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Tidal July Newsletter 2017

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Hello Everyone and Welcome to Tidal’s July 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.

July is the start of Reclaim the Power’s fantastic month-long occupation ‘The Rolling Resistance’ at Preston New Road, where they have joined forces with the local resistance movement, among other national anti-fracking groups. With the imminent arrival of the drilling rig, there is no better time than now to come and show your support at Preston New Road. Details below.


Blackpool Summer of Anti-Fracking: The Rolling Resistance


When: July 1st – July 31st 2017

Where: Preston New Road, Blackpool, FY3 9, United Kingdom

What: Since Cuadrilla began building a fracking pad at Preston New Road near Blackpool in January 2017, people have been at the roadside every day, putting their bodies on the line to stop this toxic industry. The resistance is working – supply chain companies are pulling out and the building schedule has been delayed by months.

This summer, as Cuadrilla gets nearer to trying to drill, Reclaim the Power is joining the frontline struggle in Lancashire to support and reinforce the amazing local resistance, and we invite you to join.



Protest against Greer and Murray at Bradford Literature Fest!

When & Where: Saturday July 8th, 12:00 - 12:45: We'll gather at Yorkshire Mesmac (28 Chapel St, Bradford BD1 5DN). 13:00 - 17:30: We'll head out to the two locations they are speaking at: Uni of Bradford Great Hall (BD7 1DP) and the Midland Hotel (BD1 4HU).

What: Bradford Literature Festival (BLF) have invited Germaine Greer and Jenni Murray to speak, ignoring the concerns of local trans people. The organisers have been reminded of Greer and Murray's transmisogny (a type of transphobia, particularly directed towards women and feminine people). There have been meetings and correspondence, but BLF are continuing to defend their choice, saying that "Bradford Literature Festival has always sought to be a diverse, inclusive event that champions freedom of speech and creates a neutral and welcoming environment for debate". However, we think that the safety and dignity of trans people is not a matter for debate! Trans people are at great risk of violence, and abuse leads to the awful suicide rates among trans people. Booking transphobic speakers is irresponsible.



Chalk 'n' Talk: Veganism

When: Saturday, July 8 at 12:30 PM - 3 PM AND Saturday, July 15 at 12:30 PM - 3 PM

Where: Leeds Corn Exchange, Call Lane, LS1 7BR Leeds

What: We will be meeting at Corn Exchange and we will be moving around Leeds city centre to chalk vegan messages and engage with the general public about veganism.

Please join us and help spread veganism! Everyone is welcome, this is a child friendly and dog friendly activity.

Chalk will be provided by organisers but if you are wanting to have your own, you can pick some up from places such as Poundland.

Hosted by: West Yorkshire Save and Leeds Animal Action



Let's Win Our Cities: Talk and Discussion

When: Monday, July 10 at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Where: Wharf Chambers, Middle Floor

What: Let's Win our Cities: Talk and discussion on Radical Municipalism and Political Strategies for Demanding the Future.

Following on from our post-election discussion in Leeds "It'll Never Be Over" we are hosting several events over the forthcoming months to look at what we do now, in our City, to make change happen. In this, the first, we are looking to urban social movements around the world, and the theories behind them, to harvest ideas we can implement in our City, and in our time.



Open Meeting: Against Expansion of Full Sutton Prison

When: Tuesday, July 11 at 7 PM - 9 PM

Where: Foleys Tap House, 159 The Headrow, LS1 5 Leeds

What: Yorkshire Campaign Against Prisons are holding an planning meeting on Tuesday the 11th of July. If you are interested in the campaign and want to join, come along!

Yorkshire Campaign Against Prisons are a collective opposing the expansion of Full Sutton Prison, near York. We belive this expansion will do more harm than good and prioritises profit over people.



Dispossession, The Great Social Housing Swindle: Film Screening and Q&A

When: Thursday, July 13 at 7:30 PM - 9:30

Where: Unity Works, Westgate, WF1 1EP Wakefield

What: For some people, a housing crisis means not getting planning permission for a loft conversion. For others it means, quite simply, losing their home. Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle is a feature documentary directed by Paul Sng (Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain) and narrated by Maxine Peake, exploring the catastrophic failures that have led to a chronic shortage of social housing in Britain.

The film focuses on the neglect, demolition and regeneration of council estates across the UK and investigates how the state works with the private sector to demolish council estates to build on the land they stand on, making properties that are unaffordable to the majority of people.



Screening of James Baldwin 1969 Speech

When: Wednesday, July 19 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM UTC+01

Where: Wharf Chambers, Ground Floor, 23 - 25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ Leeds

What: Following the recent success of I Am Not Your Negro, Leeds No Borders are taking this opportunity to screen the pioneering director Horace Ové's film of a James Baldwin talk, delivered at the West Indian Student Centre in London in 1969. Crucial viewing for anyone interested in one of the most relevant thinkers and writers of the 20th century.

Hosted by: Leeds No Borders



Protest! In Our Time: Exhibition Opening

When: Thursday, July 20 at 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: Peace Museum, Bradford, 10 Piece Hall Yard, BD1 1 City of Bradford

What: Our galleries explore the stories of peace campaigners of the past, those who have protested against nuclear weapons, against war, against militarism. But peaceful protest continues today – against nuclear weapons, against war, against militarism. Women’s rights. Campaigning for a cleaner and greener world. The message remains the same but the struggle continues.



The Art of Protest: Words for Wellbeing

When: Friday, July 21 at 1 PM - 3 PM

Where: Wakefield

What: Words for Wellbeing is a new literature project in Wakefield looking at exploring the issues around mental health through poetry and spoken word. Join local poet hero Matt Abbott in an free workshop exploring 'The Art of Protest'. Participants will be led through exercises designed to help them explore issues that are important to them and then work out the best way to express these through a piece of poetry/spoken word.



Leeds Rhythms of Resistance - Samba Practice

When: every Thursday at 7pm - 9pm

Where: All Hallows Church, 27 Regent Terrace, Leeds LS6 1NP

What: Leeds rhythms of resistance is part of an international network of samba bands, using music, noise, and dance to protest. We play for all sorts of ecological, social, economic and political causes. We are for freedom and justice, against discrimination and oppression.

Some places we like to go... Anti-fracking demos, solidarity outside immigration detention centres, save the NHS and anti-cuts marches, protests against rising tuition fees, Occupy St. Paul's/Finsbury Square, anti G4S demos, climate camp.



Queer & Here - LGBT Shorts

When: Thursday, July 27 at 7 PM - 9 PM

Where: Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street, LS2 8JP Leeds

What: Join us for an evening of LGBT short films to mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England & Wales. Chosen from the Leeds International Film festival archive, these films are a mixture of powerful, thought-provoking and uplifting LGBT stories from around the world. The programme includes Balcony, which is the first UK film in ten years to win prestigious Iris Prize (Cardiff’s International LGBT Short Film Prize).



The July Critical Mass Bike Ride!

Where: Meet at the steps of Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, LS2 8BH Leeds

When: Friday, July 28th, 6 PM - 7 PM

What: Critical Mass: taking to the streets!

WHAT'S IS ALL ABOUT? Critical Mass is often described as an 'unorganised coincidence'. It happens when a lot of cyclists happen to be in the same place at the same time and decide to cycle the same way together for a while.

WHAT'S THE PURPOSE? "Everyday, all over the world, people are resisting the problem culture of the car by getting on their bikes and riding, instead of driving.

Critical Mass is a celebration of the alternatives to cars, pollution, accidents and the loss of public spaces and freedoms.

Not an organisation or group, but an idea or tactic, Critical Mass allows people to reclaim cities with their bikes, just by getting together and out-numbering the cars on the road"



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.




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!



Fast Forward Festival 2017

When: Sep 1 at 4 PM to Sep 3 at 4 PM

Where: Thornbridge Outdoors, Great Longstone, DE45 1NY Bakewell, Derbyshire

What: Fast Forward 2017: Build Commons, Build Counter-power

At Fast Forward 2017 we want to delve further into these ideas, to discuss, imagine and develop what it means to build commons and build counter-power. We want you to join us for three days of talks, workshops, parties, childcare, food and commoning!

It’s been nine years since the start of the economic crisis and all through that time, whether stock markets dip or recover, we’ve suffered a worsening economic, environmental and social crisis. We have run-away climate change, falling real wages, precarious and zero-hour contracts, the rise of the ‘gig-economy’, social cleansing, and a housing and social care crisis. Around the world, governments have shifted private debt onto public purses, while accelerating neo-liberal reforms and austerity.



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