2019 in a nutshell: from The Equality Trust

It’s been a very busy year for The Equality Trust.

We have had a n extremely motivating year talking to people about the impact of inequality, publishing reports, organising with local groups and activists and producing the latest news on inequality here in the UK and globally.

Just some of our highlights from 2019:

We started the year with a community festival in January, featuring performances, film screenings, panel discussions and interactive workshops to support the Fight Inequality Alliance’s global week of action in protest of the billionaires’ jamboree at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Speaking of which, this year we will be joining thousands of people in over 30 countries worldwide mobilising to demand a fairer, more equal and sustainable future and make the voices of people on the frontlines of inequality heard. 

You can join the London mobilisation:

Make some noise to bring attention away from Davos and towards people at the sharp end of inequality, join us at Downing St on Saturday 18th January.

Not in London, no problem!

Download our regional organising guide with different ways you can take part.

Other proud moments:

We launched our #EqualPay50 campaign, holding a conference in May, releasing our lifetime loss calculator and our iconic ‘banknotes for women’ action in central London.

We launched our #EverydayInequality platform, creating a space for people to share their lived experiences of inequality. We are particularly proud of our film featuring three activists fighting inequality in the UK.

We launched our report into Billionaire Britain. During this time, media coverage of The Equality Trust had more than 2.2 billion views and the report featured on over 1,000 outlets, both here and abroad.

We raised over £25,000 for our Young Equality Campaigners project and were able to represent the voices of young people at the UN during the report speaking alongside the Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston.

Our Local Groups #Bestof2019:

The Dorset Equality Group local group organised an amazing talk with over 70 people in Bournemouth, bringing together a broad section of local people, businesses and political leaders to deepen their understanding on how inequality harms us all.

My Fair London held a community workshop to develop a manifesto before the May 2020 London Mayoral Election as well as several interesting seminars over the year.

The South Wales Equality Group set up its website, designed its logo and created promotional materials. The group also held a successful general election hustings.

Cambridge Commons held a parliamentary hustings in November focused on inequality, social justice and public services. A packed hall at Friends Meeting House asked questions of all major candidates (except Conservative). They continue monthly meet-ups with the next on 8th January: “Is there a role for business in the fight for equality in Cambridge?”

Cambridge Commons will also be working with Cambridge students through Cambridge Hub on a communications and awareness raising campaign to create messages about inequality that can be shared through social media with citizens.

We have some exciting work from local groups going into 2020 with Richard Wilkinson speaking in London and at the Sheffield Festival of Debate.

North Somerset Equality Group has had an inequality workshop agreed with the leader of the council.

In Carlisle, Wanda will be speaking with local group activist about the promises and failures of social mobility.

We wish everyone a happy break over the New Year! Thanks again for all your support throughout the year, as we always say, we just could not do this without you.

We look forward to campaigning with you in 2020!

Wanda, Jo, Rianna, John, Frankie & Angela.

The Equality Trust Team