The point of the story is that the message I felt moved to deliver– that they are strong, they are valuable, they can handle what happens next, they will be okay– that’s a message our children are hearing almost never from the culture. Instead, what they hear over and over is, “You are balanced on the edge of disaster, and if you make one wrong move, you will topple over into the pit, and knowing you, you’re probably going to make that one wrong move.”
 
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Forthcoming
 
Sheffield Equality Group monthly meeting
Wednesday 3rd February, 7pm-9pm at Sheffield Quaker Meeting House
Informal discussion about income inequality and actions for a better society. All welcome. Free, donations for tea and biscuits.
 
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Reading Group: PostCapitalism by Paul Mason
Tuesday 9th February, 7.30pm, upstairs at the Rutland Pub, 86 Brown St
A small reading group which welcomes new members, just starting a new book: PostCapitalism by Paul Mason. This month discussing chapters 2 and 3, pages 31-78.. Please note there is no wheelchair access.
 
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Eat junk food!
The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield hosts the Junk Cafe in the Regather Works, offering breakfast, brunch and lunch (pay what you feel). The project is about starting discussion on the value of food and building community. And eating tasty food!
 
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Inequality on the up…
 
Oxfam calculate that the 62 richest people in the world have since 2010 seen their wealth increase by 44%, equivalent to more than half a trillion dollars. Yes you read that right, half a trillion. By contrast the bottom half of the global population, a mere 3.5 billion people, saw their share of global wealth drop by an astonishing $1 trillion dollars, which is 41%.
http://bit.ly/1nvzzCO (Open Democracy)
 
It’s easy to think that inequality is inevitable but, says Danny Dorling, we are living in extraordinary times. The overall wealth of the richest 1,000 people in the UK has doubled in six years. Not only should this not go on, but it can’t go on…
http://bit.ly/1RKy3cb (the Guardian)
 
…what happens in the workplace might change it…
 
…a wider group of people should have a say on pay, not just directors on “remuneration committees” or shareholders, but others who have a different kind of stake in the company. … “Get employees and customers to vote on executive remuneration. If they are treating people well, all well and good.” – the BBC on how executives earned the yearly wage of average employees in just a few days
 
“There should be tax incentives towards employee-owned and co-operative companies. There should be legislation for employee representatives on company boards. A number of members of the European Union have that kind of legislation. We don’t, and we need it.” – Richard Wilkinson, co-author of the Spirit Level, on what we can do to address inequality