from St. Paul, MN finishing her studies in music composition at McNally Smith College of Music this spring.

              The Splendid End consists of music written by London-born Guy Low specifically for locally-seasoned singer Amy Buchanan’s powerful, sumptuous voice. Together with guitarist Darren Harff, drummer Sam Ridenour, and keyboard Ricky Carlson, The Splendid End’s smoky, lascivious vibe and provocative lyrics combine for an aurally magical experience.
              Local legend Willie Murphy has been writing, performing, recording and producing Blues/R&B music for over 30 years. His 1969 collaboration with folk/blues legend “Spider” John Koerner, “Running, Jumping, Standing Still” is still acclaimed as an all-time folk/blues classic. Throughout the 70s and into the 80s, Willie and the Bees defined live R&B/soul music.  Willie and the Angel Headed Hipsters are as funky as ever. You will want to DANCE the night away!!!
             
               Roger Peterson is a stand up guy and comedian from Brewster, MN who has lived/performed in Los Angeles, CA, Albuquerque, NM and currently produces comedy showcases in Coon Rapids, MN! He will be introducing the local humor of Rana May, Mandy Weeks, and Jenn Shaal.


January 29, 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