[ssf] Fwd: Sheffield Social Justice Groups
Angeltime at btopenworld.com
Mon Jun 13 19:16:07 BST 2005
There's an article on regeneration in Sheffield in current Big Issue.
Interesting focus on Burngreave, but no mention of Masterplan...
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From: "Dan" <dan at aktivix.org>
To: "noone noone" <machinevman at hotmail.com>
Cc: <Ssf at lists.aktivix.org>
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2005 4:20 PM
Subject: Re: [ssf] Fwd: Sheffield Social Justice Groups
> > I remember when one of the goals of the ssf was to co-ordinate and
> > help the different social justice groups in sheffield work together
> > and now it seems we are another social justice group among many
> > looking for things to do.
> That's exactly why I always argue for SSF to have a very specific,
> limited role: if SSF tries to be any more than a regular forum, it will
> turn into 'another group' - and not only that, another group with
> megolomaniac goals. I personally want only to organise for another
> forum, and nothing else.
> That can include things like more regular mini-forums or fund-raisers,
> etc. But these all keep within the 'forum' model.
> I think the Burngreave Area Panel example is a good one - you wouldn't
> see people marching behind a Burngeave Area Panel banner at a demo - coz
> it's a forum. It's not what forums do. You also wouldn't see a
> Sheffield Social Forum banner at a demo, for the same reason.
> Of course, this is just me saying what I think!
> p.s. There *has* been a lot of action going on from key SSFers! G8,
> Burngreave Masterplan and Peace in the Park activities, for a start.
> Hence why, in the ecology of local politics, SSF has been quiet.
> When working with the inter-agency conference on the Hungry for Justice
> event, we finished by saying that there would be a two-year break until
> the next one. It was pleasing - we had done a fantastic event, and
> could clearly state what we wanted to do next - and what not to do.
> Nobody was clammering for it to be maintain ideological unity in the
> face of the enemy, or saying that we needed to build a mass working
> class movement, which I found quite refreshing...!
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