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May 2019

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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...

Extinction Rebellion success in Sheffield?

14th May 2019

Activists from Extinction Rebellion Sheffield have engaged in protests that saw more arrests than the poll tax riots but were entirely peaceful. The movement is favour of a sustainable world free from the impending threat of climate breakdown and full of n...

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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

Stopping the Plundering of Africa – a Festival of Debate event

Wed 22 May 2019, 7pm, Central United Reformed Church, 60 Norfolk Row S1 2JB

The wealth privately sent abroad each year from Africa averages at least four times total international aid. And that’s only the tip of an iceberg of theft facilitated by Western interests.

A panel of speakers invite debate about policy and social change required to end this and other injustices.

Martha Musonza Holman, Love Zimbabwe (Fairtrade charity)
Tim Jones, Jubilee Debt Campaign
Gbenga Shadare, Africa@UK
Sophie Efange, Christian Aid

In association with Global Justice Sheffield. If you would like to receive E-news and updates from national Global Justice Now, visit Global Justice Now and click to subscribe to the newsletter.

If you would like to be more involved in discussions and organising local upcoming events, you can join the ”Activist List” for Global Justice Sheffield by email to and ask to be added to the activist list.

Global Justice Sheffield Twitter: @GlobalJusticeSH

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Can Ethical Be Profitable?

Thu 23 May 2019, 6pm, EYEYE Opticians, 112 Devonshire St. S3 7SF

Lots of people like the idea of supporting ethical, independent and local businesses who pay their taxes. But can you have ethics and profits in a period of austerity? Come and share ideas with local Sheffield business owners who try to offer good value and good values.

Part of Festival of Debate, in association with EYEYE Sheffield. Free to attend, book online at the link below.

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Fri 24 May 2019

School Strike Plus everyone else is invited to join in the biggest UK and global event yet! General strike!

100,000 species go extinct annually due to pollution. Resources are dwindling. We have only 8-12 years left to take drastic and immediate action. Extinction Rebellion urges everyone to respect nature, go vegan for animals and this planet, and join in these protests if you can. This is not going away; this is serious.


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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 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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Sermon of the Soil: Soil Degradation & The Unfolding Global Disaster

Fri 24 May 2019, 6pm, Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate S1 2PP

Professor Duncan Cameron, co-director of the Institute of Sustainable Food, talks about his research into soil degradation across the globe, one of the greatest threats to agriculture. Prof. Cameron looks at the past and present issues, and what we can do to develop sustainable agriculture to feed the world’s population.

Part of Festival of Debate 2019, in association with SHEF FOOD and the University of Sheffield. This event is part of the Our Planet strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather.

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Expressions of protest: Journeys toward understanding

Fri 24 May 2019, 7.30pm, Sheffield Hallam Performance Lab, Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2LQ

Jerusalem born singer-songwriter Avital Raz and performance artist Dani Abulhawa are friends. Dani’s father grew up in East Jerusalem, Avital in the west. On equal ground they explore their heritage and connection to Palestine/Israel through live performance (My Jerusalem), film (The Slide), a short talk and panel debate.

Tickets £10/£5. Part of Festival of Debate 2019.

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Money is Weird

Fri 24 May 2019, 7.30 to 8.30pm, Regather, 57-59 Club Garden Rd. S11 8BU

When it comes to money, Laurence Peacock (BA English Lit, 2008) definitely knows what he’s talking about. OK, fine, he really doesn’t. But he’s tried his best to find out ... From the mind that brought you ironic tax advice (Dodge&Co, Festival of Debate 2017/18) comes a show about money, and how profoundly weird it is. Join Laurence as he tries to answer the fundamental questions: What is money? Where does it come from? And will you give him £7 to talk about it for 50 minutes? No? What if he throws in some jokes and promises to keep the graphs to a minimum?

Part of Festival of Debate 2019. Booking at the link below.

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Edible and Medicinal Plant Walk

Sun 26 May 2019, 1.30 to 3pm, Heeley People’s Park, View Rd. S2 3DJ

Meet opposite the Brothers Arms pub (106 Well Road, Heeley S8 9TZ) and take a gentle walk around the park while identifying plants and learning practical ways of using them as food or medicine. You’ll never look at a ‘weed’ in the same way again. No need to book, just turn up. Suggested donation £5-£15.

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). Our Planet strand kindly sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather, in association with Unity Edible Gardens.

"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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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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