Alt-Sheff Events The guide to Sheffield's radical, alternative, ethical business and groups Shut Down Morton Hall Immigration Removal Centre protest Sat 20 Oct 2018, 12-3pm, Swinderby, nr Lincoln LN6 9PT *** Morton Hall is a prison contracted to the Home Office as an Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) and can detain 392 people. Four people died at Morton Hall in the year to April 2018. The Prisons Inspectors in March 2017 reported on Morton Hall: “Nearly half the detainees told the inspectors they felt depressed or suicidal on arriving at Morton Hall.” See here for a report on Morton Hall and previous protests.Student Action for Refugees are organising a coach from Sheffield to Morton Hall leaving at 10am, returning around 4pm. see their Facebook event page, or reserve a place on the coach at Eventbrite.To prepare, there is a banner making session on Wednesday 17th October, 5-6pm at the Activities and Sports Zone in Sheffield Students Union. Details on Facebook.There may also be places in cars to Morton Hall from South Yorkshire. Contact SYMAAG if you want a lift.SYMAAG (South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group) Talk: Steve Bell on Jeremy Corbyn Sat 20 Oct 2018, 6pm, Pennine Theatre, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam, Howard St. S1 1WB *** Political cartoonist Steve Bell presents "Corbyn: The Resurrection", an entertaining account of the rise of left-wing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn through years of political turmoil.Part of Off The Shelf Festival of Words. Tickets on the door £9/£8 concessions, or in advance £8/£7 concessions, at the link below.Off The Shelf Film: Beyond The Frontlines: Tales Of Resistance and Resilience from Palestine Sat 20 Oct 2018, 4pm, The Hub, Hallam Students’ Union, 6 Paternoster Row S1 2QQ *** A film screening and Q&A with Palestinian psychiatrist Dr.Samah Jabr. The film shows his work with people traumatised by supporting the resistance to Israeli occupation.“The Palestinians perceive the Israeli authorities as taking sadistic satisfaction in our suffering. In response, the Palestinians often present a tough exterior, masking their emotions and effacing all signs of vulnerability in the face of those who killed their loved ones. Some Palestinians go further, trying to avoid inflicting further pain on their family members by holding their grief to themselves.”Organised by Sheffield Hallam students’ Palestine Society and supported by Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign.Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign The Proclaimers Sun 21 Oct 2018, 7.30pm, Sheffield City Hall, Barkers Pool S1 2JA *** 30 years since their Sunshine On Leith album, new wave/punk folk band The Proclaimers (Scottish twins Craig and Charlie Reid) bring their songs of personal and political wit and honesty to Sheffield. A rare exception to the otherwise solidly mainstream programme at Sheffield City Hall.Tickets £36.40 (inc. booking fee)Sheffield City Hall "WTF – Robert Peston" Mon 22 Oct 2018, 7.30pm, Octagon Centre, University of Sheffield, Clarkson St. S10 2TQ *** Journalist Robert Peston talks about current issues like austerity, Brexit, social mobility, Grenfell Tower, and Donald Trump. He calls for radical changes in education, politics, the economy, worker empowerment, understanding, tolerance and optimism.Part of Off The Shelf Festival of Words. Tickets on the door £11/£9 concessions, or in advance £10/£8 concessions, at the link below.Off The Shelf History of Allotments Tue 23 Oct 2018, 7pm, Regather Works, 57-59 Club Garden Road S11 8BU *** Margaret Boulton presents a history of the peoples’ allotments in Sheffield from the 18th century through to the present day. Margaret is from the Sheffield Allotment Federation and author of "A History of Allotments in Sheffield". Free to attend, details and RSVP to reserve a place below.Regather What’s in Our Water? Tue 23 Oct 2018 5.45pm, Waterstones Bookshop cafe, Orchard Square S1 2FB *** How is drinking water quality controlled to prevent public health risks? A talk by Dr Isabel Douterelo Soler of the University of Sheffield Department of Civil and Structural Engineering.Free to attend, no need to book, but spaces are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Book tickets at the link below. Part of the 2018 Off the Shelf festival of words. Off the Shelf Escaping from the Amey PFI maze Tue 23 Oct 2018, 7pm, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St. James St. S1 2EW *** A meeting about the £2.2B Amey PFI contract with the Council to repair Sheffield roads and cut down thousands of trees. Dexter Whitfield of European Services Strategy Organisation, a leading activist campaigner and researcher on privatisation and the negative effects of PFI contracts, will be speaking.This is a participatory event, open to all, explaining how PFI works and how contracts can be challenged. Free admission (donations welcome).Note: organised by Alan Story/No Stump City, which is a small group (no known website) for independent action to save Sheffield street trees. It is separate from STAG, Sheffield Trees Action Groups, the main umbrella campaign against the tree felling. For details please email Volunteering with ASSIST - Information session Tue 23 Oct 2018 5.30 to 6.30pm, Room 43, Victoria Hall, Chapel Walk entrance S1 2JB *** A short presentation about ASSIST’s work and a chance to find out about the volunteer roles that are currently available, and how to apply for them. All welcome. ASSIST Sheffield supports some of the most vulnerable people who have been unsuccessful in their applications for asylum and as a result have been made destitute. Many of them have escaped the unimaginable horrors of war, violence and persecution. Without refugee status, asylum seekers are not allowed to work. Once their initial application for asylum has been turned down many are left homeless and destitute with no right to housing, benefits or other vital support, so ASSIST is an invaluable lifeline.ASSIST Sheffield Talk: Council housing Wed 24 Oct 2018, 7pm, Studio, University of Sheffield Students Union, Western Bank S10 2TG *** John Boughton is the researcher and writer behind the website Municipal Dreams. He presents "Municipal Dreams: The Rise and Fall of Council Housing", a history of local authority housing in the UK, including Sheffield. He reviews the idea of state housing, through the Tory disaster of "Right to Buy" and controversial regeneration schemes. Good housing, he argues passionately, is vital for society.Part of Off The Shelf Festival of Words. Tickets on the door £7/6 concessions, or in advance £6/5 concessions, at the link below.Off The Shelf "Unexplained" Wed 24 Oct 2018, 7.30pm, Firth Hall, Firth Court, University of Sheffield, Western Bank S10 2TN *** Researcher and writer Richard MacLean Smith talks about his book "Unexplained". Based on his podcast series Unexplained, it covers strange unsolved mysteries from around the world, analysed with open minded scepticism. Subjects range from political conspiracy theories to historical cases, and whether things traditionally thought to be supernatural may in fact lead to new scientific discoveries.Part of Off The Shelf Festival of Words. Tickets on the door £9/£8 concessions, or in advance £8/£7 concessions, at the link below.Off The Shelf What is life like for victims of modern slavery now? Thu 25 Oct 2018, 5-7pm, Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Riverside East House, 2 Millsands S3 8DT. *** The Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU) is a small charity that specialises in legal advice to victims of modern slavery. They are opening an office here, and marking the launch by bringing people together who work in this area. The event will be almost three years after the Modern Slavery Act came into force and will look at what life is like for survivors now. Paul Blomfield MP will be speaking, as MP of Sheffield Central and someone who has a strong interest in the rights of survivors of modern slavery. He helped establish the charity Focus on Labour Exploitation and is now their trustee. He is also a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration. Also a panel of speakers including Detective Sergeant Nikki Leach from South Yorkshire Police Anti-Slavery Unit, Phillipa Roberts, Director of Legal Policy at Hope for Justice, barrister Lucy Mair of Garden Court North and Robin Brierley, Chair of the West Midlands, Cleveland and Cheshire Anti-Slavery Networks.There will be several members of the ATLEU team present to speak to after the event. Hosted by Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, who are also providing refreshments (drinks from 6.30pm). There is disabled access. Free to attend but it would be very helpful if you email to give them an idea of numbers and if you have any dietary requirements. Spirit of Africa Festival Fri 26 & Sat 27 Oct 2018, 10am-10.30pm, various venues *** Utopia Theatre and Sheffield Theatres present a two-day festival celebrating Africa and the African diaspora (including local artists). It covers traditional and contemporary music, theatre, film, fashion, visual arts, dance, poets, thinkers, and education workshops, with networking and food and drinks.All ages are welcome. All events and workshops during the festival are free, except for acts on the Crucible Stage.Spirit of Africa Sheffield Cycle Jumble Sat 27 Oct 2018, 9am-12, St Marys Church, Bramall Lane, S2 4QZ *** The twice-a-year chance of a cycle-related jumble sale. A great array of bikes, parts, clothing and accessories. Over 50 stalls. Well worth riding over there. Admission £1.Sheffield Cycle Jumble Looking Forward, Looking Back: Somali Poetry Sat 27 Oct 2018, 12pm, (to be confirmed), Crucible Theatre, 55 Norfolk St. S1 1DA *** A bi-lingual event celebrating the powerful writing and poetry of Somalia, damaged by war, poverty and colonialism but rich in history, beauty and wisdom.Part of Off The Shelf Festival of Words, in collaboration with The Spirit of Africa Festival.Off The Shelf Migration Stories Sat 27 Oct 2018, 12.30pm, Hindu Samaj Cultural Centre, 21 Buckenham St. S4 7JQ *** People and families migrated to the UK share their stories in a friendly group, hosted by Vibha Shanbhag and Madhu Davda.Organised by Sheffield Aastha Over 50s group, as part of Off The Shelf Festival of Words. Note: limited disabled access; please contact the venue beforehand. Free to attend.Off The Shelf