It has been another busy month at Thousand 4 1000. Not only have we been busy raising funds by selling masks and Christmas cards, one of our newest members, Jimmy, set about raising money by restricting his consumption in the run-up to Christmas to just £1 a day. It was an anti-consumerist move designed to encourage people with a little more than enough to share some of their abundance with those without. He raised over £1000.
November is drawing to a close, as I am sure you have already noticed. We are all currently dragging our way through lockdown 2.0. I hope that you are surviving …
One of our newest volunteers, Jimmy, is a first-year student at the University of Sussex. Interested in the shocking disparities in material comfort between the haves of this world and the have-nots, is decided to explore what it means to have a budget of £1 per day for food in the run-up to Christmas. It is what Jimmy has to say:
Asylum Matters published a report today, 2 November 2020, “Locked into Poverty – Life on Asylum Support”. It somehow manages to be both unsurprising and shocking reading. The Asylum support system is a disgrace.
A very happy Halloween to you all. It occurred to me that I almost always have a celebration for which I can wish you joy as a way of opening these newsletters. I rather like that. The festivals that I know about come from a fairly limited subset of traditions, but every tradition has its feasts. I think that is wonderful. It shows that humans, whatever their circumstances, find ways to be with each other and express joy. Winter is coming, which is big news, if true. Given the circumstances we going to need more than our average quotient of joy to make it through the dark days ahead.