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The Energy Bill of Rights

Written by oxford on November 6, 2014 – 9:00 am -

Our current energy system is stupid. People die because they can’t afford to heat their homes. Other people die because of climate change caused by fossil fuels. Energy companies make huge profits from natural resources while bullying people who can’t pay their bills. The group Fuel Poverty Action believes that another system is possible. They’ve created the Energy Bill of Rights. It’s a list of basic human rights relating to energy – such as the right to have enough energy to meet your basic needs.

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Come to our November meeting

Written by oxford on October 27, 2014 – 10:00 am -

The Oxford WDM November meeting will take place at Oxford Town Hall on Tuesday 11th November. As ever, we’ll be in a wheelchair-accessible room and non-members are very welcome to come along and meet the group. Get here for 7:30pm and the meeting should be done by 9pm…then we might have a trip to a nearby pub!

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Oxford WDM to become Global Justice Oxford

Written by oxford on October 15, 2014 – 12:00 pm -

We recently reported that WDM will be changing its name to Global Justice Now. This means that local groups have been given the chance to change their names too. At last night’s meeting we opted to use the naming format suggested by head office, which means that our new name will be Global Justice Oxford. This will become the group’s name as of early 2015. Towards the end of the year we’ll be getting a new logo and new materials to match the new name. 

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Film screening: A Dangerous Game

Written by oxford on October 15, 2014 – 11:55 am -

A Dangerous Game is the follow up to the award-winning You’ve Been Trumped. It’s about how golf is being used as an excuse to build huge luxury resorts that damage the environment of local areas. There will be  a screening at the Phoenix Picturehouse (Walton Street) at 6:15pm on Friday 17th October. There will be a panel discussion afterwards which may be chaired by a member of Oxford WDM (to be confirmed).

A Dangerous Game: trailer

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Disco Soup

Written by oxford on October 15, 2014 – 11:30 am -

Disco Soup is a fun food-sharing event organised by Abundance Oxford. Head to Bonn Square on Saturday 1st November for free food and live music. So much edible food is regularly thrown away; Abundance Oxford aims to show just how much by rescuing some of this food and giving it away for free. (And it will be tasty!) Join in the chopping, peeling and cooking (and of course eat the end results!) between noon and 5pm. This event is not organised by Oxford WDM.

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Meet the miners

Written by oxford on October 15, 2014 – 11:00 am -

Have you ever heard of BHP Billiton? It’s the world’s biggest mining company, it’s the third largest company in the world, and it’s currently wreaking havoc in Colombia. WDM thinks it’s time to give a voice to the people affected by the actions of this huge corporation. So we’re working with London Mining Network (LMN) and other UK allies to organise events where Colombian residents affected by the Cerrejon coal mine can tell their story.

First up: a demonstration outside the BHP Billiton AGM on Thursday 23rd October. That will be in London. More relevant for Oxford people: there will be a meeting on Monday 3rd November where we will hear from one or more people affected by the Cerrejon coal mine, part-owned by BHP Billiton. This meeting will probably be introduced and chaired by someone from Oxford WDM. More details to follow!




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One World Fair

Written by oxford on October 8, 2014 – 10:00 am -

Oxford WDM will have a stall at this year’s One World Fair. We’ll be asking people to sign cards protesting against the seriously dodgy TTIP treaty and we’ll also have some materials about the corporate carve-up of Africa (which may or may not include cake). The One World Fair is usually a lovely event and a chance to get started on your (dare we say the word?) Christmas shopping. If you’re there, please do come along, say hello and perhaps sign a postcard.

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Oxford Green Fair

Written by oxford on October 7, 2014 – 10:00 am -

Can you spare an hour or two to help on the Oxford WDM stall at this year’s Oxford Green Fair? Some extra help would be much appreciated! Contact if you’re able to help out, even if it’s just for half an hour.

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One tiny thing you can do to stop TTIP

Written by oxford on September 25, 2014 – 10:00 am -

At our July meeting, group treasurer Tina Everett gave a talk explaining in just five minutes why we need to fight TTIP. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a deal being negotiated between the United States and the European Union. Sounds like business as usual – but this business is being conducted behind closed doors, so secretively that many people are only just hearing about TTIP, despite the fact that negotiations began in July 2013.

Perhaps the most scary part of the proposed deal is the Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). In plain English, that means that corporations will have the right to sue governments for acting against corporate interests. So when citizens’ interests and the interests of big business clash, governments will be afraid to stand up for their own citizens. For example, similar deals have been used to prevent governments bringing in plain cigarette packaging, because that’s good for public health but bad for the profits of the tobacco industry.

The good news is that people are waking up. The European consultation on TTIP got a record number of responses, despite barely being reported in the media anywhere. And there was a national day of action in July. Oxford WDM has been in touch with our political representatives in both the UK Parliament and the European Parliament and we’ve had some encouraging responses to our concerns.

Right now, there’s one tiny thing you can do to help stop TTIP: sign the 38 Degrees petition to Business Secretary Vince Cable. It should take just a few seconds, but it will help to show the depth of feeling against this terrible trade deal.

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Naomi Klein book launch

Written by oxford on September 23, 2014 – 10:00 am -

Bestselling author Naomi Klein will be speaking at the Sheldonian on Wednesday 8th October to launch her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs.The Climate. In the book she argues that climate change isn’t just another issue – it’s an alarm that should be alerting us to fundamentally broken aspects of our system. Tickets are £15 (£13 concessions). If you’re attending the talk you can also pre-order your copy of the book at a discounted price.

The Oxford event is from 7pm-9pm and is organised by COIN. Some members of Oxford WDM are making informal plans to attend the event together and perhaps go for drinks afterwards. If you would like to join us, please contact

Edit: Naomi Klein recently wrote a Guardian article explaining what inspired the book.

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