When things have fallen your way, it’s easy to miss how the hard work of people in poverty might not be so well rewarded. The successive impact of wealth and poverty on children growing into adults, in a lovely cartoon
 
“Mike had just had his first criminal conviction because he stole food. He stole food because he was sanctioned. After a few weeks of living under a sanction he was very hungry but couldn’t afford to buy food. He was sanctioned because he had been late to sign on at the Jobcentre. He was late because his bus was caught-up in roadworks.” – Church Action on Poverty on day-to-day life for those in the sanctions regime
 
A judge has slammed prosecutors for charging a desperate dad who stole out-of-date food from Tesco with theft, asking: “How are they expected to live?” (Mirror)
 
Meanwhile in France “A councillor whose campaign against food waste led to a law forcing French supermarkets to donate unwanted food to charity has set his sights on getting similar legislation passed globally.” (Guardian)
 
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Forthcoming
 
Sheffield Equality Group monthly meeting
Wednesday 3rd June, 7pm-9pm at Sheffield Quaker Meeting House
Sheffield Equality Group chat about income inequality and actions to reduce it. Discussing walking, talking, stalls, and plays. Free, donations for tea and biscuits.
 
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The Divide
17.15pm Sunday June 7th. 10pm Wednesday June 10th. Sheffield Showroom
Alden is a workaholic Wall Street psychologist, while Rochelle struggles as a carer on a zero hours contract and Keith tries to make sense of his life behind bars, as a result of Clinton’s “three strikes and you’re out” policy. Through their stories, and four others, Katharine Round humanises the bleak fact that growing inequality is driving a terrible wedge through modern society.
 
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Sharrow Festival
12-8pm Saturday June 13. Mount Pleasant Park.
Sharrow Free Multicultural Festival is back with a special covered Community Stage running till 6pm; a fantastic music line up; a wonderful mix of global foods to try; a huge variety of stalls; kids activities; a bigger hiphop jam and ‘Little Peaces’ from the Peace In The Park crew.
 
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Hunger Games
 
The BBC are advertising for a new series that aims to explore whether young people from the UK can do manual work anymore. Some suspect this will be used to support arguments about the deserving and undeserving poor. Others think it might feed age-old talk about the moral weakening of our youth. A Girl Called Jack suggests any contestant will find themselves up against a media that likes myths more than a complicated reality. If you don’t find the idea appropriate for the BBC, there’s a petition protesting against the show…
 
Workfare and forced labour – Islington’s new ‘business community warden’ scheme redefines the word ‘voluntary’ (Pete the Temp)