Brexit and the Irish border – what do socialists say?

Leeds SWP Branch Meeting on the Brexit and the Tories’ crisis…

The Irish border – A relic of Imperialism

Thursday 26 July 2018 7:00pm
The Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds LS3 1AD
All welcome

Background reading: The hard truth about the border in Northern Ireland
https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/46215/The+hard+truth+about+the+border+in+Northern+Ireland

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Standing Up to Trump

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Stand Up to Trump
The warmongering racist sexist bigot US President Donald Trump is set to come to the UK on 12-14 July 2018 – we need to organise to give him the welcome he deserves!
TRUMP TEACH–IN: WHAT MAKES DONALD SO DANGEROUS?
Thursday 5 July 7pm Leeds University Business School – Maurice Keyworth Lecture Theatre G.02. Organised by Leeds Stand Up to Trump and Leeds University UCU with speakers inc. Prof Richard Seaford (British Committee for the Universities of Palestine) on Trump and Palestine, Kathy Saemian (Iranian activist) on Trump’s war plans for Iran, Prof Gary Dymski (Leeds) on ‘The Contradictions of Trumpean Economics’ and Sam Kirk (Leeds Stand Up to Racism) on Trump’s racism and the growing threat of the international far-right and Dr Diane Nelson (Leeds) on Trump and the environmental crisis.

LEEDS TOGETHER AGAINST TRUMP PROTESTS
Thursday 12 July – meet 5pm Leeds City Art Gallery / Victoria Gardens LS1 3AA
https://www.facebook.com/events/465417600585195/
and Friday 13 July – meet 5pm Leeds Dortmund Square off Headrow
https://www.facebook.com/events/194517081187143/
LEEDS COACH FOR LONDON NATIONAL DEMO TOGETHER AGAINST TRUMP
Friday 13 July – leaving Leeds 8am – tickets £9-27
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/together-against-trump-protest-13th-july-leeds-coach-tickets-47106090585?aff=efbevent
For more information on above find ‘Leeds Stand Up to Trump’ on fb

Leeds SWP public meeting – Know Your Enemy – Trump, trade wars and real wars – Thursday 19 July, 7pm Leeds Swarthmore Centre LS3 1AD – all welcome

 

 

Celebrate and defend multicultural Leeds on 7 July

7th July Flyer Final version

For more information on this protest in Leeds on Saturday 7 July see here and fb event here

Leeds SWP meeting – Fascism – what is it and how to fight it – Thursday 12 July 7pm, Swarthmore Centre LS3 1AD all welcome

After the Irish vote – the fight for abortion rights

After the Irish vote: the fight for abortion rights

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Public meeting – Thursday 28 June – 7pm Leeds Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD all welcome – hosted by Leeds Socialist Workers Party

Come and hear an eyewitness report from Dublin after Ireland’s historic
landslide two-to-one vote last month to repeal the 8th Amendment and to liberalise abortion laws.

The vote was was the result of relentless campaigning over decades and of massive grassroots organisation. It was crucially a movement from below.

This is a huge victory and is of worldwide importance. It is a blow to conservative forces in Ireland and Britain that seek to control women’s bodies.
Come and hear a report of what Dublin was like on the day and join the discussion about the vote and its significance.

https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/182422229115872/

Marxism 2018 – 5-8 July – Central London – A festival of socialist ideas – for the timetable and to book your place see here:

http://www.marxismfestival.org.uk

Fascist EDL not welcome in multicultural Leeds on 7 July — Leeds Stand Up To Racism — Leeds Stand Up To UKIP

On Saturday 7 July supporters of Tommy Robinson plan to return to Leeds to whip up division and spread racism and Islamophobia. What is left of the Fascist EDL will be joined by extremists from other splinter racist and Fascist groups. Join Leeds Stand Up To Racism and Leeds Unite Against Fascism in central Leeds assembling 12.30pm Leeds City Art Gallery / Victoria Gardens – […] […]

https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/259323607968184/

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March in defence of the NHS on it’s 70th birthday — Leeds TUC

Health Campaigns Together, in conjunction with the TUC and other organisations, has organised a national demonstration for Saturday 30th June in defence of the NHS in London – Leeds TUC have booked a coach down – see the eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/coach-from-leeds-for-national-save-the-nhs-demo-tickets-46735619496 […]

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Beeston stands united against racism — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

(credit: Dave Goodfield) Many thanks to the over 150 or so people who came today (Sunday 10 June) to support the inspiring Beeston together for peace and unity community vigil organised by Leeds Stand Up to Racism to show solidarity with those targeted by the firebombings of the local mosque and Sikh temple. You can […]

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Leeds Justice for Grenfell vigil

Justice for Grenfell Solidarity Vigil and Protest Thursday June 14th, 5 – 6pm Assemble Victoria Gardens (in front of Leeds Art Gallery)

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https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/239465703475382/

Leeds SWP meeting – Grenfell – a crime against the working class – one year on, how can we get justice? Thursday 21 June, 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Lane, LS3 1AD all welcome

Stand Up to Tommy Robinson supporters in York this Saturday 9 June

Join the York Stand Up to Racism counter-protest – Saturday 9 June 11 am York Minster, 1a Chapter House St, YO1 7HH York

https://www.facebook.com/events/400371513798416/

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Leeds Justice for Grenfell Solidarity Vigil and Protest

Thursday 14 June, 5pm Leeds Art Gallery (Victoria Gardens) – organised by Leeds Hands off our Homes with support of West Yorkshire FBU

https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/239465703475382/

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Leeds SWP meeting – Grenfell – a crime against the working class – one year on, how can we get justice? Thursday 21 June, 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Lane, LS3 1AD all welcome

Book Launch – Kill All the Gentlemen

Commons, keep well your harness.  Trust you no gentlemen. Rise all at once.

  • Bill posted in Leeds, January 1537, following the defeat of the Lincolnshire Rising and the Pilgrimage of Grace

The modern countryside is the result of centuries of environmental change, but also brutal class struggle. While Wat Tyler’s Peasants’ Revolt is well known, and Jack Cade and Robert Kett are remembered for their rebellions, there are countless lesser known struggles.  Modern agriculture, the food we eat and how it is produced, is a direct result of these historic struggles. Martin Empson’s new book rescues these forgotten moments of history and places them in the context of the political and economic changes that have taken place over the last 700 years.

Book launch – Kill all the Gentlemen’: Class struggle and change in the English countryside

with author Martin Empson

Thursday 14 June, 7pm, Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Lane, LS3 1AD

Hosted by Leeds SWP – all welcome

https://www.facebook.com/events/225067691587827/

https://bookmarksbookshop.co.uk/view/46096/%2527Kill+all+the+Gentlemen%2527+Class+struggle+and+change+in+the+English+countryside

 

The Jamaican Labour Rebellion of 1938

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Come and commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Jamaican Labour Rebellion of 1938 – a critical event in the making of the Caribbean working class

Thursday 7 June, 7pm, Leeds West Indian Centre, Chapeltown, LS7 3JA – all welcome [please note different venue from usual] – all welcome

https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/171546756855066/

For more background on the revolt, see this article in this month’s Socialist Review

Leeds Teaching Hospital protest – Wed 6 June LGI

Please do all you can to support and encourage everyone you know to come if they can. As most of you will know , Leeds Teaching Hospitals have put together a proposal to move 2,300 staff out of the NHS into a subsidiary company, largely to capitalise on VAT savings but also to open up […]

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Stop the racist DFLA in Manchester on 2 June


Join the mobilisation against the ‘Democratic Football Lads Alliance’ on Saturday 2 June in Manchester here – https://www.facebook.com/events/579296435773942/ There will be a coach from Leeds again picking up 8.30am West Yorkshire Playhouse again – please book your place on the eventbrite link here or for more info please contact sutrleeds@gmail.com Leeds coach eventbrite booking link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/protest-against-the-racist-dfla-tickets-46456641064?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

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Remembering 1968 in Leeds

Remembering 1968 in Leeds

Five people who were politically active in Leeds and elsewhere in 1968 will (briefly) reflect on their experience in order to stimulate a discussion about the relevance of the May ’68 events today.

Speakers: Sarah Perrigo, Lou Lavender, Tom Steele, Max Farrar and Mike McGrath.

Thursday 31 May, 7pm, Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD.  All welcome, no need to book in advance, free but donations to cost of room welcome.

1968 – The year the world caught fire 

In 1968 protests against the old order swept the world.  From the general strike in France to the Tet offensive in Vietnam, from the Black Panthers in the US to the student occupations in Paris, the movement was contagious.

As the year progressed, people increasingly gained a sense of their own collective power, and the vulnerability of the ruling classes that had previously seemed unstoppable. Suddenly everything was up for grabs.

But this is not a nostalgia trip. We still live in world scarred by war, exploitation and bigotry.  1968 still has a lot to teach us today.  Come and join the debate about the lessons of that tumultuous year and hear what radical politics in Leeds in 1968 was like with a panel of activists who were there!

The meeting is jointly sponsored by the Ford Maguire Society, International Socialism Journal and Taking Soundings.

http://www.leedsforchange.org.uk/l4c_event/remembering-1968-in-leeds/

Justice for Gaza – Global Great Return March

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Upcoming protests in Leeds in solidarity with Palestine –

Saturday 26 May 1pm Briggate outside Bodyshop – called by the Leeds Uni Palestine Solidarity Group and Leeds Justice for Gaza Coalition

https://www.facebook.com/events/854257358118720/

The stories of the brave people protesting in Gaza might have disappeared from the mainstream media, but the people of Palestine continue to struggle against the brutal Zionist oppression and they demand our support.

Come to show your solidarity with their fight for freedom and justice.
Come to show your humanity.
Come to learn about the unrelenting bravery of the Palestinian people.

Leeds Palestine Solidarity with the Global Great Return March – rally Tuesday 5 June, 5pm Dortmund Square – 

 

Upcoming meetings and events

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After the Windrush Scandal – racism, immigration and the state – how can we fight racist immigration controls?
Thursday 10 May 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD all welcome
https://www.facebook.com/events/189972061627708/

The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx
Thursday 17 May 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD all welcome

Book Launch: The Politics of the Mind: Marxism and Mental Health
Bookmarks Bookshop sponsored book launch with author Iain Ferguson
Thursday 24 May 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD all welcome

May 1968 – The Fire Last Time
Thursday 31 May 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD all welcome

The Jamaican Labour Rebellion of 1938
Thursday 7 June 7pm Leeds West Indian Centre, 10 Laycock Pl, Leeds LS7 3AJ [note different venue to usual] all welcome

Book Launch: ‘Kill All the Gentlemen’: Class struggle and change in the English countryside
With author Martin Empson
Thursday 14 June 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD all welcome
https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/225067691587827/

National events

Marxism 2018 – 5-8 July – central London – a festival of socialist ideas
Speakers include Ilan Pappe, John Bellamy Foster, Janet Alder, Alex Callinicos, Michael Roberts, Ghada Karmi…
https://marxismfestival.org.uk/

 

Meeting: Palestinian Rights, the Prevent Process and the Misuse of ‘Antisemitism’

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Leeds UCU Meeting: Palestinian Rights, the Prevent Process and the Misuse of ‘Antisemitism

5pm, Wed 2 May 2018 Rupert Beckett Lecture Theatre, Leeds University
http://www.leedspsc.org.uk/meeting-palestinian-rights-prevent-process-misuse-antisemitism/

Some background reading:

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/46491/As+Labour+member+expelled,+activists+pledge+to+reject+false+claims+of+antisemitism

Come to Marxism 2018 – 5-8 July in central London – with speakers on this issue including Ilan Pappe, Ghada Khami and Jonathan Rosenhead – see https://marxismfestival.org.uk/

Why more bombs won’t stop the horror in Syria

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The next Leeds SWP meeting will be on ‘Why more bombs won’t stop the horror in Syria’ – Thursday 3 May 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD all welcome

Background reading – Syria strike shows the callousness of our rulers
https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/46437/Syria+strike+shows+the+callousness+of+our+rulers

Protest against the FLA in Manchester — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

On Saturday 19 May, the Football Lads Alliance (FLA) has said they will demonstrate in Manchester. They want to exploit the anniversary of the tragic bombings at Manchester Arena. The FLA claims it is an organisation of football fans, yet they’ve called their protest on the same day as the FA Cup Final and the […]

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