March 15th, the fabulous Jon Johnson has organised high profile speakers to come to Sheffield and share their expertise and ideas on affordable housing. Well worth attending I'm sure:

Fundraising through music

Queensland MP, George Christensen, an embarrassment to the Australian House of Reps, repeatedly said he would “not be moralised at” by “extreme greens” for the post on FB 'joking' about shooting a Green senator.

He claimed that environmental protests at mine sites are illegal and put workers’ livelihoods at risk and that environmentalists “are the ones actually putting real lives at risk” because of suicides he attributed to depressed economic activity. Never mind that so much economic activity is making the planet increasingly inhospitable to numerous animals, including us.

We can only hope his prejudice won't prevent him from recognising and supporting the economic activity renewables can generate (pun intended ).

AFP investigates Facebook post showing gun-wielding MP criticising ‘greenie’ rivals as Sarah Hanson-Young says photo prompted death threats against her
Here is the excellent speech by David Kesteven from North Derbyshire Greens who is representing Eckington Against Fracking at the Friends of the Earth Anti-Fracking Rally on 14 October in Sheffield.
The indefatigable Anti-Fracking campaigner, Tina Louise Rothery gave an excellent speech at the rally in Sheffield this morning. Check it out:
Rob Unwin for Nether Edge and Sharrow Ward

I hope the Finnish approach to education will spread across the world:

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Here we are clearing leaves that had practically turned into soil on the pavement of Machon Bank. Residents have been slip sliding on them since Autumn but StreetsAhead wouldn't clear them. Rob Unwin works hard for the ward. I wish he'd been elected last year, yet he keeps working for residents regardless. Here are the before and after shots:

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I joined a team of police today to do an open land search in Mount Pleasant Park. We were looking for any items that compromise community safety. By the end of the session, two knives and a baseball bat were removed from the park.

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I'm delighted to have been nominated to possibly be included on an Amnesty map of modern suffragettes. It's a great idea to celebrate 100 years since some women gained the right to vote in the UK, and seeks to celebrate the involvement of women in recent campaigns. If you can think of women you know who are doing a great job standing up for the rights of others then use this link to nominate them:

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David Kesteven is the chair of Marsh Lane Anti Fracking group and he's made a series of videos about fracking that are informative and helpful. You may like to take a look:

Does Fracking have a role to play in the British energy mix? References: Gas security of supply: strategic assessment and review

"In this new ecological age, we have learned that trees have far more value than providing timber: they keep soils moist, prevent floods and provide shelter, store carbon, beautify landscapes, protect water sources, increase biodiversity, improve conservation and induce human wellbeing. So woe betide councils such as Sheffield that want to cut down trees. From the Newbury bypass protests 20 years ago to today’s battles to save the ancient woodlands along the route of the HS2 rail link, there are few surer ways of angering people than cutting down their trees."

After centuries of bad stewardship, communities are at last starting to see the benefits of forests, writes John Vidal, the Guardian’s former environment editor

Still time to help this fundraiser along:

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Common Ground (Abbeydale)

Common Ground have been short listed for the Tesco Bags of Help scheme to help fund improvements to the community centre & grounds!

Please vote for us in Tesco ...stores NOW between 8th Jan and 28th Feb 2018!!

Look out for the displays near the entrances to all Tesco stores and ask for a voting token when you buy anything. Your blue token could make a big difference to how much funding we get so please support us with every shop!


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Running an election campaign is expensive. I would be sincerely grateful for any donation, big or small. I'll certainly try my best to be worthy of your support.

Raise funds to help re-elect Cllr Alison Teal in Nether Edge & Sharrow for 4 more years!

Natalie Bennett is her on video explaining the Make Votes Matter campaign and how far we've come since some women first gained the vote.

Campaigners calling for a change in the voting system are fasting for twenty four hours to mark one hundred years since women won the right to vote.

This looks good:

Christina Elizabeth Whalley shared her post to the group: STAG. Sheffield Tree Action Groups.

Although this event is to do with Fracking, STAG members would be very welcome to join in.

Christina Elizabeth Whalley shared a link to the group: Sheffield Against Fracking.

Free Lantern making workshops at Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk Street, Sheffield City Centre, S1 2JB. Workshops are every day from 19th - 23rd March;... 1PM, 6PM, 7PM, and 8PM, and Saturday 24th at 10am and 11am.
Everyone welcome; individuals, friends, couples, families and community and action groups alike. Please follow the link to book your tickets through Eventbrite.
There will be a fabulous parade of all the lanterns on Saturday 24th March at 7pm, which will start at Devonshire Green, and finish at the Sheffield Peace Gardens. Everyone is very welcome to this, and you do not need to have a lantern to join in. You might like to dress up as Robin Hood or Maid Marion though.

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Stand with Robin Hood in the fight to save Sherwood and all the forests of England from fracking. Robin Hood and his Merrie Band are holding Lantern Parades across the East Midlands to drive out the Sheriff of Frackingham. Book yourself into a Lantern Making Session to create or decorate your own LE...

Busy day today. Started with a stall for Make Votes Matter, fasting as we were Hungry for Democracy, then to Calvin Payne's hearing at the Sheffield Combined Court, then into the Town Hall for a Green Group meeting, then over to Weston Park Museum where they have an exhibition called 200 Years of Protest and photographs of arrested tree protesters are featured.

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What a cruel barbaric place this is. Profit before people. "DPD, one of the most successful firms operating in the gig economy, made over £100m profit after tax in 2016." How does it maintain such profitability? By exploiting people, that's how.

Don Lane’s widow says he was afraid of getting fined if he did not ensure his round was covered

Here are some photos from another busy week. The lovely residents of Leverton TARA who always make me a nice cup of tea when I visit are looking for more Leverton people to get involved. Cllr Douglas Johnson and I learned about the amazing Real Junkfood Project, and stalwart Green Party campaigner Rachel Hardy, along with Peter Garbutt went out leafletting to encourage attendance at the NHS rally in London tomorrow. Go if you can, see People's Assembly site.

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Hundreds of young people leaving care in Sheffield could be exempt from having to pay council tax under new proposals.