[ssf] Fwd: Sheffield Social Justice Groups

Alice Collins Angeltime at btopenworld.com
Mon Jun 13 19:16:07 BST 2005

Hi ,
There's an article on regeneration in Sheffield in current Big Issue.
 Interesting focus on Burngreave, but no mention of Masterplan...
Love alice

----- Original Message ----- 
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

> Hia
> > 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...!
> Dan
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