Diary of Events
(last updated 22nd January 2015)
- Sunday 25th January 6.30pm-7.15pm Vigil outside City Hall re Victor Stallone’s links with Israeli Defence Force. Organised by Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign
- Tuesday 27th January 2015 7pm Trades and Labour Club. Chris Skidmore NUM Yorkshire Area Chair addresses Sheffield Trade Union Council. Visitors welcome
- Thursday 29th January 7pm Public Meeting on TTIP with Linda Kaucher East Derbyshire Council Offices Chesterfield organised by Save Our NHS
- Friday 30th January “United We Stand” 7.30pm Barnsley Civic Theatre Townsend productions play about Shrewsbury 24 Pickets. Sponsored by Barnsley TUC
- Thursday 5th February. – National Voter Registration Day – Volunteers Required!
Sheffield Peoples Assembly and Sheffield TUC are holding stalls at both universities
and in Sheffield city centre to get people to register. Can you help?
- Wednesday 18th February 2015 7.30pm “We Are Not Going Back” Red Ladder production about the Miners Strike. Sheffield Trades and Labour Club. Sponsored by Sheffield Trade Union Council. Tickets only £7 waged, £4 unwaged (flyer attached)
- Wednesday 18th February “Still The Enemy Within” 6pm Wortley Hall Award winning documentary film about the miners’ strike. £6.50 price inc pie and peas supper
- Saturday 21st February LGBT History Month event. Friends of Edward Carpenter (FOEC) are establishing a piece of public art dedicated to the social campaigner, poet and writer – Edward Carpenter – who lived in and around Sheffield over a hundred years ago. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book a stall.
- Tuesday 24th February 2015 LEN McCluskey General Secretary UNITE addresses Sheffield Trade Union Council AGM 7pm Trades and Labour Club. We are delighted Len McCluskey has agreed to speak to Sheffield Trade Union Council’s AGM. Visitors are very welcome
- Saturday 28th February Sheffield TUC Black Workers eventPakistani Muslim Centre
Darnall. N.B. this event was rescheduled from original date 24.01 (see flyer attached)
- Monday 2nd March 1pm Protest outside MAXIMUS Medical Assessment Centre Hartshead, Sheffield. Organised by Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC
- Saturday 7th March 2015 “With Banners Held High” Wakefield Unity Works All day event to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Miners Strike. (Flyer attached)
- Saturday 7th March “Time to Act” Campaign against Climate Change London
March and rally linking trade unionists and environmentalists on a positive strategy of 1 Million Climate Change Jobs. Transport is available from Sheffield -see below.
- Thursday 19th March Day of Action against Benefit Sanctions. Various events organised nationally by UNITE Community against savage regime of benefit cuts and sanctions
- Saturday 21st March London
“Stand Up to Racism and Fascism” national demonstration
Organised by Unite Against Fascism (UAF) Supported by Sheffield Trade Union Council
- 27th March – 13th June “Posters of protest and revolution”Civic Theatre Barnsley. V&A visiting exhibition. Admission free.
- Wednesday 1st April Action for Rail. Various events at rail stations across the country campaigning against rail privatisation
Please scroll down for more information on the above events:
Sunday 25 January Outside City Hall 6.30 and 7.15pm
Leafleting tickets holders for Sylvester Stallone event at the City Hall.
Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign is organising a silent, candlelight or torchlight protest against Victor Stallone’s connection with the Israeli Defence Force, and leafleting those attending the event – in memory of the 2139 Palestinians killed in Gaza during Summer 2014, including 490 children, and the 110,000 Gazans still homeless and living in their damaged home or in tents under a severe winter storm. Please join us at the protest and bring your friends.
In November 2014, just three months after Israel’s Operation Protective Edge on Gaza, Stallone joined Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbra Streisand, Pamela Anderson and other Hollywood stars to participate in a fund-raising event for the Friends of the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). The event raised $33 million. FIDF’s motto is: “Their job is to look after Israel. Ours is to look after them.” Reportedly, 16 members of the IDF were present, most of whom had taken part in Operation Protective Edge (the Summer 2014 assault on Gaza).
Tuesday 27th January 2015 7pm Sheffield Trade Union Council
Chris Skidmore NUM Yorkshire Area Chair address to STUC Delegate Meeting
Trades and Labour Club Sheffield Chris will be talking about the future of the coal industry and also about the Miners Strike 30 years ago including the campaign for justice around Orgreave. Visitors and observers are welcome – please register at the door
Thursday 29th January 7pm East Derbyshire Council Offices Chesterfield
Public Meeting on TTIP with Linda Kaucher
Organised by Save Our NHS. This secret EU-US Trade Agreement is a neo-liberal charter to give corporate capital the freedom to move goods and make profit at our expense – and give big business the power to sue national governments if their interests are threatened!
Friday 30th January 7.30pm Barnsley Civic Theatre
“United We Stand” Townsend productions play about Shrewsbury 24 Pickets
A clever, entertaining and hard-hitting play about the 1972 National Building Workers strike and the state’s revenge by imprisoning Ricky Tomlinson and others under outdated conspiracy laws. Tickets £12 concession £10. Sponsored by Barnsley TUC
Thursday 5th February. -Volunteers Required!
National Voter Registration Day
Sheffield Peoples Assembly and Sheffield TUC are holding stalls at both universities and in the city centre to get people to register. Can you help?
The Coalition Government’s move to individual voter registration (as opposed to household) has had the desired effect – millions of students, young people and working class voters are not registered – and 44% of those not registered DON’T KNOW!
Please contact Sheffield Peoples Assembly if you can help on one of our stalls email@example.com
Wednesday 18th February 2015 7.30pm Sheffield Trades and Labour Club (flyer attached).
“We Are Not Going Back” Red Ladder production about the Miners Strike. Sponsored by Sheffield Trade Union Council.Tickets £7 waged and £4 unwaged. Please firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase tickets or you can buy them online at
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/were-not-going-back-tickets-14726851409 For more information on the production please seehttp://www.redladder.co.uk/whatson/going-back/ N.B. Tickets will be on sale at STUC Delegate Meeting Tuesday 27th January
We’re Not Going Back is about the 1984/85 miners’ strike… more or less.
But, in this hard-hitting musical comedy there are no miners. Instead, we follow the fortunes of three sisters in a pit village, hit hard by the Government’s war against the miners and determined to set up a branch of ‘Women Against Pit Closures’
Olive, Mary and Isabel are like any other sisters whose everyday squabbles became a background hum to the strike that forced them to question their lives, their relationships and their family ties.
We’re Not Going Back tackles the resilience of working communities, the make-and-mend fabric of family and the power of sticking two fingers up to a government hell-bent on destruction… and all with humour, song and a six pack of Babycham.
Red Ladder are delighted to be working with Unite the union, North East, Yorkshire & Humberside on this production. For further information about their work visit their website
Wednesday 18th February 6pm Wortley Hall
“Still The Enemy Within” Award winning documentary film
This film is a series of interviews with miners and the wives who took part in the strike, coupled with documentary footage to deliver a hard hitting account of this incredible struggle 30 years ago. Ticket £6.50 price inc pie and peas supper. Film starts at 7.30pm
Saturday 21st February
Friends of Edward Carpenter (FOEC) LGBT History Month event.
The Friends of Edward Carpenter (FOEC) are establishing a piece of public art dedicated to the social campaigner, poet and writer – Edward Carpenter – who lived in and around Sheffield over a hundred years ago and raise his profile as a positive role model for people, not only locally but more widely, highlighting the important social issues he promoted such as trade unions, environmentalism, peace, women’s rights and gay rights – to name but a few. We have the agreement of Sheffield City Council for a city centre site for the public art, hopefully adjacent to the Crucible and Lyceum Theatres. The project has attracted a lot of support and positive attention locally, nationally and internationally. Please email@example.com to book a stall.
Tuesday 24th February 2015 7pm Sheffield Trades and Labour Club.
Len McCluskey General Secretary UNITE addresses Trade Union Council AGM
We are delighted that Len has agreed to come up and address Sheffield TUC AGM. He is one of the most – if not the most! – progressive and influential trade union leaders in Britain today and always carries an inspiring hard-hitting message. Visitors and observers are very welcome- please register at the door. N.B. Suggest you get there early! Doors open at 6.30
Saturday 28th February 1pm – 3.30pm Pakistani Muslim Centre, Darnall Sheffield.
Sheffield TUC “Celebrating Sheffield’s Diversity” Black Workers event
Guest speakers including Mohammed Taj, recently TUC President and currently UNITE executive council member. Linking Sheffield’s Black Asian and Ethnic Minorities with the trade union movement. The event is FREE, food is provided courtesy of Sheffield Trade Union Council and the event is open to ALL – Asian, Black, ethnic minorities and white – to celebrate Sheffield’s rich cultural diversity. Entertainment and speeches, award presentations etc.
N.B. this event was previously scheduled for 24th January. It is the first of a series events to be hosted by Sheffield TUC to engage the Black Asian and ethnic minority populations in Sheffield with the work of the trade union movement
Monday 2nd March 1pm outside MAXIMUS Medical Assessment Centre Hartshead, Sheffield protest outside Maximus new private contractor to replace ATOS
Organised by Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC). Meeting first at 12.30 at a venue to be confirmed before going to demonstrate outside Sheffield Maximus office. Part of a series of events on the day nationally organised by DPAC to expose the Coalition Government’s harsh benefit assessment regime
Saturday 7th March 2015 Unity Works Westage, Wakefield all day event (flyer attached)
“With Banners Held High” celebrating 30th Anniversary of the Miners Strike
The NUM Barnsley regard this as the definitive event which they are supporting to end the commemorations and celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the 1984/5 strike.
Daytime event 1100-1700 includes guest speaker Dennis Skinner and a day full of drama, music, film, photos of the strike and debate. Tickets £6 concessions £3
Evening event 1900-2300 poetry and music Tickets £4 concessions £2
Fundraising Gig 1900-2300 New Model Army plus supporting bandsLouise Distras, Roughneck Riot, and The Hurriers. Tickets £20
Box Office at Unity Works, Westgate Wakefield WF1 1EP or go to:www.unityworks.co.uk/events/
Saturday 7th March London
“Time to Act” March and Rally for 1 Million Climate Change Jobs.
Organised by Campaign against Climate Change, linking trade unionists and environmentalists in a positive strategy of combating austerity with a programme of sustainable growth. We now have tickets for the train leaving Sheffield at 0900 and returning at 2300 which can be booked for £36 adults, £27 16-19 and £18 children – please reply firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place and get details of how to pay. We also hope to offer coach transport – let us know by email to receive more info.
19 March 2015 nationwide events organised by UNITE Community
Day of Action against Benefit Sanctions
Up and down the country on 19 March we will be protesting against the cruel use of sanctions. A sanction is when the Job Centre removes some of, or completely stops payment of benefits. Sanctions are often handed out cruelly and without justification. Examples of claimants being sanctioned include;
- For arrivingminutes late to a Job Centre meeting.
- Notapplying for jobs when waiting to start a new job!
- Missing anappointment on the day of the funeral of a close family member.
In recent years, the number of people sanctioned has been going up and up. Over 2 million welfare claimants have had money taken from them in just the past 2 years. That’s 2 million people, many of whom have been plunged into poverty, unable to heat their homes or even eat. Sanctions cause huge misery, let’s put a stop to them together.
Stand up against sanctions – pledge to join an event near you.
Saturday 21st March London
“Stand Up to Racism and Fascism” national demonstration
Organised by Unite Against Fascism (UAF) Supported by Sheffield Trade Union Council
- No to scapegoating immigrants
- No to Islamophobia
- No to anti-Semitism
- Yes to Diversity
Assemble 12 noon central London followed by rally in Trafalgar Square
Far right and fascist organisations are gaining support across Europe including in Britain. Across the globe the promotion of fear and hatred of Muslims and Islam is continuing, creating a climate of Islamophobia that is directly leading to violent attacks on Muslim people and mosques, and other communities such as Sikh and Hindu people. Anti Semitic attacks have also coincided with a growth in support for fascism. African and Caribbean communities continue to experience racism as seen with the killing of Michael Brown in the USA.
In 2014, 10,000 people marched in central London for UN Anti-Racism day which commemorates the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre in Apartheid South Africa. It was part of a series of demonstrations across Europe and around the world.
Many organisations will be coming together again on 21 March 2015 to reject racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism; to celebrate diversity and make migrants welcome, to demonstrate our confidence in a future free of scapegoating, racism and hatred, and to remember Nelson Mandelaand cherish the idea for a free and democratic society in which all persons live together in harmony and equal opportunities.
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