We have started to plan our next major project which will focus on class, economic injustice and poverty in the UK.
Focus on what we can do about economic injustice.
Help to build solidarity through activities bringing together stories of solidarity and struggles for human rights and the arts to encourage collective action for change.
Emphasise the role played by people collectively and individually as part of a bigger whole which brought and bring change for social and economic justice.
Challenge (often unconscious) bias about class and filters through which we see each other.
Highlight often neglected articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights related to economic and cultural rights. i.e. everyone needs a decent income, home, access to a healthy environment, leisure.
The process is as important as the end product for this project.
We have a working party to develop ideas. Members include trustees, volunteers and partners with experience from working as benefits advisers, Citizens Advice, the Living Wage Foundation, Plan International UK, the charity sector, trade unions and schools. Research began with a Listening Project, consulting people living in poverty or working with those who are, via contacts in our local groups in the North East, Southwark, Nottingham and the Forest of Dean. These are discussions we seek to develop further in other parts of the country.
We have started to consult relevant academics and organisations whose aims complement ours.
In addition to talking about the impact of poverty in terms of health, housing, stigma, food, clothes and lack of opportunities, access to activities, one finding has been people’s strong sense of isolation and loneliness, the lack of shared spaces to build a sense of belonging and – where such spaces exist – how poverty can make it impossible to make use of them. These experiences are shared in urban and rural areas.
For more information and to become part of the planning, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
With heartfelt thanks to Garden Court Chambers and the MSN Fund for their generous grants.
During London Challenge Poverty Week in October 2019, we ran a very successful event focused on addressing human rights and attitudes related to economic injustice and the causes and consequences of poverty. 70 people signed up for 50 seats – a sign of the significance and urgency of this issue.
Poverty Injustice – Building Power at the Grassroots!
Wed, 16 October 2019
19:00 – 21:00 BST
Our speakers were:
Amina Gichinga, an organiser with London Renters Union, who campaign to transform the housing system. The London Renters Union works with youth, community, and migrant groups to amplify their voices.
Co-authors of Until the Sky Turns Silver, Jean Stallings and Diana Skelton highlighted their experience in working with All Together in Dignity (ATD) Fourth World, a human rights anti-poverty organisation tackling inequality and promoting social justice in the UK and internationally.
Luke Aaron, Drama School student at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and outdoor instructor from the Forest of Dean talked about rural poverty and class, drawing on interviews he ran with local residents for JtoJ.
“There are 14 million people in the UK living below the poverty line and half of them are in work. Too often we accept the unacceptable as if there’s nothing we can do. But through learning from people in the past and today who take action for economic justice, we can find ideas and hope.” Carrie Supple, director, Journey to Justice.