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Stopping the council mowing grass verges

July 2019

A new petition aims to stop Sheffield City Council mowing grass verges at the sides of roads, where there is no foot traffic or safety concern. Long grass is an important habitat for many insects; we need to create more such areas due to climate change. Ro...

Housing co-operative vacancy at Share Instead

June/summer 2019

Share Instead Housing Co-op has a vacancy, and another one very likely soon.Share Instead is a five-member mutual housing co-op living in a spacious old house in Sharrow/Nether Edge with a large garden. They make decisions by consensus and aim to keep ren...

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31st March 2019

Lantern-making workshops for Sharrow Lantern Carnival

March/April 2019

This year the Sharrow Lantern Carnival is on Sunday 7th April. Anyone can make a lantern before the carnival, and these workshops are free. Materials are available, although donations are welcome.

Saturday and Sunday workshops: 1-5pm at the Old Junior School, South View Rd, S7 1DB. March: Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd, Sat 9th, Sun 10th, Sat 16th, Sun 17th, Sat 23rd, Sun 24th, Sat 30th, Sun 31st and Sat 6th April.

Tuesday evening workshops: 5-8pm at St Marys Church, Bramall Lane. March: Tues 12th, Tues 19th, Tues 26th, and Tues 2nd April.

Creative Action Network

Frack Free Festival - Fighting Fracking on Fossil Fools Day

Sat 30 Mar 2019, 10am till Mon 1 Apr, Harthill Village Hall

Family friendly weekend for local communities working together to challenge the fracking threat. Fracking has restarted in UK and multiple sites in South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire are under imminent threat from drilling. Now is the time to learn more about fracking, network with others fighting fracking and learn how we can best protect our countryside, community and the climate!

The Frack Free Festival will be full of workshops and skill-sharing sessions from normal people with extraordinary experience in campaigning against fracking, and dedicated trainers with years of experience. There will also be space for discussions, performances, action planning and opportunities to
learn what has been happening on the frontlines of frack free campaigning.

Saturday: The full schedule of workshops on the Saturday will be released nearer the time. Some of the workshops we have confirmed so far include:
- How to monitor noise levels and air and water quality
- Fracking and Health: the health risks of fracking
- The Rogues Gallery and Creativity of Protests
- The Frack Free KM8 Campaign: how we won and what we learnt
- and much more!

The will be a creative corner throughout the day to make costumes, banners, placards or bubbles! There will also be a kids area, so you can leave the little uns to play if you want to get really stuck into a workshop!

The Saturday evening there will be music and performances and a screening of the film "The Bentley Effect" (the story of the legendary campaign that saw fracking banned in New South Wales, Australia).

Sunday: There will be some more workshops and creative sessions in the morning before a family-friendly march through Harthill. It would be wonderful if different groups could bring their own banners so show how wide the resistance to fracking is and how we are all united!

Monday - FOSSIL FOOLS DAY events to be confirmed.

Veggies Catering Campaign of Nottingham will be providing wholesome food throughout the weekend on a donation basis.

Organised by FrAcktion, a Sheffield-based group fighting for an end to the fracking industry using creative direct action, organised skill shares and training. If you have any queries do not hesitate to get in touch at: fracktionorganisers@gmail.com. They can organise accommodation and advise on car-sharing or buses, for those travelling there. Also, if you would like to get involved with the coordination of the Frack Free Festival, there are lots of ways to do so before and during the festival and they would love your help! Email or come to a Monday evening meeting in Sheffield to find out how to use your skills and time (however much or little you have to offer).

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Painting and Decoration class for women

Sun 31 Mar 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.

WICAT

Racism and Complicity in Ethnic Cleansing are not Charitable

Sun 31 Mar 2019, 4pm-6pm, Showroom Cinema Room 5, 15 Paternoster Row S1 2BX

Come and hear Kholoud, a well known and widely respected in Sheffield for her work promoting justice for Palestine, supporting the Sheffield Palestine Women’s Scholarship Fund and working with Northern Women for Palestine. She returns for another reason. She is a key applicant in a campaign to remove the Jewish National Fund UK (JNF UK) from the register of British charities. The JNF was founded in 1901 and played (and still does play) a major role in the ethnic cleansing and colonisation of Palestine.

Kholoud’s family are from Ajjur but were forced out in the Nakba of 1948. Since then, they have lived in Aida Camp, Bethlehem, just 25 miles from their farm lands in Ajjur, unable to return to, or even visit, what belongs to them. Their land now lies under "British Park", a leisure venue for Israelis, funded by the JNF UK.

Kholoud has submitted her family’s title deeds to the land, as well as tax receipts, to the Charity Commission as evidence that the JNF UK is illicitly occupying her land. The Commission has rejected her case, and the detailed supportive evidence put in by members Manchester PSC and Sheffield PSC. However, they have won the right to a Tribunal appeal hearing, which will take place on Tuesday April 2nd in Manchester.

This application to strip the JNF UK of its charitable status renews a long-standing campaign, dating back some years. The campaign is not confined to the UK but has an international dimension. In Canada, a charity supporting the Israeli army (Beth Oloth) has just lost charitable status and Stop the JNF (Canada) is actively pursuing a similar case.

Palestine Solidarity Solidarity Campaign

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