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Tidal June Newsletter 2017

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

This months newsletter is packed full of actions, events and activist skills training’s taking place this summer. Please note that a few of the training’s aren’t in June, but have application deadlines coming up this month for you to put in your diaries if interested.

The Tidal Admin and Communications Volunteer role is open to applications. If you’re interested in gaining new skills in the fun field of campaigning and communications follow this link for more info.

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Three Peaks Solstice Challenge

three peaks fundraiser

Back in 2012 Tidal walked almost 100 miles along the Dales Way with 33 people raising over £3000. In 2015 Tidal organised a Tour-de-Tidal Bike ride around the Vale of York and raised over £2000. This year we’ve decided to take walking boots over the Three Yorkshire Peaks – on the nearest weekend to the Summer Solstice – will you join us?

What’s the plan?



Leeds Cycling Question Time

When: Thu 1 June 2017 19:00 – 21:00

Where: ODI Leeds, Duke Street, Leeds, LS9 8AG

What: After a successful Cycling Question Time for the 2015 general election, we will again be running one for the 2017 General Election.

This will be a chance for members and local residents to put their cycling and transport related questions to representatives of the 6 main parties standing in the Leeds seats.

The event will be chaired by Pete Zanzottera (Pete Z), a Leeds resident who often attends the All Parliamentary Cycle Group, and who works as a Leeds based sustainable travel consultant.

Confirmed panel:

Ian McCargo: Labour and Co-operative Party candidate for Pudsey John Otley: Yorkshire Party candidate for Leeds East Martin Hemingway: Green Party candidate Leeds North West



Anti-fracking Direct Action Training in Nottingham

When: Jun 2 at 6 PM to Jun 4 at 4 PM

Where: Nottingham, UK

What: Reclaim the Power is holding an anti-fracking Direct Action Training weekend in Nottingham on 3rd and 4th June.

Come to a weekend of high quality training to get all the information, skills and support needed to take direct action to resist fracking, and meet other brilliant people who are doing the same - a place to share ideas and resources to help build a stronger, more cohesive movement.

Food and accommodation provided. We will be asking for donations towards costs but money should not prevent anyone from coming.

This opportunity is for people already working to oppose fracking who are keen to gain skills and knowledge about direct action and additional effective tactics of resistance.



Russian Revolution: 100 Years Since the 1917 Leeds Convention

When: Sat 3 June 2017, 10:00 – 16:00

Where: Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD

What: The Leeds Convention held on 3 June 1917 might possibly claim to be the largest 'anti-war' conference held in Britain during the First World War but in any case it has been described by Ralph Miliband as 'perhaps the most remarkable gathering of the period'. It saw 3,500 people from across Britain gather at the Leeds Coliseum (now the O2 Academy) in solidarity with the February Revolution which had overthrown the brutal Tsarist autocracy in Russia. The Convention voted to hail the inspiration of the Russian Revolution, defend civil liberties, call for an end to the First World War and vote to set up Workers’ and Soldiers’ Councils in Britain in solidarity with the Soviets being formed in revolutionary Russia.

Speakers at this historic moment of international solidarity in Britain in 1917 included Bertrand Russell, Ramsay MacDonald, Sylvia Pankhurst, Tom Mann, Philip Snowden, Charlotte Despard, Ernest Bevin, Dora Montefiore and Willie Gallacher.



Leeds University Human Rights Journal Launch

Where: All Hallows Church, 24 Regent Terrace, LS6 1NP Leeds

When: Tuesday, June 6 at 6 PM - 9 PM

What: For the first time ever The University of Leeds Human Rights Journal is hosting a launch event to celebrate the fantastic work published in this years journal! This will include our contributors speaking about the motivations behind their articles and friends of the HRJ speaking about thier own personal experiences. We will also be showcasing some our photographic submissions and artistic pieces.

There will be light refreshments! Tickets are priced at 3 pounds, please comment on the page if your interested and we will send you a pdf ticket to print. Payment will be taken on the door.



The Peoples Film Club Presents: Paragraph 175

When: Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Where: The Hyde Park Picture House, 73 Brudenell Road, LS6 1JD Leeds

What: ‘The film is a somber, revealing testament to the gay men and lesbians who, for too long, have been excluded from Holocaust history.’

Between 1933-1945 approximately 100,000 men were arrested for homosexuality in Nazi Germany, half of whom were imprisoned. An estimated 10,000 - 15,000 were sent to concentration camps, and by 1945 only 4,000 survived.

72 years later and hundreds of gay men are still being imprisoned today in Chechnya, Russia. LGBT people in Chechnya continue to suffer forced detention, torture and even murder by the Chechen state, all on the basis of their sexuality.

ALL profits from this special screening will be donated to the Russian LGBT network.



It'll never be over: building movements after the election

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

When: Monday, June 12 at 6 PM - 12 AM

What: In the past few weeks we’ve seen a surge of hope around the Labour manifesto and a coalescing of activity around the Labour Party. The campaign seems to have allowed more people to imagine a very different type of society based on left wing values, breaking with austerity and nationalism.

However, we recognise that there is still scope to push far beyond that vision, and that whatever the result of the election we still need to work towards the type of world we want to live in.

In Plan C over the past few years we’ve thought a lot about the type of world we want and how to get it. We want radical democratic control of the cities we live it, strong networks of solidarity and common ownership of resources. We want everything for everyone.

For this meeting we’re inviting people to imagine that with us and discuss how we can work together to continue building the world we want after the election.



The June Critical Mass Bike Ride!

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

When: Friday, June 30 at 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"



'Lock-up Your Wheelchairs Tour' Leeds

When: Saturday, July 1 at 11 AM - 5:30 PM

Where: Quaker Meeting House, Carlton Hill, 188 Woodhouse Ln, Leeds LS2 9DX

What: Do you want to share & develop your skills around organising with other disabled people in your area? Come and join DPAC Disabled People Against Cuts, on the: 'Lock Up Your Wheelchairs Tour' in Leeds.

DPAC have been at the forefront of street resistance to austerity since their formation in 2010.

Disabled people have led the fight against welfare reforms, Remploy closures, the closure of the ILF, Atos, Maximus and and many many more issues.

Now DPAC, is coming to Leeds to hear from local disabled people about the issues and campaign priorities in your area; and to work with local disabled people in addressing them.

Please also let us know if you have any specific access requirements or questions. These sessions will also need some volunteer support on the day from local allies. Local activist groups, I.e. Antifa etc, BSL interpreters, PAs.

If you are a local disabled person, or non disabled ally and you would like to attend the tour email: dpacleedsyork@gmail.com



Blackpool Summer of Anti-Fracking: The Rolling Resistance

When: July 7th – July 14 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.



Power Shift 2017: Training for Change

When: Jul 5 at 4 PM to Jul 9 at 4 PM

Where: Giant's Seat Scout Campsite, Outwood Radcliffe M26 1DY, Manchester

What: "Power Shift was the most open and welcoming environment to be in. I came by myself, without any experience of campaigning, and left with so much knowledge, having met so many friendly and like-minded people, and confident enough to start up a People & Planet group at my university. I can’t recommend it enough!"

Power Shift is a 5 day training open to all students who want to shift power from big business and elites to people who believe that another world is possible.



Demand the Impossible (Manchester)

When: Jul 24 at 9 AM to Jul 28 at 7 PM

Where: Bridge 5 Mill, 22A Beswick St, Manchester M4 7HR

What: Angry or concerned about the rise of racism, the housing crisis and inequality in society? Want to explore ideas about how society could be different and how we can get there? Then join Demand the Impossible – a free summer school on politics and activism for young people aged 16 - 25.

Apply for your FREE place now – deadline is midnight on June 18th. (Previous courses have been oversubscribed so apply early!) www.demandtheimpossible.org.uk/apply


· Brexit, Trump and the rise of far Right · Protest, social movements and political change · Capitalism and alternative economic systems · The housing crisis and homelessness · Policing and racism · Young people and mental health



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