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Sheffield Labour Left 

A bulletin for Labour Party Members who supported the direction the party moved towards under Jeremy Corbyn & John McDonnell.
For Socialism. Opposing racism, antisemitism and Zionism.
Opposing all expulsions/exclusions targeting the left.
E-Bulletin #26 April 27 2020

Workers Memorial Day


Workers Memorial Day is dedicated to those who have lost their lives at work. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workers'_Memorial_Day)
It is marked by the slogan “Remember the dead, Fight for the living”.
This year that call is more urgent than ever the Coronavirus pandemic stalks workplaces. Unions have called a minute’s silence for the day.
Health and social care workers are losing their lives, bus workers are dying doing essential work but without adequate PPE and testing – while other workers are being forced to continue to go to work for non-essential tasks under the threat of losing their livelihood.
Yet in the Tory Cabinet, in the media, in the boardrooms of big firms, the discussion is already about how and when they can re-open more workplaces, and get more people back to work, whether it is safe or not to do so.
Our lives are worth more than their profits
On Workers Memorial Day,
Tuesday 28 April, join us this year to demand:
•PPE now!
•Testing now!
•Non-essential workplaces to be shut down!
Organise a short workplace meeting to mark the day – online or respecting social distancing.
Hold a 2 minute silence for those who have died.
Read out the names of those who have died in the health service, in social care work , on the buses….
Hold up signs demanding “PPE Now! Testing now! People Before Profit!”

 

Events & Meetings

1. Sheffield TUC will be commemorating International Workers Memorial Day 12.30-13.15 this coming Tuesday 28th April:

https://zoom.us/j/95248079558

2. LLA Webinar series: Learning from Labour’s History

A series of webinars looking at the history of the Labour party and considering a number of key historical issues which remain relevant today: the relationship between Labour and the organised working-class movement, how serious a challenge did the party present to capitalism and imperialism, and the nature of the Labour left and its understanding of socialism.
https://labourleft.org/uncategorized/webinar-series-learning-from-labours-history/
Each session will include a reading list, brief outline notes and some primary historical documents for discussion. With time for questions and comments. 

Every Thursday, 6pm, via Zoom. Video will be made available online afterwards. 

Introduced by Kevin Bean, Merseyside LLA, author, lecturer in Irish politics, tutor of British politics, University of Liverpool (retired).

You need to register in advance here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KDtJ5e7_TQa0Mo1uYIgmGw


3. The next meeting of the Sheffield TUC CV-19 Council of Action will be at 7pm Tuesday 5th May till 8.30pm.

Join the meeting via this link:
https://zoom.us/j/97228574917

Sheffield Trade Union Council has led a call for trades unions, health professionals, campaign groups and others to come together in collaboration to form the Sheffield COVID-19 Action Committee, which was initiated at an inaugural meeting by zoom conference on Tuesday 31st March 2020. 

By bringing together existing groups and networks collaborating across Sheffield, we can coordinate political and practical demands for all residents of the city in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and so better defend the livelihoods and health of workers, their families and the community.

4. Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians on 14th May. 

We hope people will put a Palestinian flag or picture up in their windows on 14th May.Nakba day/ Anandi film/ Musheir film

Film show, organised jointly with Manchester PSC via internet 4pm Sunday 17th May.

Film Screening+ discussion:
Emwas (52 mins) dir Dima Abu Ghosh

Panel discussion with director Dima Abu Ghosh; John Nicholson (Stop the JNF campaign); Anandi Ramamurthy (Cinema Palestino)

It is free but you will need to book.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/film-screening-emwas-tickets-103610710424

To commemorate the Nakba, we will remember the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestinian villages beyond 1948.  In 1967, on the second day of the 1967 war, Dima Abu Ghosh was forced to flee her village, along with all its inhabitants, when she was two years old. None of the villagers was ever able to return. After demolishing Emwas and a neighboring village, the Israeli government turned the area into a public park. The film follows the journey of the director, Dima Abu Ghosh, as she brings the demolished village to life and rebuilds her demolished hometown through a model, to restore the memories of its inhabitants and their dreams.

Following the screening there will be a discussion of the film with director Dima Abu Ghosh.

Sheffield Labour Left is a network to help co-ordinate the genuine left across the six CLPs covered by 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 previous bulletins.

We are connected to no other group, but work alongside others whose aims we share to see elected a socialist-led government.

In July 2019 we affiliated to the Labour Left Alliance:  
https://labourleft.org

Want to get involved with SLL or become a member? Contact us at the email address below.
Our mailing address is:
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