Alt-Sheff News The guide to Sheffield's radical, alternative, ethical business and groups Global Justice Sheffield announcement For June 2019 *** Global Justice Sheffield global are looking for willing volunteers for Peace in the Park, Sat 8th June, and the Sharrow Festival, Sat 6th July. Newcomers especially welcome, and you will be placed with at least one "old hand" there at all times, who can help you respond any detailed questions from visitors to the stall. Please contact on if you can help.Their latest actions are:Fight for affordable medicines globally: UK taxpayers are funding billions of pounds worth of research into life-changing drugs - but these are taken over by multinational pharmaceutical companies who sell them back to the NHS at *massive* prices. Global Justice have joined forces with Missing Medicines – a coalition of UK organisations fighting for affordable medicines globally.No toxic trade deal with Trump: A US-UK trade deal could mean chlorinated chicken on our supermarket shelves, US corporations in our NHS, and many of our laws and regulations challenged in international corporate courts. If you would like to receive E-news and updates from national Global Justice Now, visit Global Justice Now and click to subscribe to the newsletter.If you would like to be more involved in discussions and organising local upcoming events, you can join the ”Activist List” for Global Justice Sheffield by email to and ask to be added to the activist list.Global Justice SheffieldTwitter: @GlobalJusticeSH Extinction Rebellion Sheffield statement Statement 24th April 2019 *** This week activists from Extinction Rebellion Sheffield engaged in a major protest that saw more arrests than the poll tax riots and, unlike the riots, was entirely peaceful. This movement was in favour of a sustainable world free from the impending threat of climate breakdown and full of new possibilities. In an attempt to bring a taster of this pollution free world to the streets of London some of the major roads were blocked, the sound of birdsong rang out from the doorstep of BP’s headquarters and speeches proposing solutions to the climate crisis were made.All levels of government from Sheffield City Council to national government have been inactive on this issue for too long. They have engaged in destructive practices ranging from tree-felling and road-widening to fracking and “current, very creative, carbon accounting” (Great Thunberg, 2019). This has left the planet in a state of emergency. We are living through the world’s sixth mass species extinction (Gerardo Ceballos, Paul R. Ehrlich, and Rodolfo Dirzo, 2017) and face the loss of many well loved species.We observe wildfires across local, well-loved moorland. The frequency of these fires is only likely to increase with rising global temperatures (Steven W. Running, 2006). Extinction Rebellion Sheffield activist are willing to face arrest on charges of obstructing the highway in order to demand that we tackle the climate crisis now to ensure an inhabitable world in the future.Fortunately, we have now seen some positive response from those in power. Michael Gove has agree to meet us and Labour has given us their backing. Unfortunately, meetings and talks will not solve the crisis. This can only be done through action.Extinction Rebellion Sheffield invites all those interested in ensuring action is taken to join us in planning future disruptive and collaborative non-violent direct action on the streets of Sheffield. Meetings are every Monday evening at Union St. Cafe. We hope to see you there. April update from It´s Our City April/May 2019 *** It´s Our City have made a new video to highlight the campaign for a fairer Council structure, thanks to all the wonderful people who have been collecting petition signatures. They now have over half the required signatures, but to achieve the target they need to tell everyone in Sheffield about how undemocratic their council is, before the August deadline.If you can, please also support their It´s Our City Crowdfunder. You can also donate using Paypal if you prefer.If you are not able to support the crowdfunder, then an equally valuable thing is to share the petition on Facebook, Twitter etc. It’s all about repeatedly spreading the word to as many Sheffielders as possible. Use this link: It´s Our City Do you want an air pollution monitor? March 2019 *** A new group called Clean Air for Sheffield, in collaboration with Univesity of Sheffield are installing air pollution monitors (measuring particulate matter) across Sheffield - these link up to a citizen science project called luftdaten. So far there are about 20 monitors installed in Sheffield and some show up on the map (it takes a few weeks for them to register). If you want to get a monitor for your house, workplace or other site, they cost £30 (by PayPal to Graham Turnbull and you need to power them (from a USB cable) and connect them to WiFi. Graham will make it and bring it to you, making sure that it works. Or people can build it themselves (but it may involves more work and cause delay in getting data). A kit costs £40. The parts take 2-4 weeks to arrive from China. Graham can be contacted via Free cycle training 2019 *** CycleBoost is delivered on behalf of Sheffield City Council, promoting sustainable travel and encouraging more people to replace shorter car journeys by travelling by bike.They run free Cycling Courses, whether you are a complete beginner or just want a confidence boost, they can provide a course for you through Pedal Ready. Learn to Ride, Cycle Confidence, Road Confidence, and Electric Bike courses are available. To book your place email 2019 course details Dan Jarvis: Save our bus services! Spring 2019 *** Since privatisation by the Conservatives in 1986, bus use here has halved, despite the pollution and climate problems. In London it has doubled. Government transport funding per person is £4,155 in London, but only £844 in South Yorkshire (source: IPPR North report, Jan 2019). Sheffield Green Party is promoting a petition urging more money and public control, and various improvements. It is aimed at Mayor Dan Jarvis, who has powers to manage our bus services.We urge you to please sign the petition. For further information contact or call 07891 484683.Save Our South Yorkshire Buses petition Sheffield People´s Petition Autumn 2018, petition open until Sep. 2019 *** A petition is aiming to improve the system Sheffield Council uses to make decisions. It urges a referendum to move from the current undemocratic "strong leader" system (just 10 councillors have the power to make nearly all decisions) to a modern committee system where all councillors have real power to represent the communities that elected them. This is a big issue for local democracy, it was covered in an Alt-Sheff article in Now Then magazine.The petition is being run by It´s Our City, a non-party-political community network in Sheffield.UPDATE December 2018Feedback shows there is a big gap in people’s knowledge of how the Council works under the strong leader. Virtually everyone does not know that the power to make nearly all decisions is in the hands of just 10 out of the 84 elected councillors. People are genuinely shocked, and about 80%+ support and sign the petition for change, which is heading towards half of the total necessary signatures.What can you do?SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER help on the campaign Communities, Social Media, Publicity or IT teams: LEAFLETS in your local area/on named streets, email if you can do this. INVITE "It’s Our City" TO YOUR COMMUNITY GROUP to talk for five minutes and to have a discussion about Sheffield People’s Petition, email: PAPER PETITION SHEETS by emailing, and gather signatures from your friends, street, neighbours, colleagues.JOIN in ongoing street stalls, events, signature collecting all around Sheffield (details posted on Facebook group “It’s Our City! Sheffield”).SPREAD THE WORD as much as you can, and keep spreading it - ask questions, and stay informed!A Christmas Single has been made by ‘Jumping’ Jason Leman!´s Our City Petition