Diary of events March 2015

Diary of Events
(last updated 16th March 2015)

1. Monday 16th March Sheffield Peoples Assembly AGM 7pm. Sheffield Trades and Labour Club
2. Monday 16th March Sheffield Peoples NHS Alliance meeting 7 pm Sheffield Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW.
3. Thursday 19th March Day of Action against Benefit Sanctions. Join us at 12pm at Hartshead Square, Sheffield city centre, outside the Jobcentre Plus office. Organised by UNITE Community against savage regime of benefit cuts and sanctions
4. Saturday 21st March London
“Stand Up to Racism and Fascism” national demonstration
Organised by Unite Against Fascism (UAF) Supported by Sheffield Trade Union Council
5. Tuesday 24th March Sheffield Trade Union Council delegate meeting 7pm Trades and Labour Club Sheffield S2 5QQ. Guest speaker Oliver Coppard Labour PPC Sheffield Hallam. Also Dave Goibson Presdient Barnsley Trades Council. Visitors welcome
6. Wednesday 25th March 7-9pm Public Hustings Meeting Against Austerity
Sheffield Peoples Assembly in association with the Festival of Debate
Central United Reform Church (opposite the Crucible), Norfolk Street, Sheffield
7. Tuesaday 31st March 1100hrs Barnsley Rail Station. Anniversary rally of the launch of the Freedom Riders campaign to win back concessionary travel on local South Yorks rail services.
8. Wednesday 1st April Action for Rail. Various events at rail stations across the country campaigning against rail privatisation
9. Saturday 18th April £10 per hour IUF BAFWU International Fast Food Rights Event
Fargate 1200 midday for outdoor rally then public meeting 2pm Central reform Chapel 60 Norfolk Street S1 2JB
10. Tuesday 28th April International Workers Memorial Day ceremony outside Town Hall 1230hrs. Trade union speakers and wreath laying ceremony. “Remember the Dead Fight for the Living”
11. 27th March – 13th June “Posters of protest and revolution” Civic Theatre Barnsley. V&A visiting exhibition. Admission free.

Please scroll down for more information on the above events:

Monday 16th March Sheffield Peoples Assembly AGM 7 pm
Sheffield Trades and Labour Club, 200 Duke Street Sheffield S2 5QQ

Sheffield People’s Assembly is a local anti-cuts group belonging to the National People’s Assembly Against Austerity.
We are a broad non-party political group which supports and works with many campaigns for positive social change, and against austerity policies. You can find out more about our aims and activities on our local website http://sypeoplesassembly.org/

Monday 16th March Sheffield Peoples NHS Alliance meeting 7 pm
Sheffield Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW

The People’s NHS have arranged an alliance meeting in Sheffield We are meeting to discuss our recent successful campaign launch and our plans for the coming weeks. This is an open meeting and anyone who wishes to know more about the People’s NHS campaign or want to know more about the actions you can take to save our NHS then you are welcome.

Thursday 19 March 2015 nationwide events organised by UNITE Community
Day of Action against Benefit Sanctions
Join us at 12pm at Hartshead Square, Sheffield city centre, outside the Jobcentre Plus office.

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 arriving minutes late to a Job Centre meeting.
• Not applying for jobs when waiting to start a new job!
• Missing an appointment 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.
Sign our petition calling on the government to stop using sanctions.
http://www.unitetheunion.org/growing-our-union/communitymembership/day-of-action-against-sanctions/

Saturday 21st March London
“Stand Up to Racism and Fascism” national demonstration
To book your seat on the Sheffield bus please email info@sheffielduaf.org or ring 0775332 4055. Tickets £14 waged and £6 low waged. 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 Mandela and cherish the idea for a free and democratic society in which all persons live together in harmony and equal opportunities.

Tuesday 24th March Sheffield Trade Union Council delegate meeting 7pm Trades and Labour Club Sheffield S2 5QQ. Guest speaker Oliver Coppard Labour PPC Sheffield Hallam. Also Dave Gibson Presdient Barnsley Trades Council and speaker on TTIP. Visitors welcome

Wednesday 25th March 7-9pm Public Hustings Meeting Against Austerity
Sheffield Peoples Assembly in association with the Festival of Debate
Central United Reform Church (opposite the Crucible), Norfolk Street, Sheffield
Austerity – a failed experiment?
Come along hear some of the local candidates who are standing in the General Election. Question them about their views and policies on deficit reduction, public spending cuts and dismantling of the public sector, zero hours contracts, wage cuts, benefit sanctions, bedroom tax, child poverty, food banks, NHS privatisation, and all the other consequences of austerity.

Oliver Coppard – Labour Party – Hallam
Maxine Bowler – Trade Union and Socialist Coalition – Brightside and Hillsborough
Peter Garbutt – Green Party – Sheffield Hallam
Steve Andrews – Communist Part – Central

Wednesday 1st April Action for Rail. Various events at rail stations across the country campaigning against rail privatisation. Meet Sheffield Rail Station at 0800hrs to give out leaflets and talk to passengers about the campaign to bring back British Rail and end the privatisation swindle that has seen taxpayer subsidies- and fares – go through the roof whilst the privateers pocket massive profits yet provide only 1% of all rail investment!

Saturday 18th April £10 per hour IUF BAFWU International Fast food Rights Event
Outdoor rally Fargate 12pm. Come and see us in our new Gazebo as we talk to the public.
There will be speeches entertainment and refreshment. Followed by Public Meeting 2pm Central United Reformed church 60 Norfolk Street S1 2JB (opposite crucible)

Join the campaign for dignity and respect at work:
1. £10 p/h Minimum wage.
2. The end to zero hour contracts.
3. Equal pay for young workers.
4. End working for benefits

Real Jobs on Real Pay for all.

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Tuesday 28th April International Workers Memorial Day ceremony outside Town Hall 1230hrs. “Remember the Dead Fight for the Living” International event. Sheffield’s ceremony will take place outside Towen Hall at 1230hrs and will be opened by the Lord Mayor. Speeches by trade union and others. Please bring union banners and wreaths to lay at the memorial tree.

27th March – 13th June “Posters of protest and revolution” Civic Theatre Barnsley. V&A visiting exhibition. Admission free.

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