Can Corbyn win the election?

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Launches Their Local Election Campaign

Over 2000 people came to hear Jeremy Corbyn speak in Leeds on his last visit…

Public meeting – Can Corbyn win the election?

Thursday 27 April 2017 , 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square
LS3 1AD – All welcome – hosted by Leeds SWP – all welcome

Report of Corbyn’s election campaign launch:

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/44471/Labour+will+overturn+rigged+system+Jeremy+Corbyn+launches+election+campaign

Upcoming Public meetings

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Not Traditionally Submissive: Women and Islam

With Talat Ahmed

Thursday 6 April, 7pm, Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square
LS3 1AD – All welcome – hosted by Leeds SWP

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Bad Medicine – how the pursuit of profit wrecks our healthcare

Thursday 13 April, 7pm,  Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square
LS3 1AD – All welcome – hosted by Leeds SWP

Martin McGuinness – from rebel to minister

Leeds SWP meeting on the politics of the late Martin McGuinness, Irish nationalism and socialism – Thursday 30 March, 7pm, Leeds Swarthmore Centre – all welcome – for some background reading see here

Marxism 2017 – ideas for a world in turmoil

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Marxism Festival 2017 is a four day political festival hosted by the Socialist Workers Party involving debate, discussion and culture from 6-9 July 2017 in central London.

We live in a time of political turmoil: from the vote to leave the EU to the election of Donald Trump.

The election and re-election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the Labour Party pose new questions for the left.  Marxism festival is a place to debate how best to respond to the challenges we face.

Marxism 2017 takes place against a backdrop of continuing economic crisis, global instability and debates over immigration and freedom of movement.  We will seek to discuss questions raised by all of these issues: from resisting the racist backlash and Islamophobia to war and imperialism, from climate change to the role of nation states.

One hundred years on from the Russian revolution we hope to explore what we can learn from it today in order to better fight the Tories and challenge capitalism.

We will also explore many other issues at Marxism 2017 including oppression, science, Palestine, economics and much more.

If you would like to get a ticket for Marxism 2017, or for more info, you can call our office on 0207 840 5620 or book here

Why we need a revolution to end racism

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March to Defend the NHS and say no to racism on 1 April in Leeds

Banner on the 30,000 strong March Against Racism in London, 18 March 2017 MIGRANTS MAKE OUR NHS – STOP RACIST SCAPEGOATING Join the Stand Up to Racism Anti-Racist Bloc on the Yorkshire March for our NHS Saturday 1 April – meet 11am, Victoria Gardens (Leeds City Art Gallery) Other upcoming Leeds SUTR events Leeds […]

via Migrants make our NHS – join the march to defend the NHS and say no to racist scapegoating — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

Leeds coach for the March against racism – Saturday 18 March

Coach leaves Leeds, 7am
West Yorkshire Playhouse
Bus Stop F1, St. Peter’s Street
Leeds, LS2 7HU

NATIONAL DEMO Saturday 18 March: #MarchAgainstRacism
#NoMuslimBan #StandUpToTrump #TheresaTheAppeaser#EUMigrantsHereToStay #RefugeesWelcome#BlackLivesMatter #NoToIslamophobia#NoToAntiSemitism #DefendFreeMovement#MigrantsWelcome #BridgesNotWalls#LoveMusicHateRacism

Supported by the TUC, Unison, UNITE, NUT, CWU, UCU, ASLEF, PCS, FBU, BFAWU, MEND, Love Music Hate Racism, UAF, Woodcraft Folk

UN Anti-Racism Day is a global day of action against racism in all its forms. There has never been a more important time in recent history to stand up to racism. There has been a rise in racist attacks and hate crimes following the election of Donald Trump in the US and the Brexit vote in the EU referendum in Britain. Now more than ever – we must stand up to and unite against this growing racist threat.

EU workers here to stay – Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she will trigger article 50 by the end of March 2017 in order to “have the freedom to choose the way we control immigration.” This will translate into a renewed whipping up of anti-migrant hostility and an attack on the rights of EU nationals. Polls have shown both leave and remain voters are united in refusing to accept cutting immigration at the expense of jobs and the economy. So let’s unite and make sure that the triggering of article 50 is not an excuse to scapegoat migrants.

No appeasing racism and Islamophobia – May has refused to condemn Donald Trump’s Muslim ban. Instead she said: “immigration is a matter for the US government”. May is wrong. Trump’s Muslim ban is a matter for all decent people and must be opposed.

No to Europe’s far right and fascism – Front National leader Marine Le Pen could poll a high vote in the French Presidential election. Meanwhile refugees are being abandoned by Britain and Europe to destitution, drowning and exploitation.

Yes to a world free of racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. Yes to a world where refugees and migrants are welcome. Yes to a world where black lives matter and we build bridges not walls.

We can turn back the tide of racism. Join us on Saturday 18 March and #MarchAgainstRacism – book your ticket now: 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/march-against-racism-tickets-32797312645?utm_term=eventname_text

Russia 1917: Workers’ Revolution and the Festival of the Oppressed

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Russia 1917: Workers’ Revolution and the Festival of the Oppressed
Leeds SWP Public Rally with speakers including Joseph Choonara
Saturday 25 March, 2pm, Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square
LS3 1AD – all welcome

A hundred years ago Russian workers and peasants overthrew the Tsar and went on to run society without bosses. They fought to create a socialist world based on human liberation and genuine democracy. The Russian Revolution was a truly momentous event. It transformed life in Russia and its empire, set off revolts that ended the First World War, and inspired millions across the globe. Women were at the forefront of these events, tearing up the deep-rooted oppression they faced. For the first time they were guaranteed the right to divorce, abortion on demand and the vote. It was both a workers’ revolution and a festival of the oppressed. Although it was ultimately defeated and replaced by Stalin’s dictatorship, its achievements still inspire. On the centenary of these events, come along and discuss what we can learn from them as we fight capitalism, war, oppression and climate change.

Yorkshire March for the NHS, Leeds 1 April

Postcards available from Leeds KONP and also downloadable versions

via Yorkshire March for Our NHS 1St April — Leeds Keep Our NHS Public

Socialism and women’s liberation / Upcoming SWP meetings

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Women workers demonstrate during the February Revolution in Russia

International Women’s Day – Socialism and the fight for women’s liberation
Thursday 9 March, 7pm, Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square
LS3 1AD – All welcome

What do we mean by class?
Thursday 16 March, 7pm, Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square
LS3 1AD – all welcome

The Politics of George Orwell
Thursday 23 March, 7pm, Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square
LS3 1AD – all welcome

Russia 1917: Workers’ Revolution and the Festival of the Oppressed
Leeds SWP Public Rally
Saturday 25 March, 2pm, Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square
LS3 1AD – all welcome

A hundred years ago Russian workers and peasants overthrew the Tsar and went on to run society without bosses. They fought to create a socialist world based on human liberation and genuine democracy. The Russian Revolution was a truly momentous event. It transformed life in Russia and its empire, set off revolts that ended the First World War, and inspired millions across the globe. Women were at the forefront of these events, tearing up the deep-rooted oppression they faced. For the first time they were guaranteed the right to divorce, abortion on demand and the vote. It was both a workers’ revolution and a festival of the oppressed. Although it was ultimately defeated and replaced by Stalin’s dictatorship, its achievements still inspire. On the centenary of these events, come along and discuss what we can learn from them as we fight capitalism, war, oppression and climate change.

Defend Our NHS – Leeds transport for 4 March demo

Leeds TUC is organising transport to the #OurNHS national demonstration in London on March 4th. Places can be booked via calling Leeds Unison on 0113 2458442 (9am-5pm, weekdays). For more info, please see our facebook event. At our delegate meeting on November 30th, we passed the following motion: The NHS is in crisis – 25,000 […]

via Leeds TUC Organises Transport to #OurNHS demo, March 4th — Leeds TUC

Join the March Against Racism on 18 March

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National Demonstration MARCH AGAINST RACISM Saturday 18 March 2017 UN Anti-Racism Day – London #Stand Up To Trump #Refugees and Migrants Welcome #Stand Up To Islamophobia & Anti-Semitism #EU Workers – Here To Stay #Black Lives Matter Called by Stand Up to Racism – Supported by the TUC
Leeds Coaches leave 7am, West Yorkshire Playhouse – £20/£10
Book your place now: Phone 07375703337 Email: sutrleeds@gmail.com
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via Join the March Against Racism on Saturday March 18th in London — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

Brexit – what should socialists say?

Leeds SWP meeting – all welcome

Brexit – What should socialists say?
Thursday 2 March, 7pm
The Swarthmore Education Centre
2-7 Woodhouse Square
LS3 1AD

Leeds Stand Up to Racism rally – Saturday 25 February

Refugees and migrants welcome in Leeds – Trump and racism not welcome! Leeds Stand Up to Racism rally and workshops – Saturday 25 February, 12-3pm Leeds Civic Hall Council Chambers, Calverley Street, LS1 1UR – all welcome Speakers include: Julie Ward MEP Justice for Mohammed Yassar Yaqub campaign Janet Alder (campaigner for Justice for Christopher […] […]

via Leeds Stand Up to Racism rally – Saturday 25 February — Leeds Stand Up To UKIP

Migrants welcome here – Trump not welcome – protest Monday 20 February

About 1,000 marched against Trump’s racist Muslim ban on Saturday 4 February in Leeds, alongside 40,000 marching in London and other demonstrations nationally. About 300 people later gathered that evening at an Otley Against Racism protest. For photos see @SUTRLeeds The next day of mass protest against Trump in Leeds is going to be Monday […]

via Migrants welcome here – Trump not welcome here – protest February 20 — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

Book Launch – Over the Rainbow with Nicola Field

From Leeds Inspired as part of Leeds LGBT+ History Month 2017:

Book Launch: Over the Rainbow – LGBT+ Liberation for the 21st century

Book Launch: Over the Rainbow - LGBT+ Liberation for the 21st century

Thursday 23 Feb 2017 7pm – 9pm

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Swarthmore Centre

2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD

Book Launch of the new edition of Over the Rainbow: Money Class and Homophobia by Nicola Field.

First published in 1995, Nicola Field’s Over the Rainbow confronts the political contradictions in the LGBT+ movement and contains one of the earliest first-hand accounts of the inspiring story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, featured in the hit film Pride. Written at a time when LGBT+ people enjoyed expanding visibility and openness but faced continued discrimination and assault from conservative governments, Over the Rainbow sets out an agenda for resistance firmly rooted in the politics of class and shatters the myth of a unified LGBT+ ‘community’. This new edition includes fresh material, reflecting on the impact of Pride and focusing on the challenges ahead in the struggle for LGBT+ liberation in the 21st century.

Nicola Field, an original member of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, is a London-based writer, artist and activist. She has written for Diva, Socialist Review and Ambit, exhibited at the V&A and the British Film Institute, and spoken on political platforms across the UK and internationally.

All welcome, free – no advance booking necessary

For more information please see here.

How can we stop Trump?

Marching in Leeds and London against Trump on Saturday 4 February – a new movement against racism has erupted

How can we stop Donald Trump?  Thursday 9 February 7pm Swarthmore Centre 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD

Discussion hosted by Leeds SWP – all welcome

China: A superpower in crisis – Thursday 16 February 7pm Swarthmore Centre 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD

Never Again – The Holocaust and how it was resisted

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Leeds Socialist Workers Party meetings – all welcome

Never Again – The Holocaust and how it was resisted – Thursday 2 February, 7pm Swarthmore Centre 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD

Background reading:

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/43990/Never+again!+The+horror+of+the+Holocaust

How can we stop Donald Trump?  Thursday 9 February 7pm Swarthmore Centre 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD

China: A superpower in crisis – Thursday 16 February 7pm Swarthmore Centre 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD

Keep up the momentum – No Muslim ban – protest this Saturday 4 February

LEEDS RALLY AGAINST TRUMP’S RACISM – SATURDAY 4 FEBRUARY, 12 noon LEEDS CITY ART GALLERY / VICTORIA GARDENS

Over 2,000 people rallied marched in Leeds on Monday 30 January in solidarity with Muslims here and internationally and in solidarity with the inspiring protests in the US against Trump’s racist #Muslim ban and Theresa May’s disgraceful support for this and her invitation of a state visit – the protest was called jointly by Leeds […]

via Keep up the momentum – No Muslim Ban – Join the protests Saturday 4 February — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

Emergency protest vs May’s support for Trump’s racist #Muslimban

As Donald Trump announces restrictions on Muslims and Theresa May holds his hand we are gathering to say #neveragain #noMuslimban. Standing up to their racism and Islamophobia is crucial – join us in Dortmund Square Monday 30th January at 5.30pm to add our voices to the worldwide outrage at this disgusting racist ideology Monday 30th […]

via Emergency protest vs May’s support for Trump’s racist #Muslimban — Leeds Stand Up To Racism