Diary of Events June-July 2018

Saturday 9th June 1745hrs and Monday 11th June 1415hrs “The Silence of Others”
Film about the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Way, Sheffield.

The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. Filmed over six years, the film follows victims and survivors as they organize the ground-breaking “Argentine Lawsuit” and fight a state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity, in a country still divided four decades into democracy.

Thursday 7th June to Sunday 10th June Manchester Histories Festival
Protest – Democracy- Freedom of Speech. A series of events at Manchester City Library.
If you follow the link there is an electronic leaflet with all the events: Manchester Histories Festival 2018 www.manchesterhistories.co.uk

Saturday 9th June Oppose racist & fascist march for Tommy Robinson 
2pm at Whitehall. See and share facebook event here. Supporters of fascist and English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson have said they will march in London this Saturday 9 June. Anti-racists will be opposing their hate and racism.
Following his imprisonment for contempt of court far right supporters have reacted furiously. In Whitehall a week ago several hundred from various far right splinter groups, and UKIP, held an intimidating demonstration. Journalists were threatened by drunken Robinson supporters. Last Friday some 400 of his supporters marched through Leeds chanting anti-Muslim slogans.
Robinson has become an increasingly popular figure at recent Football Lads Alliance and “Democratic” FLA events and was at the centre of a thousands strong far right “free speech” rally in Central London on 6 May.
The far right in the UK want to imitate the success of movements across Europe by claiming pushing their Islamophobic ideology and portraying themselves as victims.
Robinson and the far right are receiving support from racist politicians across Europe. The Islamophobic Dutch politican Geert Wilders has said he will join the protest in defence of Robinson on Saturday.
Unite Against Fascism and Stand Up to Racism have called a counter protest to the far-right mobilisation this Saturday. Please circulate and share widely. Invite all of your friends and fellow anti racists.

Friday 15th June Conference on Low Pay and Precarious Work
0930hrs to 1330hrs. The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FWSheffield. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Presentation of academic research from Middlesex and Staffordshire Universities in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, commissioned by Sheffield Trades Union Council in support of our Sheffield Needs a Pay Rise (SNAP) Campaign. This will focus on experiences of low pay and insecure work including zero hours contracts, temporary and part time work and will strengthen the campaign by building an evidence base which will be used to inform policies and practice in terms of the role of trade unions, civil society and public-sector organisations. We will also be looking at the roll out of Universal Credit and the implications of this for people in work. A full programme will follow in due course.

Saturday 16th June Annual Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign Rally
1pm start, meeting on the spare land as previously on Orgreave Lane. Organised by the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, commemorating the 34th anniversary of the events at Orgreave 18th June 1984. Confirmed speakers:
Kate Flannery, OTJC and WAPC; Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary; Chris Williamson MP
Gill Furniss MP Sheffield Brightside and Shadow Minister; Joe Whitworth: President Durham Miners Association; Helen Steel: Spycops and Social Justice Campaigner; Matt Abbott – Poet
Compères: Chris Peace: OTJC and Labour Party Prospective Candidate for North East Derbyshire and Joe Rollin: OTJC and Unite the Union
Please bring banners, placards, drums, whistles, friends and family! Let’s show the Government we won’t be silenced! Led by the Unite Brass Band, come march with us through Orgreave and support our call for a Public Inquiry for Truth and Justice for Striking Miners brutalised by police at the Orgreave Coking Plant on 18th June 1984.

All are welcome and please bring banners, placards etc and spread the word.

Friday 22nd June “Rebuilding Our Public Services” public meeting
7pm to 8.30pm Central United Reform Church, 60 Norfolk Street S1 2JB.Organised by Sheffield Peoples Assembly. Guest speaker: Chris Williamson, Labour MP for Derby North and ally of Jeremy Corbyn, Dave Berry and others.

Saturday 23rd June Sheffield Needs a Pay Rise leafleting in City Centre
12 noon till 1pm outside Sheffield Town Hall in conjunction with Sheffield People’s Assembly. Please come and help us tell people about the campaign, hand out leaflets, talk to young people about joining a union etc.

Tuesday 26th June Sheffield Trade Union Council delegate meeting
7pm till 9pm Trades and Labour Club, 200 dule Street Sheffield S2 5QQ. Trade union members who are not delegates are also welcome as visitors. Is your union branch affiliated?


Thursday 28th June “Jobs, apprenticeships and creating an industrial strategy to revive former industrial heartlands” Book launch and discussion evening

7pm — 9pm Sheffield Trades & Labour Club, 200 Duke Street S2 5QQ. Organised by Mark Metcalf UNITE Education. See attached leaflet. book launch 28 June
Speakers: Peter Rowley, Grimsby trade unionist and former employer, talks about his new book Class Work , to be launched on 28 June. He calls for an industrial strategy where money is invested in manufacturing, infrastructure, proper apprenticeships, job creation and high tech industries.
Granville Williams, author, journalist and NUJ activist. His books include Shafted: The Media, the Miners’ Strike and the Aftermath. In the 1970s he was an industrial correspondent based in Birmingham and, since 1979, has been active with the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom. He will speak about an important new book by James Bloodworth: Hired: Six Months Undercover in LowWage Britain – and consider how trades unionists respond to the challenges posed by precarious jobs, zero-hours contracts and insecure work.
Charlie Clutterbuck, soil scientist and Unite member, whose book Bittersweet Brexit The Future of Food, Farming, Land and Labour proposes that the current £3bn allocated under the Common Agricultural Policy towards landowners should go to labour. This would create 300,000 additional land and farming based permanent jobs by subsiding each one by £10,000 annually. Thus bringing down food prices, stimulating rural economies and reducing Britain’s £30bn annual food trade deficit.
Organised as part of Unite Education book of the month project. http://www.unitetheunion.org/growing-our-union/education/bookofthemonth/ Details from Mark Metcalf @markmetcalf07 07392 852561 mcmetcalf@icloud.com
CLASS WORK will be launched at Sheffield Trades and Labour Club on 28 June at 7pm.


Saturday 30th June NHS 70th Birthday London demo Save Our NHS
The NHS is approaching its 70th birthday! We want to make sure that we have at least another 70 years and more of our country’s greatest achievement.
As we all know however, this is not what this Tory Government wants – whatever their spin and lies – we know that they’re increasingly pushing our NHS toward an American-style insurance based model, with high profits for business and decreasing services for the rest of us.
We need to come together and make sure we secure a free at the point of use, universal, publicly owned and publicly run National Health Service, fully nationalised available to all. It’s time to celebrate our fantastic NHS staff and its amazing achievements over the last 70 years but also safeguard from attack from those who would wish to destroy it.
SAVE THE DATE. On Saturday 30 June 2018 – We will be partying and protesting for #OurNHS! Be there.

Coach travel from Sheffield £10 return
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sheffield-transport-to-our-nhs-is-70-national-demo-tickets-46592865515 See leaflet attached for other options; NHS 70th Birthday demo 30th June 2018 Sheffieldcoach details leaflet

“Changing Lives: 200 years of People and Protest in Sheffield”.
Tuesday 6th February to Sunday 1st July Western Park Museum daily (entrance free). Explore Sheffield’s remarkable history of protest and activism, from the Radical Press of the 1700s, through to the miners’ and steelworkers’ strikes, and causes championed in the city today. Changing Lives is part of our 2018 Protest & Activism season supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund marking the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act. Changing Lives will be complemented at the Millennium Gallery by Hope is Strong, a new exhibition exploring the power of art to question and challenge the world we live in.

Friday 13th July Sheffield Together Against Trump Protest
5pm Sheffield City Hall, Barker’s Pool, Sheffield S1 2JA. Donald Trump is now coming to Britain on 13th July – unlucky for him!
Organised by Stand Up to Trump (a range of campaigns against war, austerity and racism, as well as public figures who have pledged to mobilise against a Trump visit) and the Stop Trump Coalition (a network of grassroots campaigns, unions, NGOs and politicians initiated by journalist Owen Jones in February 2017). Both organisations have come together for a one-off massive national demonstration under the banner of Together Against Trump on Friday 13th July. We will also have a protest in Sheffield on the same day and there will be many others in other towns and cities across the UK against his politics of racism, war and hate.

These demonstrations aren’t just about Trump. The treatment of the Windrush generation has highlighted the British elite’s disgraceful record of racism and bigotry. This is a fight against our own “hostile environment” as well as the American government.
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