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Extinction Rebellion letter to Graham Kellas

October 2019

An 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.Letter at Extinction Rebellion Sheffield’s Facebook page...

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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12th October 2019

THE INTERNATIONAL EXTINCTION REBELLION

Mon 7 Oct, 10am – Sat 19 Oct 2019, locations globally

Extinction Rebellion (XR) groups across the world are gathering in unity in key cities to rebel, because time is running out. Climate and ecological breakdown has already begun. Leading scientists and public figures, including the UN Secretary-General, have estimated we have as little as 18 months to turn it around.

We ALL need to stand up for the Mother Earth and respect ALL life. Authority and corporations will not listen to petitions, strongly-worded pleas, or climate scientists. They have failed in their duty to protect Mother Earth. The system is broken. Young and old, we must stand together in peace.

See also Extinction Rebellion current updates on our News page.

In Sheffield, Introductory Sessions are now being run on both Saturdays (11am) and Mondays (6.45pm) during the rebellion at Union Street co-working space. Their main meetings continue on Mondays along with the introductions. They are also hoping to run a stall in Sheffield City centre and information drop-in sessions at Union Street on Saturdays, so if you could help with one of these, please email xrsheffield@gmail.com.


XR Sheffield
Facebook event page
XR information page for event
Fridays For Future
Climatevegan.org

Sheffield Green Party fundraiser

Sat 12 Oct 2019, 6.30-10pm, The Printhouse (behind Sheffield Cathedral) North Church St. S1 2DH

An evening of socialising and live entertainment from local performers and musicians, a well-stocked bar and a raffle with contributions from independent Sheffield businesses. If possible, please bring a cake or savoury dish to share.

Tickets £6 on the door.

Sheffield Green Party

John Macmurray Fellowship Annual Seminar: "Freedom and Populism"

Sat 12 Oct 2019, 10am-4pm, Sheffield Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James St. S1 2EW

John Macmurray (1891-1976), moral philosopher and Quaker, was interested in understanding what it means to be a person. His writing offers a new perspective on the human condition, relevant to the problems we face as a world today. His highly original work and thinking was out of tune with the mood of British philosophy in that period, and the academic community have largely ignored his work. sought to understand how we relate together as persons active in the world. He was politically active in the 1930s and provided much analysis of populism and the nature of freedom throughout the rise of right wing extremism at that time.

“one of the crucial tests of democracy is the way in which it treats its minorities. A country in which the majority forces its will upon a recalcitrant minority by sheer weight of numbers is not really democratic at all.”
(Address to the Indian YMCA, 1929)

“… freedom is measured by the ratio between what is objectively possible and what we can actually achieve. … Two things seem to be true together in the strange period to which we belong: that [our] power of achievement has grown vast beyond belief; and that [our] capacity to achieve any serious human purposes is diminishing at an alarming rate. It is an age at once of unparalleled effort and unparalleled frustration”
(Freedom In The Personal Nexus from Freedom: Its Meaning, ed. Ruth N. Anshem,1942)

“ … [politicians] are, like ourselves, subject to the illusion of power. If we expect them to work miracles, we flatter them, and tempt them to think they are supermen. … Those of them who are wise enough to know their limitations, and to be immune to the gross adulation of their fellows, will resign; and government will be carried on only by megalomaniacs, who are capable of believing themselves possessed of superhuman attributes and whose lust for power is the measure of their weakness.”
(Persons In Relation, Faber, 1970)

Details of the annual seminar of The John Macmurray Fellowship, including how to book a place (£15/£7.50 concessions) at the link below

johnmacmurray.org

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