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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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NVDA Training (Non Violent Direct Action)

Sun 21 Jul 2019, 10am-4pm, Union St, 18-22 Union Street, S1 2JP

Training run by Extinction Rebellion, a peaceful movement addressing the climate crisis through non-violent direct action (NVDA). Find out how to take part in Extinction Rebellion actions. The training will cover the practice of non-violent techniques: how to de-escalate tense situations, how to interact with the police, what to do if you get arrested and much more.

This training is designed to give you confidence when on protests and is essential for anyone who wishes to get more clued up on their rights and non-violent direct action. Please note, this is not just for those who are willing to get arrested! It is for everyone with an interest in the cause.

Training is free, but small donations to cover room hire costs are appreciated. Please reserve a space so they can keep track of numbers.

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Women against Stalinism

Mon 22 Jul 2019, 7pm, Victoria Hall Methodist Church Norfolk St, S1 2JB

An event hosted by Sheffield Socialist Forums, with Jill Mountford on Women in Solidarnosc, and Demaine Boocock on women’s struggles in China.

States run on the oppressive Stalinist model have claimed to defend women’s rights. However, in the USSR abortion was illegal from 1936 to 1955 and the state strongly encouraged the role of motherhood for women. The Chinese state has attempted to control women’s bodies through the one child policy, and recent drives encouraging women to have more children. The events in Poland 1980 that led to the collapse of Stalinism in the Eastern Bloc in 1989 will also be discussed. Polish women workers made a contribution to these events yet their story is often downplayed.

Against the authoritarian Stalinist systems women have been at the forefront of the struggles. More details on the page below.

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Foodhall Monthly General Meeting #2

Mon 22 Jul 2019, 6pm, Foodhall, 121 Eyre St. S1 4QW

The excellent Foodhall holds its second general meeting, after the great turnout and positive feedback from the first one last month. Everyone welcome, whether you’re a volunteer or you’ve never been to Foodhall before.

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ACORN Sheffield Quarterly General Meeting

Wed 24 Jul 2019, 6.15pm, Union St, 18-22 Union Street, S1 2JP

General Meeting of ACORN, an activist group campaigning on housing and other issues.

They have big plans for the summer, including an app to take ACORN’s work to the next level and save people in need from violent and traumatic situations, and for self-organising and peer-to-peer led solidarity. Come along if you might like to get involved.

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Marlo De Lara: "Sonic Acts as Resistance"

Thu 25 Jul 2019, 6pm, Red Haus Books, 232 Abbeydale Rd. S7 1FL

Leeds-based Filipino American Marlo De Lara is a prominent figure in a thriving and diverse international scene of female experimental music performers. As curator of the pioneering Ladyz in Noyz compilation series since 2008 she continues to promote emerging artists from around the world on her record label Corpus Callosum.

She talks and performs about the ‘artist struggle’ in the context of current political unrest and socio-historical gender barriers. As she explains: "The work of making art is more critical than ever to the individual and the social body. It nourishes our emotionally exhausted souls by allowing another method to exist and create. Sharing and talking about surviving these tumultuous times feeds the community of individually suffering marginalized peoples. In this way, it is a revolutionary act and a survival method. We must live through this. We must create. We must commune with others and extend our selfcare to the larger community."

Free/£3.50 solidarity tickets.

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Pride in Sheffield 2019

Sat 27 Jul 2019, 1pm-7pm, Endcliffe Park, off Rustlings Rd. S11 7AB

The return of the city's annual community festival and parade celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, non-binary and trans life, and welcoming friends, family and everyone to join in the fun. Everything starts with a parade from Pear Street at 12.00 noon.

2019 is also the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a pivotal moment for LGBT+ communities and a worldwide catalyst for change.

Pride is organised by a committee of elected volunteers, and is funded through sponsorship and donations. Endcliffe Park is 2 miles south-west of Sheffield city centre, at Rustlings Road junction with Ecclesall Road. Buses from city centre are very frequent.

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Celebration of the life of Carmen Olivia Morales-Guarda

Sat 27 Jul 2019, gather 3.30pm, St James Church Hall, Scott Rd. S4 7BG

Sheffield Chilean community and friends gather to celebrate the life of their compañera Carmen Olivia Morales-Guarda, 5.5.1947–25.6.2019. She will be missed, her life touched so many people. Please bring your thoughts, stories, readings, and fondest memories of Carmen. Music, empanadas and yewum (mapudungun for potluck meal / sweets) and light drinks to follow. If you wish to attend please, RSVP to chilescda@gmail.com or text 07853 633637.

ChileSCDA issued the following message:

Con mucho sentimiento quisiéramos compartir la triste noticia del fallecimiento de la Cra Carmen, acaecido el día 25 de Junio en la ciudad de Valdivia. Carmen vivió parte de su exilio en Liverpool junto con su Cro Alan Rodríguez y su hijo José Miguel. Luego retorna a Chile después del ingreso clandestino de su Cro a nuestro país. Un par de años más tarde y debido al cerco de la represión, vuelve a GB y comparte con nosotros en Sheffield el resto de su exilio hasta principios de 1990, cuando retorna definitivamente a Chile.

Cra Carmen, te recordamos y saludamos tu participación en la resistencia a la dictadura y tu compromiso militante con el movimiento feminista. En nuestro pensamiento también está el Cro Alan Rodríguez, su hijo José Miguel, Alan Ford, con quien compartió su nueva vida en Chile, sus hermanos y familia; como también en sus camaradas y amigas/os.

Sus restos descansan en Valdivia, la ciudad que la vio nacer. Carmen, te Saluda el exilio de Sheffield y todas tus amigas de acá y GB.

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