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Sheffield visit to asylum seeker prison

December 2016

On Saturday 3rd December 2016, two coaches left Sheffield to join a 2000 strong demonstration at Yarls Wood Detention Centre, run by the multinational corporation Serco for the UK government. It which houses female asylum seekers, and featured in a 2015 Ch...

Renewable energy going up a gear

December 2016

Sheffield Renewables is a community and a social enterprise that develops, funds, builds, owns and operates renewable energy schemes. Surpluses are re-invested to support local sustainability. As well as currently looking for sites suitable for fully funde...

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Events Listings

The Real Junk Food Café

December 2016

The Real Junk Food Project hosts cafés offering meals on a basis of "Pay what you feel". Venues: Regather Works, 57-59 Club Garden Road S11 8BU, and Steeple Corner Café, 37 Stafford Road, Norfolk Park, S2 2SE. Many opening hours, too many times to cover in full here. See full details on the website below.

Real Junk Food Café

Diversity Fest Fundraiser

Sat 10 Dec 2016, 7.30pm-1am, Royal Standard, St Marys Rd. S2 4AX

An evening of musical delights celebrating diversity and raising funds for Diversity Fest 2017:

7.30-8 Petit Pierre: Electronic rock / Dark pop.

8.15-8.45 Madge Woollard: Excellent piano and bass duo (as seen at Sheffield Pride 2016 and Diversity Fest 2015 & 2016).

9-9.30 LIO: As a little girl, LIO’s back garden was her stage. Over the years she clearly outgrew the birds and the bees, and during her year abroad in Sheffield, UK her passion for music became stronger than ever. LIO is a little hippie at heart, and creates beautiful Indie and Folk music. She sings about love, heartbreak, and the ever present figments of her imagination. So if you listen close enough you might just find out what she truly thinks of you (as seen at Diversity Fest 2016).

9.45-10.30 Vinna Bee: Contemporary folk-electronica from South Wales (as seen at Diversity Fest 2016 and Sharrow Folk Festival).

10.45-11.30 InaVibe: Brilliant RnB / Rap duo fresh from headlining the outdoor stage at Diversity Fest.

11.45-12.45 The Globologist: Amazing global music DJ (as seen at Diversity Fest 2015).

Entry £3 suggested donation.

Diversity Fest

ASSIST Carol Service

Sat 10 Dec 2016, 3pm St Marks Church, Broomfield Rd. S10 2SE

Please join ASSIST for a child-friendly, action packed service for all the family featuring Steel City Band and Vintage Voices. Proceeds will help ASSIST in supporting destitute asylum seekers in Sheffield by providing accommodation, food and support to those in most need or distress. ASSIST is a charity totally reliant on volunteers, grants and the generosity of the people of Sheffield and the surrounding area.

ASSIST Sheffield

Write for Rights - Amnesty International

Sat 10 Dec 2016 from 11am, Weston Park Museum S10 2TP

Every December, Amnesty supporters across the globe will write millions of letters for people whose basic human rights are being attacked. It’s all part of Write for Rights, the global letter-writing marathon. It’s one of the world’s biggest human rights events and carries on a long tradition of people like you writing letters to right some of the world’s biggest wrongs.

Sheffield Amnesty International group will be at Weston Park Museum on the 10th December (Human Rights Day) so please come down, bring the family and help make some greeting cards that will be sent to those people who are suffering human rights violations. They will provide the materials, all they need is your artistic skills and they will send the cards all around the world.

Write for Rights

BitFIXit Cafe

Sat 10 Dec 2016, 12-3pm, Abbeyfield Park House S4 7AT

BitFIXit is a great long-running project giving help with computer and internet problems every Saturday on a ’Pay-As-You-Can’ basis, from a group of volunteers and professionals. Now also open on Fridays at Union Street, and offering home and business visits.

BitFIXit

Defend Tel Rumeida vigil

Sat 10 Dec 2016, 12-1pm, outside Sheffield Town Hall

On UN International Human Rights Day you are invited to join with Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC) in a vigil in solidarity with the embattled Palestinian people of Tel Rumeida, as they struggle to retain possession of their ancestral lands. For over thirty years, Arwa Abu Haikal and her family have tried to prevent the takeover of their land on the hill of Tel Rumeida in Hebron by fanatical Zionist settlers, who are aided and protected by a large force of Israeli military.

Year after year, they and their fellow Palestinians in Tel Rumeida have endured physical and verbal assaults, vandalism of their property, arbitrary detention and restricted movement. They live under constant threat of harm and even death from fanatical settlers. Amnesty International recently reported that Israel has drastically increased the arbitrary restrictions on movement in and around the Old City of Hebron, with the whole area declared a “closed military zone”. In September, Arwa and all the Palestinian residents of Tel Rumeida were issued with numbers, and told that no-one else, family members or visitors, would be allowed into Tel Rumeida if they could not show that they had a number.

Tel Rumeida on Facebook
Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Write for Rights - Amnesty International

Wed 14 Dec 2016, 7pm-9pm, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James St. St. S1 2EW

Every December, Amnesty supporters across the globe will write millions of letters for people whose basic human rights are being attacked. It is all part of Write for Rights, their global letter-writing marathon. One of the world’s biggest human rights events, it carries on a long tradition of people like you, writing letters to right some of the world’s biggest wrongs.

The Sheffield group makes greeting cards that are sent to those suffering from human rights violations in the hope that the message shows their fight for justice. Come down, make a card, eat a mince pie and make a difference!

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Repair Wednesdays

Wed 14 Dec 2016, 11am-5pm, Access Space, Unit 1, AVEC Building, 3-7 Sidney St. S1 4RG

Access Space opens its doors on Wednesdays for you to bring in broken items and they will help you to learn how to repair them. This includes computer/electrical stuff, even clothing or furniture, etc. Our current capitalist system produces inferior products designed to go wrong and need replacing, with the cost paid by us, and the environment. #FightForYourRightToRepair is the new movement promoting the end to this 'built-in obsolence' and unrepairable goods.

Access Space on Facebook

BitFIXit pop-up cafe

Fri 16 Dec 2016, 10am-6pm, Union Street S1 2JP

BitFIXit is a group of volunteers and professionals which has been fixing computers since 2005 on a not-for-profit basis. They pop up every Friday at Union Street co-operative co-working space. Anyone can drop in for a free diagnosis or chat about computer problems. They fix things for £20 per hour (on the spot or collect later). Sessions also on Saturdays in Burngreave.

BitFIXit

BitFIXit Cafe

Sat 17 Dec 2016, 12-3pm, Abbeyfield Park House S4 7AT

BitFIXit is a great long-running project giving help with computer and internet problems every Saturday on a ’Pay-As-You-Can’ basis, from a group of volunteers and professionals. Now also open on Fridays at Union Street, and offering home and business visits.

BitFIXit

"Sheffield Needs a Pay Rise" march and rally

Sat 17 Dec 2016, assemble 1pm, Devonshire Green S1 4HG

“Christmas is coming – the boss is getting fat
Workers need a pay rise – £10 flat!”

Part of Sheffield Trade Union Council’s new “Sheffield Needs a Pay Rise” Campaign. The first city centre demonstration and rally in support of Sheffield’s low paid workers, with a focus on shop workers at Christmas.

Speakers include:

Ian Hodson, National President, Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU)
Louise Haigh MP, Sheffield Heeley
Karen Reay, UNITE Regional Secretary
Joanne Thomas, USDAW Regional Secretary
Natalie Bennett, Green Party
GMB speaker
Workers and union activists from ASOS, Sports Direct and other low paid workplaces

  • Not a single city centre store pays the Living Wage £8.25p per hour (set by the Living Wage Foundation).
  • The Tories’ so-called National Living Wage (£7.20p per hour) is the new Minimum Wage – but only to those over 25 years old. Those aged 18 to 20 only get £5.55p per hour.
  • Bosses can afford it – they just don’t want to pay it.
  • Bullying bosses make unreasonable demands – and threaten you with the sack if you don’t comply.
  • Most workers have seen their pay packets fall in real terms since the Crash – and working families are worse off.
  • For many workers it’s not just low pay: zero-hours contracts mean you never know how many hours work you’ll get a week.
  • Bogus self-employment means you take on all the risks – and get no holiday pay or sick pay
Most workers have seen their pay packets fall in real terms since the Crash – and working families are worse off. Sheffield TUC is supporting workers forming a trade union and taking action to fight for a pay rise. Things can change if you join a trade union and join together to make demands. Sheffield Trades Union Council is the city’s local TUC, bringing together trade union branches and members from all sectors. Established in 1858, it is the oldest TUC in the country, the progressive voice of Sheffield’s Trade Union movement.

March from Devonshire Green to a 2pm rally and speakers on City Hall steps. Estimated finishing time 3pm. Bring your banners. They welcome especially all underpaid workers who need this campaign to help them get a pay rise, it is aimed at all workers, not just those on the minimum wage.

Sheffield Trades Council

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