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May Events

Can Education Change the World? – Saturday 7th May 1pm

Erdelan Baran, Kurdistan National Congress (KNK) Foreign Affairs Committee, will present on ongoing efforts to build feminist and libertarian schools in the self-governing cantons of Northern Syria. Education in Rojava is not about getting a career or getting rich, instead students are challenged to ask themselves “How can I better society?”. Lessons encourage independence, critical thinking and active participation in the democratic organisation of communities.

The meeting is hosted by Sheffield Educators Underground. Educators Underground is a project initiated by teachers and support staff who are members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union. Educators Undergound aims to create spaces for co-operation, solidarity and positivity in education and to support teachers and support staff across the city to take action for social change.

Free entry, food and refreshments will be provided.

This will be held at Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk Street, S1 2JB.

 

General Branch Meeting – Saturday 7th May 11:30am

This is the local meeting to vote on national policy/motions that have been raised. All decisions here will be carried to the conference by our Sheffield delegates.

For the full agenda members should refer to the Sheffield mailing list. All national conference motions are to be found in the Internal Bulletin

This will be held at the IWW Office:

IWW Office, Office 2, 110 Wicker, Sheffield S3 8JD

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The building is accessible and child care is provided.

These meetings have to be pretty efficient to get through all the agenda items so they’re fairly formal… but a catch up tends to follow the meeting.

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April events

General Branch Meeting – Monday 4th April 17:30

This is the local meeting to vote on national policy/motions that have been raised. All decisions here will be carried to the conference by our Sheffield delegates.

For the full agenda members should refer to the Sheffield mailing list. All national conference motions are to be found in the Internal Bulletin

This be held at the IWW Office:

IWW Office, Office 2, 110 Wicker, Sheffield S3 8JD

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The building is accessible and child care is provided.

These meetings have to be pretty efficient to get through all the agenda items so they’re fairly formal… but a catch up tends to follow the meeting.

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One Big Day School

On the 19th of March, Sheffield IWW will be holding our annual One Big Day School. This year, the Day School will be focusing on gender. This government’s austerity programme has disproportionately impacted women and gender-oppressed people. Cuts to the public sector have a greater impact on women than on men. Benefits make up, on average, one fifth of women’s income, compared to one tenth of men’s. This, coupled with cuts to children and young people’s services and the increasing number of women on precarious employment contracts, amounts to an attack on women and gender oppressed people.

To challenge this, we will be hearing from what different groups from around the UK have been doing and we will be working to build our own community and workplace campaigns and actions.

The Day School’s primary objective is to reach out to new members, targeting individuals and families from the most marginalised communities in Sheffield. We will be hearing from Focus E15 Mums who have run successful campaigns against forced evictions for single mothers in inner city London. We will also be hosting Maternity Action who advocate for the Maternity rights of women on zero hours contracts and health care access for women in the asylum system. In addition to this, we have a talk from the English Collective of Prostitutes who support sex workers and campaign for the abolition of laws that criminalise them. Our events also include a workshop by Sisters Uncut who use direct action to challenge this government’s cuts to already underfunded domestic violence services and local group Queer Agenda Sheffield who will be discussing the rights of queer workers.

Our very own members will also be running workshops and discussions. One such workshop will be the “Organiser 101 Taster”. This taster, from one of our most popular training programmes, aims to equip workers with the ability to challenge their bosses and to organise against exploitation. Our Organiser 101 Taster will focus on gendered issues in the workplace; be they about the right to use toilets of your own choice, sexual harassment or the right to breastfeed at work. We will also have the opportunity to hear about the rich history of the IWW’s commitment to end gender based oppression.

Our day will end with a plenary session that will seek to create new campaigns and initiatives in our own communities as well as to give us the opportunity to discuss how austerity and capitalist exploitation have impacted on ourselves and other fellow workers.

For those who are new to the IWW, this will be an ideal chance to see what we’re all about and to get involved. As a revolutionary union, the IWW is committed to challenging the systems and structures that lead to patriarchy and gender based oppression. This day-long event will enable us to forge new links with members of our communities and with other activist groups in order to build a new world.

The venue is fully accessible, childcare will be available and food will be vegan.

See below for a full timetable of the day’s events.

Time

Talk/Workshop

11.00-11.15

INTRO

11.15-11.45

Gender and the IWW

11.45-1200

BREAK

12.00-12.30

Maternity Action – Migrant women’s maternity rights

12.30-13.00

English Collective of Prostitutes

13.00

LUNCH

14.00-14.45

Sisters Uncut Workshop

14.45-15.00

BREAK

15.00-15.30

QASH (Queer Agenda Sheffield) and Action for Trans* Health

15.30-16.00

Focus E15 Mums

16.00-16.15

BREAK

16.15-17.00

Organiser 101 Taster

1700- 1800

Plenary: Austerity – Panel Discussion

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March events

One Big *GENDER* Day School – Saturday 19th March

Every year we have the One Big Day School and this year Sheffield IWW have decided to have the day school focus on gender. With more details to be announced nearer the time, please save the date and come join us at Victoria Hall Methodist church for an excellent day.

 

General Branch Meeting – Saturday 5th at 11:30am

This is the local meeting to vote on national policy/motions that have been raised. All decisions here will be carried to the conference by our Sheffield delegates.

For the full agenda members should refer to the Sheffield mailing list. All national conference motions are to be found in the Internal Bulletin

This be held at the IWW Office:

IWW Office, Office 2, 110 Wicker, Sheffield S3 8JD

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The building is accessible and child care is provided.

These meetings have to be pretty efficient to get through all the agenda items so they’re fairly formal… but a catch up tends to follow the meeting.

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January 2016 events

Action For Trans Health Activist Training day – Saturday 23rd at 10 am

Sheffield IWW are excited to present a day of training, plotting, and networking with awesome trans activists.

Jess Bradley from Action for Trans Health will be visiting Sheffield to deliver training for trans activists. Join us in learning about:
– Campaigns planning and training
– Setting up a group
– Training people how to give trans-friendly sexual health training to health professionals

Keira James of IWW Sheffield (UK) Branch will be talking about trans solidarity and the successful campaign against transphobic discrimination from her employers.

Training is free to attend. Donations towards the Action for Trans Health solidarity fund are welcomed. The solidarity fund is used to help UK based trans and intersex people access healthcare, with priority given to those who are facing greater barriers than most.

 

General Branch Meeting – Saturday 9th at 11:30am

This is the local meeting to vote on national policy/motions that have been raised. All decisions here will be carried to the conference by our Sheffield delegates.

For the full agenda members should refer to the Sheffield mailing list. All national conference motions are to be found in the Internal Bulletin

 

Both of these events are to be held at the IWW Office:

IWW Office, Office 2, 110 Wicker, Sheffield S3 8JD

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The building is accessible and child care is provided.

These meetings have to be pretty efficient to get through all the agenda items so they’re fairly formal… but a catch up tends to follow the meeting.

 

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Action For Trans Health Activist Training

A few of the Sheffield contingent took a road trip to Manchester to take part in Action for Trans Heath’s Activist Training, this is a short write up of the events from the Saturday:

 

Action for Trans Health are a group that formed out of individual fundraisers to assist Trans individuals who struggled to reach their target goals in raising money for the treatment they required. Now they provide some financial assistance to many Trans people, with priority given to people facing greater barriers than most. They also interact with medical staff to provide them with workshops on Trans health needs, assisting people with complaints regarding malpractice. Furthermore they engage with the Trans community about health issues, providing them information on sexual health, harm reduction with regards to self-medication and information on the structures within the NHS. The question they posed, and suggested we keep in mid throughout the day was: What does democratic Trans healthcare look like and why should we fight for it? They then explained the meanings of some of the phrases that are frequently used when discussing Trans health, live informed consent, harm reduction, reproductive justice and patient – worker control.

 

We then had a talk from Sabah Choudrey about their experience in organising Trans Pride in Brighton. They also discussed what activism is, which made me realise how broad the term can be beyond just direct action because for many Trans people just living their lives visibly can become a form of activism. Furthermore we discussed the importance of linking struggles and joining up with other groups who have similar aims in a show of solidarity, this way we can effect change more efficiently. They discussed some of the issues they had experienced in organising Trans Pride and how after it gained popularity they encountered issues with regards to racism and cultural appropriation which were ignored by the largely white committee.

 

We then had a talk from some of the women who for the Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) who shared their experiences of seeking asylum in the UK. And the homophobia they encountered during the process. I was personally very upset by the stories of these women being asked to prove their sexuality to Home Office officials, and being refused asylum when the people who’d interviewed them didn’t believe that they were lesbians. Furthermore I was shocked to hear that up until 2010 many asylum seekers were often told to return to their country of origin and live more discreetly in a different city where no one knew they were gay, instead of being granted asylum. The whole experience was very powerful and emotional, and made me see how groups such as LISG need to exist to support these women through these experiences.

 

We then had a discussion about Trans healthcare advocacy and what the different forms of advocacy are. Self advocacy, where the Trans person would advocate for themselves. Informal advocacy, where a friend of family member would advocate for a Trans person providing them moral support during medical appointments. Professional advocacy, where a trained person assists the Trans person with support during medical appointments and is able to provide them with information on protocols. They went on to discuss the qualities a good advocate would need to possess: listens, patient-led, resilient, accountable, assertive, organised etc.

 

~RG

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December events

Education Workers meeting – Saturday 6th at 18:00

This is the local Education workers meeting for the Sheffield area and acts as a forum for any workers in the education sector to get together and discuss current and upcoming campaigns and industrial actions as well as receive assistance with workplace issues.

 

General Branch Meeting – Monday 7th at 17:30  

This is the local meeting to vote on national policy/motions that have been raised. All decisions here will be carried to the conference by our Sheffield delegates.

For the full agenda members should refer to the Sheffield mailing list. All national conference motions are to be found in the Internal Bulletin

 

Both of these events will be held at the local IWW office in the Syac building:

IWW Office, Office 2, 110 Wicker, Sheffield S3 8JD

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The building is accessible and child care is provided.