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September 2019

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Natalie Bennett appointed to House of Lords

Sept 2019

Natalie Bennett, the former Green Party leader who lives in Sheffield, has been appointed to the House of Lords - which she thinks should be abolished. She noted that the Greens have three parliamentary representatives but this is only 0.2% of the combined...

Tenants: Sign the open letter from ACORN

Sept 2019

For years ACORN has been on the front line of the fight against homelessness and housing insecurity. They have prevented hundreds of evictions and where necessary, physically stopped them by confronting bailiffs and landlords with united community action.F...

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20th and 27th Sep 2019

On Friday 20th and Friday 27th September 2019, Greta Thunberg and other young environmental activists will lead a climate strike around the world, and they want adults to join in too, on the 20th or 27th, or preferably both.

In between is a week of action.

Youth Strike 4 Climate are leading on Sheffield Climate Strike event on 20 September. Details for the day are now available and workers along with everyone else are encouraged to take part. Meet from 11am at Devonshire Green. A march will set off to the City Hall at noon for a rally from 1-3pm. Even if you can only attend during a lunch hour, your support will help show the strength of support for action on the climate emergency.

Climate chaos has started, and 300 species are going extinct every day (100,000 a year) due to pollution. This is an emergency! Join the pressure for urgent change.

Statement by activist Greta Thunberg (who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Woman of the Year, and Vegan of the Year).

The links below are useful background information, followed by the main website.

Fridays For Future
Campaign against Climate Change
School Strike 4 Climate
Kottke - Response from one company
Indybay - International coverage from San Francisco - How can adults support young climate strikers?

Global Climate Strike

On The Surface Of Things

From Fri 20 Sep 2019, 7-10pm, Access Space, AVEC Building, 3-7 Sidney St. S1 4RG

This exhibition is the first of a series of events at Access Space over the coming year which invite artists to respond to the extraordinary contemporary circumstances. On The Surface Of Things is an exhibition of artworks that relate to our environment, either through our dependency on it, our relationship to it, our interactions with it, or our experiences of it.

An action affiliated with Extinction Rebellion Sheffield, in response to the declaration from Sheffield City Council of a climate emergency.

Opening Event including large scale film projection on the exterior of Access Space, (AVEC Building, opposite corner from The Rutland pub).

Film screening of short films by:
Kayla Parker,
Joshua Evan & Antonis Sideras,
Alessandro Carboni,
Lorraine Clewlow,
Matteo Zamagn,,
Dan Shipsides,
Andrew Payne,
Eva Rudlinger,
Nichola Rodgers,
Richard Bond,
Isabella Martin,
Amy Wilson.

The exhibition continues until 4th October, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11am-6pm.

It is curated by Sadie Renwick, Rachael Kidd & Access Space and includes a long list of artists - in alphabetical order: Krishna Alageswaran, Lizzie Alageswaran,, Annie Anthony-Mays, Anthony Bennett, John Brokenshire, Daniel Bustamente, Stephen Carley, Claire Jane Carter, Jennifer Clowes, Krystal Collison, Cath Dunn, Alex Ekins, Paul Evans, Gill Gathercole, Ellie Harrison, Rachael Kidd, Tessa Amy Lyons, Anne Parfitt, Julia Parks, Sadie Renwick, Katherine Rhodes, Dan Shipsides, and Ric Warren.

Closing party Friday 4th October from 6pm, followed by a fundraiser for Extinction Rebellion, venue to be confirmed later.

Access Space

Merazonia Jungle Groove Charity Festival

Sun 22 Sep 2019, 3pm-late, Hathersage Football Pitch, Hathersage, Hope Valley

Merazonia is a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre in Ecuadorian rainforest, founded in 2004. They care for primates, sloths, felines, parrots, otters and other animal victims of the illegal pet trade and deforestation. Their aim is to return them to the wild as soon as possible.

This festival, in the UK for the very first time, has live music, informative talks, local stalls, delicious food, local craft beers and so much more! Tickets are available to book online and all proceeds will benefit Merazonia directly. Hathersage is under 20 minutes by train from Sheffield.

Jungle Groove

Nottingham Prints - Radical and Alternative News Media from 5 Decades

Fri 27-Sun 29 Sep 2019, Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham NG1 2GB

Note this event is not in Sheffield, but could be of interest.

Sparrows' Nest Library and Archive has been operating since 2008 (like Alt-Sheff). It holds books, pamphlets, zines, leaflets, posters etc. focussing on the history of anarchist and social movements, protests and radicalism in Nottinghamshire, and the wider regions of East Midlands and South Yorkshire. They offer an online catalogue with downloadable copies, and visits by arrangement.

This event covers 50 years of Nottingham's rich tradition of radical publications. Note it is being held not at the archive, but in Notts Zine Library at Nottingham Contemporary, in the city centre. Free entry, accessible venue.

Sparrow's Nest

Dr. Bike Clinic

Fri 27 Sep 2019, 11am-3pm, outside IKEA, Sheffield Rd. S9 2YL

Not sure if you bicycle is fit for the road? Dr. Bike Clinics offer the chance to bring your bike along for a FREE safety check. A Sheffield Cycle Boost service, open to the public.

Dr. Bike Clinics

The Blood of Our Children protest

Sat 28 Sep 2019, 11am-1pm, Sheffield city centre venue(s)

The Blood of Our Children is a public protest hosted by Extinction Rebellion Sheffield.

Climate and ecological breakdown is here. Children are already having to flee their homes due to extreme weather and food shortages exacerbated by the climate and ecological crisis. Society's continued failure to tell the truth and act on the climate emergency condemns our own children and young people around the world to a more volatile and more dangerous future. Society's inaction is sacrificing our children's future and this beautiful planet for a few more years of destruction.

In this dramatic protest, Extinction Rebellion Sheffield will draw attention to the climate crisis and the effect that continued inaction will have on the future of our young people. This will be a non-disruptive action and everyone is invited to join in. More details about the event will go on the Facebook page below.

Facebook event page
Extinction Rebellion Sheffield

The Vegan Night School

Sat 28 Sep 2019, 10.30am-4.30pm, Sheffield Students Union, Western Bank S10 2TG

The Vegan Night School presents: Going Vegan, Staying Vegan.
What the science tells us about how people change their lifestyles, and sometimes don’t, and what you can do to help others and yourself live aligned with your values. Come hear Dr Alex Lockwood (vegan academic and author of The Pig in Thin Air), Leigh Venus (vegan activist and Minimalists, Newcastle) and Ben Thorne (Anonymous for the Voiceless, The Vegan Night School) share what they’ve learnt from psychology, arts and practice in a fun, non-judgemental interactive session.

Facebook event page

Sheffield Vegan Festival

Sat 28 Sep 2019, 10.30am-4pm, Sheffield Students Union, Western Bank, S10 2TG

All welcome, for free samples, discounts, food tasting, vegan food stalls including chocolate, cheese, cakes, takeaway food, animal sanctuaries, clothing and so much more. There will also be some fabulous talks and demos on from some amazing people and businesses.

For information about exhibiting, speaking, sponsoring the festival, volunteering on the day or anything else please email

Admission £2 in advance here or £3 on the door for adults and £1 for children. Under 5’s and carers go free, price includes entry into all speaker presentations and workshops.

Facebook event page


Sun 29 Sep 2019, 1-9pm, Hagglers Corner, 586 Queens Rd. S2 4DU

Returning for another year, the celebration for people of every gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age and ability. A statement of unity and mutual respect between the many communities of Sheffield. Free to attend, all welcome.

Diversity Fest

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