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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Posted by Veronika Susedkova Oxfam activist

20th Dec 2012


Dear Northern Oxfammers!

As the festive season is coming closer we would like to wish you an enjoyable time spent with your loved ones and all the best of luck for the next year!

Also, and here comes the most important bit, we would love to say a massive THANK YOU to all of you for your support and hard work and would like to share the latest fruits of your efforts!

Firstly, here are some of your thoughts about how it feels to be a part of a global movement tackling poverty:

"I enjoyed being part of the team and helping to raise awareness. People associated with us and what we were trying to achieve." (Mark Carney, Sheffield city group)

"One women wanted to take a poster to put in her work place and tell her colleagues about it - if we have managed to inform one person, who can go on to tell others, I think this is an achievement and demonstrates how effective campaigning can be in raising awareness and 'spreading the word' in order to achieve our main goal!" (Alice Higginson, Manchester Uni group)

Next, have a look at these stunning messages you have managed to create across the North of England to raise awareness and pressure about land grabbing: Start with a blog (mainly) about Manchester land-grabbing, then check out the how the York University Group marched through the city and land-grabbed the Minster.

After that make sure to listen to the Christmas carol that Sheffield University Group wrote for the World Bank to get you in a Christmassy mood! Other great events also happened in Leeds, Newcastle, Pendle Hill and Durham and let's not forget 'Land Hunt' filmed with one of BBC bargain hunts presenters Nick Hall in Knutsford in George Osbourne's constituency. Finally, we selected some the best pictures all of us took during these few days, so do check them out and share them far and wide.

Our Weekend of Action on Land Grabs was a successful ending to an amazing year of activism in the North of England. Have a Merry Christmas, and we look forward to campaigning with you in the New year! Here's a taster of what's to come ....

Love from Nicola, Veronika, Amy and all the Oxfam North team.


Blog post written by Veronika Susedkova

Oxfam activist

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