“Eventually I learned that most people do have to pick a side, even if they do it unconsciously. I didn’t decide pragmatically to become middle-class in order to access social esteem and higher wages. It happened that way because I happened to stay on at school. There is a sense in which you buy, or are sold, a one-way ticket. You can go back, but never again on the same terms.” – Lynsey Hanley on her experience of social mobility http://bit.ly/1QftBMe (The Guardian).
 
Her excellent book, Respectable, was also book of the week on Radio 4 (iPlayer)
 
“Now ‘I have made it’, I am not supposed to react angrily to it, I am supposed to know my place, and be grateful for getting out. However, I am angry and so are other working-class people when we have to deal with and hear these simplistic and stigmatising views of our lives. I have written about how working class life is misunderstood, and reduced to simplistic one-dimensional narratives from both the prurient poverty porn, but also the middle class do-gooders. We are not expected to attempt to defend our choices, become angry, or resist.” – Lisa McKensie on the need to ‘make it’ (The Guardian)
 
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Forthcoming
 
Wednesday 18th May, 7pm-9pm, Quaker Meeting House, St. James’ Street, S1 2EW.
Discussing the impact of income inequality and the campaigns trying to tackle it. This event will explore how income inequality impacts upon society and human relationships to create the issues covered in the The Divide Documentary, and the featured campaigns to tackle income inequality. Hosted by Sheffield Equality Group, all welcome. Free, donations for tea and biscuits.
 
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Tuesday 17th May, 6.30–9.00pm Quaker Meeting House, St. James’ Street, S1 2EW.
How do we make the leap? Come and hear from a panel of insightful and provocative speakers about the connections between equity, economy and climate change – and join our debate. Speakers include Shahida Siddique (CEO of Faithstar), Sarah-Jayne Clifton (Jubilee Debt Campaign), and Philip Pearson (a trade unionist campaigning for Just Transition). Hosted by Sheffield Climate Alliance.
 
What is wrong with money, and how can we fix it?
Monday 23 May, 7.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, St. James St. S1 2EW
This public talk brings together speakers from three different Sheffield groups, all campaigning in different ways for economic justice. Peter Verity (Sheffield Positive Money group), Louis Read of the “Sheffield Pound”, and Rob Shearing (Sheffield Money) will explain their ideas and actions around monetary reform, local currency, and financial inclusion. Hosted by Sheffield Positive Money. Free entry, but donations requested (suggested £3) to cover costs.
 
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Are we the fairest city of them all?
 
“Led by the city council, several large employers have introduced a higher living wage based on calculations by the Living Wage Foundation, and the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce has also encouraged small and medium-sized organisations to do so. Another recommendation, on fair access to credit, resulted in the creation of Sheffield Money, to compete with the unscrupulous and usurious payday lenders. More recently, a fair employer charter was introduced, designed to ensure fair conditions of work as well as pay.” – the impact of the Sheffield Fairness Commission and the Our Fair City campaign covered by The Conversation.