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Press Release: Liverpool IWW Calls For Demonstration Against Fines for the Homeless

Liverpool IWW condemns the council’s proposed “Public Space Protection Order”, under which the homeless could be fined up to £1,000 for the ‘crime’ of begging. We call on the people of Liverpool to show their opposition, by demonstrating at St Luke’s bombed out church a week on Saturday (14th November) from 12 noon, and signing the Change.org petition, which already had nearly 7,000 signatures at the time of going to press.

It is shocking that we find ourselves in a position where we need to argue for the right of homeless people not to be fined for their poverty, but thanks to greedy mayor Joe Anderson this is exactly the situation we are in. No-one begs for the fun of it. People beg out of desperation, because our society has badly let them down. £1,000 would be a huge amount of money for any working class person, but for a homeless person it is almost unimaginable, and could never be paid.

If Liverpool Labour wanted people to stop begging, they would stop implementing policies which massively increase poverty in our city. Instead, they aim to criminalise deprivation, in order to create a corporate paradise in Liverpool One, the Central ‘Business Improvement District’, and beyond. While Joe Anderson claims that his hands are tied by the Tory government when he makes spending cuts, it is his anti-homeless crusade which really shows what kind of man he is. Not content with using the police to starve homeless people out of a former bank a few months back, he now seeks to use crushing fines to force homeless people out of the city where they may well have family and friends.

On a different note, we worry that the proposed ban on “erecting unauthorised structures in public places such as gazebos, tents, tables and chairs, stages, temporary shelters, boxes and crates” will mean an attack on the free expression of those who want to speak or perform publicly, or distribute information.

But it’s not too late for Anderson and co. to save face. We note that councils in Oxford, Hackney and Wycombe have proposed similar measures, only to abandon them when they’ve realised the depth of public opposition.

Our union, the Industrial Workers of the World, has a long history of both organising the homeless and fighting for free speech. We’ll continue to do so as long as there is breath in our bodies.

http://www.iww.org/content/press-release-liverpool-iww-calls-demonstration-against-fines-homeless

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November 7th General Branch Meeting

The next General Branch Meeting will be held Saturday November 7th

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

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.

Hope to see you there.

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June Sheffield IWW General Members’ Branch Meeting

The next Branch Meeting of the Sheffield IWW General Members’ Branch will take place on Saturday the 6th of June, at 11:00am, at our office in the SYAC building on the Wicker.

This meeting is also our Branch AGM (Annual General Meeting), at which our Branch must elect the officers who will serve the branch until June 2016.  Any member-in-good-standing of the Sheffield IWW, including the incumbent officers, may stand for election in one or more of these posts.

In order to stand, simply notify the branch at large of your candidacy at any time before the ballot.  Ideally, candidates should make statements or comments in support of their candidacy on the e-mail list or by other means before the AGM, although this is not a requirement for standing.  Incumbent officers in particular should try well in advance to announce their intention to either defend their position by election or to stand down, to encourage other candidates to come forward.

See you wobblies there!

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May 5th General Branch Meeting.

Tuesday, May the 5th 2015 5:30pm until 7:00pm

This is the local meeting to vote on national policy/motions for the upcoming annual conference. 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

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.

Hope to see you there.

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Branch Meeting 01/04/15

The next Branch Meeting of the Sheffield IWW is due to take place at our office in the SYAC Centre on Wednesday the 1st of April at 17:30.

Members can e-mail any items for the agenda either to the Sheffield mailing list for discussion and/or revision, or directly to sheffield@iww.org.uk

Look forward to seeing you all there!

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Branch Meeting 10/03/15

The next Branch Meeting of the Sheffield IWW is due to take place at our office in the SYAC Centre on Tuesday the 10th of March at 17:30.

Members can e-mail any items for the agenda either to the Sheffield mailing list for discussion and/or revision, or directly to sheffield@iww.org.uk

Look forward to seeing you all there!

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Film Night: Award winning documentary the ‘Hand That Feeds’ Friday the 13th of March.

Come and see an awesome documentary that gives a rare, intimate view of workplace organising. The film will be screened at the new cinema in Abbeydale Picturehouse. Entry will be £3, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. The money will go to covering the cost of a community screening license for the film. The event will be introduced by members of Sheffield IWW, who will talk about their organising work in the area and upcoming organiser training courses.

When: Friday the 13th (1930 doors, film rolls at 2000)

Where: Picture House Social (383 Abbeydale Rd, Nether Edge, Sheffield S7 1FS 0114 258 1690)

“New York’s Upper East Side get bagels and coffee served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. Mild-mannered sandwich maker Mahoma López has never been interested in politics, but in January 2012, he convinces a small group of his co-workers to fight back.
Risking deportation and the loss of their livelihood, the workers team up with a diverse crew of innovative young organizers and take the unusual step of forming their own independent union, launching themselves on a journey that will test the limits of their resolve. In one roller-coaster year, they must overcome a shocking betrayal and a two-month lockout. Lawyers will battle in back rooms, Occupy Wall Street protesters will take over the restaurant, and a picket line will divide the neighborhood. If they can win a contract, it will set a historic precedent for low-wage workers across the country. But whatever happens, Mahoma and his coworkers will never be exploited again.”

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/399006720277788/

Venue Info: http://picture-house-social.com/

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