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Occupy London representative to speak at Ethical Capitalism? debate


At 7.30pm on Wednesday 7 December, representatives from Occupy London will be in attendance at an open debate, entitled ‘Ethical Capitalism?’, drawn together by Steve Chalke MBE founder of international charity Oasis.

Hosted just a stone’s throw from the heart of government at The Oasis Centre on Westminster Bridge Road, speakers include:

  • Dr. Luke Bretherton, a Reader in Theology & Politics at King’s College London
  • John Christensen of Tax Justice Network
  • Ken Costa, Former Vice-Chairman of UBS Investment Bank and Chairman of Lazard International
  • Clive Menzies, City Fund Manager
  • Tanya Paton, Occupy London’s Multifaith, Belief & None Working Group.

Steve Chalke, social activist and founder of Oasis, who will chair the debate, said, “This event will generate provocative and active discussion from a wide range of individuals representing a broad political and ethical spectrum. It is important society acts now to provide space for such honest and earnest dialogue in order to explore the pivotal questions emerging from the current situation.”

Doors will open at 7pm at the Oasis Centre at 75 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HS. To book your place click here.

Statement from Steve Chalke regarding questions received about Oasis and academies:

“Oasis is a not-for-profit charity. We do run a family of academy schools. These are state schools and are free to all. Our admissions criteria mean that we do not practice selection, but rather serve all the children from our surrounding communities irrespective of ability or faith.

“Oasis is committed to the academy programme because we believe in bringing quality education to young people living in communities where the predecessor schools had failed them or were in need of more support. All our academies are doing much better than they were before we became responsible for them. Standards have risen in them all.

“This includes the Salford Academy (mentioned in one of the tweets from Brixtonite) where we had to make adjustments to staffing levels because of a combination of inherited long-term overstaffing which has been exacerbated by recent government cuts. This difficult decision was made after careful consideration, but after a transparent process and through the necessity of ensuring that the Academy is financially viable for the future.”

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