Our Hands, Our Mouths – Poverty and Resistance

Friday, May 17, 2024

The latest survey by Debt Justice shows the shocking impact of the Conservative Government’s austerity measures by revealing that a record 6.7 million people in Britain are in financial difficulty. This event, by Writing on the Wall and the Poverty Research & Advocacy Network (PRAN), has been organised to respond to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis and the unprecedented and devastating level of poverty in the UK. Featuring some of the most powerful and prominent voices standing up against poverty and social injustice today, including Prof Danny Dorling (University of Oxford), Prof Imogen Tylor (Lancaster University), Liam Thorp (Liverpool Echo), Ian Byrne MP (Liverpool West Derby), and Amina Ismail (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine), will also explore and celebrate examples and opportunities for supporting resistance to austerity and poverty by communities across the country.  

 

This event is a partnership event between WoW and the Poverty Research and Advocacy Network (PRAN), an independent, collectively run advocacy network which aims to bring together various stakeholders to amplify voices fighting against poverty and injustice, both regionally and nationally. 

 

Danny Dorling is a professor in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. He was previously a professor for a decade at the University of Sheffield, and before then at the University of Leeds. He has also worked as an academic in Newcastle and Bristol. He was born and brought up in Oxford. In 2020 he published “Slowdown: The End of the Great Acceleration—and Why It’s Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives and in 2021, jointly with Annika Koljonen: Finntopia: what we can learn from the world’s happiest country. His 2023 book is titled: ‘Shattered Nation: Inequality, and the geography of a failing state’. Danny is a patron of the road crash charity RoadPeace, of Heeley City Farm in Sheffield, and of the educational campaign group Comprehensive Future. In his spare time, he makes sandcastles on beeches with clean streams and the right kind of sand. He errs towards being optimistic about the future, because his academic work suggests, to him, that this is the most rational stance to take – despite what you may see around you. 

 

Imogen Tyler is a Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University and a social activist who works with anti-poverty and anti-racist groups and organisations. All her research is in the area of social inequalities (historical and contemporary formations). Her books include Revolting Subjects: Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain (2013) and Stigma: The Machinery of Inequality (2020).Imogen is currently collaborating with Joseph Rowntree Foundation on work focused on stigma power & poverty in the UK. She is developing new research on poverty & protest in Britain, that draws on longer histories of working class, anti-racist and anti-colonial struggle to help us better understand and resist the current war being waged against working class communities. 

 

Liam Thorp is the award-winning Political Editor of the Liverpool Echo. In his seven years at the ECHO, Liam has made a name for himself for his reporting on politics, social affairs and local government. He has twice been named specialist journalist of the year at the Regional Press Awards and was also nominated for Private Eye’s prestigious Paul Foot award for investigative journalism. In his journalism, Liam takes a special interest in reporting on issues of poverty, deprivation, injustice, health and transport. He lives in Aigburth with his wife, dog and 5-month-old baby son.

 

Ian Byrne Member of Parliament for Liverpool West Derby

  • Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kinship Care  
  • Member of the House of Commons Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee 
  • Member of the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee 

Campaigns: 

Right to Food Campaign 

A campaign to make access to food a legal right for all 

Real Truth Legacy Project 

A campaign to educate all generations on the ‘real truth’ and injustice of Hillsborough 

Hillsborough Law Now Campaign 

A campaign to break the cycle of injustice for bereaved families and victims of public disasters 

 

Amina Ismail is a Senior Community Mobiliser at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, actively engages in health equity projects across Merseyside. Her role is mobilising communities and health systems partners to codevelop and implement strategies to tackle health inequities. Amina has a background in education and is deeply committed to promoting social justice and equity. 
 
Amina has contributed to research aimed at identifying the barriers faced by BAME communities in accessing higher education. She is a community activist and utilises her networks in collaboration with communities to drive structural changes. 
 
With experience working in both the UK and Middle East, Amina has a broad understanding of engaging diverse communities within the education and health sectors. She is particularly passionate about addressing inequality, shifting power, and creating space for community voices.

 

Hosted by: Dr Natalija Atas 

SENIOR LECTURER IN SOCIAL SCIENCE at Liverpool University 

Natalija is a Senior Lecturer of Public Health and Social Care at the School of Social Science at Liverpool Hope University. Her research interests incorporate the key areas of social policy inquiry related to poverty, inequality, and social determinants of health. She is currently conducting research into the effects of the cost-of-living crisis. Natalija strongly believes that our society cannot truly progress without addressing issues of poverty and inequality and that such progress can only be achieved through adopting positive forces of collaboration, empathy, and education. 

Date and time: 17th of May, 4-6pm  

Venue: Grace Room, Cornerstone Building, Liverpool Hope University, Creative Campus, Shaw Street, Liverpool, L6 1HP 

Tickets: £5 

*These are difficult times. We know some people may struggle to afford full price tickets. If you would like to attend this event but can’t afford to, please contact info@writingonthewall.org.ukAll queries will be treated in confidence.   

If you would like to purchase a gifted ticket for someone who can’t afford it, please buy directly from the event page and we will offer your ticket out.    

Event Details

Date: May 17, 2024
Time: 4:00 pm

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