Latest News From UK Groups
Starting this month in Lincolnshire, we had a welcome update from the local group on their work since our Local Groups and Activists’ Day last summer which you can read here. Much further west, Equality Oswestry reported on their successful recent event which asked the highly relevant question “Why Food Banks in 2019?” and which heard from Liz Jermy, Manager of Oswestry and Borders Food Bank, about the amazing work they do. The meeting raised an impressive sum of £57 for the food bank. The group are now planning for their next public event in May 2019, which will likely focus on Mental Health, and setting up a facebook page to reach out into the community.
Much further south, in Swindon, the local group have been focusing on their plans for a conversation café and developing all the supporting material for it. This will launch when a suitable venue has been found. In the meantime, Tom Wilkes from the group has provided an article for the local climate change network group emphasising that greater equality will be required in order to obtain the necessary social and political consensus to tackle environmental issues.
In the capital, My Fair London are developing more leaflets directly linking inequality to topical issues, creating an engaging equity-mapping online tool and developing ideas towards the 2020 London Mayoral election campaigns. There is also ongoing borough-level council engagement, using The Equality Trust’s Fairness Fifteen manifesto, as well as building links with other activist groups in London and arranging more public meetings with key inequality thinkers.
And finally, in the far north, the new Cumbria & Lancs group has unveiled its two scheduled launch meetings in late May/early June, first in Lancaster and then in Carlisle. If you live these areas, please do pop along and support the new group.
New groups: We have been advising potential new start-up groups in Kent, Glasgow and Bradford. If you live in these areas and want to get involved, just email Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org
DECEMBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019
Starting in Hampshire, the local group reports on their successful event in December to view the findings of The Inner Level which Richard Wilkinson joined via video-link. In response, Roger Brown, former Vice-Chancellor at the University, summarised his book The Inequality Crisis - The facts and what we can do about it. A lively debate ensued chaired by Ros Cassy, former chair of Solent Mind. The Hampshire group has also been exploring links with the national charity Fixers that gives young people aged 16 to 25 a voice, work which clearly resonates with The Equality Trust’s work with its Young Equality Campaigners.
Over in the capital, My Fair London have been progressing their campaign around The Equality Trust’s Fairness Fifteen local manifesto and seeking responses from London boroughs as to what they’re actually prepared to do to tackle inequality. The group has also been heavily involved in scrutinising the Mayor’s draft London Plan and his plans for regeneration neither of which, at present, seem to address inequality properly.
Further to the east, the Cambridge group reports progress in their alliance-building work, notably with the Psychologists for Social Change and the campaign group 999 Call for the NHS - both groups providing excellent allies to help spread the anti-inequality message. The group also reports that its Monthly Meetups will have a new format and venue (The Alex) that will be more conducive to speakers and workshops as well as the usual exchange of views and information.
Meanwhile, outside of England, the Edinburgh local group is developing its plans for “powering up Scotland” and extending inequality campaigning far beyond the city. And in South Wales, the local group has launched its new website www.equalitygroup.wales where it will be publishing news and articles as well as event and meeting information.
And finally, we have been advising potential new start-up groups in Kent, Cumbria and Lancashire, Glasgow and in Bradford. If you live in these areas and want to get involved, just email Bill at email@example.com - thank you.