Protest at Tory Party conference this Sunday in Birmingham

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PROTEST TORY CONFERENCE

Sunday 2 October – Join the Leeds Peoples Assembly coach to Birmingham –  Contact Leeds UNISON  0113 2458442

Leeds Homeless Action Group occupy

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Leeds Homeless Action Group having initially occupied the civic area of Victoria Gardens in Leeds city centre with a tent city for the safety and well-being of our homeless friends in the city have now set up Tent city 2 at Park Square. This action stems from need and to fight the councils criminalisation of the homeless – please go down to show solidarity – this is their initial statement below:

LEEDS HOMELESS ACTION GROUP
INITIAL STATEMENT

TO WHO IT MAY CONCERN.

LEEDS HOMELESS ACTION GROUP HAVE OCCUPIED THIS CIVIC SPACE  TO HIGHLIGHT THE PLIGHT OF THE HOMELESS COMMUNITY WITHIN OUR CITY AND BEYOND WITH THE FOLLOWING GOALS AT THE FOREFRONT OF THIS DEMONSTRATION.
1. WE DEMAND THAT THE HOMELESS PEOPLE OF LEEDS ARE GRANTED A ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY ARE SAFE FROM ABUSE , ASSAULT AND HARASSMENT.

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SWSS meeting – Capitalism in Crisis – Is socialism possible?

Leeds Beckett Uni Socialist Worker Student Society meeting – Capitalism in Crisis – Is socialism possible?

Wednesday 28 September – 6pm, Meeting Room 2, Leeds Beckett Student Union, Portland Building, LS1 3HE – all welcome – for more info call 07900324479.

Austerity, racism and war.  That’s what capitalism means for ordinary people across the globe.  Our governments spend billions waging wars in the Middle East while those who flee as refugees are left to drown, or herded into camps.  The case for an alternative to the system couldn’t be stronger.  But its a long way until the next general election.  If elected a Corbyn government will face huge pressure.

Is a socialist alternative possible?  If so, how? Where does power really lie in society?

 

 

How can we confront the rise in racism? — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

From the refugee crisis to racist attacks, from police brutality to burkini bans, how can we confront the rise in racism? Leeds Stand Up to Racism organising meeting – Tuesday 4 October, 6.30pm, Leeds UNISON offices, 160A Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9EN – all welcome Tackling racism remains one of the key challenges in our […]

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Leeds SWP meetings in September / October

Thursday 22 September, “Capitalism and Borders – the socialist case against immigration controls” Leeds SWP meeting – 7pm, The Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD – all welcome

Thursday 29 September, “After the leadership contest – where next for Corbyn and the Labour Party?” Leeds SWP meeting – 7pm, The Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

Thursday 6 October, “A Rebel’s Guide to Leon Trotsky” Leeds SWP meeting – 7pm, The Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

Thursday 13 October, “A rebel’s guide to Malcolm X” Leeds SWP meeting for Black History Month – 7pm, The Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

All welcome

Refugees welcome here rally – Leeds Saturday 17 September — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

In solidarity with the national Refugees Welcome Here 2016 march in London, in Leeds Stand Up to Racism are also organising a local solidarity rally to say #WeStandWithYou Saturday 17 September – meet 12noon, Briggate, Leeds to say #RefugeesWelcome https://www.facebook.com/events/172465163163248/ For more info email sutrleeds@gmail.com From the Refugee Council’s call for the demonstration on 17 […]

via Refugees welcome here rally – Leeds Saturday 17 September — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

Upcoming meetings – all welcome

Thursday 25th August, “The Chilcot Inquiry -Blood on Blair’s hands: What really happened in Iraq” Leeds SWP meeting – 7pm, The Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

Thursday 1st September, “Spain 1936 and the fight against fascism” Leeds SWP meeting – 7pm, The Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

Thursday 8th September, “Can Corbyn beat the establishment?” Leeds SWP meeting – 7pm, The Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

Thursday 15th September, “A rebel’s guide to Leon Trotsky” Leeds SWP meeting – 7pm, The Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

Moazzam Begg / Muhammad Ali

 

Two fighters against racism and war…

Tuesday 16 August – Moazzam Begg’s film The Confession – Hyde Park Cinema, 6pm with Q&A afterwards

Thursday 18th August, “Muhammad Ali : A Fighter against Racism & War” Leeds SWP meeting – 7pm, The Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

Pride and the struggle for LGBT+ liberation

Meeting – Pride and the struggle for LGBT+ liberation – 7pm, Thursday 11th August, Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD    

Fight for LGBT+ liberation – No to austerity! No to Islamophobia and racism!

After Orlando, despite same sex marriage and other advances, no-one can be under any illusions that homophobia and transphobia are not endemic in society.

It’s great that we can hold Prides and other LGBT+ events but we can’t ignore the appalling impact Tory cuts and austerity are having and that bigots and racists are trying to turn oppressed groups like Muslims and LGBT+ people against one another.

Nor should we forget that Prides are about protest, resistance and solidarity not just parades headed up by commercial organisations, the police, and multinational tax-dodger companies, while we often get charged for entry!

We’re living in turbulent times. Theresa May, the unelected Tory prime minister, has appointed an even more right wing cabinet than Cameron’s who intend to continue their vicious austerity. That means more cuts to support groups, worse access to health care and services, more job cuts, less access to decent housing.

Enough is enough. The EU Leave vote was a symptom of how millions feel abandoned by establishment parties. The weak-kneed responses to cuts and privatisation from Labour and the trade union leaders have led to anger and disappointment.  Thankfully there’s a new mood of resistance building up after Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader. We can all help develop that fightback right across the labour movement and in our communities.

Above all, we need to remember that those who first marched for Pride and formed the Gay Liberation Front were fighting for liberation, not just equal rights in capitalist society. They wanted a different sort of society, not accommodation to a heteronormal, gender-binary capitalist world.  Come along to the meeting and discuss how we win genuine LGBT+ liberation.

What would a socialist society look like?

Classic Phil Evans cartoon ‘Under socialism they’d make us all the same…’ from Socialist Worker (1975).  

‘What would a socialist society look like?’ Thursday 4th August 7pm, The Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

Hosted by Leeds SWP – all welcome

https://www.facebook.com/events/106702776440809/

Upcoming meetings:

Thursday 11 August, – “After Pride – the struggle for LGBT Liberation today”
7pm,  The Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

Thursday 18th August, “ Muhammad Ali : A Fighter against Racism & War”
7pm, The Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

Jeremy Corbyn rally in Leeds

Corbyn on picket lines supporting the Great Miners’ Strike in 1984

JEREMY CORBYN LEEDS RALLY Royal Armouries

Saturday 30th July, 7pm

New Dock, Royal Armouries

You now need to register in advance for tickets – see here:

http://www.jeremyforlabour.com/rally_jeremy_comes_to_leeds?recruiter_id=39842

Background reading – As MPs organise against Jeremy Corbyn – the Labour right can be beaten

#BlackLivesMatter rally in Leeds – Saturday 30 July – It Starts Today

Leeds Stand Up To Racism

After the tremendous mass #Black Lives Matter protest in Leeds earlier this month, there is another this Saturday 30 July, from 12 noon outside Leeds City Art Gallery – see the facebook page here – please spread the word and bring trade union banners etc if possible

https://www.facebook.com/events/1575571042738520/

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Defend the Rotherham 12 – Leeds SUTR meeting 9 August — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

#StandUptoRacism #NoToHate #Rotherham12DefenceCampaign #SelfDefenceIsNOOFFENCE Leeds Stand Up to Racism Meeting – with special guest Abrar Javid, Rotherham 12. Tuesday 9 August, 6.30pm, Leeds UNISON, 160A Woodhouse Ln, Leeds LS2 9EN (opposite Fenton) All welcome – email sutrleeds@gmail.com for more info https://www.facebook.com/events/1153254811362003/ Come and hear about the campaign to defend the Rotherham 12 On Saturday 5th […]

via Defend the Rotherham 12 – Leeds SUTR meeting 9 August — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

Update: press your councillors to oppose the Housing and Planning Act

Hands Off Our Homes - Leeds

Hands Off Our Homes is busy pressing our Council to join the campaign against the Housing and Planning Act. To do this we need all Leeds councillors to hear from as many concerned tenants and residents as possible. To help with this we have created a letter for people to send to their councillors or to use as a basis for lobbying them in person at their surgeries. We hope you will take part in this action and share it as widely as possible.

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All out Leeds bus strike Tuesday 26 July, as bus bosses dismiss workers

A thousand bus workers in Leeds will strike continuously from next Tuesday (26 July), as the management refuses to talk in the long-running pay dispute and starts dismissing workers for union activities – solidarity with the Leeds bus workers strike!

Edited to add – the threat of an all-out strike on Tuesday has led to a paltry but very marginally improved pay offer and a new ballot is to talk place so Tuesday’s strike is now off

Leeds Coalition Against the War meeting on Chilcot Inquiry

From Leeds Coalition Against the War:

Public Meeting – The Chilcot Report: What now?

Friday 22 July 6pm

University of Leeds Business School Lecture Theatre G02, Maurice Keyworth Building,Moorland Road (west side of Clarendon Road), University of Leeds, LS6 1AN

Speakers: Peter Brierley (father of Lance Corporal Shaun Brierley, one of the first to die in Iraq)

and Professor Paul Rogers (Peace Studies, University of Bradford).

Organised by:  Leeds Coalition Against the War- all welcome

There is a growing demand that Tony Blair should face a motion of contempt in the House of Commons over the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has said he would probably support.

What does the Chilcot Report mean for the Stop the War movement? How can we build a movement capable of stopping current and future interventions abroad?

Background reading: Chilcot report – Tony Blair should be put in the dock over Iraq war

No to Fracking in Yorkshire – Demonstrate – Saturday 30 July in York

 

Leeds SWP meetings – summer 2016

Unlike some political parties we could mention, the Socialist Workers Party in Leeds are holding meetings over the summer – all welcome…

Thursday 21 July – ‘A History of School Student Strikes’ – 7pm, The Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

Thursday 28. July ‘Anti-Semitism, Zionism, Labour and the Left’ 7pm, The Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

Thursday 4th August ‘What would a socialist society look like?’ 7pm, The Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

Thursday 11 August, – “After Pride – the struggle for LGBT Liberation today”
7pm,  The Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

Thursday 18th August, “ Muhammad Ali : A Fighter against Racism & War”
7pm, The Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

[This meeting has been rescheduled as the earlier advertised talk was cancelled due to the amazing 1,000 strong Black Lives Matter March in Leeds]

Meetings hosted by Leeds Socialist Workers Party – all welcome

Emergency Trident Protest – 18th July 6pm Leeds — Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

The Tory government have moved the Trident vote forward to this Monday, in the hope of exploiting the Labour Party’s division on the issue. Whatever MPs vote, Trident is illegal and immoral and we must resist it in every way we can. Spending £205 billion of public money on new weapons of mass destruction while…

via Emergency Trident Protest – 18th July 6pm Leeds — Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

No to Austerity and Racism – Tories out! Leeds coach for 16 July

Joint PA and SUtR demo for summer

Please try and attend this important demonstration in London this Saturday 16 July – for tickets for the Leeds Stand Up to Racism coach down – please see the Leeds Stand Up to Racism facebook page here