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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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Nkululeko from Sheffield
That feels like change in the making. I feel at home with these sort of initiatives going on all around me.

Thanks for all you guys that are making change, given this job is often a thankless one.

Events Listings

17th September 2019

Pseudo-Random Divinatory reading and making: a neurodivergent workshop

Tue 17 Sep 2019, 12 noon-5pm, Access Space, AVEC Building, 3-7 Sidney St. S1 4RG

Hestia Peppé is a neuro-atypical artist, researcher and writer, working on a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University. In July this year she was Access Space Artist in Residence, exploring divinatory, oracular and speculative approaches to reading and making in relation to neurodiversity.

Divination is the name given to the ways in which people have, throughout history, sought answers to questions for which they otherwise unable to determine an answer. Common forms of divination are pendulum dowsing, tarot card reading, palm reading, and the I Ching. Artists, writers, readers, and makers are invited to come together to explore the potential of working with the mistakes, troubles, and mysteries of process rather than against them. To examine ideas in relation to divination such as:

debugging
hacking
self diagnosis

This afternoon workshop will introduce the ancient and resurgent practice of divination in relation to the computational application of pseudo-randomness in contemporary technology. Try out some divinatory gestures and methods, and investigate what can open up in process when we do not attach significance to "outcomes" or "mastery".
Discussion will consider the challenges presented by divination to "goal directed" assumptions about "making" in relation to the emerging paradigm of neurodiversity, which through the self-diagnosis and self-advocacy of neuro-atypical people seeks to understand and support "all kinds of minds".

Neurodiversity is understood to be intersectional with existing movements in disability, decolonisation, anti-racism, anti-fascism, feminism, climate justice, and LGBTQIA and worker solidarity. Workshop places £5, bookable via the link below.

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Sheffield Climate Alliance meeting

Tue 17 Sep 2019, 6pm, Quaker Meeting House, St. James St. S1 2EW

Sheffield Climate Alliance meeting discussing the details for ‘Youth Strike for The Climate’ on Friday 20th September, etc. New members are very welcome, please come along. This September monthly meeting will be earlier and shorter than usual, because they’ll also be hosting the "The Big Conversation on Climate Change" with Paul Blomfield MP’ the same evening too (see below).

Sheffield Climate Alliance

"The Big Conversation on Climate Change" with Paul Blomfield MP

Tue 17 Sep 2019, 7pm, Quaker Meeting House, 10 Saint James St. S1 2EW

Sheffield Climate Alliance host this event, focussed on climate change and environmental matters, with a chance to put questions to Paul Blomfield, MP. Jane Thomas from Unlock Democracy will be facilitating, and there will be information stalls and refreshments may be purchased.

To secure your place, please register your attendance through the page below. Everyone is welcome regardless of their own political affiliations.

Eventbrite booking page

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