“We have more in common than that which divides us.”


Sheffield’s ‘Great Get Together’ being organised by Amnesty SheffieldASSIST and HOPE not hate.

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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,

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‘We Touched the Sky’: the new online educational resource, freely available HERE, NOW

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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Unacknowledged Voices: Arts & Crafts as Political Knowledge Archives. Wales


How can arts and crafts contribute to our understanding of politics?

 Workshop, Friday 12 May – Saturday 13 May 2017

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

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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.


Chilean Mural at Leeds University: “Uncovering a Chilean Mural”

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Aidan Grills’ (CEO, LUU) statement on the future of the Mural/Memorial.

Yesterday [Wedenesday 12.04.2017] I had the pleasure of meeting with some members of the Leeds Chilean Community and Chilean Community Association, South Yorkshire about the possibility of preserving a mural uncovered in our building. The piece of political art was found after contractors removed our old Terrace kitchen as part of our current Union Upgrade project.

As a result of this meeting and all the messages I have received from members of the public, I am happy to announce that I will be working closely with the University to ensure this mural is restored and displayed once again in our Union.

I was moved by the history and significance of the artwork that we’ve unknowingly had in our building for the last 42 years. The mural represents our support given to Chilean refugees in the 1970s – something I am very proud to now be a part of preserving.

I have instructed the contractors not to progress any further work around the wall and will be working closely with the Leeds Chilean Community and the Chilean Community Association to ensure we restore the artwork in the most respectful way possible.

I look forward to being able to celebrate this piece of political art further and will provide more information as the project progresses.

Aidan Grills

Chief Executive

Leeds University Union


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