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Come to our July meeting

Written by oxford on June 19, 2014 – 10:00 am -

We’ll be meeting at Oxford Town Hall on Tuesday 8th July for our usual monthly meeting. Non-members are always welcome to join us, share ideas and learn a little more about Oxford WDM. We’re a friendly bunch – why not come along? 7:30pm-9pm.

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Fracking talk in Woodstock

Written by oxford on June 17, 2014 – 8:29 pm -

What will happen if fracking comes to Oxfordshire? Dr Douglas Parr, Chief Scientist for Greenpeace, will be giving a talk in Woodstock on this subject. Come to the Community Centre, New Road, Woodstock, for 7:30pm on Wednesday 2nd July.

This event is organised by Sustainable Woodstock (not by WDM). Free entry, all welcome.

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TTIP: national day of action

Written by oxford on June 17, 2014 – 8:24 pm -

Saturday 12th July will be a day of action against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP),We’re joining forces with lots of other groups – including trade unions, anti-poverty campaigners and environmental organisations – to raise awareness of the dangers posed by TTIP.

Confused about what TTIP is? At our July meeting, one of our group members will be giving a quick talk (less than 5 minutes) explaining why this rather dull-sounding treaty spells disaster for campaigners like us.

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Come to our June meeting

Written by oxford on May 22, 2014 – 9:39 pm -

We’ll be meeting up on June 10th, in Oxford Town Hall as usual. This will be a chance to plan our activities for the rest of the summer. Our new Chair will also be looking for ideas to make meetings more interesting, welcoming and productive! As ever, non-members are very welcome.

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Carving up Africa at Oxford Folk Festival

Written by oxford on April 28, 2014 – 9:19 pm -

Cake in the shape of Africa being cut upAfrica was up for grabs in Oxford WDM’s latest stunt. Our activists arrived at Oxford Folk Festival with an elaborate cake in the shape of the continent and invited passers-by to compete for a slice.

It was part of the usual Folk Festival fun and games, but with a serious message: Africa is being carved up by large corporations with the connivance of the UK government.  Initiatives such as the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition sound good on the surface, but the real aim behind them is to make Africa’s resources more accessible for corporate profit. The claim is that the New Alliance will reduce hunger in Africa, but corporations such as Diageo, Monsanto and Unilever are using it to make a grab for Africa’s land, labour and natural resources.

We don’t think it’s acceptable that our own government supports this corporate takeover of African food. So we were asking passers-by to sign postcards to the Secretary of State for International Development, calling on her to withdraw UK support from the New Alliance. If you missed us on Saturday, you can write to her via our website.

High-resolution photos of the day are available on request.

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Attac European summer university – are you interested?

Written by oxford on April 24, 2014 – 10:00 am -

The global activist network Attac organises a European “summer university” every two years where activists from different groups can meet for learning, debate and sharing knowledge. This year’s event is in Paris from Tuesday 19th August to Saturday 23rd August.

The Attac summer university is mainly aimed at volunteer activists rather than professional campaigners, and WDM is prepared to cover some of the costs of regular members attending. Head office are currently trying to gauge levels of interest in this.  If you are interested in going, please email or phone 020 7820 4900.

WDM director Nick Dearden has been invited as a speaker for the event and there may be workshops from WDM staff.

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Launch of WDM food campaign

Written by oxford on April 22, 2014 – 12:00 pm -

The official launch of the WDM food campaign will take place on Wednesday 30th April at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1r 4RL. The guest speaker will be Janet Maro of Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania, who will speak about sustainable farming methods and resistance to the corporate takeover of agriculture.

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Climate change and poverty

Written by oxford on April 22, 2014 – 10:00 am -

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) have brought out a video report about the links between extreme poverty and climate change. It draws a bleak conclusion: there can be no end to extreme poverty unless we act on climate change.

ODI video on poverty and climate change

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Fossil Free Oxford rally

Written by oxford on April 21, 2014 – 10:00 am -

The Oxfordshire local authorities and the University of Oxford have investment portfolios that include both direct and indirect investments in fossil fuel companies. But according to the IPCC, in order to avoid dangerous climate tipping points, 60-80% of known fossil fuel reserves must remain underground. They are “unburnable” assets from a climate perspective. Something doesn’t add up. 

The Fossil Free Future rally in Oxford demands a stop to the “carbon bubble”, asking organisations such as Oxford City Council to stop investing in fossil fuels and start investing in a cleaner energy future.  The march begins at 10:30 am from the Radcliffe Camera and finishes with a rally in Bonn Square at noon. This event is not organised by WDM.

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Come to our AGM – and maybe volunteer?

Written by oxford on April 20, 2014 – 10:00 am -

We’ll be getting together in May for our AGM (Annual General Meeting). We’re meeting at Oxford Town Hall as usual. The AGM is where we get through the necessary business of running a successful group such as signing off our accounts. It’s also time to elect committee posts for the coming year, so it’s a great chance to get involved with the group. Committee positions include:

  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Oxspur editor
  • Communications Officer
  • Stall organiser

If you are interested in any of these roles, it would be great if you could let us know before the meeting.  Please get in touch by emailing

We are particularly keen to find a new Treasurer. You don’t need amazing maths or financial skills to take on the role, and if elected you will get support in learning how to do the job.

Note: all posts on the Oxford WDM committee are voluntary, unpaid roles. Your “payment” will be getting involved with an inspiring organisation, meeting cool people and learning new skills!

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