OAC Philly was invited by Flogging Molly to table at their concert at the Electric Factory – many thanks to the band for being Oxfam supporters! We’re currently asking people to sign a petition supporting women farmers around the world, and we got a great response. Here to tell us more is brand new Oxfam volunteer Kimberly Weller. (If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, check out our Upcoming Events page and email Philadelphia@oxfamactioncorps.org to learn more!)
|Kim manning the table|
Kimberly writes: "My first experience volunteering with Oxfam will not be forgotten. In addition to attending a delightful concert, Oxfam Action Corps Organizer Emily Black and I teamed up to collect 60 petition signatures, setting a record high for the Electric Factory venue. The ability to raise awareness about Oxfam and its mission was quite rewarding."
|Dark, I know! - Kimmy and a petition-signer|
"Numerous fans flocked to the Oxfam table to learn about the organization and to hear about the latest campaign. We informed fans that on the whole, Oxfam supports three major goals: 1) To alleviate poverty and hunger 2) to advocate for equality for farmers both nationally and internationally, 3) to stimulate sustainable farming and food production practices. Oxfam chapters worldwide accomplish this mission through a series of campaigns and projects. During the Flogging Molly Concert, we petitioned for a campaign promoting equality for women farmers.
|OAC Organizer Emily Black|
Many people don’t know that women produce most of our food globally, yet a striking majority of those living in hunger (60%) are women. Many attendees exhibited concern over this issue and proudly endorsed its resolution. The fact that Flogging Molly and other eminent artists such as Coldplay, Radiohead and The Arctic Monkeys support Oxfam’s Mission piqued their interest even further. It was fantastic to see so many people develop enthusiasm about the cause. I feel energized from the success of our last event and hopeful for the achievements of future projects."