Educate, Agitate, Organise.
When: Saturday 29th April 2017 10:30 – 17:30.
Where: Leeds Beckett Students’ Union, LS1 3HE.
What: 2016 was a year of profound change and political uncertainties, with 2017 already following suite.
In response to this Leeds Beckett Students’ Union in partnership with Leeds Tidal, Leeds for Change, Summat, and War on Want have organised this event for people to explore ideas, politics, and action for a progressive, sustainable, social future.
We’ll be starting the day at 10:30 with our opening panel: Educate, Agitate, Organise against Hate and Fear!
In light of current affairs, and a sudden call for a General Election, we are bringing together a panel of activists from across the UK to discuss the big strategies we need to shift popular opinion towards progressive alternatives and away from ‘Trumpism’, hate and fear. Guest Speakers: Ed Lewis (Global Justice Now, National Organiser), Nadia Idle (War on Want, Activism and Outreach Officer), Tatiana Garavito (Hope Not Hate, National Organiser for Communities of Colour)
Ed Lewis is a national organiser for Global Justice Now, supporting the organisation’s activism across the UK. He has a background in teaching and lecturing and runs Demand the Impossible, a course on activism and radical politics for young people. He is also a former editor of New Left Project.’
Tatiana Garavito is a migrant’s rights organiser/activist. Former director of the Latin American Women’s Service (LAWRS) and Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organization (IRMO), two human rights organisations supporting the Latin American community in London. Tatiana currently works as the national organiser for communities of colour at HOPE Not Hate. She was also awarded Woman of the Year in 2014 at the Women On The Move Awards.
Nadia Idle has been working at War on Want for over 10 years as an Activism & Outreach officer. She helped found Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops, and works across many other campaigns including Justice for Palestine and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). She helped set up and run numerous free movement-building events including the 6BillionWays series attended by thousands of people. Outside her War on Want work, she co-edited Tweets from Tahrir: Egypt’s revolution as it unfolded in the words of the people who made it.
Following this, from 11.30 there will be a huge variety of workshops to attend. Here’s what’s coming up:
An Intro to Permaculture; how to overhaul urban food systems and create a new sustainable land management system // Another Food System is Possible // How do we tackle Air Pollution in Leeds? // Climate Justice // Handling Conflict // Challenging Stigma around Mental Health // What is Disability – Body or Society? // White Allyship, Power and Privilege // Bridges not Borders; Building a World Where No One is Illegal // Exploring Power // What’s going on in Rojava? // Migration Conversations // Resisting Border Controls in the University // Creating Strategies for Housing and Benefits Campaigners // Co-housing, a New Approach to the Housing Crisis // Hacking the Housing Crisis // What is a Social Strike? // Post Brexit Trade; Dodgy Deals in the Dark // Overcoming the Power of Student Debt // The Basic Income; a remedy for uncertainty and inequality in Post-Brexit Britain // Gauging & ‘Power Mapping’ Your Support // Spiritual Activism // Community Organising // Design Thinking as a Tool for Activism // Protecting Protest in Private Spaces // An Intro to Basic Blockading // Public Speaking // Blogging for Change // Is Non-violent Direct Action still Relevant? // Community Food Walk // Hypnosis as a tool for self care // Trauma in Activism and Embedded Solidarity //…And many more!
Summat has been a biennial activist gathering in Leeds for the past 8 years. The Summat team have come on board for Educate, Agitate, Organise to run our marketplace for the day, where you can come and meet local and national organisations and find out what they do and how you can get involved. Groups include:
Chapeltown Cohousing // Shout Out // Fossil Free West Yorkshire // Leeds Friends of Rojava // Leeds For Change // Leeds Cycling Campaign // Leeds CND // Leeds Palestine Solidarity Campaign // Green Action Co-operative // War on Want // Leeds Permaculture Network // Leeds Fairtrade Group // Carbon Conversations Leeds // Hands off Our Homes // Oblong and Woodhouse Community Centre // Healthy Air Leeds
How to Register?
The Event is FREE! For a ticket please visit the Leeds Beckett SU website so we can make sure to have enough lunch ready for you!
And we’ve also got a few warm up events lined up to get you in the mood for the gathering…
Left Bank Cinema: We Are Many and Occupy LEFT BANK!
27 April at 18:00–22:00
Left Bank Leeds
We Are Many is the story of the biggest protest in history, and how it changed the world. On February 15th, 2003, millions of people marched through the streets of 800 cities around the world to try to avert the war against Iraq. Many were protesting for the first time ever. This bold documentary charts the birth and growth of the new people power movement.
Tidal Presents: Comedy Poetry and Protest with Francesca Martinez
28 April at 19:00–23:00
Riley Smith Hall, Leeds University Union
On Friday the 28th of April Leeds TIDAL are teaming up with Leeds University Union to put on a showcase of fierce and creative responses to social and environmental injustice.
Francesca is a wobbly* comedian, disability rights activist, environmental activist, writer and speaker who has toured internationally. She has mild cerebral palsy but she much prefers the word ‘wobbly’.
A FIRM OF POETS
SAI MURRAY & TASMIA (Voices that SHAKE!)
LUU COMEDY SOCIETY
LUU SPOKEN WORD SOCIETY
DJ TAMI PIEN (Elemental)
Advance Tickets only – follow this link to purchase!
And our final satellite event…
I Am Not Your Negro | Plus panel with Leeds Tidal
6 May at 15:00–18:30
The Hyde Park Picture House
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successive assassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and rich archival material, to produce a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
Following this screening on Saturday 6th May, Leeds Tidal will be hosting a discussion panel with academics, writers and activists to discuss current race relations in light of the uncomfortable histories retold in the film. Panel Host and activist/grime artist Melz will be talking to new Professor of Race and Education, Shirley Tate, and activist/writer/poet Sai Murray.