Event 28th October & 1 November – Palestine in Oxford Mazin Qumsiyeh from Bethlehem

October 19, 2017
Palestine in Oxford  Mazin Qumsiyeh from Bethlehem
 
In association with UK Palestinian solidarity and support groups, who have organised local meetings, Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association (Registereed Charity 1155620) is pleased to have arranged and coordinated a UK tour by Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh in which he will speak about environmental protection and human rights in Palestine. Oxford Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Friends of Birzeit University have co-sponsored the Oxford public meetings and Palestine Unlocked have given financial support for this visit. 
 
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh is Director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History and the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability – Bethlehem University.  He grew up in Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem. After many years in academia in the USA, he returned to Palestine in 2008. He currently teaches and conducts research at Bethlehem and Birzeit universities. Besides his academic work he is passionate about public education on ecology and the environment, and human rights. 
 
Amongst other meetings and visits, Professor Qumsiyeh will be speaking at a total of 11 public meetings including the London Middle East Institute (at SOAS) and Leeds University, meeting parliamentarians and meeting with key staff in both the London and Oxford Natural History Museums.  
 
In Oxford we are very pleased to have two public meetings which cover complementary aspects of Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh’s work and activism.  We hope you can come and hear Mazin’s informative and inspiring talks.
   
Saturday 28th October  4pm
Environmental justice and sustainability in Palestine: challenges and opportunities 
Venue: West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, OX2 0BT.   (Limited parking is available)
Environmental justice and sustainability in Palestine: challenges and opportunities followed by a social event from 6 pm with refreshments, Oxford PSC stall,  second hand book stall and copies of Mazin’s book:  Popular Resistance In Palestine A History of Hope and Empowerment by Mazin Qumsiyeh (Pluto Press) will also be on sale.
A collection will be made towards the Palestine Natural History Museum.
Organised by Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association and Oxford Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Wednesday 1st November 7 pm
Oxford University – Sharing the Land of Canaan.   
At Investcorp Lecture Theatre, St Antony’s College, Woodstock Road, OX2 6JF
Organised by Oxford Ramallah Friendship Association and co-sponsored by Friends of Birzeit University (Fobzu). Chaired by Omar Shweiki of Fobzu.
Copies of Mazin’s book:   Popular Resistance In Palestine A History of Hope and Empowerment by Mazin Qumsiyeh (Pluto Press) will be for sale.
A collection will be made towards the Palestine Natural History Museum.

 

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Twitter Competition Celebrates 10 Years of Oxford as Fairtrade City

February 26, 2014

It’s our 10th anniversary as a Fairtrade City – and we want to celebrate Oxford’s commitment to working for a  fairer trading system for producers around the world. We’ve got events planned (see below) … but we also wanted a little online competition to spread the word.

So over 10 days in Fairtrade Fortnight (Wednesday, 26 February to Saturday, 1 March and Monday, 3 March to Saturday, 8 March), we’ll tweet a question every day on @oxfairtrade at noon. The questions will relate to Fairtrade in general, or to Fair Trade in Oxford.  Answers should be emailed to fairtrade@oxford.gov.uk.

Questions (each day’s question is posted on the website the day after it’s posted on Twitter)

1.Today’s #FairtradeFortnight event is at @oxford_brookes. When did Brookes become world’s 1st Fairtrade uni? Tell fairtrade@oxford.gov.uk

2. Fairtrade has grown hugely in 10 yrs. How many producers does @fairtradeuk say now benefit from #Fairtrade? Tell fairtrade@oxford.gov.uk

3. Where in Oxford could you try a #Fairtrade banana toffee doughnut today (Friday, 28 Feb)? Answers to fairtrade@oxford.gov.uk. #Makebananasfair

4. Which Oxford Fair Trade shop celebrated its 10th anniversary last year &  hosts a banana event today? Answers to: fairtrade@oxford.gov.uk

5. Banana-themed #Fairtrade event in Jericho today (3 March)! Which banana farmer has given his name to the campaign to #makebananasfair?

6. Our #Fairtrade schools & places of worship offer key support for Fairtrade. Email fairtrade@oxford.gov.uk naming 1 of them

7. Today’s our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Tell fairtrade@oxford.gov.uk at which of @UniofOxford‘s 6 #Fairtrade Colleges Lewis Carroll was based.

8.Can you tell fairtrade@oxford.gov.uk which world-famous figure sent a message to Oxford when we became a #Fairtrade City?

9. Tell oxford@fairtrade.gov.uk which #Oxford-based charity helped start Fairtrade in the UK & is one of our key                 #Fairtrade-using employers.

10. Thirsty for change? Tweet us  the names of 3 independent #Oxford restaurants/cafes that serve #Fairtrade beverages.

Prizes

We have six super prizes. We want to spread the Fairtrade goodness around, so only one prize per person.

  • The first UK  resident to send in 3 correct answers will receive a scrumptious Fairtrade chocolate bar.
  • If you haven’t won a prize yet, and you’re the first UK resident with 5 correct answers, you’ll get tea & cake at one of the city’s yummy Fairtrade- serving cafes.
  • If you haven’t won a prize yet, and you’re the first UK resident with 7 correct answers, you’ll receive a prize from our fashionable Fair Trade friends at  Trading for Development.
  • If you haven’t won a prize yet and you’re the first UK resident with 8 correct answers, you’ll get some delicious Fairtrade Malawian tea from the wonderful Exclusive Roots in St Giles
  • If you haven’t won a prize yet and you’re the first UK resident with 9 correct answers, you’ll be able to enjoy a marbled Cocoa Loco Easter egg from the fabulous Windmill Shop in Headington.
  • And if haven’t won a prize yet and you’re the first UK resident to get all the answers right, you’ll get a £10 voucher at the super Fair Trade at St Michael’s in Cornmarket.
Judges’ decisions will be final. This competition is limited to UK residents, and is not open to members of the Oxford Fair Trade Coalition, those employed by the shops providing prizes, or the immediate families of members and shop employees. Winners will be responsible for collecting, or arranging for a representative to collect, their prizes.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 – What’s happening in Oxford

January 30, 2014

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Are you getting ready for Fairtrade Fortnight? The theme of the fortnight is “Stick with Foncho to make bananas fair,” and there are all kinds of wonderful fruit-themed ideas for events on the Fairtrade Fortnight website.

Here are some events that are already planned for the Oxford area.  If you’d like to join in with these, come along! And if you’re planning your own event, let us know so that we can share the news with others who are interested. More info on each event will be posted closer to the time.

WHAT’S ON IN AND AROUND OXFORD

7 February – Botley – Midcounties Co-operative Fairtrade Event
11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Co-op in the Westway Shopping Centre

7 – 8 February – Said Business School – Oxford Climate Forum
Climate change is a big issue for many Fairtrade producers. Find out more about the issues and possible responses. Our own Judith Condor Vidal will be part of a session on Sustainable Fashion. More information here.

24 February to 9 March: Fairtrade Trail at the Oxford University Botanical Gardens
Follow the Fairtrade Trail and find out more about the plants involved in Fairtrade products.

26 February – Oxford Brookes University – “How can universities go beyond Fairtrade?”
Panel debate chaired by the Lord Mayor of Oxford, with representatives from the Fairtrade Foundation, the Environmental Assn of Universities and Colleges, Oxfam, People and Planet, and the inventors of the accreditation scheme. Main Lecture Theatre, 6:00 pm. To book:  http://www.brookes.ac.uk/about-brookes/events/how-can-universities-go-beyond-fairtrade-/

27 February – Jericho Community Centre – Babies and Toddlers Fairtrade Event
Babies and toddlers event … where parents get the treat of Fairtrade refreshments

28 February – Cowley Centre – Midcounties Co-operativeFairtrade Event
11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Co-op in Templars Square.

28 February – Headington Farmers’ Market – Fairtrade Doughnuts and Coffee
Join Oxford notables in enjoying a special Fairtrade banana and toffee doughnut from Pippin Doughnuts … and some Grumpy Mule Fairtrade coffee from The Windmill Fair Trade shop

1 March – Fair Trade at St Michael’s, Cornmarket
“Meet the banana event,” with banana chips, banana-related activities, vouchers and more. 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, outside the shop.

1 March – Exclusive Roots (St Giles) – Fairtrade Tea and Coffee Tasting
Come join us for Ethiopian coffee, Malawian tea and Fairtrade banana cake at Exclusive Roots! 11am – 4pm

3 March – Jericho Community Centre – Fairtrade Fortnight Rendez-vous
Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar for all, and a small exhibition/film on Fairtrade bananas. 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm

4 March – Kidlington –  Midcounties Co-operative Fairtrade event with cooking demonstration
11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Co-op on the High Street. Come along to find out how Fairtrade can make a difference to your cooking.

5 March – Town Hall – Mad Hatter Tea Party
Celebrating our recertification as a Fairtrade City. More information to come shortly …

6 March – Jericho Community Centre – Babies and Toddlers Fairtrade Event
Babies and toddlers event … where parents get the treat of Fairtrade refreshments and chat about Fairtrade

8 March – Headington (Windmill Fair Trade Shop, London Road) – “Breakfast in a Bag”
The first 50 Windmill customers this Saturday will be given a Fairtrade ‘breakfast in a bag’  Now that sounds like a good idea!

8 March – Jericho Community Centre – Trading for Development Event
Fair Trade fashion company Trading for Development will be partnering an event with Leyla Okhai, an independent Neal’s Yard Consultant. She will be running an organic and holistic beauty workshop. She will also be giving mini hand massages, aromatherapy advice and tips on getting ready for spring. To book contact Judith at info@tradingfordevelopment.co.uk. Event is from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm.

8 March – Exclusive Roots, St Giles – Fairtrade beauty 

A representative will be coming from our Organic Skincare range to give free advice, samples and demos. Customers will also receive a free gift when spending over £10 on the range! In the collection is a variety of products that use Fairtrade ingredients, including the lipsticks that have Fairtrade shea butter in. Event listing here: https://www.facebook.com/events/217166405147945/

Exclusive Roots Summer Sale!

July 2, 2013

And some more news today from Exclusive Roots.

Exclusive Roots is having a summer madness week long sale……. pop in and see what we have to offer, up to 50% off some of our fairly traded goods from Africa. We have lots to offer from hand made ceramics, to gorgeous clothes for your summer holidays, children’s clothing and some of our famous paper mache bowls! Limited availability so hurry whilst stocks last, last day of sale Wednesday 10th July, in store!

Exclusive Roots, 8 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HT