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April 2019

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Urgent: legal challenge to fracking

Target £10,000 by Apr 28th, 2019, 1pm

Woodsetts Against Fracking urgently need funds to appoint experts for a public inquiry. Ineos Shale claim to listen to the communities where they want to frack but despite 90+% disapproval and less than 1% in favour in the village of Woodsetts, plus two pl...

Animal Farm worker vacancy

Closing Date: 3rd April 2019

The Sheffield Council Animal Farm based in Graves Park which looks after rare and domestic breeds is seeking a new worker. Permanent position, 15 hours per week. Full details below.Sheffield City Council...

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Wed 24-Thu 25 Apr 2019, 7.45pm, Theatre Deli, 202 Eyre St. S1 4QZ

A show about having sexual fantasies that don’t align with your politics, about trying to understanding what you want, and wondering how the hell to ask for it. Performance artist Louise Orwin asks the difficult questions as she takes you on a surreal joyride through femme sexuality and violence.

Talking openly and honestly about sex, this one-woman show interrogates identity, consent and power play. Features explicit Barbie’n’Ken role-play, pop culture references, and sound design by Alicia Jane Turner. For anyone who has ever struggled to find their sexual voice, or questioned the sexual culture they were brought up in, this dares to speak about a subject which is rarely addressed publicly, especially in the wake of #MeToo.

Age Guidance 16+. Trigger Warning: Show contains description of sexual violence. Tickets £9.07–£11.19.

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Making Our Voices Heard - Darnall

Thu 25 Apr 2019, 6.30pm, Church of Christ in Darnall, 61 Station Road

Join a conversation about how to make the voices of people from Darnall heard when decisions are being made in the city and in our neighbourhood. Councillor Jim Steinke, Cabinet Member For Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, will be there to get things started.

Part of Festival of Debate 2019 hosted by not-for-profit social enterprise Opus Independents (which also publishes the Alt-Sheff "Localcheck" column in "Now Then" magazine). This event is part of the "Our Democracy" strand, sponsored by Sheffield College. Free to attend, but please register using the link below.

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Mandatory Redistribution Party

Fri 26 Apr 2019, 8pm, Regather, 57-59 Club Garden Rd. S11 8BU

Everyone’s favourite - and possibly the only - radical leftist live comedy show returns to Festival of Debate for a third year. Join Sean Morley and Jack Evans as they brave the classic comedy subject matter of late capitalism, the re-emergence of fascism and the inexorable descent into barbarism.

Tickets £7/£6/£4+10% booking fee at the link below. Part of Festival of Debate 2019.

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Party for the Planet - Extinction Rebellion Fundraiser

Fri 26 Apr 2019, 6pm-2am, DINA, 32 Cambridge St. S1 4HP

Extinction Rebellion Sheffield’s first big fundraising event. There will be vegan world food, live music, DJs, fully licensed bar. Even a raffle, with prizes donated by Ecowolfe, Good Taste, Incredible Nutshell, Just Falafs, Bare Alternative and Beanies Wholefoods. Come and join in eating, drinking, dancing and celebrating life on earth. This will be a fun, inclusive and welcoming space to meet like minded people.

Please check out the Facebook page for the event and mark yourself as ‘going’ or ‘interested’, and it would be great if you were happy to give it a share.

All information about the event is listed on the ticketing site, where you can buy tickets based on a pay-as-you-feel pricing structure. Extinction Rebellion want the event to be as inclusive as possible so have tried to offer discounted tickets for those on lower incomes. If you can afford to pay a little more, please do!!

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Sheffield Environment Weeks

Sat 27 Apr-Sun 9 Jun 2019

We can be proud of the hundreds of activities that make up Sheffield Environment Weeks, which has run for many years. They range from talks on a range of subjects, to projects like urban agriculture and wildlife conservation. To get involved see the timetable on the website. Officially it runs 27th April to 9th June but some events are on before this.

Sheffield Environment Weeks

Our Democracy - Festival of Debate Hub Day

Sat 27 Apr 2019, The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane S1 4FW

In the wake of the EU referendum it is clear that we have a democratic deficit in the UK - that a range of different voices with a host of genuine concerns are not being heard or enabled to speak to power effectively. The Festival of Debate Our Democracy Hub Day explores some of these unheard voices - as well as the mechanisms by which those voices are able to engage in the democratic process - through a series of concurrent workshops and panel discussions. Suggested donation for daytime events £5

1.30-2.15pm Workshop: What Does 21st Century Workplace Democracy Look Like? Sheffield TUC explore workplace democracy, the role of unions and legislation in aiding workers. How much of a voice can workers exercise in contemporary employment, which is often characterised by low pay and insecure work?

1.30-2.15pm Workshop: Disability and Democracy in Healthcare. The government says it wants to create a society where disabled people can realise their aspirations and potential. This workshop from Healthwatch Sheffield and Disability Sheffield will explore the reality – the issues, challenges and opportunities - with people who are taking action.

1.30-2.15pm Workshop: Black History Month for Dummies, White Teachers & Everybody Else. In a multicultural population, why are educators not teaching a more multicultural curriculum? Melissa Simmonds, parent and founder of MisTÂûght, believes that Black History benefits all children. Hear her story of helping her child’s school make Black History more personal to the communities around them.

2.30-3.15pm Workshop: A ‘Free Press’ is a Cornerstone of Democracy, but how can it be free if it isn’t available to all? ‘Don’t hate the media, become the media,’ said Jello Biafra. A workshop from Burngreave Messenger, exploring how to use written media to promote your campaign, creating engaging content for hyperlocal, social and mainstream media.

2.30-3.15pm Workshop: Direct Action Gets The Goods. How to take on your landlord and win. Join ACORN Sheffield for a short workshop and Q&A on the union’s highly effective, sometimes controversial, use of direct action against landlords and letting agents.

2.30-3.15pm Workshop: Transport Poverty. Cycling currently accounts for just 2% of measured trips. Under 30% of households in Sheffield City Region don’t have a car, but with public transport changing routes and raising fares, many are in ‘transport poverty’. Join Cycle Sheffield to debate how to enable the majority to travel across Sheffield sustainably.

3.30-4.45pm Workshop: Rebooting Politics. From health to housing, why is the government failing to tackle societal challenges? Unlock Democracy host this workshop exploring how to shake up stale politics, get big ideas heard and push for radical change - with a focus on action.

3.30-4.45pm Talk: The Gender Pay Gap, One Year On. The Women’s Equality Party discuss the gender pay gap. What can be done for women from all backgrounds to achieve parity with men? What challenges lie ahead after regulations in April 2018 requiring companies to reveal differentials in pay?

5-6.45pm Panel: Radical Neighbourhoods. How is Local Democracy Changing? New forms of local neighbourhood democracy are emerging. From active citizens coming together on campaigns, to newly devolved forms of local authority. Featuring Jim Steinke (Sheffield City Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods), Nigel Slack (Active Citizen), Ruth Hubbard (It’s Our City) & Kate Faulkes (Head of Stronger Communities in Barnsley Council). Chaired by Maddy Desforges (Voluntary Action Sheffield).

This event will be followed by a screening of the acclaimed documentary Brexitannia and a Q&A with director Timothy George Kelly (tickets sold separately).

Part of Festival of Debate 2019 in partnership with Voluntary Action Sheffield, sponsored by Sheffield College. Festival of Debate is hosted by not-for-profit social enterprise Opus Independents (which also publishes the Alt-Sheff "Localcheck" column in "Now Then" magazine).

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Wall Tiling class for women

Sun 28 Apr 2019, 10-4pm, WiCAT, Endeavour Centre, Earl Marshal Rd. S4 8FB

Women In Construction, Arts & Technology (WiCAT) run classes in practical trades for women.

WiCAT has no regular funding and relies on volunteers for every aspect of the work. Many people make regular annual or monthly donations through their Pledge a Tenner campaign At present, classes need to be self financing. They are seeking funding to help subsidise some classes in the future so that people on a low income are able to access them.

All classes cost £35 each. Booking is through the website below.


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