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Shared National Day of Asylum Seekers Taking Action
This Saturday 29th June will see protests across the country by asylum seekers and supporters calling for 'Dignity not Destitution'.
In June 2012, 250 asylum seekers and supporters marched through Bristol to tell people our problems and to demand Dignity For Asylum Seekers [ Report | Press Release ]. This gave us more confidence to speak out. After last year's march we campaigned to get Bristol City Council to support us. We are pleased to say that in January they voted overwhelmingly to support us and condemn the government’s policy on forced destitution. Now, we are joining together with groups around the country to take action on the same day to say that forced destitution is wrong. Read the full article for details of events around the country.
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Protests took place outside stores across Britain on 3rd March 2012 as campaigners stepped up their opposition to the ConDem workfare slavery scheme, (started under Labour,) by taking the online campaigns, which have resulted in many firms pulling out, onto the streets .
In Edinburgh two Tescos were 'invaded' and pickets were mounted outside a Poundland and British Heart Foundation store. The Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty delivered a letter to the BHF store insisting “that BHF withdraws completely from the Work Programme and all workfare schemes”
Bristol cops arrested two protestors at a picket of a McDonalds, and a solidarity action was held outside Trinity Road cop-shop later in the day. In Birmingham about 50 campaigners stopped off at Sainsburies and Superdrug to congratulate them on pulling out the scheme, whilst pickets were held at Poundland and McDonalds. In Sheffield campaigners who were chucked out of a Tesco on West Street, continued their tour with visits to stores which included Marks and Spencers, McDonalds and Primark. Nottingham campaigners picketed Wilkinsons before moving on to other stores
In Lewisham, McDonalds, Boots, Greggs, BHS and Primark werre targeted by a group of about 30, whilst Oxford Street saw a few dozen campaigners target outlets including McDonalds, Pizza Hut and Holiday Inn in a game of cat and mouse awith the police. On Friday Ian Duncan-Smith was challenged by protestors as he arrived at a conference in Tottenham. He insisted that "workfare is a brilliant scheme".
Newswire: Workfare conference cancelled due to protest | Workfare Unravels | 'It's exploitation and it's repellent' | Tesco’s Secret Workfare Slaves | Demo shuts Westminster Tesco | GMB Union Promotes Workfare as Answer | DWP Locks Down FOI Responses | Legal Challenge to Government’s slave labour scheme
The Black Rose Centre is a new social centre project (PDF Flyer) at 268 Verdon Street, established by the Sheffield Social Centre Collective. This is the first time that the Social Centre Collective has had a permanent space, previously there have been weekend events held by the collective such as the Free Schools in 2011 and 2010 and there were two, short lived, squatted buildings in 2009.
On Wednesday 22nd of February at 7:30pm there will be a discussion on setting up a Sheffield Wide Class Struggle Anarchist Group following a screening of An Anarchist's Story. On Friday 24th February at 6pm there will be the opening of QUEER: an exhibition of local artists' work in response to "LGBT History Month", the deadline for submissions for the show is Wednesday 22nd February.
On 4th Feburary 2012 Sheffield Pizza Hut Workers Union, part of the IWW, held a protest outside Pizza Hut in Crookes, Sheffield over their ongoing dispute over workers terms and conditions. Solidarity potests were held in Brighton, Bradford, Glasgow, London, Birmingham, Bristol [1, 2], Hull, Liverpool, Calais, Portland, Vancouver and Berlin.
The dispute centers on several specifics aspect of the workers terms and conditions, pay for working on bank holidays, mileage rates and also recognition of the union. Whilst it has been standard practice to pay workers an enhanced rate for working bank holidays, Pizza Hut has decided that it will only pay the standard rate. Delivery drivers who use their own vehicles are given an allowance of 60p per delivery, a static rate which has remained unchanged for several years despite the soaring cost of fuel. Furthermore, "The Pizza Hut Workers Union also has concerns outside of this dispute, including delivery staffs safety gear, a decreasing pay packet that falls behind inflation and a demand for a real living wage for all Pizza Hut workers."
Newswire: Pizza Hut Workers Demand A Proper Slice | Solidarity Picket Glasgow With IWW Pizza Hut Workers Report | London Wobs' Solidarity Picket with IWW Pizza Hut | Pizza Hut Solidarity in Bradford | SchNEWS: Gimme A Slice OF The Action | Pizza Hut solidarity in Brighton | Solidarity Picket in Bristol with IWW Pizza Hut Workers | Birmingham IWW Solidarity Picket with IWW Pizza Hut Union
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On Saturday night there a Occupy Sheffield Benefit Bonanza at the Dove and Rainbow with Roy Bailey at 8pm. Last winter Roy Bailey played a set at the Sheffield University Occupation and you can listen to that here.
Sheffield Cathedral has served court papers on Occupy Sheffield, there is to be a court hearing on Thursday 26th January and the Cathedral, representing the establishment, is trying to scare Occupy Sheffield and especially the people named in the papers with the threat of costs being awarded against them. The Citadel of Hope has been secured for a month following a court case and agreement with the owner.
Newswire: Occupy Sheffield's Rally for the 99% | Cooperatives, Credit Unions and Experience of a Social Care Coop | Richard Murphy Talk on UK Tax from Occupy Conference | What the Third National Occupy UK Conference Can Teach Us
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As UK occupations squat more buildings the police, many of whom have criminal records, are flouting the law to harass protesters, the Lords are debating making squatting residential buildings illegal, the government plans to make hundreds of thousands homeless and Occupy LSX is threatened with eviction.
On 8th January 2012 40-50 police officers raided the Railton Hotel, next to the train station in Lancaster, which had been squatted by Occupy Lancaster the day before. At approximately 8.15 pm, the police used a battering ram to break through the front door. Once they had gained entry, the police arrested the four occupants who were inside at the time. The Occupiers secured the building legally, and displayed notices of Section 6 of the Criminal Law Act 1977 on the exterior of the building, but the police paid no heed to the law and Occupy Lancaster are now seeking legal advice.
Also on 8th January undercover police arrested 3 occupiers at Occupy Liverpool on suspicion of possession; none were found to be in possession of "controlled substances". Twenty or so police then surrounded the occupied building stating that it was a crime scene and laid siege to it for 3 hours. Like Occupy Lancaster a Section 6 notice was displayed but the police acted as as if squatting was already illegal.
Newswire: Eviction - Press Release: 9/1/12 from Occupy Lancaster! | Legal help required | Police Harass Occupy Liverpool at Legal Squat | Police raid on Occupy Lancaster | Occupy Sheffield Statement on the occupation of the Citadel Of Hope | Salvation Army Citadel Occupied and renamed Citadel Of Hope
On 5th November a Occupy Sheffield camp was established outside Sheffield Cathedral (map). After discussing where to camp at a meeting on the steps of the City Hall it was agreed to set up camp at the Cathedral. Posters and flyers you can print, to spread the word, have been produced by the Sheffield Equality Group.
Newswire: #OccupySheffield 15th October Solidarity Protest | Occupy Sheffield General Assembly 24th Oct | Occupy Sheffield Meeting Tonight | Sheffield Occupied! | Help needed at Occupy Sheffield! | Billy Bragg to sing at Occupy Sheffield | SmashEDO Tour comes to #OccupySheffield | Smash EDO Talk at Occupy Sheffield | Billy Bragg at Occupy Sheffield | Occupy Movement: where next? | Occupy Anthems - Gamblin's for Fools | The 1%'s New Battle: Selling War on Iran | Sheffield University occupied | EveryBody Out | Sheffield Occupation Official Statement | Occupy Planet Earth: Resisting the Militarisation of State Power | Sheffield University Occupation: Official Statement on the Court Injunction
UK Occupations: Bath | Birmingham | Bournemouth | Bradford | Brighton | Bristol | Cardiff | Edinburgh | Glasgow | Leeds | London Finsbury Square | London Stock Exchange | Newcastle | Norwich | Nottingham
UPDATE: Audio recordings of 3 workshops and the plenary are available.
All welcome to this year's Sheffield Free School event, on Saturday 15th October 2011, from 10am till 8pm, at CADS (Creative Arts Development Space) Snow Lane Entrance, Shalesmoor, S3 7AL (5 mins from city centre, next to "Kit Locker").
This is a Free School NOT of the type created under the present government, but in the long tradition of autonomous self-organised activities. It's being run by the Sheffield Social Centre project, which aims to establish a permanent space for non-hierarchical, anti-capitalist and non-discriminatory activity in Sheffield.
People in Sheffield are coming together to resist the tide of consumer capitalism, exploitation and crisis, creating a space for the free sharing of skills, ideas and knowledge. Come along to the Sheffield Free School ? maybe even to share a skill of your own.
The day's line up includes a whole list of workshops, practical activities, food, film, stalls, fun and friendly stuff.
Following that, everyone's welcome to the evening benefit gig (£4, £3 concessions) at the nearby Redhouse Pub, 168 Solly Street S1 4BB.
After the ‘March for the Alternative’ in London on March 26th, thousands of people joined the TUC ‘Birmingham for the Alternative’ march on the Lib Dem conference on Sunday September 18th. There was a wide range of trade union participation, especially from public sector unions who recently announced a new wave of national strikes for November 30th. Student activists were also present, with a banner drop by the National Campaign against Fees and Cuts reminding conference delegates of Nick Clegg’s broken promises of opposing rises in tuition fees.
Plans for a third TUC demonstration, the Manchester ‘March for the Alternative’, are underway for the first day of the Conservative Party conference on October 2nd. Tens of thousands are expected to march past the conference centre and the ‘ring of steel’ around it, protesting against an agenda of cuts and austerity for the benefit of the rich. A coalition of anarchists, socialists, trade union activists, student unions and democracy campaigners, dubbed Occupy! Manchester, are also calling for an occupation of Albert Square, outside Manchester Town Hall, to create an assembly of protest on the doorstep of the Tory’s conference, and a place for real debate and discussion about the alternatives.
Plans for occupations and assemblies in Britain have been inspired by the large and vibrant student protests that took place last winter and by the popular demonstrations elsewhere. In New York, people’s assemblies were held on Wall Street on September 17th, the occupation there is on-going with a 24 hour camp in Liberty Plaza. a ‘March to Brussels’ has so far reached Paris. In London, another national student demonstration has been called for November 9th.
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Earth First! Winter Moot 7-9 March 2014
UG#677 - The New Pearl Harbor 1 (Air Defence, Hijackers & Aircraft)
North West Vegan Festival
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Earth First! Winter Moot 7-9 March 2014
UG#675 - What We're Not Being Told (BIS, CFR, TLC, Scientific Truth)
Stop G4S campaign convergence
No loan guarantees for deforestation and pollution!
Striking Orgreave Miners fitted up by the Police
SHEFFIELD GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY GROUP RECEIVES FUNDING
Photos and audio from Chelsea Manning's Family Fundraiser in Liverpool
10-11-2013 21:42 | 1 addition
Drunk Attack on Chelsea Manning's Family Fundraiser in Liverpool
05-11-2013 13:41 | 1 addition | 59 comments
Sheffield University Strike and Occupation
31-10-2013 18:40 | 1 comment
UG#667 - Community Successes (Restoring Our Connection To The Land)
Sat 2 Nov in Liverpool & Sun 3 Nov in Wrexham: Solidarity gigs/events for US prisoner of conscience Private Manning
22-10-2013 10:48 | 2 comments
LaDIYfest Sheffield 2013 - Saturday 30th November
UG#666 - The Cancer in Occupy (What is Violence?)
A4E and "Transforming Rehabilitation"
Rise Like Lions
Four-week US Embassy 'Peace Picket' ends today.
29-09-2013 00:09 | 1 comment
No More Fish In The Sea!
Climate & Fukushima Round Up
Anti Fascism in the North East
06-09-2013 10:59 | 4 comments
Freespirit Community Festival Saturday August 17th
UG#658 - Countering Intelligence 1
"UK Coal says "Business as Usual", Shame about the Debt
UG#656 - Secret Wars Of The CIA (A Classic Speech by John Stockwell)
New space in Sheffield
The Rescue of UK Coal could be a Threat to Communities
Audio: 4th July "Independence FROM America" protest at NSA Menwith Hill
05-07-2013 23:29 | 2 comments
Marks & Spencer Bombarded With Boycott Threats over #workfare boasts
Photos: 4th July "Independence FROM America" protest at NSA Menwith Hill
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UG#651 - Deep Green Resistance (Earth At Risk Conference)
02-07-2013 22:48 | 1 comment
Rob Hopkins: The Power of Just Doing Stuff
UG#650 - Fighting Nature To The Last Drop
Undercover Police Officers Licensed to Rape and Discredit UK Citizens
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Dignity for Asylum Seekers: Leeds protest Saturday 29th June 11am
22-06-2013 19:10 | 1 comment
UG#649 - Why Money Will End (And How To Prepare)
21-06-2013 07:30 | 2 comments
Audio: Sheffield - Building our Response to the Climate Challenge
Audio: Sheffield Stop G4S Meeting
15-06-2013 11:34 | 1 comment
WORLD PREMIERE: Grasp The Nettle (21/6/13)
July 4: Independence FROM America Day Demo at Menwith Hill
11-06-2013 07:34 | 1 addition | 1 comment
Police escorting the EDL to Sheffield Station
08-06-2013 21:20 | 1 comment
Policing the EDL on West Street, Sheffield
08-06-2013 20:19 | 2 comments
EDL at The Harley in Sheffield
08-06-2013 19:46 | 1 comment
The assassination of Juan Vázquez Guzmán in Chiapas, Mexico
UG#645 - Potemkin Justice (Whistleblowers & Surveillance in 21st Century USA)
07-06-2013 09:03 | 1 comment
UNITED WE STAND! "Hands off Syria / Iran "
Will Humans Go Extinct Soon?
06-06-2013 06:10 | 1 comment
EDL ¡No Pasarán! Sheffield
01-06-2013 16:28 | 1 addition | 3 comments
UG#642 - Living a 3-Dimensional Life (Living Moneyless, Walden #1)
Hunting Wildlife Crime Officer Removed From Post
Leeds No Borders public meeting
Sheffield Workfare Protest, June 1st
Audio from the Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair 2013
18-05-2013 22:25 | 1 comment
Sheffield Protest Against the Bed Room Tax
Sheffield Saboteurs Benefit - HEADJAM/ UBUNTU/ KARLY HOBO & more
14-05-2013 12:00 | 1 addition | 3 comments
UG#637 - The Preliminaries Of A Vision (Of A World We Might Want)
Photos of the Stalls at the 4th Sheffield Anarchist Bookfair
12-05-2013 16:57 | 4 additions | 4 comments
UG#636 - Bilking The Afflicted (Addiction, Drugs & Capitalism)
UG#635 - Apocalypse Postponed (Perspectives On A Progressive Future)
Campaigners disrupt UK Weapons Production
UG#634 - The Coming Apocalypse etc. (Catastrophism, Zombies, The "Fiscal Cliff")
07-05-2013 03:13 | 1 comment
Leeds residents in Bedroom tax Trap:
UK ready? Fracking Sacrifice Zones in U.S. West
UG#632 - The War On Kids (The Youth Of Today's Toxic Legacy)
Protest in London
Sheffield workfare protest, Saturday May 4th
Further aggressions in San Marcos Aviles
Scottish Coal's Collapse : The Untold Story
23-04-2013 17:03 | 1 comment
Private security fine the public on Public streets in Leeds
Shell to Sea campaigner to speak in Bristol, Leeds & Manchester
UG#630 - The 6th Mass Extinction (And What To Do About It)
Planning and Opencast Coal: the Bad and the Good News
Sheffield & Doncaster Sabs - End of Season Report 2013
03-04-2013 11:44 | 4 comments
Northern Vegan Festival
LAON's Review of English Opencast Site Applications for March 2013
Carbon Conversations discussion group — Six evening meetings (3 weeks apart); starts Mar/Apr
The Autonomous University? First Planning Meeting — Mon 10 Mar 2014, 6pm, New Roots, 347 Glossop Rd
Sheffield & Rotherham Green Party members meeting — Wed 12 Mar 2014, 7.30pm St. Mary's Community Centre, Bramall Lane S2 4QZ
Sheffield Amnesty International meeting — Wed 12 Mar 2014, 7.30pm at Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James St. S1 2EW
Sheffield Friday Night Ride: FoodBanks — Fri 14 Mar 2014, 6.30pm start: Park Square, at bottom of South St.
Macrocosm — Fri 14 Mar 2014 from 6pm, Kiac studios, 40 Ball Street, S3 8DB
BitFixIT Cafe — Sat 15 Mar 2014, 12-3pm, 268 Verdon St. Burngreave S3 9QS
Saturday information point — Sat 15 Mar 2014, 11.30am-2.30pm, Moor Market, the Moor, Sheffield
Sheffield Friends of the Earth meeting — Mon 17 Mar 2014, 8pm Red Deer pub, 18 Pitt St. S1 4DD, off West Street (upstairs room)
Energy Use and Empowerment sessions — Mon 17 Mar 2014, 3-4.30pm & 6-7.30pm, Sheffield Central Library Archives & Info, Surrey St. S1 1XZ
Public sector cuts
April 2006 No Borders Days of Action
Art and Activism Caravan 2006
Climate Camp 2006
French CPE uprising 2006
G8 Russia 2006
Lebanon War 2006
March 18 Anti War Protest
Refugee Week 2006
Transnational Day of Action Against Migration Controls
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