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Palestinian Olive Oil on sale

Autumn 2018

Olive oil from Zaytoun makes a great Christmas present, and supports Palestinian producers fighting Israeli settler aggression. It is available from Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign, call Sheff 2582734 or email oliveoil@sheffieldpsc.org.uk. (Please put "olive oil" in the subject line)

Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Sheffield anti-fracking protestor jailed

October 2018

Sheffield anti-fracking protestor and soil scientist Simon ‘Roscoe’ Blevins has been jailed for 16 months, and two co-defendants were also imprisoned, all for peaceful protest action, climbing onto lorries taking drilling equipment into the fracking site at Preston New Road near Blackpool. After Lancashire County Council rejected the application to frack from Cuadrilla in June 2015, this was overturned by the then Communities Secretary (now Home Secretary) Sajid Javid.

They received wide support amongst local people while occupying the lorries and outside their court appearances.

They are believed to be the first environmental protestors to be imprisoned in the UK since the 1932 Right-to-Roam mass trespass on Kinder Scout. His partner, speaking to crowds in Barkers Pool at the Global Frackdown Carnival on 13th October, told of their shock, anger and determination.

Sheffield is surrounded by three drilling sites where anti-fracking protests continue, at Marsh Lane, Tinker Lane and Misson, all threatening further expansion of fossil fuel use and damage to the climate.

Sheffield Against Fracking

Volunteer Social Media Coordinator wanted

September 2018

Campaigning group Acorn Sheffield are seeking a volunteer who wants experience in a social media role to join the team for a few hours a week. Must be keen to fight bad landlords via a tenant-owned union run by its members, building community power through direct action.

Email sheffield@acorncommunities.org.uk for a chat if you are interested.

Asylum seekers need the right to work

Autumn 2018

SYMAAG (South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group) is one of over 80 organisations calling for people to be able to work legally while claims for asylum are processed. They are supporting the Lift the Ban Coalition campaign launched recently. People seeking refugee status are banned from working while they wait, usually for several years of their lives, for a decision on their asylum claim. They are left to live on just £5.39 per day, struggling to support themselves and their families, as the Government wastes the talents of thousands of people. Asylum seekers suffer poverty, even destitution, or the dangers of working illegally, with no rights or protection at work, unpaid wages, a weakening of all workers’ rights, and the risk of deportation to a dangerous country of origin.

Ironically, people detained in immigration removal centres work for as little as £1 per day for global corporations like G4S, Serco GEO and Mitie who run them, but are banned from work when they are released.

To support the campaign see this Lift the Ban Activism Pack for resources and ideas. In Sheffield you can join free campaign training sessions on asylum seekers right to work organised by Everyday Activism. Reasonable travel expenses can be paid. All are welcome, not only people seeking asylum, and whether it’s your first campaign or not.

Everyday Activism

Ask Chatsworth Estate to stop killing badgers

Autumn 2018

Derbyshire Against The Cull asks you to sign a petition urging the Chatsworth Estate not to be involved in the cruel slaughter of the badger cull in Derbyshire. The Chatsworth Estate, owned by the Duke of Devonshire, has 35,000 acres (140 km2) of land across Derbyshire, including beef and dairy farms, home to hundreds of badgers.

The petition urges Chatsworth to support badger vaccination instead of killing, in an attempt to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB). 2018 is the 6th year of these government-sanctioned death trials. DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) wants to reduce the badger population drastically by 70% in a 25-year plan, even though it is estimated this will only reduce bTB by 16%. The science linking badgers to the spread of bTB is dodgy. Issues such as cattle movements, farm bio-security and bad animal care are more likely causes of the spread of bTB.

20,000 badgers were killed last year alone. In Derbyshire a successful badger vaccination programme started in 2014, but now not even vaccinated badgers are safe.

Petition at Change.org

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