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11th June 2019

Course: "How Local Councils Work"

Jun-Jul 2019, WEA Sheffield Learning Centre, 3 Vicarage Rd. Attercliffe S9 3RH

A 5-session course of 2-hour talks. Councils are struggling to make ends meet. How they make decisions is sometimes not clear. Local Councils can seem daunting and difficult to deal with yet are a huge part of our lives. This course will help you find out how your Council makes decisions and, importantly, will give you the basics on how to affect those decisions.

Run by Nigel Slack, a Sheffield citizen activist. No pre-reading or pre-course work is required. No skills or experience needed, this course is for beginners. Bring materials for note taking if you wish.

It runs on both days from 2pm. Organised by the WEA (Workers Educational Association), booking below.

Tuesday booking (4th June 2019 - 2nd July 2019, 2pm)

Thursday booking (6th June 2019 - 4th July 2019, 2pm)

Free Julian Assange & Chelsea Manning public meeting

Tue 11 Jun 2019, 7pm, Central United Reform Church, Norfolk St. S1 2JB

The imprisonment of WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange is a political crime that threatens the democratic rights of the entire working class. Wikileaks has exposed the murder by the US military of unarmed civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, among many other atrocities.

Chelsea Manning is a former US soldier who leaked materials to Wikileaks. She is now imprisoned again for refusing on principle to testify to a secret grand jury convened against Assange and Wikileaks.

This meeting of the Socialist Equality Party will cover their demands for withdrawal of all charges, a guarantee against Assange’s US extradition and his safe passage to Australia, and that the Trump administration frees Chelsea Manning immediately and unconditionally.

Socialist Equality Party

Court protest: Woodsetts village Vs INEOS

Tue 11 Jun 2019, 9am, Riverside House, Main St. Rotherham S60 1AE

The largest private multinational company in the UK is set to try and defeat the small village of Woodsetts, in South Yorkshire. In round 3 of the battle against fracking, a public inquiry opens on Tuesday 11 June, in Rotherham.

The local Woodsetts community believed they were safe from the dangers of fracking, after Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council twice turned down INEOS applications for exploratory drilling at local planning level. INEOS appealed to the national planning inspectorate to overturn the decision, hence the public inquiry.

Local people are hoping the inquiry will see the back of INEOS. Woodsetts resident of 50 years, Richard Scholey, says “Our village has spoken and said no to fracking in Woodsetts, or anywhere else, and our elected councillors have said no twice. I’m outraged that INEOS have the arrogance to come back again, in an attempt to force their plans on us against our will, and against the democratic processes we have in place. There are Local Authority homes designated for use by the elderly and most vulnerable in our community, right next to the proposed site, and we don’t want the rest of these peoples’ lives to be blighted by this industrial monstrosity.”

David Burley of Frack Free South Yorkshire says “We know that fracking isn’t the right thing for any village – from HGV traffic congestion, to noisy industrial activity and increased air pollution – this is the wrong move at the very time we know we need to move away from fossil fuels. With a 30 year license, this one well could lead to many wells all around the area for decades to come. We understand the far-reaching impacts of fracking on the environment and peoples’ health, and we really hope for a positive result for Woodsetts in this inquiry.”

Local people have put their own money into a fundraising campaign to pay for barristers and experts to challenge INEOS at this Inquiry. They are David fighting Goliath; taking on a multinational company which puts growth and profit before people and the planet.

Woodsetts Against Fracking are hoping to gather a huge crowd in Rotherham on Tuesday 11 June, from 9am, at Riverside House. They will also be appealing for help from around the globe through a creative social media campaign. Details from matthew@wilkinsonmarketing.co.uk or call 07723 058277.

Woodsetts Against Fracking

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