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Meetings etc

Sheffield Equality Group
7pm Wednesday 4th July, Sheffield Quaker Meeting House, St James Street (just up from the Cathedral)
Discussion on actions to highlight income inequality in Sheffield, bring your bestest/most brilliant/wildest ideas! Sheffield Equality Group meets on the first Wednesday of every month, all welcome.

Fixing Our Broken Economy
7:30pm Thursday 5th July, Sheffield Quaker Meeting House
Talk and discussion around how our debt-based money system is the root cause of many of our economic problems, and explains the Positive Money proposals to reform and democratise our money supply. See the Positive Money site for more details.

Rally for our Future
Sat 14 Jul 2012, from 11.30am, Devonshire Green – marching to Barkers Pool for 12 midday.
Rally to defend education, public services, pensions, pay and jobs. Called by the NUT and NASUWT unions, supported by various unions, trades councils and Sheffield Anti-Cuts Alliance.

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Petition for banking reform

Ann Pettifor, a key proponent of economic reform, states “In the heat of the Barclays debacle on Wednesday night, we at PRIME (Policy Research in Macroeconomics) posted a petition on the government’s e-petition site…..After just two days it has gathered nearly 8,000 signatures, but of course we need many, many more…” – petition for a public inquiry into the banking system.

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News and links

“if you reduce the pay of people like me back down to the level people like my parents had – still very well off – you can employ a million young people 15 times over on £7 pounds an hour full-time. That’s really back-of-an-envelope maths.” Danny Dorling argues for greater income equality

An excellent Thinking Allowed programme on Radio 4, the first part focussing on perceptions of tax, with Prof Peter Taylor-Gooby. Followed by an illustration of extreme income inequality with ground-breaking reportage from India

“There’s a limited amount that schools and universities can do about this. It’s actually about inequalities in society. If we continued tackling poverty, that would get to the heart of it or targeting children at the point at which it would have the biggest impact – about the ages of three to five.” Universities bite back over income inequality, pointing to how it undermines social mobility more than their admissions processes, whilst the latest research backs them up, with low income pupils two years behind their wealthier classmates.

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Plan B

“We’re all consumers: difference is, some people can afford it and some people can’t. There’s so much importance put on these things that the kids who can’t afford them will go and sell crack to be able to afford them. These little kids on the street are prepared to sell crack and ruin another kid’s life so that they can afford a pair of trainers. What made them think it was that important? TV, adverts, magazines and rich kids walking around wearing that stuff and looking down on the kids who can’t afford it and calling them tramps and chavs.” – Plan B tells it like it is, you might want to miss the bit about Armani tho’…