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April 2019

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Urgent: legal challenge to fracking

Target £10,000 by Apr 28th, 2019, 1pm

Woodsetts Against Fracking urgently need funds to appoint experts for a public inquiry. Ineos Shale claim to listen to the communities where they want to frack but despite 90+% disapproval and less than 1% in favour in the village of Woodsetts, plus two pl...

Animal Farm worker vacancy

Closing Date: 3rd April 2019

The Sheffield Council Animal Farm based in Graves Park which looks after rare and domestic breeds is seeking a new worker. Permanent position, 15 hours per week. Full details below.Sheffield City Council...

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Festival of Debate Open Mic Night

Fri 19 Apr 2019, 7.30pm, DINA, 32 Cambridge St. S1 4HP

Wordlife presents an evening of social change using spoken word, featuring Jackie Hagan and Amy King on the microphone, along with people who apply (to sign up to the open mic email

This event is part of the "Living Together" strand of the Festival of Debate 2019, kindly sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield. Tickets £6/£4 concessions + £1 fee (includes charity donation).

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Misson Springs Solidarity Day

Mon 22 Apr 2019, 10am start, Misson Springs shale gas exploration site, DN10 6ET

A day of solidarity and action at the gates of Misson Springs Shale Gas Exploration Site to highlight the signing of the 2016 Paris Agreement on climate change. This agreement binds 195 nations to an increase in the global average temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. Processes such as fracking fly in the face of this agreement.

Frack Free Misson will fill the road with people and send a message to our government and support this community which faces possible fracking. They will have music, speakers, cake and hopefully beautiful sunshine. Misson is some miles east of Sheffield, past Bawtry. Details at the link below.

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Housing Horror Vs. People Power

Tue 23 Apr 2019, 7.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James St. S1 2EW

ACORN Sheffield host a public conversation about the local impact of a national housing crisis and the ambitious ideas that could revolutionise housing in Sheffield. ACORN are campaigning to hold rogue landlords who profit from unsafe housing to account. Panel featuring Councillor Jim Steinke, decision makers, campaigners and tenants.

The Sheffield Labour party local election manifesto contains no commitment to bring in the citywide licensing that tenants in Sheffield so desperately need. This a final chance before the local elections on May 2nd to get a real commitment to protect tenants. Councillor Steinke will have to pick a side, so ACORN need as many people there as possible to force him to side with tenants against rogue landlords. Help to hold Sheffield City Council to their responsibility to protect tenants. If you can make it, sign up and get your tickets before they run out.

This event is part of the "Our Democracy" strand of the Festival of Debate 2019, kindly sponsored by Sheffield College. Free, but please book at the link below.

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Democracy, Data and Election Scandals: How do we respond?

Wed 24 Apr 2019, 6.30pm, Workroom 3, University of Sheffield, 38 Mappin St. S1 4DT

Digital campaigning is now normal, but recent elections have resulted in scandal. This event brings together Vote Leave whistleblower Shahmir Sanni, the author of the recent Electoral Reform Society report Reining in the Political ‘Wild West’: Campaign Rules for the 21st Century, and Dr Kate Dommett (University of Sheffield) to explore the implications of online campaigning trends for democracy.

This event is part of the "Our Democracy" strand
of the Festival of Debate 2019, sponsored by Sheffield College in association with The Crick Centre & The University of Sheffield. Free, but please book at the link below.

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The Personal is Still Political: a facilitated dialogue

Wed 24 Apr 2019, 7pm, 108 The Moor

Current social and political issues affect us at every level including in our everyday lives. They are mirrored in our workplaces, in our relationships and even in ourselves. More than ever we need spaces for deeper dialogue, opportunities to hear and try to understand one another.

Politicians often present issues in a simple, polarised way, ignoring complexity. Swamped by this kind of news on many important issues, we may find ourselves for or against something, leaving a ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ tag, without deeper reflection - thus reducing ourselves to binary reactions. If this happens constantly, it generates apathy and hopelessness about the future. If you are interested in what creates cohesion or division in Sheffield, join us. You will have the opportunity to engage with others in facilitated dialogue as we explore the topic.

Part of Festival of Debate 2019 in association with Cohesion Sheffield, 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 link below.

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Wed 24-Thu 25 Apr 2019, 7.45pm, Theatre Deli, 202 Eyre St. S1 4QZ

A show about having sexual fantasies that don’t align with your politics, about trying to understanding what you want, and wondering how the hell to ask for it. Performance artist Louise Orwin asks the difficult questions as she takes you on a surreal joyride through femme sexuality and violence.

Talking openly and honestly about sex, this one-woman show interrogates identity, consent and power play. Features explicit Barbie’n’Ken role-play, pop culture references, and sound design by Alicia Jane Turner. For anyone who has ever struggled to find their sexual voice, or questioned the sexual culture they were brought up in, this dares to speak about a subject which is rarely addressed publicly, especially in the wake of #MeToo.

Age Guidance 16+. Trigger Warning: Show contains description of sexual violence. Tickets £9.07–£11.19.

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Making Our Voices Heard - Darnall

Thu 25 Apr 2019, 6.30pm, Church of Christ in Darnall, 61 Station Road

Join a conversation about how to make the voices of people from Darnall heard when decisions are being made in the city and in our neighbourhood. Councillor Jim Steinke, Cabinet Member For Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, will be there to get things started.

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). This event is part of the "Our Democracy" strand, sponsored by Sheffield College. Free to attend, but please register using the link below.

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Mandatory Redistribution Party

Fri 26 Apr 2019, 8pm, Regather, 57-59 Club Garden Rd. S11 8BU

Everyone’s favourite - and possibly the only - radical leftist live comedy show returns to Festival of Debate for a third year. Join Sean Morley and Jack Evans as they brave the classic comedy subject matter of late capitalism, the re-emergence of fascism and the inexorable descent into barbarism.

Tickets £7/£6/£4+10% booking fee at the link below. Part of Festival of Debate 2019.

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Party for the Planet - Extinction Rebellion Fundraiser

Fri 26 Apr 2019, 6pm-2am, DINA, 32 Cambridge St. S1 4HP

Extinction Rebellion Sheffield’s first big fundraising event. There will be vegan world food, live music, DJs, fully licensed bar. Even a raffle, with prizes donated by Ecowolfe, Good Taste, Incredible Nutshell, Just Falafs, Bare Alternative and Beanies Wholefoods. Come and join in eating, drinking, dancing and celebrating life on earth. This will be a fun, inclusive and welcoming space to meet like minded people.

Please check out the Facebook page for the event and mark yourself as ‘going’ or ‘interested’, and it would be great if you were happy to give it a share.

All information about the event is listed on the ticketing site, where you can buy tickets based on a pay-as-you-feel pricing structure. Extinction Rebellion want the event to be as inclusive as possible so have tried to offer discounted tickets for those on lower incomes. If you can afford to pay a little more, please do!!

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