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January 2020

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Extinction Rebellion letter to Graham Kellas

October 2019

Lana, a Sheffield Extinction Rebellion rebel arrested whilst protesting at the Government Oil & Gas Fiscal Summit, has written a letter to the organiser - who attended the same school, 30 years before her.Read the letter at Extinction Rebellion Sheffieldâ€...

ACORN statement in support of the Kurdish people

October 2019

The campaigning union ACORN has has issued a statement of support of the Kurdish people and the Rojava Revolution in Syria, currently under attack by the Turkish army after Donald Trump’s sudden withdrawal announcement. Turkey is the second largest force...

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Protest against homophobic and Islamaphobic preacher

Sat 25 Jan 2020, 1-3pm, Ponds Forge, Sheaf Street S1 2PB 

A protest has been called against a visit arranged by Sheffield International Venues, of US preacher Franklin Graham, accused of being homophobic and Islamaphobic.

Councillors warned organisers that the visit could lead to protests, and the Bishop of Sheffield, Pete Wilcox, said "Mr Graham’s rhetoric is repeatedly and unnecessarily inflammatory and in my opinion represents a risk to the social cohesion of our city." See the BBC news article here for more details.

It’s Our City - supporters’ public meeting

Sun 26 Jan 2020, 1.30pm, Union St. co-working space, 18-22 Union Street S1 2JP

An open meeting to hear an update and discuss, after the success of the petition for a referendum which may remove Sheffield City Council’s "Strong Leader and Cabinet" style. This very short BBC report explains the local referendum. Supporters are urged to attend this important meeting about the upcoming referendum - your input and ideas are crucial!

After the public meeting, everyone is very welcome to stay on for the Annual General Meeting (approx. 3.45/4.00 till 4.30pm). New Coordinating Group members will be voted in - please consider this. Skills needed include social media, working with and writing letters to the press, graphics/leaflets/posters, fundraising, creating events or just something as ’simple’ as running meetings. Please contact the chair on if you have any questions.

To formally vote at the AGM or to sit on the CG you need to be a signed-up member of It’s Our City! It’s just a quick form to fill, in advance, they won’t be able to process membership applications on the day. Details are here: It’s Our City membership (including information about how they maintain independence from political parties as a community network). The meeting will be on the second floor which is accessible via lift. The ground floor cafe will also be open for food and drinks.

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Extinction Rebellion Sheffield - Monday Meeting

Mon 27 Jan 2020, 6pm, Union St. co-working space, 18-22 Union St. S1 2JP

Extinction Rebellion Sheffield has weekly meetings on Mondays. For anyone interested, who maybe has not been before, this is the best starting point; a time and space for conversation and food sharing.

Details of meetings can be found online via Facebook.

Union Street is a co-working space/co-operative in Sheffield city centre, website here: Union St.

Extinction Rebellion Sheffield

Never Again is Now - Holocaust Memorial Day in Sheffield

Mon 27 Jan 2020, 5.45pm, Hartshead Square S1 2FD

Monday 27th January 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, yet we still have genocides, wars, fascism and borders. The UK government is committing atrocities by detaining refugees in immigration centres and sending them back to the countries that they fled. The right of refugees to seek sanctuary in the UK is too often judged by their willingness to assimilate and their ability to contribute to the economy.

Meet at Hartshead Square 5.45pm to demand sanctuary for all refugees, with a vigil at Vulcan House and following discussion on the UK treatment of Jewish refugees in the 1930s and 1940s.

Organised by If Not Now Then, and Sheffield Student Action for Refugees (STAR)

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Holocaust Memorial Day exhibition, films and vigil

Mon 27 Jan 2020, The Winter Gardens, 90 Surrey St. S1 2LH

As the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day (in the UK since 2001) we share the memory of the millions who have been murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur in order to challenge hatred and persecution in the world today. The 2020 Theme is "Stand Together", as The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust want us to reflect on how genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, and how these tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together with their neighbours, and speaking out against oppression.

"In the years leading up to the Holocaust, Nazi policies and propaganda deliberately encouraged divisions within German society, urging "Aryan" Germans to keep themselves separate from their Jewish neighbours..."

A collection of posters and artwork is being displayed in the Winter Garden, including exhibitions from local schools. Short films will be screened in the Winter Garden on Holocaust Memorial Day [Monday 27 January], from 12pm to 4.30pm, and a candlelit vigil runs from 5.45pm to 7pm in the Winter Garden.

Full details at Sheffield City Council website

Afghan documentary: "Midnight Traveller"

Tue 28 Jan 2020, 6pm, Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row S1 2BX

A powerful documentary about an Afghan filmmaker and his family fleeing persecution from the Taliban and travelling as refugees across Europe. In 2015, after Hassan Fazili’s documentary Peace was broadcast on TV Afghanistan, the Taliban assassinated the film’s main subject, and put a price on Hassan’s head...

Screening followed by Skype Q & A conversation with Director Hassan Fazili. Tickets and full details at link below.

Showroom Cinema

Bringing Antisemitism into Focus, a talk by Dr. Brian Klug

Thu 30 Jan 2020, 6pm, Diamond Lecture Theatre 3, University of Sheffield

Sheffield UCU (University & College Union) is commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day by organising this talk, open to the public, free to attend but book on the link below.

"The talk will place antisemitism in the larger context of Europe’s ‘Jewish Question’, whose roots lie in antiquity. Since the 19th century, both left and right in Europe have legitimised this toxic question. The talk will shed light on two issues that cause confusion and friction: the conflation of anti-Zionism and antisemitism ... "

Eventbrite ticket booking and full details

Class Workshop by D Hunter

Sat 1 Feb 2020, 10am – Sun 2 Feb, 5pm, One Space, 18-20 Union St. S1 2JP

A 2 day workshop engaging with our lived experiences of the class system. Following on from the suummer 2019 event:

Class helps shape all aspects of our lives, including how we organise in social justice movements. This two day workshop aims to deconstruct our classed experiences and the ways in which we reproduce the same class system we fight against, in order to create stronger, more egalitarian social justice movements.

Support the mobilisation of cross-class people working towards radical social change. Support a culture of mutual aid and accountability amongst individuals living and working in Sheffield and surrounding area.

This workshop aims to make space for poor and working class folks to centre and articulate their own experiences and knowledge, share with others. And to support middle class and owning class folks gain recognition and take responsibility for the psychological and material benefits of their class position. Space to talk and plan steps towards change, for taking action such as collectivising and redistributing financial resources.

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