As the world’s elites meet in January at a grand Swiss resort mountain, grassroots activists across the world will speak up from mountains of a different sort – the garbage mountains and open pit mines millions call home – to fight inequality for dignity for all. From the 19th to 26th of January the rich and powerful will be meeting in Davos. As this has so often been a meeting of empty words and gestures, the Fight Inequality Alliance is organising a global protest for change. There are a range of activities, culminating in a day of action on Thursday 25th January.
The wealthy continue to gain… “The share of the top 1% has been on an upward path ever since [the financial crisis], passing the 2000 level in 2013 and achieving new peaks every year thereafter,” the Credit Suisse global wealth report said. The bank said “global wealth inequality has certainly been high and rising in the post-crisis period” (The Guardian).
As those in poverty continue to suffer “Some 15 million people live and work within sprawling municipal rubbish tips around the globe, combing through trash every day for items of the slightest value to sell for a pittance. Their communities mirror those found anywhere else in the world – neighbours become friends, and there are shops and schools and places to go to unwind after a hard day’s work – but the difference is the inescapable, oppressive backdrop of filth, danger and disease.” (The Independent)
It’s time for change… “We believe it is possible to have a society where everyone matters. Where nobody is rich or powerful enough to be immune from the rules. Powerful elites and corporations can no longer be allowed to rig the system in their favour. To achieve this we will loudly challenge the concentration of power in the hands of an elite few, and to demand people-driven solutions from the World Bank and IMF that will really #fightinequality.” (Fight Inequality Alliance)
From 19th to the 26th January, you can play a crucial part in one or more of the following ways (please tag in @equalitytrust and @FightInequalit1 in anything you post on twitter and please use the #FightInequality hashtag):
- Take a picture holding a sign with the Fight Inequality Alliance logo (click here for the logo) and post to social media
- Make a 30-60 second video about what inequality means to you and post it to social media
- Write on inequality – a short blog, poem, story, or sentence
- Follow and share as many of the #FightInequality social media posts as possible
- Send/link anything you create to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll spread the word