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Sheffield Left - For Socialism - 'For the many, not the few'

A bulletin for Socialists – both inside and outside the Labour Party – supporting transformative, socialist policies and progressive campaigns.

SL E-Bulletin #78 - 26 April 2022

Sheffield Left publicly launches on May 1st

The defeat of the left in the Labour Party has taken place and the road back to a socialist leadership looks more distant than ever as a result of the tight bureaucratic grip the right now have over the party apparatus in terms of selections and the factional use of disciplinary action.
 
The witch-hunt of the left in the Party has continued.  The proscriptions of left organisations has accelerated that process by backdating the ‘crime’ and including fb likes etc.  
 
The withdrawal of the Labour Whip from Corbyn has now lasted for well over a year.  It seems highly unlikely that Corbyn will be an official Labour candidate in the next General Election.  
 
Sheffield Labour Left has been the only continuing permanent, organised group within the left of the Labour Party locally, continuing to produce a regular e-bulletin, organising within LP Branches/CLPs/LCF and working in local campaigns, including the following:  Sheffield Trades Union Council, Sheffield Cuba Solidarity Campaign and Sheffield Labour Friends of Palestine.  We have also participated in the Chilean Solidarity Network, SYMAAG, PSC and Unite Community.

We recognise that the class struggle has moved away from the struggle for socialist ideas in the Labour Party and back to the workplaces and streets.  We are about to enter an era of heightened industrial and community unrest.  12 years of austerity, a no-deal Brexit, the effect of the Covid pandemics on the workforce and now the devastating effect of rocketing fuel prices on all aspects of production and consumption is producing a cost-of-living crisis the like of which will not have been seen since the 1930s.  Already at least 4.3 million children live in poverty in the UK, including half of all BAME children.  And all of this alongside the horrors of imperialist-driven wars.

Sheffield Left intends to organise socialists, both within and outside the Labour Party, to fight for transformative change to a better, socialist, society.

Who we are and what we stand for:
 
Sheffield Left is a socialist group that seeks the radical transformation of society.  We are anti-capitalists who recognise the primacy of the class struggle to bring about the change necessary for humans to live a free and fulfilling life.
 
We are in favour of an equal society based on need and not on profit, and therefore oppose the present oppressive aspects inherent in capitalism of racism, sexism and all other forms of discrimination and oppression.
 
We believe in collective ownership and democratic control of the means of production, and of all essential services e.g. health, utilities, transport.
 
We support radical transformative policies to combat the climate emergency and create a fairer, greener, socialist society.
 
We are anti-imperialists supporting the struggles of progressive organisations opposing imperialism and settler-colonialism.
 
We are internationalists and support our sisters and brothers across the planet who are fighting for a better, socialist, world.
 
We recognise the importance of an organised working class and support workers joining and transforming their trade unions into democratic organisations of the working class.
 
We believe in the importance of open public debate of socialist ideas. 
 
We support the idea of a mass democratic socialist party, which allows the formation of temporary or permanent internal tendencies and factions, and we will work towards achieving that.

 
Sheffield Left Statement:

Police Violence at Sheffield Demonstration
 
Sheffield Left participated in, and spoke at, the demonstration of solidarity with the Kurdish people, who have suffered political repression and military atrocities at the hands of the Turkish state for many decades, with Turkey launching a new wave of violence on the 17th of April.

This peaceful demonstration was forcibly disrupted by South Yorkshire Police, knocking protestors to the ground and using pepper-spray. The British state has provided enormous funds to Turkey to block refugees fleeing, and as a member of NATO provides military assistance and political support to the slaughter of Kurds. Now it is preventing the Kurds and the supporters of their cause from assembling, peacefully, in Sheffield.

Sheffield Left condemns the actions of the Police, and echoes the call of SYMAAG's and STUC for an immediate investigation by the Chief Constable and Police Commissioner into the tactics and violence of the South Yorkshire police.

However, this behaviour is not unusual for South Yorkshire Police, which has a long and shameful history of violence against the working-class.

We reiterate our support for the Kurds in fighting our class enemies abroad, and in their efforts to establish a democratic, socialist confederation.

In addition, we do not recognise the PKK as a terrorist organisation. We see in their efforts, across nationalities and ethnicity, the building of a world that is free from the terrors of imperialism and balkanisation, free from clerical dictatorship, and free from the terrors of bourgeois exploitation of labour and land.

We will campaign for the liberty of the Kurds in any state which is oppressive, which includes the UK. The proscription of  the PKK must be reversed, and we join those campaigning to achieve that end.

 

Sheffield Left


Sheffield Left (SL) is a network of socialists to help co-ordinate the determined left both inside and outside the Labour Party across Sheffield.

We have a page on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SheffieldLabourLeft) and our own website (http://www.sheffieldlabourleft.org), where you can find an archive of our first 77 bulletins.

Want to get involved with SL or become a member? Contact us at the email address below.
Labour movement events and meetings in April/May


Tuesday 26th April:  Sheffield Trades Union Council (STUC) monthly meeting.  Starts at 7pm.  Trades and Labour Club, 200 Duke Street S2 5QQ.  All trade union members welcome, only delegates can vote.

Thursday 28th April:  International Workers Memorial Day.  12.30pm to 1.30pm by the Memorial Tree outside Sheffield Town Hall Pinstone Street. Wreath laying ceremony and speakers. Please bring union banners.

Saturday 30th April:  Sheffield against Conversion Therapy. Outside City Hall at 11am.

Sunday 1st May:  Sheffield May Day Rally.  Assemble at Devonshire Green at 11.30am.  March off at noon to Town Hall for rally with speakers at approximately 12.30.

Sunday 1st May:  Sheffield Left May Day Social.  Evening event.  Invite only for members, supporters, friends and families.

Monday 2nd May:  Chesterfield May Day event.  Assemble 11am in the square for the march.  Rally and stalls all day in the square.

Wednesday 4th May:  South Yorkshire Unite Community Branch monthly meeting.  6.30pm start.  Zoom.

Wednesday 11th May:  Latin America and the Caribbean: Media, Solidarity and Foreign Policy.  From 13:00 to 19:30.  The University of Sheffield, Lecture Theatre 8, LG03b, Arts Tower, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN.  The event is free.  Full details and tickets here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/latin-america-and-the-caribbean-media-solidarity-and-foreign-policy-tickets-325844819627?aff=eemailordconf&utm_campaign=order_confirm&utm_medium=email&ref=eemailordconf&utm_source=eventbrite&utm_term=viewevent

Thursday 12th May:  Festival of Debate.  'Trade Unions Fighting back in the Community'. 7pm @ Central Reform Church, Norfolk Street. Organised by Sheffield TUC to discuss how local trade union branches and the Trades Council are linking positively with our local communities – and standing up to poverty, inequality and discrimination. Evening panel debate with speakers and discussion.

Friday 13th May:  Sheffield PSC Film Show - 7pm start at The Yemeni Hall, Hadfield Institute, 43 Attercliffe Common, Sheffield S9 2AE. FREE ENTRY 
DONATIONS ARE WELCOME to help continue with efforts to support Sheffield PSC projects in the Gaza Strip, Palestine.  Tea/Coffee/ Cakes and biscuits will be available.

Saturday 14th May:  Sheffield PSC Rally. Outside the Town Hall at 12 midday, to mark 74 years since the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (NAKBA) at the hands of Zionist militias.

Tuesday 24th May:  Sheffield Trades Union Council (STUC) monthly meeting.  Starts at 7pm.  All trade union members welcome, only delegates can vote.

Sunday 29th May:  Cuba Solidarity Campaign meeting.  1pm to 3pm. Room 5 Sheffield Showroom, Paternoster Row Sheffield S1.  Speaker from Cuba: Elizabeth Ribalta Rubiera from ICAP (Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples).


Labour Party Constituency Meetings:
Brightside & Hillsborough CLP monthly meetings held 1st Thursday of the month.
South East CLP monthly meetings held 3rd Friday of the month.
Central CLP monthly meetings held 4th Thursday of the month.
Hallam CLP monthly meetings held 4th Thursday of the month.
Penistone & Stocksbridge CLP monthly meetings held 4th Thursday of the month
Heeley CLP monthly meetings held last Thursday of the month.
 
Our mailing address is:
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