The impacts of income inequality are becoming ever more stark, as the economy falters and the impact is felt most heavily by those at the bottom. For example, see the excellent new series of articles “Breadline Britain” on the Guardian website
False Economy hosts a powerful documentary about the impact of cuts on people who are disabled, and the how services at risk, like Community Support Officers, change lives.
On the positive side the alternatives are gaining a lot of press, for example Oxfam recommending improved pay and more progressive taxation and even big players like the IMF are making positive noises while tax avoidance is becoming socially unacceptable.
What can we do? There are campaigns that need a hand right now…
Email your pension or ISA provider to ask that the shares held on your behalf are used to vote against excessive executive pay. Help fund the Spirit Level documentary, which will potentially spread the message about why a more equal world would be a better world out to millions more. And take part in the national week of action against Workfare.
Hope you can find the time to lend time or money to these excellent actions. See below for forthcoming meetings and events, and have a lovely rest of June!
We can work it out…
Sheffield Equality Group
7pm-9pm, Wednesday 4th July
Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, Sheffield
Discussing actions to raise the issue and tackle income inequality. All welcome, tea and biscuits optional.
Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair 2012
Sat 23 Jun 2012, 10am-6pm, Bank Street Arts, Bank St. S1 2DS
Anarchists argue that there is an alternative to a world ruled by profit, and that it is possible to organise society based on systems of mutual solidarity, from the bottom-up and controlled directly and democratically.
Sheffield Green Fair
Sat 30 Jun 2012, St Mary’s Community Centre, Bramall Lane.
Activities, food, and play. Including stalls from a wide range of campaigns, organisations, NGO’s, environmental, educational projects and political movements.
Arnold Freeman exhibition
Mon 18 Jun-Sat 30 Jun 2012, Butcher Works Gallery, at Fusion Café, 72 Arundel St. S1 2NS
A free exhibition accompanying the conference (22nd-24th June) in celebration of the life and work of socialist educator, scholar, anthroposophist and actor Arnold Freeman (1886-1972).
Go to the Doc
A new UK documentary that reveals how money is at the root of our current social and economic crisis. Featuring frank interviews and commentary from economists, campaigners and former bankers, it exposes the monetary system that gives banks the power to create money, shape the economy, cause crises and push house prices out of reach.