Diary of Events end of November/December 2023

Thursday 16th November   Chile solidarity campaign/Chile 50 years event

5.30-9pm LASTESIS in conversation: Art, rights and resistance for the 21st century @ University of Sheffield

LOCATION: Mappin Hall, Mappin Building, Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 3JD WHEN: Thursday 16th November, 17:30-19:00, followed by a drinks reception.

An amazing and once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and hear the inspirational feminist collective LASTESIS talk about the use of art and performance in protest, how Chilean history is relevant to politics and society today and what rights we should be safeguarding. LASTESIS became known worldwide when their song/dance The rapist in your parth (El violdaor en tu camino) went viral after its performance during the social unrest in Chile 2019 to highlight the sexual violence being used by the police on female protestors. It was then used across the world to highlight violence against women from Washington to Kenya and Sheffield!.

Entry is FREE but it’s important that you register, see here. This event is hosted by the Department of History, University of Sheffield and supported by Gender & History. If you have questions about the event, please contact Molly Avery: m.avery@sheffield.ac.uk.


Friday 17th November “Everything Must Change” film Reel News Network

See pdf for more details: Everything Must Change

6:30 – 9:30pm Broomhall Centre, Broomspring Lane S10 2FD. Film Screening and Facilitated Discussion. Organised by Jubilee Movement Sheffield and The Sheffield Radical Mutual Aid Network

EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE is a major new feature film made by Reel News, Zahra Dalilah and Rowan Mataram, touring all over the UK and beyond from September 9 up until Christmas. Cost of living, climate change, food, housing, land: the multiple crises we face are deeply interlinked, which means the solutions are too. “Everything Must Change” explains how all these crises – and the accompanying spiralling price rises – have come about, and shows how a just transition away from a free market extractive system based on exploitation to a renewable energy system based on people’s needs can solve all of them.

Saturday 18th November “Ceasefire Now March and Rally for Gaza

Assemble 1130hrs Mount Pleasant Park off Abbeydale Road, Highfield S7 1BY. Organised by Sheffield Palestine Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid. Bring your banners!


Saturday 19th November “No to Hassockfield” national demonstration

Coaches depart from Sheffield to Hassockfield Women’s Detention centre in Co Durham at 9am The hubs, Paternoster Way. Organised by South Yorks Migrant and Asylum Action group (SYMAAG). See flyer for more details.


Tuesday 21st November (and every Tuesday) LEFT LENDING LIBRARY

11am – 2pm) & for all Tuesdays, Theatre Deli, Arley Street

The beginning of a Sheffield Solidarity Hub?

We have the Tuesday library slot (until January, at which point we plan to run regular slots for other activities, which could include –

  • a base for the SNAP (Sheffield Needs a Pay rise) project
  • Employment rights sessions
  • Political education
  • Welfare advocacy – info and support
  • Campaign meeting sessions

and much more. We need a steering group representing Sheffield Trades Council, local union branches and campaign groups. Do drop by when you can – to borrow a book; to discuss future plans. Solidarity, Carrie Hedderwick, Sheffield Peoples Assembly.

Saturday 25th November  Sheffield Peace and Craft Christmas Fair

Entry 11am – 4pm Sheffield Town Hall.  £1 entry, under 18s free.  Fundraising for SYMAAG, supporting asylum seekers. The Fair with its roots in the radical 70s in Sheffield has a mix of Campaigning Stalls and Craft Stalls featuring homemade (not bought in) crafts, with a focus on upcycled and recycled materials. More Info: alan.deadman47@gmail.com

Sunday 26th November “Come together for Palestine”

6pm till 9pm Pakistani Muslim Centre, Woodburn Road S9 3LQ. Films, speakers and delicious food. Fundraiser for Gaza. All welcome.

Tuesday 28th November Sheffield Trade Union Council Delegate Meeting

7pm Trades and Labour Club (downstairs room) Talbot Street S2 2TG.

Speaker: Sam Legg, YCND Events and Campaigns Co-Ordinator. Open to non-delegates who are trade union members.



Monday 4th December  Roy McFarlane Poetry fundraiser

7pm SADACCA 48, The Wicker, Sheffield S3 8JB.  Poetry fundraiser for refugees and asylum seekers in Sheffield.

Please support this event and share widely. Roy McFarlane is a phenomenal poet, with work on peace, anti-racism, Windrush, police brutality, gaslighting of Black women’s pain, on community, love, unity, music, connection. Akmd Kharoub will play classical guitar. His music is so moving and so beautiful. Please buy tickets and help us resist through art, raising financial support for our siblings seeking asylum. The hotel evictions are real and we need to support as much as possible now more than ever https://poetrysolidarity.eventbrite.com

 Saturday 2nd December “Energy for All” Day of Action

Across the UK Fuel Poverty Action Unite Community and the People’s Assembly will be organising our first ever joint National Day of Action on fuel poverty. The day of action is to demand Energy for All, which is an essential energy guarantee for all households based on need as well as bringing the energy companies into democratic public ownership. See flyer for more details

Energy For All National Day of Action 2nd December

Wednesday 6th December “Made in Dagenham” film

7pm at Theatre Deli Sheffield Tickets from only £3. Community Kino presents.

“In 1968, the Ford auto factory in Dagenham was one of the largest single private employers in the United Kingdom. In addition to the thousands of male employees, there are also 187 underpaid women machinists who primarily assemble the car seat upholstery in poor working conditions.

Dissatisfied, the women, represented by the shop steward and Rita O’Grady, work with union rep Albert Passingham for a better deal. However, Rita learns that there is a larger issue in this dispute considering that women are paid an appalling fraction of the men’s wages for the same work across the board on the sole basis of their sex. Refusing to tolerate this inequality any longer, O’Grady leads a strike by her fellow machinists for equal pay for equal work. What follows would test the patience of all involved in a grinding labour and political struggle that ultimately would advance the cause of women’s rights around the world.”

Book Your Tickets https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/communitykino/made-in-dagenham-screening/e-oqopdq

We would love for you to come and celebrate the final screening of 2023

Saturday 9th December March for Climate – COP 28 mustn’t cop out again!

Assemble 12 noon Devonshire Green. March through city centre to Barkers pool for final rally on City Hall stesp. S. Yorks Climate Justice Coalition will be holding a major demonstration in Sheffield on this Global Day of Action for the climate in the middle of the COP28 meetings in the Gulf! We will also be sponsoring a range of climate-oriented activities in the run up to 9th December so watch this space!

Thursday 14th December  “Social Security is a Trade Union Issue” 

1.30pm Presentation by Brett Sparks and Andy Mitchell

Colin Hampton is inviting you to a scheduled TUC UWCs National Consultative Zoom Meeting. Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 898 9819 3628 Passcode: 591311

Friday 15th December “Lift the Ban” campaign launch

Morning event (time to be confirmed) Please put this date in your diary – we want as many to come along as possible – the event will hopefully be at the Sheffield Town Hall.

“Lift the Ban” is a new campaign to lift the ban on asylum seekers working so that they can support themselves while they await interminable delays for their claims to be processed. Not only do they face real hardship due to state support as low as £9, hostile environment propaganda demonises them for being a burden on the state. Let them work!

Saturday 16th December “Right to Food” Day of Action

Trades Councils in our region are being asked to hold street stalls on Saturday 16th December to highlight the Right to Food campaign in the run-up to Christmas when we know many households cannot afford to put food on the table. Everyone should have a right to food. BFAWU are leading this campaign to make that a legal requirement. See BFAWU webpage for more details: https://www.bfawu.org/campaign/right-to-food/