“People say that the poor will always be with us, and claim that without the threat of poverty, large numbers of people would be idle. They do not see unemployment as being due to, for many people, a lack of worthwhile jobs, or that we no longer need everyone to work long hours. We do not see those who insist they couldn’t or won’t do their jobs unless paid millions as the most reluctant to work, as potential shirkers and the most successful scroungers.” – excellent article by Danny Dorling on how inequality tries to keep itself going.
http://bit.ly/1SQa7mz (New Statesman)

 
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At the movies
 
this Sunday is the first ever showing in the whole world of “The Divide”. And it’s in Sheffield! That’s followed by another screen next Wednesday with a Q&A with Professor Richard Wilkinson, co-author of “The Spirit Level”, on which the documentary is based. More details and tickets at:
http://www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/the-divide
 
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In parliament
 
Meanwhile, there are many trying to help those harmed by the divide, not least this early day motion asking for left over supermarket food to not go to waste. Just another 26 MPs bags a parliamentary debate! http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2015-16/66. You can ask your MP to support the early day motion by going to: https://www.writetothem.com/
 
(there’s a 38 Degrees petition with more information… http://bit.ly/1ISY7fk)
 
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Forthcoming
 
A Magna Carta for the 21st Century?

7pm to 9pm, Thursday June 11, University of Sheffield Arts Tower

How should the powers of government be decided, scrutinised, and limited? Exploring liberty, equality, democracy, power, and global issues, the aim of the event is to agree a set of demands campaigners should prioritise in the struggle between government and governed. Including Dr Antony Taylor speaking on the Magna Carta.
 
Back Where You Came From
15th-26th June, Mon to Sat, 10-6pm, The Gallery 35 Chapel Walk
Reflections on migration by people seeking sanctuary in Sheffield
http://bit.ly/1eLjnZe (University of Sheffield)

 
March to End Austerity
Saturday 20th June in London.
Coaches are going from Sheffield. Go! If you can’t go, you can donate the price of a ticket for someone who would struggle to afford it.
https://www.facebook.com/events/366200923585879/