From: Bill Kerry
Date: 31 January 2012 9:38:58 PM NZDT
To: ‘Bill Kerry’
Subject: The Equality Trust: Supporter & Local Groups Bulletin (Jan 2012)
COULD ALL LOCAL GROUP CO-ORDINATORS PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH THEIR LOCAL GROUP MEMBERS – MANY THANKS!
I hope the New Year is treating you well. Here’s a round-up of what’s been going on this month…
CAMPAIGN UPDATE Our Act Local = Reduce The Gap campaign has been going well. We’ve being getting responses from local councillors, and our local groups and others have been requesting our postcards. If you’ve not yet taken action on this, you can do so online here: http://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/act-local-reduce-the-gap . And thanks to all of you who have already taken action. If you’ve received a response from your Councillor, please do forward it to me. There’s plenty of great activity going on in the local equality groups with perhaps the most ambitious campaigns being the Bristol group’s city-wide push on the Act Local campaign and the London Group’s “My Fair London” campaign to make income inequality a central theme of the London Mayoral Election later this year. You can find out more about My Fair London here: http://www.myfairlondon.org.uk/
More broadly, inequality and its related themes continue to dominate the news. From the wrangle over RBS bonuses to the worries at Davos plus Obama’s State of The Union address, it feels like some large pennies are beginning to drop in certain influential places as these pieces from the BBC (to which we contributed) demonstrate: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00mvftf and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16545898.
On the subject of executive pay, the One Society team has been very busy commenting here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jan/23/vince-cable-executive-pay and developing crucial myth-busting arguments here: http://www.onesociety.org.uk/newsroom/resources-for-journalists/ (please do spread the word about these…). We know from feedback across the political spectrum and in business circles that One Society is having a definite impact on the debates that are going on. So thanks very much to One Society for all their hard work!
RESEARCH UPDATE Our next research digest is expected soon and will focus on the hot topic of social mobility. This is timely as the government has, so far, largely ignored the majority of compelling evidence that social mobility is significantly impeded by great income inequality – and the first report of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission will be published in the next few weeks. We have also received some good news on the prospects for being able to employ a new researcher to take over from Hector Rufrancos. More details when we have them…
FUNDRAISING UPDATE For those of you not already making a regular gift to the Trust, you can now set one up online very easily – details here: http://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/node/647. For those of you who are even more energetic we are looking for people to run (or brisk walk!) a 5K race to raise funds for the Trust. If you are interested, please contact Kathryn at [email protected]
AND FINALLY… a last reminder for local group members that we still really want your views on what you think is the best way for the groups to communicate with each other. Please do take a few minutes to complete this very short questionnaire here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZJDNWXW .
That’s all for now. Next month there’s no bulletin as it’s the next issue of our newsletter, Among Equals, instead. Thanks for your continued support which is so vital to our campaign.
Best Wishes, Bill.
Co-director (Supporters & Local Groups)
The Equality Trust
32-26 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH
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