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Disabled people call for trashing the Metro

May 2019

In the face of a government propaganda campaign supporting the new Universal Credit scheme, Sheffield DPAC (Disabled People Against Cuts) are urging people to dispose of misleading articles.Please take as many Metro Newspapers with DWP Universal Credit adv...

Global Justice Sheffield announcement

For June 2019

Global Justice Sheffield global are looking for willing volunteers for Peace in the Park, Sat 8th June, and the Sharrow Festival, Sat 6th July. Newcomers especially welcome, and you will be placed with at least one "old hand" there at all times, who can h...

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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

Food For Thought

Fri 24 to Mon 27 May 2019, Winter Garden/Millennium Square, St Pauls Place S1 2JF

Join Sheffield’s food for purpose organisations in the ShefFood Village at the Sheffield Food Festival. Explore the issues, meet the people and seize the opportunities to change the health, equality, economy and sustainability of food and drink in Sheffield for the better, for everyone! There will be hands-on activities and people who will talk with you.

Food Explorers Trail, Sat - Mon, 11-6pm
Have fun exploring the Sheffield Food Festival with the ShefFood Explorers Trail. Follow the trail, answer the questions and get your reward! Learn fun food facts and how your food system works. Pick up the trail leaflet from Regather in the ShefFood Village. Suitable for all ages.

Food For Thought ‘Table Talks’, Sat - Mon, 12-4pm
Curious about food and how we feed ourselves? Passionate about better food for everyone? Look out for the ‘ShefFood’ t-shirts and the ‘Table Talks’ signs and join them to share food, drink and conversation together and learn how we can all work together to make the food system in Sheffield better for everyone.

Mr & Mrs VegHead, Sat - Mon, 12-2pm
A Sheffield Food Festival twist to everyone’s favourite Mr Potato Head, everything you need to make a crazy fruit and veg head will be provided. There will be fruit and veg head selfies to share on social media, and a competition for the best head ever! Suitable for all ages.

No Junk Fruit Juicing, Sat, 2-4pm
Kids love drinking fruit juice, but do they know how easy it is to make? Kids can get hands on and messy as they learn about the simple process of making (and drinking!) fruit juice. Fresh fruit, leftover fruit or any fruit that would otherwise go to waste will be available to use, so it’s a great opportunity to learn about reducing food waste too.

Keeping Chickens At Home, Sun, 2-4pm
Kids love visiting the farm and learning where their food comes from. Kids also love taking care of pets. Keeping chickens is a great way to combine both, plus the family gets to eat fresh, tasty eggs. There will be a small flock of hens to watch and feed, and people who are passionate about chickens to talk with.

Kids Seed Sowing, Mon, 2-4pm
Once they have grown their own, kids love growing their own veg. They are more likely to eat them and they’ll have learned a little bit about where food comes from. Kids can decorate their own pot and plant some veggie seeds to take home. Even if you don’t have a garden you can grow your own delicious vegetables in a window box or on a balcony, it’s easy!

Disco Soup, Sat - Mon, 4-6pm
Join the party to collect, chop, and cook leftover food or any food that would otherwise go to waste. The music will be pumping, everyone will be dancing and we’ll all enjoy delicious soup!

Part of Festival of Debate 2019, in association with SHEF FOOD and the Sheffield Food Festival. Visit www.sheffood.org.uk to find more info and how to get involved. Hosted by not-for-profit social enterprise Opus Independents (which also publishes the Alt-Sheff "Localcheck" column in "Now Then" magazine). Free to attend, but please register using the Eventbrite link below.

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"Portraits of a Nation"

Tue 28 May to Wed 5 Jun, DINA, 32 Cambridge St. S1 4HP

DINA is the venue for this week-long photo exhibition to raise money for homeless charities. It features stunning work by @s.t.marks. Entry is free. Opening times 10am-4pm.

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Twitter @dinavenue
Instagram @dinavenue
Email dinavenue@gmail.com

Trip to the West Bank: Feedback

Wed 29 May 2019, 6pm, United Reform Church, Norfolk St. downstairs room

Come and hear about the experience of visiting the West Bank last November. A Sheffield Labour Friends of Palestine talk with information about what their delegation did, and impressions from what was seen and heard. Also information about future visits for those who might be interested in going.

In the visit to the West Bank the SLFP delegation were shown "facts on the ground" such as settler-only roads. The visit also included visits to East Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley, Ramallah, Nablus, Tubas, Bethlehem and the Beit Jala and Cremisan Valley. It included meetings with many groups struggling for justice in Palestine including the UN Office for Co-ordinating Humanitarian Affairs, representatives from Fatah, the Military Court Watch on children in prison, the Free Marwan Barghouthi and all Political Prisoners Campaign, the non-violence resistance committee in the village of Nabi Saleh, a visit to projects in the Al Askar Refugee Camp, and to various schools in Nablus and Tubas. In Bethlehem they visited Aida Refugee camp, and visited the Beit Jala and Cremisan Valley with a representative of the PLO Negotiation Affairs Department.

Please take time to read about Hafez Omar, a Palestinian political poster artist. He was arrested at home in Ramallah on 13th March, and taken by force to an Israeli prison by the military.

Performance: "Far Gone"

Wed 29 May to Sat 1 Jun 2019, 7.45pm, Theatre Deli, 202 Eyre St. S1 4QZ

“If I invited you to come with me on a journey, a story, will you come with me?” Okumu is an innocent boy living with a good family in Northern Uganda. When his village is attacked by Joseph Kony’s Lords Resistance Army (LRA), he and his brother are captured and their lives are forever changed. Follow Okumu through this transformation from boy to child soldier. The boy struggles to fit into the bush life he’s been forced into until one day an unexpected visitor appears ...

Written and created and performed by John Rwoth-Omack Far Gone is a gut kicking physical performance with humour, poetry, and the horrors of being a child soldier. The play also explores how the political and financial decisions made by western powers affect the life of a child soldier and it may even contribute to it. It takes into account the campaign ran by Invisible Children of Kony 2012 to expose and capture Joseph Kony, and asks how ethical this was really, and what the American government really did to help.

Part of Festival of Debate 2019. Tickets £9.07–£11.19.

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Paul Mason - Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of the Human Being

Wed 29 May 2019, 7.30pm, Pennine Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard. St. S1 1WB

Paul Mason is a journalist, broadcaster and author, whose books include PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future and Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions.

He calls for resistance against the politicians and corporations who are trying to exert new forms of technological control. ‘A radical defence of the human being’ means fighting for universal rights, for human-centred institutions, and for the right to resist control of our lives by algorithms.

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). Tickets £9/£11.

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Julia Unwin: Power In Our Hands?

Thu 30 May 2019, 6.30pm, The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane S1 4FW

Julia Unwin CBE, Chair of Civil Society Futures and former Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, continues a collaborative series of much-needed conversations around civic action and civil society. 'Neither the market nor the state alone can re-thread our social fabric, rebuild our democracy and respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing age. We must be at the heart of it. We must lead the way.’

Pay as you Feel. Part of Festival of Debate 2019, hosted by not-for-profit social enterprise Opus Independents.

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Live Late: The People’s Palace of Possibility

Fri 31 May 2019, 7.30pm, Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate S1 2PP

Do you dream of a better way to live? Join a night of John Ruskin-fuelled performance, protest and utopia building. Roll your sleeves up to build The People’s Palace of Possibility with imagineers The Bare Project. Enjoy utopian-inspired performance, music and more, curated by the team behind Wordlife while you create.

Part of Festival of Debate 2019, In association with The Bare Project, Sheffield based theatre and interactive arts company. 'Looking Forward' strand sponsored by Barnsley Digital Media Centre. Bar open. This event is for over 18s only. No need to book, just turn up.

"Living Together" Festival of Debate Hub Day

Sat 1 Jun 2019, 1-6pm, Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate S1 2PP

There are many forces in the world that seek to divide us. To close the Festival of Debate 2019, this Living Together Hub Day seeks to explore new ways that we can live and work together. It explores a range of issues facilitated by a series of short sessions by groups.

All day stalls, from Fairness on the 83, Perspectives on UBI, Disability Sheffield, ASSIST

1-2pm, Disability Sheffield Independence Cafe
Participants will choose and discuss three items from the café menu: Independent Living, Social Inclusion, Choice & Control, then write to elected representatives with key findings from the discussions in relation to social care and how it fits with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People.

1-2pm, How can we build the kind of democracy that empowers us to make connections?
OpenDemocracy editor and journalist Adam Ramsay will run a session based on his pamphlet, Trying to milk a vulture: If we want economic justice, we need a democratic revolution, about how to build the kind of democracy that empowers us to make connections and nurture egalitarian and flourishing communities.

2:15-3pm, Co-operation and Collective Decision Making
The Principle 5 Co-operative Resource Centre believes that cooperation is what the world needs. Representatives from the growing range of cooperatives in this region invite you to discuss how and why they do it - and what exactly it’s like to be running a co-op.

2:15-3pm, Sentenced to Death: Campaigning against the death penalty
Amnesty International firmly believe that no one - including any government - has the right to take away someone else’s life. It is launching a specific network to focus on abolishing the death penalty. Amnesty International will give a talk on the death penalty around the world, with opportunities to take action and support the campaign.

3:15-4:30pm, Responding to hate crime in public spaces
Hate crime in public spaces happens. How do we react? What do we say? Did we get it right? Join Who is Your Neighbour for an interactive workshop and leave with some shared experiences of different responses to hate crime.

3:15-4:30pm, Somaliland: Past, present and future
Join Green Party Cllr. Kaltum Rivers and a representative of the Somaliland Mission in the UK to hear how self-declared independent state Somaliland is functioning effectively as a state and how its future might look. Chaired by Natalie Bennett from Sheffield Green Party.

3:15-4:30pm, Starting a conversation about homelessness
South Yorkshire Housing Association host an interactive event, including a film screening, to encourage conversations about ending homelessness in the Sheffield area.

4:45-6pm, Why are there so many people sleeping rough in Sheffield?
Official figures report that 26 people sleep out in Sheffield on any given night. Are these figures accurate? Who are these 26 people? What is being done to help them? Can we ever get to the point where nobody has to sleep out in our city? Can you be part of the solution? Session in association with Roundabout.

Full details on all of the individual sessions on the website. Reserving a free ticket guarantees you a place throughout the day. Donations will be asked for on the door. Tickets for Festival of Debate Does Question Time need to be booked separately. Suggested donation for daytime events: £5 Part of Festival of Debate 2019 in partnership with Cohesion Sheffield, hosted by Opus Independents (which also publishes the Alt-Sheff "Localcheck" column in "Now Then" magazine).

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Festival of Debate Does Question Time

Sat 1 Jun 2019, 7pm, Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate S1 2PP

The final event of Festival of Debate 2019, a Question Time-style discussion, featuring a variety of leading political figures and commentators, answering direct questions from the audience.

Speakers include:
Outgoing Lord Mayor Magid Magid
Novara Media’s Ash Sarkar
OpenDemocracy editor and journalist Adam Ramsay

This event is part of the Living Together strand which has kindly been sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield. Tickets £7 and £9 at the link below.

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Abolish Exams! A Socialist Vision of Education

Mon 3 Jun 2019, 6pm, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St. James St. S1 2EW

Testing in schools has nothing to do with learning. The market-and-targets-driven discipline is causing a mental health crisis in children, and stress for teachers, but there are alternative socialist visions for education.

Sheffield Socialist Forum, hosted by Workers’ Liberty, present this discussion meeting with Pat Murphy (National Education Union NEC PC). All welcome.

Workers’ Liberty,

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