Book launch – Reminiscences of Rock Against Racism


Leeds Booklaunch of Reminiscences of Rock Against Racism to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rock Against Racism Victoria Park Carnival  – organised by Bookmarks – the socialist bookshop

Thursday 26 April 7pm
Swarthmore Education Centre,
2­-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

all welcome

With speakers including Roger Huddle (RAR co­-founder) and Paul Furness (Leeds RAR)

Rock Against Racism came into existence in the autumn of 1976 in response to a rise in racist attacks, and the continuing growth of the Nazi National Front. In August a racist tirade by blues guitarist Eric Clapton from the stage in Birmingham led to a letter, jointly signed by the compilers of this book, to the music press critical of Clapton’s racism and asking for readers to support an anti-racist campaign through music. The response was overwhelming and a movement was born.

For the next six years RAR was at the centre of a cultural movement against racism and the NF. From 1978 it was partnered with both the Anti-Nazi League and School Kids Against the Nazis. Together they had broken the National Front by 1979 and continued the fight against racism with RAR’s Militant Entertainment Tour, and in 1981 the fourth and final Carnival in Leeds.

This book brings together the reminiscences of activists and supporters during the period. From many backgrounds and ages, musician and audience, punk and Rasta, street fighter and pogo dancer, united with a single aim: to Rock Against Racism.

If you have not done so already – check out the exhibition on Leeds Rock Against Racism currently at Leeds City Museum, and see this film made specially for the event here




Celebrate May Day with Leeds TUC — Leeds TUC

Leeds TUC’s annual May Day rally will be taking place on Saturday 5th May. In the run-up to the event we will also be hosting Banner Theatre’s latest show ‘Rise, Like Lions’ on Friday 27th April. Please see flyers below or our facebook page for more info.

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Welfare not Warfare – March for the NHS

Join the March for the NHS this Saturday 14 April organised by Leeds Keep Our NHS Public and others – meet 11.30 – Leeds City Art Gallery –

Also look out for the Leeds Stand Up to Racism ‘Migrants Make Our NHS’ banner and the Yorkshire CND Trident Missile which with the help of Leeds Coalition Against the War will be carrying a timely ‘Welfare not Warfare’ message onto the demonstration…

Next weeks Leeds SWP meeting will be on the NHS in Crisis – Can the Tories destroy the welfare state?  Thursday 19 April 7pm Swarthmore Centre, LS3 1AD all welcome


Solidarity with Palestine, no to anti-semitism – defend Jeremy Corbyn

Emergency Protest in Leeds for Gaza – Stop the Killing


On 30 March 2018, Land day, peaceful Palestinian protestors were fired at with live bullets by Israeli snipers that killed 17 people and injured over 1500.  Join us this coming Saturday to call for an end to the siege of Gaza and ask UK government to condemn Israel’s actions.

Saturday 7 April – meet 1pm outside Bodyshop on Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6LH

Called by Leeds Coalition Against the War with the support of the Leeds Uni Palestine Solidarity Group

Fb event here:


Web link here:

Leeds Socialist Workers Party Public Meeting

Palestine, anti-semitism and defending Jeremy Corbyn

Thursday 12 April, 7pm, Swarthmore Centre, Leeds, LS3 1AD all welcome

Background reading:

Bloody murder in Gaza exposes Israel as racist, terror state

Right use hate slur to attack Corbyn

Trans Pride Leeds march / meeting

Beyond the binary: Marxism, Gender and Trans Liberation

Join us for the Trans Pride March through Leeds City Centre on Trans Day of Visibility – Saturday 31 March – meet 12 noon Leeds Art Gallery on Headrow.

Let the city know we’re here. ✊

We going to gather outside Leeds Art Gallery at 12pm. Community leaders from the transgender community will be speaking, and making it loudly known why we are there

When we’re ready (probably around 1pm) we will begin our protest march through Leeds City Centre from the Leeds Art Gallery to Wharf Chambers.Then the celebrations begin with an evening of bands and dancing – more info here:

Public meeting – Transphobia and Women’s Rights – What Do Socialists Say?

Thursday 5 April 7pm Swarthmore Education Centre LS3 1AD

With Laura Miles, author of ‘Pride, Politics and Protest’.

And Lou Harrison, Women’s Lives Matter member, campaigner for domestic violence services

Proposals to update the Gender Recognition Act, introduce self- declaration and include non-binary in the Census have beeen attacked by sections of the media and some radical feminists. A wave of transphobic scaremongering has led the Tories to indefinately delay a planned consultation. Trans people are paying the price. Yet most women’s organisations have welcomed the proposals and remains trans-inclusive.

This meeting will discuss the socialist approach to women’s and trans people’s rights, how we resist transphobia and women’s oppression and fight for trans and women’s liberation.  Hosted by Leeds SWP – all welcome – more details here:

Marxism 2018 – 5-8 July, London

If you were excited by Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader, horrified by Donald Trump, want to challenge racism and oppression, desire action over climate change or are looking for an alternative to austerity and war then Marxism Festival 2018 is the place for you. Thousands of activists, campaigners, trade unionists, students, writers and academics will come together at over 130 different meetings.  Check out the website below for more details about booking tickets etc

Justice for Christopher Alder

Justice for Christopher Alder Campaign STATEMENT February 2018 COMMEMORATION PROTEST 20 years since Christopher Alder died in police custody at Queens Gardens Police Station, Hull Assemble 1 pm Saturday 31st March 2018 (Easter Saturday) Queen Victoria Square, Hull Called by the Justice for Christopher Alder Campaign 20 years ago Christopher Alder died in custody in […]

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Solidarity with the great UCU strike – and march against racism on Saturday

The magnificent UCU strike in defence of pensions is reaching a crucial stage – there are a full five days of strikes from 11-16 March – with mass picket lines every day at Leeds Uni from 7-11am and then with a rally every day at 11am and then teach ins in the afternoon.  Everyone who can should try and get along where possible to show solidarity – there is a collection form here:

The UCU has called another 14 days of strike action if necessary next term too

This Saturday 17 March also sees the annual Stand Up to Racism ‘March Against Racism’ on UN Anti-Racism Day supported by the TUC and other major unions in London – at a time when Trump is set to visit later in the year, and detainees at Yarls Wood are on hunger strike for their freedom there has never been a more important time to take to the streets and say ‘refugees and migrants are welcome here – Trump is not welcome!’

There is a coach organised by Leeds Stand Up to Racism leaving 7am West Yorkshire Playhouse with tickets at £20/£10 and there are still places available – book using the eventbrite here:


International Women’s Day meeting

Thursday 22 March – How struggle won women the vote

Public meeting organised by Leeds SWP [originally for International Women’s Day 2018] – Thursday 22 March – 7pm Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD – all welcome

Background reading – Suffragette—the revolt that won the vote by Judith Orr

Thursday 15 March: LGBT+ History Month meeting – Beyond the binary: Marx, gender and trans liberation with Laura Miles – 7pm Swarthmore Centre

Note – Trans Pride Leeds events – 25 March – 7 April including Saturday 31st March: 12pm – Gather at midday at Victoria Gardens (outside leeds gallery) for the Trans Pride Leeds protest/visibility march

[Please note later dates than originally advertised as a result of the snow closing the Swarthmore centre]

Leeds Keep our NHS Public march – 14 April

Calais Children – local film showings — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

As the Calais jungle was set to be razed in October 2016, there were over 1900 unaccompanied minors stranded there – many of whom had a legal case to enter the UK.  Sue Clayton’s 2016 film explores what happened to those children next.

Leeds Stand Up To Racism is delighted to be showing the film ‘Calais Children: A Case to Answer’.

Tuesday 6th March 7pm Leeds Beckett University Rosebowl Lecture Theatre D – with local speakers from Stand Up to Racism and refugee groups

Saturday March 17th is UN Anti-Racism day and Stand Up to Racism has called a March Against Racism in London with the support of the TUC and major trade unions – tickets are available for the Leeds coach here

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Beyond the binary: Marxism, Gender and Trans Liberation

Beyond the binary: Marxism, Gender and Trans Liberation

Socialist Workers Party public meeting for LGBT history month with Laura Miles.

NOW POSTPONED DUE TO SNOW – apologies for inconvenience

New date – Thursday 15 March – 7pm Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds LS3 1AD

To resist homophobia and transphobia, LGBT people must reclaim our history – and our history of resistance.LGBT people in many countries have made important strides towards equal rights at work and in society.  But it took decades of struggle to win these rights, and the picture remains contradictory.

Most people’s attitudes, especially those of young people, have become less homophobic and transphobic.  But bullying, harassment and attacks are still common.  Transphobic hate crime has tripled in the last five years, while prosecution rates have dropped.  More than a third of transgender employees said they had to leave their job due to discrimination in 2016.

Stonewall reported that 8 out of 10 trans school and college students had self-harmed and 45 percent had tried to take their own lives.  The right wing media is also on the offensive against transgender people.  Socialists must stand unconditionally with all oppressed people fighting for their rights – and recognise that transwomen are women and trans men are men.

Come to this meeting to discuss how trans people have fought as part of the wider movement for sexual liberation, and why trans rights are a demand we should all support.

Victory to the UCU strikes

UCU members striking over pay and inequality in Leeds in 2016

Leeds UCU on the march back in 2016… 

UCU members in older universities are fighting to defend their USS pension scheme from a massive attack. Bosses want to change the defined benefit scheme to a defined contribution one. This would leave workers’ pensions at the mercy of the stock market and slash their value by half or more -but they are fighting back – with fourteen days of strike action called beginning on Thursday 22 February – for more see here:

Solidarity with the UCU strikes – visit the picket lines at Leeds University on 22 / 23 / 26 / 27 / 28 February – and join the march on Thursday 22 February assembling 11.30am Parkinson steps to march into town.  For more info see

Leeds SWP meeting on Paris 1968 – The Fire Last Time – when workers and students fought back– all welcome –  Thursday 22 February – 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD


Spring 2018 meetings

Leeds SWP meetings – all welcome – every Thursday 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

February 15: Lenin today
February 22: Paris 1968 – The Fire Last Time – when workers and students fought back
March 1 – meeting postponed as snow
March 8 – International Women’s Day meeting – How struggle won women the vote

March 15: LGBT+ History Month meeting – Beyond the binary: Marx, gender and trans liberation with Laura Miles –

Fighting Local Austerity meeting

Fighting Local Austerity
Organised by Leeds TUC
19:00 Tue 13 February 2018
Swarthmore Centre
2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD
Discussion on how austerity measures in the local area can be fought, including through powers held by local authorities. Speakers from: Ken Taylor, Save the Carriageworks campaign Nick Jones, Leeds Keep Our NHS Public Trevor Howard, RMT Sam Morecroft, Sheffield People’s Budget campaign Catherine Dobson, Save Fearnville Fields campaign Amy Cousens, Women’s Lives Matter Pete Shaw, Unite UCATT sector on Carillion LS26 Save Our Homes (invited) Leeds Labour councillor (invited).

Migrants Make Our NHS! Join the protests Saturday 3 February — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

Saturday 3 February – MIGRANTS MAKE OUR NHS! – Join the Leeds Stand Up to Racism bloc on Leeds ‘NHS in Crisis: Fix it Now’ march on Sat 3 February On Saturday February 3rd meet at 12.30 by the mini roundabout outside Jubilee Wing / A&E at LGI for the nation-wide day of protest. Join […]

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Lets bring down the Tories in 2018 – Upcoming dates for your diary

Lets march against Trump and racism, save our NHS and bring down May’s weak nasty Tory government!  For latest news and comment on politics etc –  see

Leeds SWP meetings – all welcome – every Thursday 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD

February 1st: Carillion, crisis and why the system fails
February 8th: William Morris – how we live and how we might live
February 15: Lenin today
February 22: Paris 1968 – The Fire Last Time – when workers and students fought back
March 1: Beyond the binary: Marx, gender and trans liberation with Laura Miles
March 8 – International Women’s Day meeting – How struggle won women the vote


Some other upcoming events

Sat 3 Feb: NHS Demo, London / also rally in Leeds – meet 12.30 mini roundabout outside Jubilee Wing/ A&E at LGI

Next Leeds Stand Up to Racism organising meeting – Tuesday 6 February, meet 6.30pm Laidlaw Library cafe, Woodhouse Lane – come and get involved in building the fight back.

Saturday 10 February London – see leaflet attached and fb event here – this is backed by most major Trade unions and the TUC
Speakers include:
Margaret Greer, Unison national equalities officer; Claude Moraes, Labour MEP; Mark Rowe, FBU North West secretary; Lee Barron, Midlands TUC regional secretary; Clare Moseley, Care4Calais; Wilf Sullivan, TUC race equality officer; Weyman Bennett, Stand Up To Racism joint convenor.

The Tories are trying to use EU nationals as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations. Migrant workers, refugees and Muslims are constantly being scapegoated by politicians and the right wing press. We are repeatedly told that migrants and refugees are to blame for undermining wages and overstretching public services when in reality austerity is to blame.

Black and Asian people face constant discrimination in employment and the everyday reality of institutional racism. Working class communities must stand united together. But the Tories, much of the media, UKIP and the far right have all set out to divide us.

The trade unions are the bedrock of the anti-racist movement. We want to build on the great work that the trade unions are doing. Come to the conference and join in the debate about how we give confidence to anti-racists in every workplace.

Saturday 17 March – – book your place on the Leeds Stand Up to Racism coach for March 17 UN Anti-Racism Day demonstration in London – part of an international day of demonstrations against racism – lets make this huge – so book your place asap – the sooner we fill one coach the sooner we can book another!

5-7 July: Marxism 2018, central London. Booking now open! Call 020 7840 5620

Prospects for socialists in 2018

Our next meeting is on ‘Prospects for socialists in 2018’ –   Thursday 11 January, at 7pm Swarthmore Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD – all welcome!  Come and discuss how we can best build the fightback against Trump and the Tories…


From Tsar to Lenin (1937 documentary)

A great film documentary on the Russian Revolution with Max Eastman (Trotsky’s translator as narrator) – enjoy!

Stand Up to Trump – Stand Up to Racism meeting — Leeds Stand Up To Racism

With Trump’s UK visit expected to be on 26/27 February 2018 in London – come to the next Leeds Stand Up to Racism action meeting this Tuesday 5 December 6.30pm Leeds UNISON offices, 160a Woodhouse Lane (opp Fenton) to discuss building resistance in Leeds – all welcome This Wednesday 6 December Leeds Coalition Against the […]

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