Diary of Events June and July 2022


13th June to 9th July PalFest Sheffield 2022

Often misrepresented, Palestinians have a story of beautiful resistance, expressed in a vibrant culture, which resonates in our city of Sheffield. Palfest also recognises that Sheffield has a continuing struggle to renew itself as a post-industrial northern city, beset by adverse conditions. Yet the city has maintained generosity and openness most prominently through its self-declaration as first City of Sanctuary .We are developing on firm foundations of solidarity built over more than four decades in our city. We root our festival in the Sheffield communities for which Palestine has an abiding and central significance.

The Festival will celebrate these connections and more through June and early July with Palestinian food, dance and music, with exhibitions and talks, with creative and sports activities for children and youth. There will be a focus on women sharing their stories and experiences.  Look out for announcements about exciting city centre events on the 25th June, 2nd July and a presence at Sharrow Festival on the 9th.

The Palfest organisers are a diverse group of Sheffield people who stand in solidarity with people of Palestine





Wednesday 22nd June SUtR Public Meeting

7.30pm  United Reform Church 60 Norfolk Street S1 2JB

Join us at our public meeting: “From offshore detention- to the Nationality and Borders Act- End the Hostile Environment: ALL REFUGEES WELCOME!

Organised by Sheffield Stand Up to Racism, working with Care4calais and Sheffield TUC.


  • Brendon Woodhouse from FBU and Sea Watch (see his report of the sea rescues he has been involved in HERE)
  • Claire Mosley from Care4calais who are involved in raising legal challenges to the deportations to Rwanda
  • a speaker from Stand up to Racism.

Public meeting to discuss opposition to deportations and how we can make sure we stop the deportations in Sheffield. This is a live meeting but we will have online facilities on Zoom


Meeting ID: 872 8171 4227 Passcode: 804824

Massive victory for anti- racist movement as first Rwanda detention flight stopped at 11th Hour

A Big Thank You to all our supporters and well done Care4Calais, PCS union and all the protests. Anti-racists everywhere will have been buoyed by the absolutely brilliant. So far, we have stopped

  • Murderous ‘pushbacks’ policy stopped
  • First attempt to force through Rwanda detention flight stopped
  • Mass actions successfully stopping raids in Kenmure Street, Hackney and Peckham

Let’s keep pushing back Patel and Johnson’s racist hostile environment – stop Rwanda offshore detention – scrap the Nationality and Borders Act – #AllRefugeesWelcome


Saturday 25th June “Solidarity with RMT!” Rally to support rail strikers

11am outside Sheffield Rail Station

RMT members have voted overwhelmingly for strike action over pay, jobs and working conditions. The Tory Government has cut funding for the railways following the pandemic, which will mean cuts in services, a reduced network and huge job losses. We can’t let that happen. Rail workers should not have to pay the price. We demand an inflation matching pay rise now for all rail workers, no attacks on conditions, and no job losses! We should be investing in our railways not cutting them back!

Saturday 25th June Sheffield Stop the War public protest rally

12 noon outside Sheffield Town Hall




Monday 27th June Commemoration of Bill Ronksley’s plaque

10am to 12 noon outside Town Hall then inside for refreshments and reflections on Bill’s life.

“Much delayed by COVID, we will assemble outside the Town Hall on Pinstone Street to formally ‘unveil’ the plaque commemorating Bill Ronksley’s life. Attended by Lord Mayor of Sheffield, ASLEF President, CPB speaker, City Council Leader local ASLEF branches, Yorks and Humber TUC Secretary and Sheffield trade unionists” See flyer for more details  bill ronksley ceremony 27th June 2022


Wednesday 29th June  Michael Lynk UN Human Rights -Israel Apartheid

6pm – 7.30pm Public Zoom meeting organised by Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Sheffield Labour friends of Palestine and Sheffield Trade union Council

This important meeting provides an exclusive opportunity to hear the truth about Israeli Apartheid and the importance of Divestment from a UN perspective. With Professor Michael Lynk who has recently completed his term as United Nations Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967 supported by Rana Shaheen, Head of International Relations from the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions. See flyer attached Michael Lynk Meeting 29 June 2022-Leaflet+ZoomLink

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Saturday 2nd July Yorkshire march for the NHS, Leeds demo

Assemble 1130 Leeds Town Hall

“We have had an annual NHS march in Yorkshire since 2011 but not of course for the last few years and are delighted to be back on the streets again this year just 3 days before the NHS’s 74th birthday. You will see that we are placing a heavy emphasis on safe staffing and pay justice for health and care staff as well broader investment in the NHS and an end to privatisation.

As usual we are aiming to combine protest with celebration and solidarity as it feels particularly important to nurture hope at a time when almost all the news is bad. We are planning to make the march an upbeat, family friendly event with music and a touch of theatre. The PCS Samba band will be leading us as always. We are intending to have a group of patients/people waiting for treatment in dressing gowns, pyjamas and hospital gowns with crutches etc. as this was very eye catching on our Feb 26th protest and hopefully a group of people in vintage clothes representing the state of health care before the NHS was set up. We are also expecting to have some wandering folk musicians and maybe some singers too. We anticipate support from Leeds TUC but would love to have TUC and trade union banners from around Yorkshire on the march. Many thanks.” Gilda Peterson,

Secretary, Leeds Keep Our NHS Public and Yorkshire Health Campaigns network (also Regional RUC retired members forum member)


Tuesday 5th July   NHS 74th Birthday

4.30pm – 6pm outside Sheffield Town Hall

Rally & giving out of birthday cake to public

  • Proper funding for the NHS
  • Rebuild the NHS – no more needless suffering
  • Pay justice for health & care staff

Mick Suter, Chair SSONHS

Wednesday 6th July “Ukraine today – tomorrow China?”

7pm Central united Reform Church, 60 Norfolk Street Sheffield. Stop the War Coalition Public Meeting





Saturday 23rd July “People and Planet before Profit”

1030 – 1430hrs St Mary’s Community Centre, Bramall Lane Sheffield S2 4QX

What can be done to avert this climate and cost of living crisis? A day of discussion and debate – and plans for action. Hosted by Sheffield Climate Umbrella Group which includes Sheffield TUC and number of other organisations e.g. YouthStrike4Climate, NEU, XR, Green New Deal S. Yorks, Better Buses S Yorks, Barnsley TUC and many more…