Monday, April 25, 2016

Bulletin 24th April 2016
This from Hugh: 
“I have created the @OxfordPSC Twitter account. Please invite all members and supporters who are on Twitter to follow it. Please tell me if you like the icon and header image that I've created.”

We are keen that newer and preferably some younger people should take on some of the organising roles within Oxford PSC. Don’t be shy. If you wish take on a shared role at first with a more seasoned member if that is what you would prefer.
We are sorry to say that Manal Tamini will not now be able to attend our AGM. Her visa has been denied Manal although she was told a few weeks ago that it was fine and all she needed to do was to pick it up today..    …and there have been attempts to smear her reputation, including representations to Oxford Town Hall.
We do however have the pleasure of the presence of Mahmoud Zawahra who has kindly agreed to step in. Please welcome him by ensuring we have a large attendance.

Dear PSC supporter,


I am pleased to invite you to the Annual General Meeting of Oxford PSC at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10 May2016 at the Town Hall, St Aldates, Oxford OX1 1BX. All supporters are welcome to attend but only PSC members may submit motions, vote on resolutions or stand for office. Membership forms will be available at the meeting for those who are not already members but who wish to join and fully participate in the meeting.

We had been delighted to have a speaker from Palestine at the meeting, Manal Tamimi whohas played a crucial role in coordinating popular unarmed resistance activities against  occupation and land and water theft by Israeli settlers in her West Bank village of Nabi Saleh. As a result of their resistance activities she and her family have experienced torture and imprisonment and only last month Manal was kidnapped and detained, though we are pleased to say she has now been released. Now however she has been
Mahmoud Zawahra has kindly agreed to step in. Mahmoud Zwahre is a popular resistance co-ordinator

If you would like to submit a motion to the meeting please email it to us at  by Tuesday 26 April. Motions will be circulated to members in advance of the meeting or posted on our website.

The following officers will be elected at the AGM for the coming year:

wChair                                                             wSecretary/branch organiser                         
wTreasurer                                                      wMembership secretary
   wStudent liaison officer         wTrade union liaison officer
   wCommunications/Website coordinator        wStall coordinator

The meeting will also elect committee members to work with the officers on campaigns and activities.        

Please think about standing for one of these positions or as a committee member. All officer posts can be job shared. If you would like more information about what is involved please contact me. Also if there are other ways you would particularly like to be involved e.g. helping with publicity, press liaison or coordinating some BDS (boycott) actions.

We look forward to seeing you on 10 May.

Best wishes,

Caroline Raine

Caroline Raine
For Oxford PSC

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