Any social movement needs roots in local areas and communities, the Sheffield Equality Group does at a local level what the Equality Trust and One Society campaign do at a national level: lobby those with power and publicise the importance of income inequality.
Things we are planning include:
- Speakers and film screenings on issues around income inequality, including the Spirit Level Documentary
- Lobbying media to include more radical or counter-establishment views that counter inequality (for example business representatives outnumber union representatives five-to-one in BBC coverage)
- Continued space for general discussion around income inequality; as well as informal talks on education, epigenetics, the Living Wage, the cumulative impact of cuts, and the Basic Income.
- Lobbying Council meetings and acting to solve small local issues that highlight the impact of income inequality
- Reporting on our Basic Income survey and developing an online version to feed into wider lobbying
- Getting the message out through theatre and publicity stunts
If any of these ideas interest you, if you have others you’d like to push forward, the equality group is a space where you can dicuss, plan, and get things done. You can get involved when you want, how you want, and do what you want – within reason 😉 To find out more, come to a meeting or get in touch through email, facebook, or leave a comment below.
What we have already done
- Campaigned about the cuts to social support
- Held a public meeting with Danny Dorling and Jeremy Wight speaking on income inequality and health in Sheffield
- Submitted proposals to the the Sheffield Fairness Commission along with publicising and attending meetings
- Submitted a proposal to Sheffield First Partnership setting out the importance of income equality for the city and arguing why it should be a central theme for the city towards 2015, Click here to see the proposal (108k PDF);
- Held a stall and distributed leaflets in Sheffield centre and at local events, gathering signatures for our petition and supporting the Robin Hood Tax campaign;
- We hold monthly meetings where we discuss and share knowledge on topics around income inequality, for example on the commons and by Positive Money on the banking system and inequality (see the PowerPoint slides). Discussions are lively with different viewpoints and experiences welcome