Justice for Palestine

Please consider putting this motion to your Labour Party branch/CLP:
Justice For Palestine
This Branch/CLP stands with people all around the world in solidarity with the Palestinian people and in defence of their inalienable rights. For 14 years Gaza has been under siege. For 54 years Gaza, the West Bank, including East Jerusalem have been illegally occupied by Israel. The injustice against the Palestinian people is intensifying.
This Branch/CLP notes that:
– Following attempts at the forcible expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah and Israeli forces storming the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, attacks on Gaza in recent days have killed at least 198 Palestinians including 58 children and 34 women with hundreds more injured and 10 Israelis have been killed including 2 children. Israel is threatening a ground invasion of Gaza.
This Branch/CLP believes that:
– A long-lasting peace for both Palestinians and Israelis can only be secured through a just solution that tackles the underlying injustices: Israel’s illegal occupation, its colonial settlements, its denial of the right of Palestinian refugees to return, its violations of human rights and international law and its siege of Gaza.
– As the former colonial power that issued the Balfour Declaration, and was then responsible for the Mandate leading up to the Nakba of 1948, Britain has a special responsibility to do all it can to ensure a just peace.
This Branch/CLP, therefore, calls upon the Labour Party leadership to call on the UK government to:
– Demand an end to the siege of Gaza and the illegal occupation of Palestinian territory;
– Impose sanctions on Israel for its repeated violations of international law, place an embargo on arms sales and end trade with illegal settlements;
– Demonstrate full support for the International Criminal Court’s opening of an investigation into alleged war crimes in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories; and
– Recognise the state of Palestine.
This CLP encourages its members to join demonstrations in solidarity with the Palestinian people and to donate to MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians).

‘Where now for the left in Sheffield Labour?’

Open Meeting:
– organised by Sheffield Labour Left

‘Where now for the left in Sheffield Labour?’

Wednesday, 19 May 2021 at 19:30.

As the dust settles after the local elections with Labour having lost their majority on Sheffield City Council (alongside the disastrous Hartlepool by-election result), and with the continuing shift to the right of the Labour Party under Sir Keir Starmer, the meeting will give left activists in the Labour Party an opportunity to discuss the way forward.

Speakers:

Chris Peace
(Labour Parliamentary candidate for North East Derbyshire in 2019.)

Sophie Wilson
(Labour Parliamentary candidate for Rother Valley in 2019.)

Glyn Secker
(Founding member and on the Executive of ‘Don’t Leave Organise’).

To be chaired by Martin Mayer (SLL Chair).

There will be plenty of time for contributions and questions from attendees.

Zoom details:  Online: us02web.zoom.us

(SLL reserves the right to refuse entry.)

Sheffield May Day March & Rally

Following the speakers at Devonshire Green, we will then march direct to Barkers Pool for a Sheffield TUC May Day Rally with speakers on City Hall steps which we expect to conclude around 2.30pm. Sheffield Against the Policing Bill have agreed to join us for the march and rally at Barkers Pool and – when that is finished – will have a SAPB Kill the Bill march around the city centre, handing out leaflets etc. Please feel free to join them.

Confirmed speakers include:

1pm Devonshire Green
Martin Mayer Secretary Sheffield TUC – compere, introducing the speakers
· Emmott Baddeley – Sheffield Against the Policing Bill
· Chris Peace – Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign
· Ci Davies – Extinction Rebellion
· Sam Morecroft – STUC Vice Chair

1.45/2pm City Hall steps
Martin Mayer Secretary Sheffield TUC – compere, introducing the speakers, not necessarily in this order
· Holly Johnston – Nurses for 15%
· Julie Pearn – Labour Friends of Palestine
· Maxine Bowler – Vice Chair Sheffield TUC
· Lee Rock – Sheffield Labour Left
· Olivia Rickson – Sheffield Needs A Pay Rise

Open Meeting: ‘Support the Rent Strikes’

Sheffield Labour Left – Open Meeting

Wednesday 3 February @ 7.30pm.

Students in Sheffield have joined over 45 other Universities in going on Rent Strike, making this potentially the biggest student-led movement in a decade.

The meeting will discuss the issues behind the strike, why it is important for the labour movement and how can the left support it.

There will be plenty of time for contributions and questions.

Speakers:

Charlie – Student Striker – University of Sheffield

Zac – Student Striker – Sheffield Hallam University

Deborah Adshead – UCU Hallam Communications Officer

Dylan Cope – Sheffield Labour Left

To be chaired by Martin Mayer, Secretary of Sheffield Trades Union Council and Chair of Sheffield Labour Left.

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Protest in Stocksbridge

Sheffield Labour Left organised with Penistone & Stocksbridge CLP members a protest outside the office of Miriam Cates, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge.  The protest was part of the continuing campaign to force the Government to provide free meals in the school holidays for vulnerable children.

Appeal for a democratic Labour Left Alliance

Sheffield Labour Left supports the following appeal, which is an attempt to unite and organise the genuine Labour Left. Please sign up here.

The degeneration of Momentum has reached a critical point. Jon Lansman’s attack on Jewish Voice for Labour as “not being part of the Jewish community” and his demand that Chris Williamson MP should be expelled from the Labour Party are indefensible. Sadly, Momentum at a national level has become an organisation that has now fully joined the witch-hunt against Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters.

It is not good enough to call for people to join this or that existing group. We have to be honest: None of our existing Labour left organisations are, by themselves, the answer. But they can be part of the solution.

We therefore believe there is now an urgent need to build a democratic, transparent and socialist Labour Left Alliance that:

  • organises democratically and transparently;
  • both supports Corbyn against attacks by the right, and is independent and able to criticise the leadership when necessary;
  • opposes racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and all other forms of discrimination and is consistently internationalist, a stance which by definition includes support for the democratic and national rights of the Palestinians;
  • opposes attempts to conflate anti-Zionism with antisemitism;
  • campaigns to radically transform and democratise the Labour Party and the trade unions;
  • campaigns for the implementation of trigger ballots (as a step towards mandatory reselection) so that the Parliamentary Labour Party better reflects the pro-Corbyn views of the vast majority of members;
  • supports and encourages struggles now against austerity and all forms of oppression.

Please sign up below and join us at Labour Party conference 2019 in Brighton (September 21-25) to discuss and decide how we can build such a movement.