Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) is the largest and among the oldest and most active university Labour clubs in the UK. Michaelmas of this academic year marked the centenary of its creation. Since then, we have fought to promote socialism, to elect Labour candidates in Oxford and the surrounding regions and to foster a strong sense of solidarity between the vibrant student community in our city and its resident population. At no other time in this club’s history has that solidarity been more critical.
Trinity Term poses a new challenge to all of us. Despite surviving through WWII and a communist take-over, this will be the first pandemic that the club has had to go through. What a way to finish our centenary year! We are going to adapt to these unprecedented times as much as we can by moving many of our operations online, so stay tuned for our livestreams and our virtual pub quizzes. We are also going to launch an OULC reading group, to allow us to use this period to reflect on the history of our movement, and provide some insight into our future – as a party and as a society.
During this period of uncertainty, what is clear is that the values that OULC has always championed are more important than ever. We must stand in solidarity with one another, our key workers, and the most vulnerable in our society. It is essential that our members support one another at this time, and focus their energy on staying healthy at home.
If you have any questions, want to know how you can get involved or would like some long distance OULC support, don’t hesitate to contact us at any time: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In solidarity and big love,
Connie Bostock and Ali Al-Zubaidi xxx