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‘A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution’. Book presentation



The Cuban revolution is almost universally understood as the victory of a guerrilla army, in which workers and their organisations were passive onlookers.

In ‘A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution: How the Working Class Shaped the Guerrillas Victory’ published in 2016, Stephen Cushion turns conventional wisdom on its head and argues that the Cuban working class played a much more decisive role in the Revolution’s outcome than previously understood.

Monday 5th June, 19.30 at The Red Deer, Pitt St, Sheffield


See here for a review



Compañera Pat Barron QEPD

Candle_newNos ha alcanzado la muy amarga y triste noticia del sensible fallecimiento de la Cra Pat Barron QEPD

Pat fue una miembro activa desde los comienzos mismos de la Sheffield Chile Solidarity Campaign y trabajó incansablemente en la denuncia de las atrocidades de la dictadura de Pinochet y en el apoyo a la lucha en Chile como también en el proceso de adaptación a la realidad del exilio de los miembros de la comunidad.  

Pat, también conocida como “the red Barron” , por su increible nivel de militancia y de trabajo en el movimiento sindical local, será recordada por sus compañeros en Sheffield y muy especialmente por los todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad por su contagiosa consecuencia solidaria, valentía y  humor.

Hacemos llegar desde aquí nuestros más sentidas condolencias a su familia, a sus compañeros, amigos y a tí, compañerx del exilio chileno en ésta.

Compañera Pat, Descansa en Paz.

Pedro. En nombre de la Comunidad de Chilenos

Her funeral is on Monday 22nd May 9.00am at Hutcliffe Wood Crematorium,

Sheffield S8 0HN. MAP




‘We Touched the Sky’: the new online educational resource, freely available here, shortly

copy-Chile-40-Years-On-LogoSmall1Learn about the Chilean experience, via video interviews with exiled Chileans living in Britain. They tell their life stories, from their initial inspiration as Allende and Popular Unity came to power in 1970, the extraordinary achievements they were part of, and their personal experiences in the run-up to, and on the day of the military coup (Sept 11th 1973) and its aftermath.

Four Chileans with widely different experiences tell of the euphoria of being part of huge social advances, the repression they suffered, the solidarity they received, and their arrival in Britain to make new lives as exiles and activists.

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SYMAAG Annual General Meeting. “10 years of SYMAAG”. Sheffield.

symaagSouth Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG) AGM

Tuesday 9th May

7-9pm (doors open at 6.30 for refreshments)
Quaker Meeting House St James Street Sheffield.

Invited speaker: Roger McKenzie, National Assistant General Secretary of Unison and Black Lives matter activist will speak on trade unions against racism, in solidarity with refugees and migrant workers

Also Voices from Detention – recorded messages from people in detention centres.

Come and get involved with SYMAAG – bring your skills, experience and passion to our campaigns, join our executive team

Download and circulate the flyer SYMAAG AGM FLYER17



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Launch of the ‘Chilean Exiles and World University Service (WUS)’ project. Coventry

The journey of our lives.

Special Poetry Reading and Film Screening

The University of Warwick is pleased to invite you to a special evening of poetry and film to mark the launch of the project ‘Chilean Exiles and World University Service (WUS)’  on 25 May 2017 at 18.00 in the Warwick Arts Centre cinema.

Actress Julie Christie (Dr Zhivago, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and Film Festival Director Rosa Bosch will read poems by Pablo Neruda and Nicolás Guillén.

Journalist and forensic expert Duncan Campbell will introduce the film Cold Harbour (Stephen Frears, 1978). It tells the story of Tina, who is stranded in a new country and is in need of refuge and friends. She gets help, but events do not turn out quite as expected. Responding to the arrival of refugees from the Pinochet coup in Chile this is one of Frears’ (My Beautiful Laundrette, Florence Foster Jenkins) earliest films.

For complimentary tickets, please email [email protected].

Do please circulate this invitation to anyone who may have an interest in the project or topic.




Image: Detail from ‘The Journey of our lives’ patchwork. Grupo Andes, ChileScda.


Rosa Magaly Betts, RIP


Died in Chester on 1st March 2017

Survived by Magaly and Zoe

The Funeral takes place on Friday 17 March at 15.00 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 77 The Highway, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3DL

At 16.00: Denbighshire Memorial Park and CrematoriumGlascoed Road, St Asaph, Denbighshire LL17 0LG

The above service will be followed by a celebration of Rosa’s life at 17.00 at Ewloe Social Club, Old Mold Rd, Ewloe, Deeside CH5 3AU

Everybody welcome. No black to be worn, please. No donations.


Sheffield Fusión Latina in Concert: Sheffield Uni

Sheffield Fusión Latina in Concert on Friday 19th May, at 19.30 at the Octagon Centre , (

Sheffield Fusión Latina is a collaborative music project by final year students studying Spanish at

The University Of Sheffield.


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