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Tidal August Newsletter 2017

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Hello everyone and welcome to Tidal’s August Newsletter – our monthly digest of exciting global justice events happening around Leeds in the next month or so.

IMPORTANT NEWS! Redevelopment is underway and we are looking to re-launch the Leeds for Change website this September. This means that the Tidal Newsletter will be no more, as we will have officially handed over the newsletter baton to the Leeds for Change network. There are lots of exciting things in the pipeline, which will be revealed very soon. To stay in the loop, make sure you sign up to the Leeds for Change Newsletter.

Leeds Pride takes place in August and there are lots of events in preparation and celebration, including placard making sessions, BME, migrants and trans blocs in the pride march, and a film festival – Claire (the new Tidal communications volunteer!).


Pride is a Protest


When: 6 August at 14:00–16:00

Where: Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD

What: The UK's asylum and immigration, policing and prison systems regularly criminalises and persecutes LGBT* people of colour, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers on entering the country.

The Home Office subject asylum seekers to horrific and degrading 'tests' regarding their sexuality. They are put in continuous danger and re-traumatised in detention centres that undermine their basic human rights.



The History of Pride (and why it's important)

When: 27 July at 14:30-16:30

Where: Leeds Central Library Room 700 Calverley Street, LS1 3AB Leeds

What: This year we're celebrating the 11th year of Leeds Pride, the largest of the Pride events in Yorkshire and the largest Leeds City Centre event of the calendar with an estimated 40,000 visitors, coming from across the UK as one of the few remaining free to attend LGBT+ Pride celebrations to attend.



Get ready for Pride is a Protest bloc

When: 29 July at 14:00–16:00

Where: 20 new markets street, LS1 6DG Leeds

What: Come meet up with others who want to be part of this bloc & make some glittery placards, decorate masks etc... If you can, please bring any craft stuff you have-scraps of bright material/ribbons/glitter/wood & card for making placards etc

Hosted by: My Q Culture, No Borders Leeds, Queer and Now

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Be Outspoken - Leeds Pride Event

When: 3 August 18:30 - 21:30

Where: The Carriageworks Theatre, Millennium Square The Electric Press, LS2 3AD Leeds

What: Be Outspoken - Everyone is invited however If you're Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) & LGBTQ then Be Outspoken is the Official Leeds Pride event for you!



Pride Friday Film Festival

When: Friday, August 4 at 6 PM - 11:30 PM

Where: Live Art Bistro, 1-2 Regent Street, Leeds LS2 7QA

What: We’re kicking off the Leeds Pride weekend with a night of queer films, workshops, stalls and vegan food.




TransCraft at Pride!

When: 5 August at 12:00–18:00

Where: Yorkshire Mesmac 22/23 Blayds Yard, LS1 4AD Leeds

What: Come and join us for the first day of Leeds Pride! We will be running a crafts day for trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming people. Amongst other things, we will have; - Badge-making - T-shirt making - Banner making for the pride march on sunday. and hopefully many more. We will also have snacks and food available!



The case against fracking

When: 7 August at 19:00

Where: Hyde Park Book Club, 27-29 Headingley Lane, LS6 1BL Leeds

What: Whether you are an expert or a novice on the subject; whether you are for or against, Leeds Green Party cordially invites you to join us for an evening of discussion where Craven District Green Party councillor Andy Brown and Helen Moraa of Frack Free Leeds will be making the case against fracking.



Our Soul Turned Inside Out - film screening + discussion

When: 11 August at 19:15–22:00

Where: Seven Arts Leeds, 31A Harrogate Road, LS7 3PD Leeds

What: Ahead of the 50th anniversary of Leeds Carnival join us for a film screening and discussion on the rich historical and cultural legacies of Carnival.

‘Our Soul Turned Inside Out’ is a documentary that examines traditional Carnival characters created in the 19th century crucible of slavery and emancipation.



Protest Ramble: No New Grouse Shooting Licence for Ilkley Moor

When: Saturday, August 12 at 11 AM - 3 PM

Where: Cow & Calf Rocks, Hangingstone Road, Ilkley, LS29 8BT

What: Walk for Wildlife on Ilkley Moor!

Ilkley Moor is our region’s most iconic beauty spot, but Bradford Council has put this in jeopardy. The publicly owned moorland is the last on the country being leased for grouse shooting, with wildlife biodiversity declining and rare habitat being degraded as a result.

What shall we do? Saturday 12th August is the start of the grouse shooting season - the last before Bradford Council considers whether or not to renew a ten year lease of the moor for this purpose. We will hold a respectful walk for the moor’s wildlife, call on Council Leader Susan Hinchcliffe to not renew the deed and have a good picnic whilst we’re at it! Please bring cakes, home made banners, your friends and family.

Are you ready to ramble?



Global Justice Now goes to the European Summer University for Social Movements

When: Aug 22 at 9 AM to Aug 28 at 9 PM

Where: Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès, 5 allées Antonio Machado, 31058 Toulouse Cedex 9 Toulouse, France


Join Global Justice Now as we travel to Toulouse for the European Summer University for Social Movements (ESU). The ESU is a unique gathering of over 1000 people for five days to explore big issues, share ideas and experiences and build the global movement against racism, corporate power and climate injustice. More info at esu2017.org

The ESU is organised by Attac – an international network of activists fighting for democratic, ecological alternatives to our current system. Global Justice Now is the Attac group in the UK.

A group of us will be travelling together from London in the morning of Tuesday 22 August and getting back to London in the evening of Tuesday 29 August. Join us for an amazing trip!



Coming soon

Local and national events


For a full list of actions and events, see the Tidal website.


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