Diary of Events May-June 2018

Thursday 24th May SYMAAG Annual General Meeting
7pm (doors open at 6.30 for refreshments) at Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James’ St, Sheffield S1 2EW (note new venue). Featuring a discussion on Fortress Europe: Dispatches from a Gated Continent as part of Festival of Debate events. Based on first-hand reporting from Calais to the Mediterranean and through speaking with key European policy-makers, police and rights activists, refugees and migrants, Matt Carr offers an account of the issues at stake and the massive human costs involved in the refugee crisis.
We’ll also be reviewing our 2017-18 work, making plans for the next and discussing how we can work with you. Get involved! South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group
Saturday 26th May “Rise Like Lions” A Day of People Powered Politics
12 noon till 6pm New York Stadium Rotherham. Speakers include Ian Lavery MP and Colin Burgon MP; the Artist Taxi Driver; Book Signing with Alex Nunn and Liam Young; The People’s Question Time; Songs of Protest etc. See leaflet attached.

Saturday 2nd June “Confronting the Rise in Racism” SUtR Regional Summit
12 noon till 8pm Theatre Delicatessen, 202 Eyre St, Sheffield S1 4QZ. Organised by Stand Up to Racism. Yorkshire-wide, regional event and will be the second of its kind, following a successful event last year. The campaign against racism and Islamophobia is growing in strength and support but in an era of Trump and the recent revelations of the Windrush scandal, we must build a bigger and stronger anti-racist movement to stem the current tide.
12pm – 4:30pm Opening Plenary: From Stephen Lawrence to Windrush, Islamophobia and Trump – how do we fight this hostile environment?
Followed by workshops:
• Open the borders! Solidarity with refugees, migrants and asylum
• Fascism: are we returning to the 1930s?
• Challenging Prevent and racism in education
• Is the media racist?
5pm: Film screening: Calais Children: a Case to Answer
6-8pm: Entertainment hosted by Love Music Hate Racism
Lunch will be available to buy on the day (not included in ticket price).
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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 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.

“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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