Latest News From UK Groups
Starting this month in Swindon, the local group has been working with Swindon Viewpoint (a successful community media project) and are offering local people the chance to talk to camera about their thoughts on economic inequality. Appointment slots for this "Voice Box" initiative are being offered on Sunday 23rd June (11-4pm) at The Bakers Cafe (Emlyn Sq, free parking available) and anyone interested in doing so are asked to contact the group or come along to their Conversation Cafe being held on 13th June, details here - or contact Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Much further east, the Cambridge group have local speakers booked for their upcoming monthly meet-ups and are working with other local groups such as the Red Hen Project and Pivotal on collaborative projects. The most recent guest speaker was Alex Coles of "Psychologists for Social Change" talking about the importance of a psychological stance for campaign groups. The group also attended Labour's Planning Commission meeting in Cambridge to raise the impact of built environment on community as a driver of inequality.
Moving further north, the Sheffield group is connecting with an arts project to explore a project around income inequality and wellbeing, prompted by The Inner Level book. The group also reports that its 'spin off' project, UBI Lab Sheffield, goes from strength to strength given the keen interest there is in the UBI idea.
And finally, finishing off in the capital, My Fair London are pushing forward on all their projects, particularly the Fairness Fifteen engagement with London's borough councils where they are working with The Equality Trust to get the councils to take 15 practical and concrete steps to tackle inequality in their areas. Expect to hear a lot more on this in the coming months...
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Starting this month in Edinburgh, the local group has supported a number of events including one on developing human rights legislation to ensure access to health services. The group was also present for Nicola Sturgeon’s statement regarding prospects for IndyRef2 and will participate in the development of ‘citizen assemblies’, incorporating the learning from their use in Ireland. The group will also attend The Poverty and Inequality Commission annual public meeting in June to celebrate its work but also maintain pressure for more progress.
Moving south, Cumbria & Lancs, our newest local group, is looking forward to its inaugural meetings on 28th May and 3rd June. Stalwart equality campaigner and member of TET’s Speaker Network, Martin Wilkinson, is scheduled to speak at the May event with details for June to be confirmed.
Much further south and west, Equality Bristol attended the Our Data Bristol - Empowering and Caring event on 29th April hosted by the council's Innovation and Sustainability team and bringing together stakeholders from across Bristol to consider how data and information can help tackle inequality and poverty issues. A bit further east, the Swindon group are gearing up for their first Conversation Café event on 13th June which aims to involve the local community in discussing what can be done to tackle inequality and related issues in the area.
Moving south, the Hampshire group is working on an online survey to test the extent of public knowledge about the unequal distribution of wealth and to canvas views on what would be a fair distribution. The group aims to promote it widely on social media and via TET and its local groups network.
And finally this month, My Fair London are continuing their speaker programme with well-known speakers being lined up for the next six months. The Fairness Fifteen campaign also continues with the group looking to use the Freedom of Information Act for borough councils which are slow to respond. The group is also organising a workshop to develop their manifesto for next year’s Mayoral election and plans to publish a new edition of their paper on inequality and housing.
New groups: We are regularly advising potential new start-up groups in various areas of the UK and internationally. If you want to get involved or start a group where you live, just email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you.