Diary of Events Oct/Nov/Dec 2022

Wednesday 12th October Stop the War public meeting

7pm Central united Reform Church, Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2JB

Speaker: Jenny Clegg. Unless the left makes its position clear the right-wing position goes by default.


Wed 12th Oct Climate Justice Coalition

6.30pm Organising for COP 27 12th November

We shall hold a regional day of action in Sheffield on the 12th November 2022, along with other major cities up and down the country. So far nationally action will take place in London, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Birmingham, Plymouth and Sheffield.

Yorkshire and Humberside Climate Justice Coalition will be hosting the day alongside us, bringing people from Leeds, Wakefield, York and other areas. into Sheffield on the day.

We now have to act quickly (we have less than 6 weeks to build this event) and so are reaching out to all climate, trade union, community, faith, youth, and anti-racist groups – everyone – to join us by attending our next organising meeting in order to organise around the day of action in Sheffield. We need mass mobilisations across Britain on November the 12th because this crisis demands action on a local, national and global level.

The meeting details are: South Yorkshire Climate Justice Coalition – COP27 Org Mtg

Wednesday October the 12th at 06:30 PM London  Join Zoom Meeting ID: 864 4516 8444   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86445168444

Please note that during the AGM section of the meeting this week, it was agreed to change the name of ‘South Yorkshire Climate Campaign Umbrella Coalition’ To ‘South Yorkshire Climate Justice Coalition’. This means that over the coming next weeks we will be changing the title of our Facebook page and other areas to the new title.

At present we are keeping the sccugroup@gmail.com

Yours in Solidarity, SY CJC

Friday 14th October ASLEF Fundraiser Quiz Night, Doncaster

Saturday 15th October Stand Up to Racism International Conference

Institute of Education (IoE), 20 Bedford Way, London WC2A 2LL AND ONLINE

We have put on a small coach thanks to the support of Sheffield Unite Not For Profit Branch, NEU Sheffield & District and Sheffield Trade Union Council. If you want to attend the conference tickets for transport are available here please book ASAP- as tickets are running out fast

Coach leaves Paternoster Way 7.30am and will return from London no later than 5pm.

Tickets are £25 wages, £12.50 unwaged

The conference will run (10am registration) 11am to 5pm, with four consecutive running social forum style sessions…

Session one: From Child Q to Chris Kaba, Resisting Institutional Racism

Session two: #StopRwanda offshoring, Opposing the Racist Hostile Environment #AllRefugeesWelcome

Session three: Cost of Living Crisis, Unity and Solidarity – Don’t Let The Racists Divide Us

Session four: How Do We Stop the Racist and Fascist Right – No to Hate and Division

How Can We Stop the Racist Offensive?  In the wake of the horror of the French, Swedish and Italian elections, and with the number of tragic deaths we have seen in the Channel, it is outrageous that Braverman celebrated the role of the French border forces and their role in enacting the dangerous racist hostile environment and Fortress Europe. This conference aims to bring all those fighting institutional racism, police racism, Islamophobia, Antisemitism, the rise of the far right, for refugee rights – people fighting racism in all its forms – together into one room to move forward as one united mass movement against racism that can win real change.

Confirmed speakers so far include: Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP: Dawn Butler MP; Eddie Dempsey RMT assistant general secretary; Shami Chakrabarti human rights activist: Francesco Galleri Italian antifascist, 6000 Sardines; Cas Mudde Political scientist and author of The Far Right Today; Birdgirl (Dr. Mya-Rose Craig) ornithologist and climate activist; Elise Bryant Award-winning US Author; Clare Moseley founder of Care4Calais; Mohammed Kozbar chair of Finsbury Park Mosque; Paula Peters Disabled People Against Cuts; Mohammad Asif Afghan Human Rights Foundation; Fiona Sim Justice for Sim Family

Book your place today, come together with anti-racist activists from across the world and play your part in this crucial, international forum to shape and grow the mass movement against racism. https://standuptoracism.us20.list-manage.com/track/click?u=917e2bbfb230b07824df1717b&id=a29d980c5b&e=ae1d46a24d


Monday 17th October  Better Buses S Yorks planning meeting

On Zoom7pm (to approximately 8.15pm).

Thanks to everyone who helped make Tuesday’s protest outside the enhanced Partnership Board meeting such a success.  We had a large gathering (and lots of apologies) and good media coverage. We have decided to alternate evening and daytime meetings to enable people who are at work during the day to join meetings.  Details are:

Meeting ID:  842 3669 8968 Passcode: 698590


The meeting will include a report from our meeting with Oliver Coppard on 13th as well as reviewing recent events and planning the next steps in our campaign.  I hope you are able to join us. If you use Facebook or twitter you can follow us on @betterbusessy

Best wishes, Fran (convenor, BBSY)

Tuesday 18th October – Readings of Protest. Launch of new book:

7pm, Kommune / La Biblioteka, Castle House, Sheffield S3 8LN

“Charged – How the Police Try to Suppress Protest” by Matt Foot and Morag Livingstone (Verso 2022) With activists and authors

Mark Seddon writes: “I’m one of the organisers of Sheffield Transformed, which is a group of socialists and trade unionists who host events on political education and culture. We are co-hosting an event on Tuesday 18th October with the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign that I think local trade unionists would find very interesting. We’ve invited the authors of the book ‘Charged: How the Charged – How the Police Try to Suppress Protest’ for a discussion and reading.

The authors, Matt Foot and Morag Livingstone, will explain how, over many years, UK governments have empowered the police to use violent tactics against protestors and trade unionists. People can find more information and book their place at: https://buytickets.at/sheffieldtransformed/770258

Tickets are free but any donations received will go to the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign. Please do circulate this among your local trades councils and networks.

If you’d like more information or have any questions please do get in touch.

Thanks. All the best, Mark”

Saturday 22nd October  Keep Our NHS Public Northern Conference

11.00am to 5pm. It is a free event with refreshments.

John’s short video explains why we are holding this event.

Please see video and attached flyer for more information- we hope to have a good conference and plan more activities in the coming months https://mail.google.com/mail/u/1?ui=2&ik=c6faa1d217&attid=0.1&permmsgid=msg-f:1746230554239473861&th=183bdb6fe96098c5&view=att&disp=safe&realattid=f_l91lkc4j1

The Tories have one answer- more cuts- and another £5 billion is their target.

If people register it will help us gauge numbers.

Northern Conference: Campaigning for Health and Social Care Tickets, Sat 22 Oct 2022 at 11:00 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/northern-conference-campaigning-for-health-and-social-care-tickets-417092523967?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Please share via social media if you can- it is much appreciated.

Yours, Gilda, John and Nick (Keep Our NHS Public Leeds)


Saturday + Sunday 22nd 23rd October Worker Climate Conference

Activists and trade unionists will be gathering for a series of workshops to learn and plan together how to win a socialist green transition.

You can find out more about the conference here https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5c742a3c77b9036ccae1eddf/t/62fd3de80a738878685bf4d6/1660763624620/WCC+outline.pdf

Sessions will run on 22nd October and on Sunday 23rd October. Lunch will be provided for both days.

We’d love for you to share among trade council contacts so that people can come build new links.

If people would like to come, they can just complete the quick form to let us know. We will then be in touch. https://airtable.com/shrNoF1jfNBPl4eKY

Thanks! Adam

Co-Lead Trade Union Strategy, Labour for a Green New Deal  www.labourgnd.uk


Tuesday 25th October Sheffield TUC Delegate Meeting

7pm venue to be confirmed (We have temporarily moved our meetings to Central United Reform Church whilst we wait for the heating to be restored at Trades and Labour Club).

Trade unionist who are not delegates are welcome to attend our meetings as visitors but cannot vote on any item.


Wednesday 27th October “Workers Can Win” book launch

7pm Central United Reform Church. Book launch of Ian Allinson’s new book “workers can Win”. Sponsored by Sheffield TUC with the author and speakers from current strikes. See flyer for more details. WCW Sheffield launch leaflet A5 (148 × 210mm)


Wednesday 9th November  Launch event for Community Action magazine

6-8pm, in the Diamond building at the Uni of Sheffield.

“A launch for an online archive we’ve been creating (and will shortly finish!) for Community Action magazine. Published from 1972-1990 the magazine documents a range of community-led, place-based activism and campaigning in the UK, including but not limited to: tenant organising, opposition to slum clearance, alternative plans, advice centres, the women’s movement, workplace activism, disability rights and community transport.

Links and overlaps with the labour movement were unsurprisingly absolutely key, which is why it would be great if the Trades Council could contribute. The idea is for a round table event, starting with some background to the magazine and bringing some former editors (Dexter Whitfield, David Hall and hopefully another) into discussion with contemporary activists, ending with a Q&A.”

Jason Slade, Lecturer, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, University of Sheffield.


Saturday 12th November 2022: COP27 Global Day of Action Sheffield demo

Details to be confirmed but probably assemble Devonshire Green 1100hrs for short demo through city centre to Barkers Pool for rally outside City Hall

Climate Justice Coalition S Yorks (formerly known as South Yorkshire Climate Campaign Umbrella Coalition) will be co-ordinating the week leading up to, as well as the day of action within the South Yorkshire region showing solidarity with the national and international actions being planned.

The national Climate Justice Coalition has been in contact with our allies in Egypt and across

the region, who are now calling for a Global Day of Action during COP27. It is once again going to be critical to bring Climate Justice to the fore in this moment, underlining the links between climate and the cost-of-living catastrophe, and to continue building active solidarity across our movements locally, nationally and internationally around:

Mobilisations on the Global Day of Action: Linking other local activities during COP27:

Framing the key elements – International climate justice, cost of living, labour resistance

COP27 Global Day of Action – 12th November 2022:


Thursday 17th November SARAG AGM and Fundraiser event

10.30am to 12 noon SARAG AGM Wortley Hall. This will be followed by lunch (provided) and a charity auction.  Each table will seat 10 people and will cost £25 per head (or £250 per table) and will include a lunch.  If you would be able to purchase a table by way of support, this would be greatly appreciated. Yorkshire and Humberside Asbestos Victims Support Group (SARAG) needs your support for its vital work!

Yorkshire and Humberside Asbestos Victims Support Group (SARAG),   Unit 37, Moorgate Crofts Business Centre, South Grove, Rotherham S60 2DH

Working for Asbestos Victims throughout Yorkshire and Humberside. Registered Charity 1080365 – AVSG Forum UK – www.saragasbestossupport.org

#CapeMustPay – £10million to Asbestos injuries research now!



Please donate to SARAG at localgiving.org/donation/sarag


Tuesday 22nd November Sheffield TUC Delegate Meeting

7pm venue to be confirmed (We have temporarily moved our meetings to Central United Reform Church whilst we wait for the heating to be restored at Trades and Labour Club).

Trade unionist who are not delegates are welcome to attend our meetings as visitors but cannot vote on any item.


Saturday 26th November Israel Apartheid Free Zone Coalition Launch

1pm to 5pm Victoria Hall Norfolk Street, Sheffield

Sheffield TUC, Sheffield Labour Friends of Palestine, Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Kairos have joined forces to spearhead a campaign to raise awareness about Israeli apartheid and oppression of Palestinians and to call for Sheffield to be an Israeli Apartheid Free Zone. All welcome. More details soon.


December Banner Theatre’s “Saltley Gate to Partygate”

Actual date to be confirmed. 7pm Concert Room. Trades and Labour Club, Duke Street S2 5QQ

Tickets £10 Banner Theatre performance followed by Sheffield TUC Xmas Social


Saltley Gate to Partygate! Songs, stories and videos that connects a key trade union victory of the past to the major class conflicts of today.

“All you could hear was close the gates, close the gates, close the gates, on and on and on” Don Perrygrove, car worker (The Battle of Saltley Gate)

“I am receiving £11.49 an hour. They’re paying more than £18 an hour to the agency drivers to break this strike. It’s not fair!”  Teressa, driver (Coventry Bin Strike)

Weaving song, music and video Banner celebrates the 50th anniversary of the labour movement victory of Saltley Gate, when 20,000 union workers walked out to support striking miners. In a massive show of solidarity, they blockaded and shut down the coke depot in Saltley and helped the miners win a 30% pay rise!

As the cost of living crisis deepens and right-wing governments across the world pass ever more draconian legislation to protect the interests and profits of the rich and powerful, people are fighting back. We tell the inspirational stories of striking bin workers in Coventry, the direct action of Black Lives Matter and Kill the Bill activists, as well as the campaigns to save our NHS and the massively successful farmers’ strike in India.