Upcoming meetings

Upcoming Leeds SWP meetings – all welcome 

The 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act – why we defend a woman’s right to choose – Thursday 19 October, 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

1917 – Why do we celebrate the Russian Revolution? 
Thursday 26 October, 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

Homage to Catalonia! Why we support independence
Thursday 2 November, 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

150 Years since Marx’s Capital – The crisis of capitalism today
Thursday 9 November, 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

Lenin Today – The revolutionary ideas of Vladimir Illyich Ulyanov
Thursday 16 November, 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

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Leeds Stand Up to Racism statement after foul anti-Semitic attack

Leeds Stand Up To Racism Statement after Anti-Semitic Attack on Etz Chaim Synagogue in Alwoodley Nazi Graffiti – we say Never Again! We condemn in the strongest terms the recent foul anti-Semitic attack on the Etz Chaim synagogue in Leeds and offer our full solidarity and support to the worshippers at Etz Chaim and the […]

via Leeds Stand Up to Racism statement after anti-Semitic attack in Alwoodley — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

Solidarity with the CWU / UCU strikes

As well as the recent and continuing RMT strikes on Northern Rail , the CWU and at Leeds University the UCU will be out on strike soon – Leeds Uni UCU from 11-13 October and CWU from 19-21 October.

It is vital other trade unionists and socialists show solidarity with these militant actions – please get down to the picket lines, display a poster in solidarity with the posties here
and people can sign the UCU petition here here.

Leeds SWP have a public meeting on Thursday 12 October – why are strikes so important as part of the wider fightback against the Tories?
https://www.facebook.com/events/504269203285456/
7pm Swarthmore centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD – all welcome

Our next meeting after that is on the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act – why we defend a woman’s right to choose – Thursday 19 October, 7pm Swarthmore Centre

Other events – National Stand Up to Racism conference –
Saturday 21 October, London –
for details of transport down (£15/£10) contact Leeds SUTR thanks
https://standuptoracism.wordpress.com/2017/09/24/stand-up-to-racism-meeting-and-national-conference/

Black History Month – there are many events going on across Leeds, see here for example:
http://www.leedsinspired.co.uk/black-history-month-2017
Events include ‘Toussaint Louverture, the Haitian Revolution and Haiti today’ Tuesday 17 October, 6pm West Indian Centre –
http://www.leedsinspired.co.uk/events/toussaint-louverture-haitian-revolution-and-haiti-today

Celebrating 1917 – Saturday 4 November – http://swp.org.uk/celebrating-1917

national Socialist Workers Party event in London – for details of transport contact us

 

As Corbyn takes on the establishment … is socialism possible?

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Public meeting hosted by Leeds Socialist Workers Party – all welcome

Thursday 5 October, 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

https://en-gb.facebook.com/events/367165137052246/

The general election in June transformed politics. The Tories and Theresa May are in crisis, clinging to the DUP bigots to stay in power.
Jeremy Corbyn’s success at the polls proved that standing against austerity, racism and war can be popular and win votes.
But how can we drive the Tories out once and for all? And how can we win the fundamental change we need?
Socialist solutions are more urgent and necessary than ever. At a time of nuclear stand off and climate catastrophe, capitalism threatens the very existence of the planet.
Billions are spent waging more wars while those who flee the devastation as refugees are left to drown, or rot in refugee camps.
In Britain, 10 years after the onset of the economic crisis, cuts and austerity
mean misery for ordinary people.
Is a socialist alternative to capitalism possible? And if it is, how can socialism be achieved? How can we get behind Corbyn and help him win? What would a Corbyn government look like?
Is parliament the place where power lies or does the power to bring about a socialist society really lie in workplaces, colleges and working class communities?
How can we build the movements we need to challenge all oppression and exploitation and create a different sort of society?
Come to this meeting to discuss these questions and many more.

Kick the Tories out

Sunday 1 October – Peoples Assembly demo at Tory Party Conference Manchester – Tories out! – transport available from Leeds TUC – see this link here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tories-outno-more-austerity-scrap-the-pay-cap-decent-jobs-for-all-tickets-37766439437
Saturday 21 October – Stand Up To Racism National Conference, London – speakers include Diane Abbott and Moazzam Begg –  transport being organised by Leeds Stand Up to racism – for more info and details on the above see ‘Leeds Stand Up to Racism’ on fb or @SUTRLeeds
Leeds SWP meetings – all welcome
Thursday 21 September – British imperialism and the Partition of India 

7pm, Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds LS3 1AD

Thursday 28 September – Tories in crisis – how can we beat them? 

7pm, Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds LS3 1AD

Thursday 5 October – As Corbyn takes on the establishment – is socialism possible?

7pm, Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds LS3 1AD
Saturday 4 November – Celebrating 1917 – national SWP day event on the Russian Revolution, London http://www.swp.org.uk/celebrating-1917
For more info and details see Leeds SWP on facebook or @swpleeds

Leeds: inquiry into £4.8m taxpayer loan that got written off starts this week — the leeds citizen

An inquiry into what went wrong with a £4.8m taxpayer loan to a Leeds hotel project that ended up going bust gets under way on Wednesday. The loan, issued in March 2013 by local funding body, the LEP, has now been written off, Leeds City Council admitted last week. Among the questions councillors sitting on […]

via Leeds: inquiry into £4.8m taxpayer loan that got written off starts this week — the leeds citizen

Upcoming events / meetings

Movement events –

Saturday 19 August – Leeds Momentum meeting – where next for the left? 2pm Brudenell Social Club – with Richard Burgon MP and others

Friday 25 August – Leeds Central Labour Party / Leeds TUC meeting on High Rise Housing after Grenfell – 7.30pm, The Spinning Wheel, Admiral Street

Monday 28 August –  Leeds Carnival, Potternewton park

Saturday 2 September – Protest against the fascist EDL in Bradford and Keighley – organised by Unite Against Fascism and We Are Bradford https://www.facebook.com/events/2089614921258298/

Tuesday 5 September – Leeds Stand Up to Racism action meeting – 6.30pm Leeds UNISON offices, Woodhouse Lane (opp Fenton) – all welcome

Saturday 9 September – Stand Up to Racism leafleting at Elland Road before Leeds Utd / Burton Albion game – meet 1pm car park in front of James Reed House Beeston Village Surgery (near Co-op), Town Street, Beeston.

Sunday 1 October – Peoples Assembly demo at Tory Party Conference Manchester – Tories out! – transport available from Leeds TUC

Saturday 21 October – Stand Up To Racism National Conference, London – transport being organised by Leeds Stand Up to racism – for more info and details on the above see ‘Leeds Stand Up to Racism’ on fb or @SUTRLeeds

Leeds SWP meetings – all welcome

Thursday 24 August – The First World War and imperialism today
7pm – Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds LS3 1AD

Thursday 31 August – Racism, police and the state – 7pm Swarthmore Centre

Thursday 7 September – Russia today under Putin – what do socialists say?

Saturday 4 November – Celebrating 1917 – national SWP day event on the Russian Revolution, London http://www.swp.org.uk/celebrating-1917

For more info and details see Leeds SWP on facebook or @swpleeds

For commentary / analysis   see http://www.socialistworker.co.uk @socialistworker

http://www.socialistreview.org.uk

http://www.isj.org.uk

http://www.swp.org.uk

Fascist EDL not welcome in Bradford and Keighley

The fascist English Defence League (EDL) claim they are to hold two demonstrations in two areas in West Yorkshire, on Saturday 2nd, September – in Keighley and Bradford.
The EDL are a small rump, a far cry from 6/7 years ago, when thousands marched with them. Their last recent gathering in Rochdale, saw 90 drunken racists facilitated in their hate by hundreds of police, http://uaf.org.uk/2017/07/rochdale-unites-against-fascist-edl/
The EDL  are small due to consistent work by anti fascists like Unite Against Fascism, who have regularly organised against them. They are appealing for unity with fascist groups and will look to ally with violent nazis like the ‘Infidel’ groups. The EDL’s recent demonstrations have all been paltry, and one in Liverpool had to be abandoned, due to the scale of anti fascist opposition.
Both Bradford and Keighley have proud histories of standing up to fascists, in elections and on the streets, over decades.
Unite Against Fascism and We Are Bradford are calling for people to come out and ensure that the EDL are opposed by all who detest their poison, see event page here
https://www.facebook.com/events/2089614921258298/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%22106%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7
More details re UAF plans will be confirmed soon

Frederick Engels – a socialist for today

Public meeting –

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Frederick Engels – a socialist for today
Thursday 17 August, 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds LS3 1AD – all welcome –

Background reading: Frederick Engels – theorist and fighter

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/14823/Frederick+Engels%3A+theorist+and+fighter

Upcoming meetings of Leeds SWP (all 7pm Swarthmore Centre) – all welcome:

Thursday 24 August – The First World War and imperialism today

Thursday 31 August – Black Lives Matter – is an anti-racist police force ever possible?

Thursday 7 September – Russia today under Putin – a Marxist critique

 

EDL not welcome in Keighley and Bradford

From Unite Against Fascism: The fascist English Defence League (EDL) claim they are to hold two demonstrations in two areas, on Saturday 2nd, September. These are in the West Yorkshire town of Keighley and the nearby city of Bradford. The EDL are a small rump, a far cry from 6/7 years ago, when thousands marched […]

via EDL not welcome in Keighley / Bradford — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

Pride, protest and the struggle for LGBT+ liberation

After Leeds Pride this Sunday (11.30 Leeds Millennium Square), come and debate the question of how we can win LGBT+ liberation with Laura Miles, author of Pride, Politics and Protest

Thursday 10 August – 7pm, Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD – public meeting hosted by Leeds SWP – all welcome

new pamphlet PRIDE, POLITICS AND PROTEST A revolutionary guide to LGBT liberation by Laura Miles  lThis Socialist Worker pamphlet shows that the periods when LGBT people have made the most progress have also been the high points of working class struggle. It’s a must for those fighting for liberation.  Available at Bookmarks, the socialist bookshop. Phone 020 7637 1848 or go to www.bookmarksbookshop.co.uk

How can the left shape Brexit?

Public meeting

Brexit – Should socialists support ‘the single market’?
Thursday 3 August, 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

Background reading:

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/44859/A+year+after+the+Leave+vote+fight+for+a+socialist%2C+anti+racist+Brexit

All welcome

Sunday 6 August – Leeds Pride – assemble 11.30 Millennium Square

Public meeting:
Pride, Protest and the Politics of LGBT+ Liberation
Thursday 10 August, 7pm Swarthmore Centre
Meetings hosted by Leeds SWP – come along to join the discussion about socialist ideas and help build the wider fightback against the Tories

Russia 1917 – The July Days 100 years on

 

Troops fire on protesters in Petrograd during the July Days

Troops fire on protesters in Petrograd during the July Days

Russia 1917 – What were ‘The July Days’?
Thursday 27 July, 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD – all welcome

Background reading:

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/44954/The+July+Days+++Russian+Revolution+in+crisis+and+a+critical+test+for+the+Bolshevik+party

Future meetings:

Brexit – Should socialists support ‘the single market’?
Thursday 3 August, 7pm Swarthmore Centre

Pride, Protest and the Politics of LGBT+ Liberation
Thursday 10 August, 7pm Swarthmore Centre

Meetings hosted by Leeds SWP – come along to join the discussion about socialist ideas and help build the wider fightback against the Tories

Dave Gibson 1950-2017

Very sad news to share from Barnsley – Leeds SWP sends its thoughts and condolences to the family, friends and comrades of Dave Gibson –  ‘Revolutionary socialist, UCU member, Secretary Barnsley Trades Council, Supporter of Stand up To Racism, Freedom Rider, Campaigner Against Fracking and Scot’ – a great fighter for socialism who will be very sadly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him and working alongside him.

Dave’s funeral will be on Thursday 3 August, 10.50am, Barnsley Crematorium, Doncaster Road, Barnsley S71 5EH, followed by a celebration of his life at Barnsley Civic Theatre. No flowers, donations to Stand Up to Racism online or via a collection box at the celebration of Dave’s life and political activism at Barnsley Civic Theatre.

Edited to add:
Obituary in Socialist Worker, a notice in the Barnsley Chronicle here, a tribute from Sheffield TUC here, and a link to some of Dave Gibson’s writings inc from Socialist Review here.

Summer meetings

Climate Change and Donald Trump
Thursday 20 July, 7pm, Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD – all welcome – background reading here:

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/44720/Climate+change+denier+Donald+Trump+takes+US+out+of+Paris+climate+deal

Russia 1917 – What were ‘The July Days’?
Thursday 27 July, 7pm Swarthmore Centre

Brexit – Should socialists support ‘the single market’?
Thursday 3 August, 7pm Swarthmore Centre

Pride, Protest and the Politics of LGBT+ Liberation
Thursday 10 August, 7pm Swarthmore Centre

Meetings hosted by Leeds SWP – come along to join the discussion about socialist ideas and help build the wider fightback against the Tories

Marxism 2017

Leeds SWP will mostly be down in London at Marxism 2017 this week – our next meeting is on ‘Building the resistance in the age of Corbyn’ on Thursday 13 July at 7pm Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD – all welcome.

No more austerity – Leeds TUC coach to Peoples Assembly demo on Sat 1 July

Book your place on the Leeds TUC coach here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/not-one-day-more-leeds-tuc-transport-to-national-toriesout-demonstration-tickets-35633828741

Darcus Howe memorial meeting

Remembering Darcus Howe

Wednesday 28 June – 7.30pm Leeds Mandela Centre, Chapeltown Road, LS7 3HY

https://www.facebook.com/events/235013870334194/

Grenfell – why were working class people left to die?

Leeds SWP public meeting on Grenfell – Thursday 29 June, 7pm, Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD – all welcome

The residents of Grenfell tower died because they were poor, or black ,or both.  The Tories and the profit-hungry bosses have blood on their hands.  This is a crime against the working class.  The background is years of cuts to council budgets and the fire service – and the deliberate neglect of council estates.  Now these criminals must get their comeuppance.  Come and join the debate about how this could be allowed to happen in 21st century Britain – and what we have to do to make sure it can never happen again.

Read Socialist Worker‘s full coverage of the Grenfell Tower fire:

https://socialistworker.co.uk/special/169/x

Where next after the glorious election result?

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Launches Their Local Election Campaign

Where next after the election? Jeremy Corbyn, Labour and the fight for socialism – with Charlie Kimber, editor of Socialist Worker

Come and join the discussion hosted by Leeds SWP on Thursday 15 June, 7pm, Leeds Swarthmore Centre – 2-7 Woodhouse Square
LS3 1AD all welcome

 Leeds Protests against the Tory/DUP partnership – Make June the End of May! –

Saturday 17 June, 2.30pm, Leeds City Art Gallery off Headrow https://www.facebook.com/events/449220702106721

Thursday 22 June – Who are the DUP? – Leeds SWP meeting – 7pm Swarthmore Centre

Marxism 2017 – 6-9 July – central London – Ideas for a world in turmoil

https://www.marxismfestival.org.uk/