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Chilean activists mark 48th anniversary of military coup

Sheffield Chilean Solidarity activists and friends gathered outside Sheffield Town Hall at the weekend to remember the atrocities that took place after the 1973 Chilean military coup. The US-backed coup led by General Pinochet against leftist Chilean President Salvador Allende left over 3000 Chileans killed or disappeared and many more in exile. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to event organiser Maria Vasquez-Aguilar.

Arts project to capture Windrush Generation stories

Nyara School of Arts has been awarded a £10,000 grant from Sheffield Council to deliver a cultural history project capturing stories of Sheffield’s Windrush Generation. The Sheffield-based African diaspora arts and heritage organisation was unanimously chosen by a panel of community members following an open competition. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Danae Wellington, creative director at Nyara School of Arts.

New knife bins deployed in Sheffield

Sheffield-based youth charity Always An Alternative have deployed a number of knife bins in Sheffield and Barnsley as part of a campaign to reduce knife crime and serious youth violence. Funding for the knife bins has been raised through events and competitions. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Anthony Olaseinde, founder of Always an Alternative.

60 year old runs 60 miles for charity

Jonathan Trezise, a civil engineer from Sheffield, has run sixty miles in a long distance charity race. Managing to finish ninth out of 13 contestants Jonathan completed the race in 15 hours and 56 minutes. He received an award for oldest contestant and has raised just under £1,000 for his chosen charity, Christian Aid, which will go towards alleviation of suffering in poorer countries. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

University cleaners demand better pay

Hundreds of cleaners employed by the University of Sheffield are calling on the university to increase their wages to £10 an hour. Their campaign is being backed by Unite the Union and local MP’s Paul Blomfield, Olivia Blake and Louise Haigh. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Harriet Eisner, regional officer for Unite the Union.

Care providers risk staff shortage

Palms Row Health Care boss Nicola Richards told Sheffield Live! the government must do more to help care providers as many care workers are leaving the sector. The care firm manages long-established nursing homes in Crookes and Fir Vale. Earlier this week Boris Johnson announced a new health and social care tax expected to raise £36 billion over the next three years to pay for care sector reforms and the NHS. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Activists hold “Climate Justice Memorial”

Extinction Rebellion Sheffield held a memorial event in Sheffield city centre to mourn what they describe as the people, wildlife and plants already killed or harmed by climate change and the inevitable losses still to come. The event was part of a series of local actions to tie in with Extinction Rebellion’s fifth wave of London and national protests. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Steph Howlett a member of Extinction Rebellion.

Dore church hall reopens as a community centre

Dore Parish Church Hall is to reopen it’s doors as a community centre following a fundraising campaign that has enabled a major refurbishment. The future was looking uncertain for the church hall in 2019 due to the work required on the building however a planned sale was opposed by local campaigners seeking to preserve the community asset. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Pete Sanders, Chair of the Christ Church Dore Community Centre Management Committee.

Activists urge holiday firm to withdraw from asylum deportations

Activists from South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group and One Rainbow Bridge Network have called on holiday firm TUI to pull out of a Home Office deal to assist asylum seeker deportation. The group organised a protest earlier this week outside the TUI shop on the Moor. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Shian Harris of South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group.