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
[…]

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

Show Map

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

Auschwitz survivors from the camp’s left wing resistance pose outside its gates with a banner made during incarceration

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

Yorkshire March for the NHS – 1 April

Hard copies of postcards please contact us. Download copies (pdf) hct_yorkshire_march_for_the_nhs_1-4-17__postcard_back hct_yorkshire_march_for_nhs_1-4_17_postcard_front Download copies (images – jpg)

via 2017 #Yorkshire March for the NHS #Leeds 1st April — Leeds Keep Our NHS Public

Who is Trump and how can we stop him?

Donald Trump has a fight on his hands. The racist, sexist billionaire was sworn in as US president on Friday. But he couldn’t do so without provoking hundreds of thousands of people in the US—and millions across the globe—to take to the streets to oppose him.

How can we stop Trump? A discussion hosted by Leeds SWP – all welcome

With very special guest: Bob Brown, co-founder of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party (1968-1969) and now of the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (GC)  – for more on Bob Brown please see here

Thursday 26 January, 7pm Swarthmore Centre 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD

Upcoming SWP 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

What kind of Brexit should socialists fight for?  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

Leeds rises against Trump

Images from the fantastic Women’s Marches and other rallies and protests against Trump’s racism, sexism and bigotry in Leeds – part of the international wave of historic protests which saw perhaps 5 million people demonstrate internationally on the women-led marches on 21 January 2017 – lets keep the momentum up and turn UN Anti-Racism Day on […]

via Leeds rises against Trump — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

Protest the inauguration in Leeds! On 20 January, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the USA. The most powerful office on Earth will belong to someone who promised to build a giant wall along the Mexican border, the expulsion of 11 million “illegal” immigrants and “extreme vetting” for Muslims entering the country. Activists […]

via Oppose Trump and his racism — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

Some dates for 2017 diaries

Season’s greetings – below are some dates for Leeds socialists diaries for 2017 – lets hope 2017 is a year of struggle in keeping with the centenary of the Russian Revolution!

Thursday 5 January – Leeds SWP meeting ‘HS2… Transport in crisis – is there a socialist solution?’ – With a guest speaker from the No to HS2 campaign – 7pm Swarthmore Centre 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD – all welcome

Tuesday 10 January – Leeds Stand Up to Racism organising meeting – 6.30pm, Leeds UNISON offices, Woodhouse Lane (opp Fenton).

Thursday 12 January – ‘Prospects for socialists in 2017’ – Leeds SWP meeting – 7pm, Swarthmore Centre, Leeds

Thursday 19 January – Leeds SWP meeting – ‘The Gig economy – is it changing the working class?’7pm Swarthmore Centre

Friday 20 January – Protest Trump’s inauguration – rallies 12 noon Parkinson Steps, University of Leeds and 5pm, Dortmund Square – called /supported by various groups including Leeds Stand Up to Racism

Saturday 21 January – Women’s Rally against Trump – 12 noon Briggate, Leeds – open to all

Thursday 26 January Leeds SWP meeting – ‘President Trump – how do we stop him?’ – 7pm, Swarthmore Centre

Also ‘Dare Devil Rides to Jarama’ – play about Spanish Civil War at  The Carriage Works, Leeds (Box office: 0113 3760318 http://www.leeds.gov.uk/carriageworks/Pages/Whats-on.aspx)

Friday 27 January – Holocaust Memorial Day  – Leeds Stand Up to Racism vigil – 5pm, Mill Hill Unitarian Chapel (near city square).

Sunday 29 January – Tom Paine lunch organised by the Ford-Maguire Society – 12.30noon, Fairuz restaurant – £17 email garthfrankland@gmail.com for more info and to book place.

Saturday 4 February – Stand Up to Racism Trade Union Conference, NUT HQ, London http://www.standuptoracism.org.uk/2016/11/stand-racism-trade-union-conference/
Conference aimed at Trade unionists and local groups to mobilise for 18th March demonstration and plan national antiracist activity in the trade union movement.  There is transport  from Leeds – email sutrleeds@gmail.com

20 February 2017 – One day without us – Migrant Workers strike and solidarity day

Saturday 4 March – National NHS demo in London  – transport from Leeds via Leeds Trades Council

Saturday 18 March 2017 – UN Anti-Racism Day demonstration organised by Stand Up to Racism and the TUC in London as part of a Europe wide day of action against racism and fascism – transport via Leeds Stand Up to Racism – email sutrleeds@gmail.com

Saturday 25 March – Russia in 1917 – Workers Revolution and Festival of the Oppressed – Swarthmore Centre, Leeds.

Friday 21 April – Tariq Ali on Lenin – Howard Assembly Rooms, Leeds.

Wednesday 3 May – Matthew Caygill Lecture, Leeds Beckett University.

6-9 July – Marxism 2017 – Four days of ideas, meetings & debate in central London. Plus films, art and music. Hosted by the SWP. 

 

 

 

 

Looking ahead to 2017 — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

The election of Donald Trump in the US and the growth of anti-migrant and Islamophobic scapegoating in Britain and elsewhere have left millions of people fearful of the growth of racism. Politicians and the media have ramped up the rhetoric against immigration while Theresa May has put the ending of the free movement of labour […]

via Looking ahead to 2017 — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

Syria: Revolution, counter-revolution and war

The final Leeds SWP meeting of the year is on Syria: Revolution, counter-revolution and war and will take place on  Thursday 15 December, 7pm, Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD – all welcome

Background reading: The West is no help to Syria

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/43778/The+west+is+no+help+to+Syria

 

The Matthew Caygill lecture – 3 May 2017

From Matthew’s colleagues at Leeds Beckett University:

The Matthew Caygill Lecture
Wednesday 3rd May 2017, 5.30pm Lecture Theatre B Rosebowl – Book your ticket:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-matthew-caygill-lecture-tickets-32401961138

The School of Cultural Studies & Humanities is pleased to welcome Dr Madeleine Davis who will give the inaugural Matthew Caygill Lecture on a subject close to Matthew’s interests.

Madeleine Davis (Queen Mary, University of London) will speak on ‘‘Among the ordinary people’: the New Left and working class political organisation’. Madeleine specialises in the history of political thought, particularly the development of socialist thought in Britain in the twentieth century. She has published on the work of intellectuals and activists associated with the post-1956 British New Left, and has a forthcoming book on The British New Left and its Legacy.

Madeleine’s research overlaps with many of Matthew Caygill’s historical interests as well as the contemporary concerns and challenges facing political activists. Matthew, a much loved and respected colleague, teacher, activist and friend who passed away suddenly in 2016, was keen to help students and younger researchers to think through ideas – particularly related to political ideology and social and cultural theory – and apply them to their own research. He had recently started his own PhD research into the cultural politics of the New Left during the 1960s.

Matthew was an integral member of staff in the School of Cultural Studies & Humanities, not least as our long-serving UCU rep. He taught on multiple courses since the university’s days as a polytechnic, organised memorable student trips to Berlin and Paris, and even taught students from other schools in the university. A committed interdisciplinarian, passionate educator, and staunch political activist, Matthew embodied Cultural Studies as we practice it in the classroom, through our research and in the wider community.

We are pleased to have the support of Taking Soundings, which Matthew co-founded with the aim to stimulate discussions about issues of contemporary cultural and political concern.

The event is free to attend, but booking is required. Refreshments will also be available at the event.

For further information, please contact Shane Ewen by email at s.ewen@leedsbeckett.ac.uk, or by telephone on 0113 812 3340.

For more on Matthew, see:

Matthew Caygill 1955-2016 (Socialist Worker obituary)

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/43049/Matthew+Caygill+1955+2016

Taking Soundings – Matthew Caygill: An Appreciation

http://www.takingsoundings.org.uk/matthew-caygill-an-appreciation/

Pete Green (Left Unity) – Some reflections on the political life of Matthew Caygill

http://leftunity.org/some-reflections-on-the-political-life-of-matthew-caygill/

Castro, Cuba and the fight for socialism

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Can socialism come from above?  Fidel Castro and his small band of guerillas overthrew a dictator – but what did they put in his place?

Castro, Cuba and the fight for socialism – Leeds SWP meeting – Thursday 8 December, 7pm, Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD – all welcome

Fidel Castro 1926-2016