OxfordFairtrade.org.uk Events Diary 2003 – 2005

The OxfordFairtrade.org.uk website between 2003 and 2006 included a detailed events diary. The data from this is shown below.

16/11/2003 – Volunteers Party


Volunteers party in the Lower Oscar Wilde room at Magdalen College. 7.30 start. Organised by OUSU Charity and Communities group.


You are warmly invited to a party on Nov 16th (this Sunday) at 7.30pm in the Lower Oscar Wilde Room, Magdalen.

Email invitations are being sent to students currently involved in volunteering or charity work as a thank you for all the great work that you do and because we thought it would be a good idea to get all these great people in one room together.

Free (Fairtrade) food and drink will be served and we hope you will enjoy the opportunity to meet like minded peole, possibly to discuss ideas on volunteering, the Fairtrade University campaign, combined events or simply to enjoy some good company.

Please feel free to bring a guest.

Contact rag@ousu.org for more information.

19/11/2003 – Traidcraft Stall at Mansfield College


There will be a Traidcraft stall at Mansfield College on Wednesday (19th November). Perfect for starting (or finishing if you’re that far ahead) your Christmas shopping.


There will be a Traidcraft stall at Mansfield College from 5-6pm on Wednesday (19th November) run byAlan Seymour.

19/11/2003 – George Monbiot at the Union


Fairtrade supporter and anti-capitalist leader George Monbiot is speaking at the Oxford Union this Wednesday (19th).


See http://www.oxford-union.org/mod.php?mod=calendar&op=show_event&event_id=208for more details about George Monbiots trip to the Oxford Union this coming Wednesday (19th November)

21/11/2003 – People and Planet Fairtrade Information Session


Find out the facts about fairtrade this Friday (21st) from 6pm at Brasenose college.


On Friday we’re having an informal session on Fairtrade, trying to get to grips with the arguments and thefacts so we can take them to others and fully understand the issues.

There will be a short video, discussion / question and answers, possibly Fairtrade cookies….

Come along even if it’s your first time, just find out what its’ all about. We’re very friendly 😉 PLease bring along any interested people from your college too, env reps or ethics reps, the more informed people the more difference we can make.

6pm in Brasenose College

Oxford University People and Planet

26/11/2003 – OUSU Charity and Community Committee


5pm @ OUSU Building. Discussing future fairtrade campaign plans, alongside volunteering and fundraising issues.


The Charity and Communities Committee is the forum for discussion around the OUSU Fairtrade Campaign.

We meet every term-time Wednesday at 5pm at Thomus Hull House, New Inn Hall St (Near the Westgate Centre).

Anyone is welcome to come along andfind out more, with no pressure to get involved in anything.

Contact rag@ousu.org for more information.

02/12/2003 – Fairtrade Reps Party


From 8pm – 11pm at Oriel College JCR Annexe. For college fairtrade reps to meet before the vac.


The OUSU Fairtrade Campaign is looking for find a fairtrade rep in each college of the university.

This event provides a chance for all the reps to meet up, find out more about the OUSU campaign, and enjoy some fairtrade wine, fruit juice and snacks.

To find out more, contact OUSU VP Charities and Community, Josepha, at rag@ousu.org.

02/12/2003 – Fairtrade Campaign Launch


A meeting for all College reps and other interested parties, to listen to Louisa Lyne from the Oxford Brookes Campaign and discuss the way forward for Oxford’s bid for Fairtrade Status


Tuesday of 8th week (December 2nd) from 7:30-8:30 in Oriel College

Those who want to stay on after to socialise a bit over free drinks are enormously welcome!

Any problems please contact ian.anderson@sjc.ox.ac.uk

05/12/2003 – World Fair


Friday 5th December 4pm-8pm, Saturday 6th December 11am-6pm, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1. Over 60 stalls run by ethical traders.


Friday 5th December 4pm-8pm

Saturday 6th December 11am-6pm (crèche available)

Conway Hal

05/12/2003 – World Fair


Friday 5th December 4pm-8pm, Saturday 6th December 11am-6pm, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1. Over 60 stalls run by ethical traders.



Friday 5th December 4pm-8pm

Saturday 6th December 11am-6pm (crèche available)

Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, WC1

Escape the usual festive shopping frenzy and come and celebrate Christmas with a conscience!

For the 17th year Oxfam, World Development Movement and War on Want bring you London’s liveliest and best loved Fair Trade fair. Over 60 stalls run by ethical traders, charities and co-operatives will offer everything you could Christmas-wish for – arts, crafts, cards, books, toys, clothes and delicious food – all with the reassurance that your purchase is a fair one.

There is also a fantastic programme of live world music and Womad’s famous Madras Café to make the WorldFair a complete Christmas day out. So come and shop fairly this Christmas and have a great time standing up for communities around the world.


Free Admission but a £3 donation helps to cover costs.


For more info see
www.worldfair.org.uk

25/01/2004 – College Fairtrade Reps Meeting


For fairtrade representative from each Oxford College and anyone interested in promoting Fairtrade within Oxford University.



Date: Sunday 25th January

Time: 5.30 – 6.30

Place: Larkin Room at St John’s College (Meet in the lodge 5.25)

Purpose: To update colleges on University wide Fairtrade news, to find out about Fairtrade activity in colleges across Oxford, to share ideas for Fairtrade Fortnight, to distribute useful resources & information for running Fairtrade projects in college.

Who Can Attend: Fairtrade Rep’s from each college, and anyone from Oxford University interested in promoting Fairtrade. Please let ian@oxfordfairtrade.org.uk know if you plan to attend.

20/02/2004 – Cocktail Party for Fairtrade


You are invited to a Cocktail Party in aid of The Oxford Students’ Fairtrade Coalition. Friday 5th Week in the Long Room, New College.



You are invited to a….

Cocktail Party

in aid of

The Oxford Students’ Fairtrade Coalition

Friday 5th Week, 8pmin the Long Room, New College.

DJ, Chocolate & Unlimited Cocktails

Theme: Fair

Fair-ground

Fair-y-tale

Fair-y

Suggested Donation: £6

Look out for posters in college for your college ticket rep, or turn up on the door.

24/02/2004 – International Volunteer Fair


International Volunteering Fair in the Assembly Room in the Town Hall from 7pm to 9.30pm. With Fairtrade Stall and other internationally focussed groups.



As part of Diversity Week the Oxford University International Student Committee are organising and International Volunteer Fair on Tuesday 6th Week.

It will be a fair with volunteering organizations, national societies, as well as organizations which have some sort of international interest.

Taking place in the Assembly Rooms of Oxford Town Hall from 7.00 till 9.30pm the event will also be offering the chance to sample free foods from around the world.

Come along to see the Oxford Students’ Fairtrade Coalition stall and try some free fairtrade food.

01/03/2004 – Fairtrade Fortnight


Fairtrade Fortnight 2004 will see events taking place across the country.



Visit http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/get_involved_fairtrade_fortnight.htm for more details about Fairtrade Fortnight.

01/03/2004 – Trade Justice Services in Mansfield Chapel


On Monday 1 March there will be worship service at 6:15 pm in the Mansfield Chapel with Trade Justice as its theme.



When: Monday 1st March at 6.1

Where: The Mansfield College Chapel

What: A worships service with a Trade Justice theme.

What else: A representative from Christian aid will be speaking about Trade Justice at the service.

04/03/2004 – Make It Work: OSFC Fairtrade Panel Discussion


7:00 pm at Somerville College.



Oxford University Students Fairtrade Coalition present:

Make It Work:

21st century approaches to international trade and development

A Question Time Seminar as part of Fairtrade Fortnight

Followed by a drinks reception with Fairtrade Wine

7 til 9pm on T hursday March 4th (Wk 7)

The Flora Anderson Hall, Somerville College

Free entry. All Welcome

Speakers:

David Ransom , co-editor of New Internationalist since 1989 and author of the recently-published “The No-nonsense Guide to Fair Trade”

Dr Terry O’Shaughnessy , Fellow & Tutor in Economics at St Anne’s College and a specialist in macroeconomic theory, distribution and redistribution of income, and economics of transition.

Dr. Edmund VK Fitzgerald , Reader in International Economics and Finance at St Antony`s College and a specialist in global capital markets and open economy macroeconomics of developing countries.

Arthur Edwards , a fair trade campaigner for many years, co-founder of the Oxford Economics Forum and local representative for Shared Interest, a co-operative that helps finance fair trading producers and retailers.

Contact ian@oxfordfairtrade.org.uk for more details.

04/03/2004 – Fair Trade Wine Tasting


Join us at Queens College from 8pm on Thursday 7th Week for a Fair Trade Wine Tasting with talk by Lynsey Holley from Tearfund.



Fair Trade Wine Tasting – organised by Oxford SPEAK (www.oxfordspeak.org.uk)

With a talk by Lynsey Holley – Tearfund.

A great opportunity to hear about the principles behind Fair Trade and of course taste some high quality wine. Consider inviting friends as well!

Thursday 7th week (4th March), 8pm, OTR Queen’s College, £3 per person.

Contact laura.clough@queens.ox.ac.uk

12/03/2004 – Actionaid 24 Hour Coffee Break


Across the nation on the 12th March, Fairtrade coffee breaks will be taking place as part of Fairtrade Fortnight. If you’ve not already got one planned, find out more from the Actionaid website…



As part of Fairtrade Fortnight, campaigning group Actionaid are co-ordinating ’24 Hour Coffee Break’ events across the country.

Whether its a 1/2 hour fairtrade coffee break drop-in, or a 24 hour coffee-a-thon, events will be taking place nationwide on Friday 12th March, and you could run one too.

Actionaid are providing resources to support groups running their own coffee breaks, so this is a great opportunity to share the fairtrade message.

You can apply now for your very own resources pack by clicking here.

Let us know if you have a coffee break (or other fairtrade event) planned for your college, department or workplace, and we’ll post it here for all to see – and keep checking back for details of other Fairtrade Fortnight events.

30/04/2004 – Wonderland Ball Supporting Make Trade Fair Campaign


St Hughs and St Annes ‘Wonderland’ May Ball will this year be raising money for Oxfams ‘Make Trade Fair’ campaign.



See the Wonderland Ball website for more details: http://www.wonderlandball.com/

St Hughs and St Annes May Ball this year is being run to raise money for Oxfam’s ‘Make Trade Fair’ campaign, with at least £2 of the price of each ticket going towards the campaign.

To find out more or book tickets, visit their website at http://www.wonderlandball.com/

17/05/2004 – One World Week Fairtrade Lunch


A fairtrade lunch will be taking place at St Johns College as part of One World Week.



Monday 17th – Fair Trade Lunch

St John’s 1-2pm

Enjoy a lovely free lunch, meet nice people and listen to a short introduction to Fair Trade and the Oxford Students Fair Trade coalition – and find out how you can make a difference! Remember, Oxford is now a Fair Trade City!

See www.ousu.org/oww for more One World Week Events.

28/05/2004 – SRI Meeting @ OUSU


Socially Responsibile Investment meeting at 10.30 in OUSU. Every Friday during term-times.



Oxfords new socially responsible investment SRI campaign fits well with the aims of Fairtrade – in making sure ethics comes at the core of our economic activity. Read on for details…

OK, so it doesn’t sound exciting, but it IS really important. Most of the worst stuff going on in the world is done with the support of some company, either directly, or via their support for repressive regimes.

For example, BAE Systems helps the Indonesian government repress indigenous populations, including supplying military equipment that has been used on civilians. Union Carbide/Dow Chemical killed 16,000 people in India – and injured many more.*

And it is something that WE can do something about. How?

– By EXPOSING what colleges’ investment portfolios are doing to PEOPLE in the third world, using students’ battels payments.

– By LOBBYING and NEGOTIATING for change from the university and colleges.

– By REFUSING to accept Irresponsible Investment with our money, from institutions we participate in.

But can it WORK?

Yes. Edinburgh, St. Andrews and the University of East Anglia have already seen succesful SRI campaigns. And it has made a difference, for just one example: at least 30,000 Kurds’ were saved from homelessness after a campaign for disinvestment from Balfour Beatty helped stop the Ilisu Dam project. (oh, and there’s always the fall of Apartheid South Africa)*

Ethics committee is restarting the OU Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Campaign. We want YOU to be involved. Together we CAN be a force for social change, but we need peoples’ ideas and enthusiasm. Everyone has something to contribute.

So what can you DO NOW?

1. E-mail us and let us know you’re interested (easy!) We’ll definitely get back to you and let you know how you can help, even if you’ve only got an hour to spare each week.

2. Come to a meeting (if you can!)

3. Get educated (see the links below)

4. Take action!

Meetings to talk about SRI are every Friday at 10:30 in the OUSU offices. This Friday (28th) we are having a meeting for people to get together and talk about this for the first time in a while. Come along!

Comments, queries, threats, anything:

ethics@ousu.org

From the OUSU Ethics Committee

29/05/2004 – OSFC at Rowing Eights


The Oxford Students Fairtrade Coalition hope to take the Fairtrade message down to the river during Summer Eights rowing.



For more information or to get involved – contact ian@oxfordfairtrade.org.uk

14/09/2004 – Make Trade Fair Live


Oxfam has announced it’s biggest ever-live musical event, taking place at the Hammersmith Apollo, London on September 14th.



Razorlight, Jamelia, Minnie Driver and other stars will perform at a unique musical event on September 14th at the Hammersmith Apollo, London. Organisers, Bottle, are keeping the VERY special international headline artists under wraps, but rest assured this is going to be a very special night to remember.

Make Trade Fair LIVE follows on from Oxfam’s Fairplay concert in 2002 which saw Chris Martin, Noel Gallagher and Ms Dynamite together on stage to raise awareness and funds for Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair campaign.

Make Trade Fair LIVE has been organised by Oxfam to highlight the impact of unfair trade rules on poor farmers in the developing world. Oxfam is working to make trade fair and lift people in the developing world out of poverty.

  • Half the world’s population is living on less than $2 a day
  • If Africa, East Asia, South Asia, and Latin America were to each increase their share of world trade exports by one per cent, the gains in income could lift 128 million people out of poverty.

All profits from Make Trade Fair LIVE will go to Oxfam.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday 19th August at midday

To book tickets contact Ticketmaster: 0870 606 3400or visit the website

Ticket prices: £25 standing £30 seated

26/09/2004 – Ballot on the Beach (Brighton)


Join campaigners from across the Country on Brighton Beach to take the Trade Justice messages to the Labour Party Conference.



Put September 26th in your diary now! Prepare to join thousands of people in a day of creative and colourful action on Brighton beach to take the national Trade Justice campaign into its next phase.

On September 26th the Trade Justice Movement, are taking the Trade Justice message straight to the government at the Labour Party conference in Brighton.

This will mark the beginning of a massive new Vote for Trade Justice campaign. Throughout next year, Trade Justice Groups (including People & Planet) will be asking you to collect as many votes as possible to show the government what we really think of their trade policies!

There will be a carnival atmosphere with speakers, and loads of people from all over the country. The event is aiming to make a big impact, so we’ll be getting creative with props and costumes.

Oxford Contingent:

If you think that you will bejoining Ballot on the Beach, please get in touch with tim@oxfordfairtrade.org.uk, or leave a message on the message boards – as it may be possible to organise an Oxford Student’s gathering of sorts.

Transport Details:

The Christian Aid Office for London and Southeast England are organising coaches from Oxford and Witney with a Student return priced at only £5. ContactAndrew Genszler on01865 246818 for more details.

You can find out about coaches from the rest of the UK, and Carshares from across the Country at the Trade Justice Movement website (http://www.tjm.org.uk/brighton/noticeboard.shtml)

Trains from Oxford take aproximatly 3 hours and cost around £20 return with a Young Person’s Railcard.

More details are available on the People and Planet website soon – as well as at the Trade Justice Movement site: http://www.tjm.org.uk

02/10/2004 – Fairtrade Foundation Campaign Day


The Fairtrade Foundation have organised a Campaign Day and National Fairtrade Fortnight Awards for Saturday 2nd October 2004, 10.30am – 5pm, City University, London EC1



The Fairtrade Foundation have organised a Campaign Day and National Fairtrade Fortnight Awards for Saturday 2nd October 2004, 10.30am – 5pm, City University, London EC1

This is a chance to network with Fairtrade campaigners, to meet Fairtrade Foundation staff, to discuss and input into Fairtrade Fortnight plans, to stock up on new materials, and to attend workshops on key issues and campaigns.

For those that can afford it, the Foundation will be asking for a contribution of £10 to help cover the cost of lunch and hiring the venue.

To book, download the booking form http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/get_involved_events.htm and send it to the FT Foundation along with a cheque for £10 if you can afford it to:

Campaign Day

Fairtrade Foundation

Room 204, 16 Baldwin’s Gardens

London EC1N 7RJ

19/10/2004 – Make Oxford a Fairtrade University : Launch Event


Brookes have done it, Edinburgh have done it, Bristol are on their way – but Oxford still has a long way to go. We need your help to make Oxford into a Fairtrade University. Find out about the campaign, and how you can get involved at St Johns College, 8pm.



MAKE OXFORD A FAIRTRADE UNIVERSITY

Tuesday 19th, 8pm, St Johns College

Free Fairtrade Food & Drink, Socialising, Action Planning, Networking, and more free Fairtrade Food and Drink.

For Oxford to become a Fairtrade University we need every college to make a commitment to Fairtrade. For that to happen, we need a network of interested people in colleges across the University. If you think you could be part of that network, or if you just want to find out a bit more about what Fairtrade is, then join us at St Johns College on Tuesday 19th October.

E-mail tim@oxfordfairtrade.org.uk for more information.

21/10/2004 – Fairtrade Coalition Action Meeting


4 – 5pm, OUSU Offices, for updates and planning on the campaign to make Oxford a Fairtrade University.



Oxford Student Fairtrade Coalition meet every other Thursday (Weeks 2, 4, 6 & 8) at the OUSU Offices to provide a forum for Fairtrade campaigners to share news and resources on in college campaigning, and to plan the University level of the campaign.

If you’re interested in Fairtrade campaigning, already involved in a college campaign, or just want to find out more – come along.

Contact team@oxfordfairtrade.org.uk for more information.

22/10/2004 – Campaigning workshop


Oxford People and PLanet are running a workshop on how to plan campaigns and actions



New college lecture room 6 at 6pm

ALL WELCOME

Organised by Oxford People and Planet

oxpandp@herald.ox.ac.uk

http://users.ox.ac.uk/~oxpandp

24/10/2004 – Wadham Fairtrade Event


Wadham is holding a Fair Trade event on Sunday afternoon (Oct 24). Free fair trade tea and cakes will be available in the old refrectory from 3pm – 5pm. All welcome!



01/11/2004 – Speak: Fairtrade Discussion


7.15pm @ Queens College. Meet in the Lodge. Discussion with a speaker from Christian Aid.



Speakwill be holding a Fairtrade Discussion on Monday 1st November, 7.15pm at Queens College.

A speaker from Christian Aid will be joining us to talk on the topic “Is Fairtrade adequate to deal with World Poverty?”

Come along to hear Christian Aid’s view on the matter, and for general discussion afterwards.

04/11/2004 – Fairtrade Coalition Action Meeting


4 – 5pm, OUSU Offices, for updates and planning on the campaign to make Oxford a Fairtrade University.



Oxford Student Fairtrade Coalition meet every other Thursday (Weeks 2, 4, 6 & 8) at the OUSU Offices to provide a forum for Fairtrade campaigners to share news and resources on in college campaigning, and to plan the University level of the campaign.

If you’re interested in Fairtrade campaigning, already involved in a college campaign, or just want to find out more – come along.

Contact team@oxfordfairtrade.org.uk for more information.

04/11/2004 – Global Justice Stall in Keble Lodge – Thursday 4th November – 2pm – 4.30pm


In my role as Fairtrade Rep I hope to have a Global Justice stall in Keble Lodge tomorrow afternoon …



Keble College : Global Justice Stall in Keble Lodge – Thursday 4th November – 2pm – 4.30pm

In my role as Fairtrade Rep I hope to have a Global Justice stall in Keble Lodge tomorrow afternoon … The stall will focus on Fairtrade (the campaign for global trade justice and a fair deal for individual producers to relieve poverty) and No Sweat (the campaign of solidarity with the workers who produce our Oxford University T-shirts etc. whose basic human rights are often ignored). Also, it will introduce Socially Responsible Investment (OUSU Ethics Committee’s new initiative to prevent Oxford Colleges from investing in war, pollution and brutal regimes which shoot down student demonstrations etc.) The stall will involve Fairtrade samples (for sale and for free – and not just food!), petitions for Fairtrade coffee in the cafe and transparency about investments, and the chance for people to sign up for a Global Justice Action Group in Keble. If you’d like to help on the stall – for as little as half an hour (any time between about 2pm and 4.30pm) then please let me know a.s.a.p. Thanks so much. Emma Jones

06/11/2004 – Shared Planet


A national conference for those interested in global poverty, human rights and the environment



People & Planet’s annual conference, Shared Planet, is the BIGGEST, most vibrant student conference in Europe on poverty, human rights and the environment. It is the event that brings together student campaigners from all over the UK to share a vision of a better world and explore practical ways of making that vision a reality. There will be speakers, workshops, stalls and best of all, hundreds of students: passionate about positive change and ready to take on the biggest challenges facing our world today.

When? Saturday November 6th

Where? Friends Meeting House in Central London (opposite Euston Station)

Cost? £8 in advance, £10 on the door

17/11/2004 – NO SWEAT


NO SWEAT, the campain whose aim it is to ensure Oxford ltd. clothing is union-made, is meeting to plan its course of action.



The meeting is at 7:30pm, in the Old Seminar Room at Wadham College (on South Parks Rd., near the junction with Holywell Street). Anyone interested in this campaign should come along. The meeting is of course free, and should last about an hour.

For any further information (I’m sure I’ve missed something), don’t hesitate to contact : laura.schwartz@wadham.ox.ac.uk

See you there!

18/11/2004 – Fairtrade Coalition Action Meeting


4 – 5pm, OUSU Offices, for updates and planning on the campaign to make Oxford a Fairtrade University.



Oxford Student Fairtrade Coalition meet every other Thursday (Weeks 2, 4, 6 & 8) at the OUSU Offices to provide a forum for Fairtrade campaigners to share news and resources on in college campaigning, and to plan the University level of the campaign.

If you’re interested in Fairtrade campaigning, already involved in a college campaign, or just want to find out more – come along.

Contact team@oxfordfairtrade.org.uk for more information.

26/11/2004 – World Fair (London)


London’s liveliest and best loved fair trade fair.



London’s liveliest and best loved fair trade fair with:

  • delicious food and drink from Womad’s Madras Cafe
  • live world music arts
  • crafts
  • clothes
  • cards
  • books toys
  • creche (Saturday only)
  • disabled access

This years fair takes place on

Friday 26th November 2004 and

Saturday 27th November 2004

at the Conway Hall London WC1. See http://www.worldfair.org.uk/index.htmlfor more information…

29/11/2004 – Student Fairtrade Gathering


8pm, St Johns College (meet in the Lodge)



Find out what Fairtrade Action has been going on this term across Oxford University – and pitch your plans for fun fairtrade promotions for the New Year.

A gathering for all Fairtrade campaigners across Oxford.

8 – 10pm. St John’s College (meet in the lodge)

Aims:

  • Share news, challenges and sollutions from college campaigns
  • Think about targets for a Fairtrade Oxford University
  • Pitch fun fairtrade ideas to the group – and develop ideas into plans for next term
  • Enjoy Fairtrade chocolate, and hopefully some wine also….

If you’ve got any ideas for a Fairtrade promotion we could try in 2005, get on the mailing list and e-mail oxfordfairtrade@lists.riseup.net to share your idea with everyone, and come to the gathering with a 2 minute pitch prepared to promote your plans….

03/12/2004 – Fair Trade Fair (London)


Fair Trade Fair for Christmas Shopping in London.



The Fair Trade Fair is an annual event that has been held in London at Christmas time for some 14 years. The fair aims to be the annual gathering of people who care about issues of world economic and social development.

Fair trade Fair 2004 (Copyright fairtradefayre.org)

See http://www.fairtradefair.org/ftf/home.htmfor more information…

19/01/2005 – Linking Student’s and Fairtrade Producers – Meeting


This Wednesday (1st Wk, 19th Jan) at 6.30, we’ll be meeting at the OUSU Offices with key Fair Trade campaigners and retailers from Oxford to explore the opportunities for links between Students and Fair Trade projects.



Are you interested in exploring ways in which Oxford Student’s could work in direct partnership with Fair Trade producers overseas? Do you want to find out more about how Fair Trade projects work? Could you get involved in developing new links and projects with Fair Trade producers?

This Wednesday (1st Wk, 19th Jan) at 6.30, we’ll be meeting at the OUSU Offices with key Fair Trade campaigners and retailers from Oxford to explore the opportunities for links between Students and Fair Trade projects. Please do come along to this initial meeting for what could be some really exciting opportunities. Even if you’ve not been involved in any Fairtrade action before, this is a great chance to gain experience and make a difference…

19/01/2005 – Student Fairtrade Coalition Meeting


This Wednesday (1st Wk, 19th Jan) at 5.45pm at OUSU, the Oxford Student’s Fairtrade Coalition will be meeting to plan action for the next term. Everyone welcome, especially if you’ve not made it along to a meeting before…



At the end of last term Student’s from across Oxford Colleges came together to plan ways to promote Fairtrade over the next term. On this Wednesday (1st Wk, 19th Jan) at 5.45pm at OUSU (just before the Producer Link Meeting detailed above) there will be a chance to help take those ideas forward, including:

  • Take up chocolate for lent – encouraging the consumption of only Fairtrade chocolate for the whole of Lent.
  • Fairtrade Valentines – sending a little Fairtrade love around your college with Fairtrade chocolate and roses
  • Taste tests – showing that Fairtrade makes the grade on taste as well as ethics.
  • Order Up For Fairtrade – can we get G&D’s to switch to Fairtrade coffee, tea and chocolate or get a Fairtrade Ice Cream supplied for Fairtrade Fortnight?

Please come along to find out more and get involved.

21/01/2005 – Fairtrade Valentines Day Planning Meeting


As part of the People and Planet meeting, 5.30pm at New College, a group will be developing ideas for ‘Fairtrade Valentines Day’. Please come along to help out…



As part of the People and Planet meeting, 5.30pm at New College, a group will be developing ideas for ‘Fairtrade Valentines Day’. Please come along to help out…

Check the chalkboard in the New College Lodge for details of the People and Planet meeting location.

For more information about the ideas behind Fairtrade Valentines Day, check out the national People and Planet website: http://peopleandplanet.org/fairtradeloveday/

09/02/2005 – Making Poverty History- Is it Enough?


Oxford No-Sweat group have organised a panel discussion, Wednesday 4th Wk (9th February) at 7.30 in the Wadham Old Seminar Room. Come along to hear speakers and get involved in discussion under the title



If you’ve not already heard, 2005 is a year of opportunity for campaigners working to ‘Make Poverty History’. This year the UK will hold the presidency of the EU, and will host both the G7 meeting of finance leaders, and the G8 summit of world leaders. Add to that the fact we have general election coming up, plus include a large does of public pressure on decision makers – and there is a real possibility for real change to the lives of millions across the globe. Find out more about the national ‘Make Poverty History’ campaign at http://www.makepovertyhistory.org

To explore what can be done this year to combat poverty – and to question what needs to really change, Oxford No-Sweat group have organised a panel discussion, Wednesday 4th Wk (9th February) at 7.30 in the Wadham Old Seminar Room. Come along to hear speakers and get involved in discussion under the title “Making Poverty History- Is it Enough?”.

14/02/2005 – Fairtrade Love Day


Make sure all is fair in love, with Fairtrade this Valentines day. Click through to the People and Planet website for more information…



01/03/2005 – Fairtrade Fortnight – Check out Fairtrade


Fairtrade Fortnight is a nationwide period for the promotion of Fairtrade. Events will be taking place across Oxford as part of the Fortnight.



More details about Fairtrade Fortnight events in Oxford to follow….

26/04/2005 – Fair-Trade and Development – Speaker Meeting and Discussion


Examining the Impact of Alternative Trade. An open meeting with discussion around Fair Trade. With Dr V. Purushothaman from the India based International Foundation for Fairtrade and Development (IFFAD), and Carol Wills, former director of the International Federation of Alternative Trades (IFAT).



Fair-trade & development

Examining the impact of alternative trade.

A Speaker Event and Discussion

7.30 till 8.30 pm on Tuesday April 26th (Wk 1)

Haris Seminar Room, Oriel College

Free Entry – All Welcome

Speakers:

Dr Vuppala Purushothaman

Dr Purushothaman is director of the India based International Foundation for Fairtrade and Development (IFFAD). He is also Reader in Corporate Secretaryship at the University of Madras and has been involved in the Fair Trade Sector for over 15 years.

Carol Wills

Carol Wills was Director of IFAT from December 1997 to January 2005. IFAT –The International Fair Trade Association – is a worldwide network of Fair Trade Organisations across 60 countries South and North. Previously, Carol spent 15 years with Oxfam. She now works as a freelance Fair Trade adviser.


Help promote this event:

Click here to download a PDF poster to promote this event.

13/05/2005 – Fashion Made Fair


Fairtrade fashion sale in London, with products from People Tree, Howies, Tonic Tee-shirts, THTC, Hug, Eternal Creation, Russell & Taylor and many more…



World Fair Trade Day is on Saturday 14th May, and this year, the theme is Fair Trade is Peace.

Across the globe, shops, co-operatives, schools and communities will be celebrating the difference that Fair Trade makes to the lives of artisans, garment workers and jewellery makers across the developing world.

This year, we are celebrating the unique ability Fair Trade has to provide long term commitment to producers, helping communities to find stability and freedom where there is a history of civil war, natural disaster or economic difficulties.

So it is in celebration of the gorgeous hand-crafted garments from our producer partners that we are holding a fashion made fair sale!

We have joined forces with other labels Howies, Tonic Tee-shirts, THTC, Hug, Eternal Creation, Russell & Taylor and many more to bring you the best selection of ethical bargains and essentials this summer – all under one roof! Womenswear, Accessories, Jeans, Menswear, Kids and Homeware up to 80% off.

We will be at The Dray Walk Gallery, Dray Walk, off Brick Lane, London. The nearest stations are Liverpool Street, Shoreditich and Aldgate East.

Friday 13th May 12pm-8pm

Saturday 14th May 10am-6pm WORLD FAIR TRADE DAY!

Sunday 15th May 10am-6pm

If you have any queries, give us a ring on 020 7739 0660.

14/05/2005 – World Fairtrade Day


May 14th is World Fair Trade Day. Oxford is celebrating with a Fairtrade Fashion Show – and other events are taking place across the UK (and the world…)



May 14th is World Fair Trade Day. Oxford is celebrating with a Fairtrade Fashion Show – and other events are taking place across the UK (and the world…)

See http://www.wftday.org/for more information….

16/05/2005 – The Big Dress Planning Meeting


6.30, Queens College, OT Room. Meet to talk about how we could bring Speaks creative petition and event venue, the Big Dress, to Oxford next year.



SPEAK’s Big Dress is coming to Oxford!

The Big Dress is an enormousdress/marquee/creative peition. See http://www.speak.org.uk/thebigdress or http://alisonparker.fotopic.net/c451283.htmlfor photos from the launch of this fantastic event venue.

It’s main aims are inline with the CORE (Corporate Responsiblity) coalition’s – to make UK companiesaccountable for their actions abroad.

We’re planning for it to come to Oxford for several days next May to be a space for a whole host of Trade Justice events.

If you want to know more, come to ameeting at: The OTR Queens college, Monday at 6:30pm.

There should be some food provided.

19/05/2005 – Doing Good and Doing Well – in the Best Possible Taste (?) – Mr Craig Sams


Mr Craig Sams – President & founding partner of Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate speaking on Thursday the 19th of May 2005 @ 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Said Business School for Oxford Entrepreneurs



Green & Black’s was the first organic chocolate and was the first 70% solids chocolate in Britain, sparking the trend towards high quality chocolate. Their Maya Gold chocolate was the first product to carry the Fairtrade Mark and they are the leading organic chocolate brand in the UK and the USA. Craig Sams, founder of Green & Black’s, will describe how the company’s commitment to ethical trading relationships with cocoa producers underpinned the company’s market success, winning in terms of taste and consumer loyalty. He will also discuss unforeseen positive outcomes of the virtuous circle that emerge from doing business with an eye on the triple bottom line.

Craig Sams was born on a farm in Nebraska in 1944. In 1966, with a B.Sc Econ from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania he moved to London, where, in 1967, he and his brother Gregory founded Whole Earth Foods, a leading organic food company, expanding from an organic macrobiotic restaurant into retail, wholesaling and manufacturing. They published “Seed Magazine – The Journal of Organic Living” from 1972-1977. In partnership with his wife Josephine Fairley he founded Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate in 1991, the leading organic confectionery brand whose Maya Gold chocolate was the first product to carry the Fairtrade Mark. He is President of Green & Black’s. Author of three books, he is a small-scale organic producer with a chestnut coppice and mixed fruit orchard near Hastings, the town where he and his wife operate an organic bakery and deli.


Visit http://www.bouncewithit.com/events_cal.php for more information.




SBS Note: A number of groups in Oxford have policy not to hold events at the Said Business School. According to Corporate Watch Wafic Said, who donated £20m for the building of the Business School, is a businessman of Syrian origin, who was a key broker of the Al-Yamamah arms deals in which Britain sold weaponry to the oppressive Saudi government during the 1980s. You can find more information at http://www.corporatewatch.org.uk/news/said_business_school.html. Oxford Entrepreneurs, who have organised the above event, do not have such a policy.


08/10/2005 – Fairtrade Foundation Campaign Day


The Fairtrade Foundation are holding two Campaign Days in 2005 where you can learn from about Fairtrade and how to campaign for the wider adoption of Fairtrade.



The Fairtrade Foundation are holding two Campaign Days in 2005 where you can learn from about Fairtrade and how to campaign for the wider adoption of Fairtrade.

The two campaign days are:

LONDON

Date: 8 October

Time: 10.30am – 5.00pm

City University, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB

MANCHESTER

Date: 15 October

Time: 10.30am – 5.00pm

New Century Hall, Corporation Street, Manchester M60 4ES

Each day will offer the chance to take part in two workshops, including:

  • Field to Fork the Fairtrade Way: an overview of the principles behind Fairtrade supply chains

  • Fairtrade and Trade Justice: making the connection

  • The Growth of Fairtrade Labelling Internationally: find out about the progression of Fairtrade, the FAIRTRADE Mark and the development of campaigns such as Fairtrade Towns internationally

  • The Fairtrade Mark Extended to Cotton Products: find out more about this exciting new initiative

  • Fairtrade Products in Your Town: constructively influencing retailers to stock Fairtrade products

  • Making the Most of Media Opportunities and Local Events

  • Effective Campaigning: Creating Resources with Impact. A chance to share ideas and think about the use of resources such as websites and directories for promoting Fairtrade

  • Promoting Fairtrade in your Local Council

  • Fairtrade and Local Businesses: how to ensure your local cafés, restaurants, pubs, hotels, and offices are switching to Fairtrade

  • Getting Funding and Achieving Charitable Status for Your Local Group: a chance to find out about the opportunities for sustaining your group work financially

To sign-up to take part download the booking form from http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/downloads/doc/campaign_day_2005_booking_form.doc

The booking deadline in the 9th September.

16/10/2005 – Fairtrade Foundation Campaign Day


The Fairtrade Foundation are holding two Campaign Days in 2005 where you can learn from about Fairtrade and how to campaign for the wider adoption of Fairtrade.



The Fairtrade Foundation are holding two Campaign Days in 2005 where you can learn from about Fairtrade and how to campaign for the wider adoption of Fairtrade.

The two campaign days are:

LONDON

Date: 8 October

Time: 10.30am – 5.00pm

City University, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB

MANCHESTER

Date: 15 October

Time: 10.30am – 5.00pm

New Century Hall, Corporation Street, Manchester M60 4ES

Each day will offer the chance to take part in two workshops, including:

  • Field to Fork the Fairtrade Way: an overview of the principles behind Fairtrade supply chains

  • Fairtrade and Trade Justice: making the connection

  • The Growth of Fairtrade Labelling Internationally: find out about the progression of Fairtrade, the FAIRTRADE Mark and the development of campaigns such as Fairtrade Towns internationally

  • The Fairtrade Mark Extended to Cotton Products: find out more about this exciting new initiative

  • Fairtrade Products in Your Town: constructively influencing retailers to stock Fairtrade products

  • Making the Most of Media Opportunities and Local Events

  • Effective Campaigning: Creating Resources with Impact. A chance to share ideas and think about the use of resources such as websites and directories for promoting Fairtrade

  • Promoting Fairtrade in your Local Council

  • Fairtrade and Local Businesses: how to ensure your local cafés, restaurants, pubs, hotels, and offices are switching to Fairtrade

  • Getting Funding and Achieving Charitable Status for Your Local Group: a chance to find out about the opportunities for sustaining your group work financially

To sign-up to take part download the booking form from http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/downloads/doc/campaign_day_2005_booking_form.doc

The booking deadline in the 9th September.

28/10/2005 – Conference: How to Become a Fairtrade University


Bristol University. 10am – 4pm. For student campaigners, cateering managers, university staff and all others who want to explore Fairtrade in Universities.



Bristol University. 10am – 4pm. For student campaigners, cateering managers, university staff and all others who want to explore Fairtrade in Universities.

See http://www.oxfam.org.uk/generationwhy/campaigns/maketradefair/takeaction/fairtrade_university_conference_2005/ for more information or to book a place…

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