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Tidal May Newsletter 2017

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

The shock General Election which was called last week has certainly created a buzz of political discussion and activity in Leeds and beyond. We hope these inspiring events give you the strength and courage to face up to the upcoming challenges, come what May.

Dont forget! In the next few months we will be handing over the newsletter baton to our pals at Leeds for Change. To stay in the loop, make sure you sign up at www.leedsforchange.org.uk (simply register an account – no need to do anything else).

In other news – our wonderful Volunteer Alex Russel has gone on to work in Teaching! So 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.

We are also excited to announce our big biannual TIDAL Fundraiser! This year we will be walking the THREE YORKSHIRE PEAKS… OVERNIGHT for the Summer Solstice! We hope you’ll join us on this adventurous expedition. See below for details.


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.



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 – OVERNIGHT – during the Summer Solstice – will you join us?

In the lead-up to the Three Peaks Solstice Challenge there’ll be a training walk and briefing meeting to help us make sure our feet and bodies are up for it. In particular, this will be an opportunity for less experienced hikers to get a feel for long walks with a group and to highlight any fitness issues in time to do something about them.

What’s the plan?



Cafe Economique - Rethinking the Housing Crisis

When: Tuesday 2nd May at 19:30

Where: Seven Artspace, 31 Harrogate Road, LS7 3PD.

What: ‘Rethinking the Housing Crisis: from Market Failure to the Rentier City’ – Dr Stuart Hodkinson, University of Leeds.



Why We Need Black Studies - Annual Race & Resistance Lecture

When: Wednesday, May 3 at 6 PM - 8 PM

Where: Leeds West Indian Centre, 10 Laycock Place, LS7 3JA Leeds

What: The Annual Race & Resistance Lecture which this year is co-sponsored by the School of History (University of Leeds) and the Conversations in Black History Series (run by Anyaa Anim-Addo and Say Burgin).

In September 2017 we will launch the first Black Studies degree in Europe and Birmingham City University. Far from this being a celebration of having Black perspectives at universities, the aim is to use the opportunity to use the university space to help develop what Abdul Alkalimaat called the ‘science of liberation’. Black Studies has a long history in the UK, being done in the grassroots in community organisations and supplementary schools. This talk will discuss the importance of developing a critical Black Studies and the tensions of housing the degree and research in the university space. Black Studies is essential, but can it flourish in the institutionally racist space of the university?



Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights

When: Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM

Where: Michael Sadler building SR (LG.19), 10 mins walk from the Parkinsons steps

What: Screening of Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights plus shorts from recent Shut Down Yarls Wood protests.

'Reflections Unheard is a feature length documentary, and the first of its kind to focus exclusively on black women’s contributions and experiences during the Civil Rights era. Through the personal stories of several former black female Civil Rights activists, Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights unearths the lesser-known story of black women’s political marginalization between the male-dominated Black Power movement, and the predominantly white and middle class Feminist movement during the 1960s and 70s, as well as the resulting mobilization of black and other women of color into a united Feminist movement

This is also a chance to find out more about the upcoming Shut Down Yarls Wood demo Saturday 13th May. This is a free event, donations will go towards giving free coach spaces for people without papers to come on the protest.


  Chris TT

Chris T-T 20th Anniversary Best Of Tour Live At All Hallows

When: Friday 5th May from 19:45–23:00.

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

What: Chris T-T is a Brighton based singer song writer but he used to live just around the corner from All Hallows back in his student days. Chris's work has ranged from the deeply political protest album "9 red songs" to the introspective "Love Is Not Rescue", the beautifully odd "Disobedience" (an album of A A Milne poetry set to music) And his latest album 9 Green Songs! a collection of radical songs, with a dark ecological flavour. Returning to Live At All Hallows' for the first time since 2013, Chris is one of our favourite people and we are looking forward to a wonderful celebration of 20 years of music!


  I am not your negro

I Am Not Your Negro: with panel hosted by Leeds Tidal

When: Saturday 6th May from 15:00 to 18:30

Where: Hyde Park Picture House, LS6 1JD.

What: 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 Black Lives Matter UK, to discuss current race relations in light of the uncomfortable histories retold in the film. This event is part of Educate, Agitate, Organise an activist gathering at Leeds Beckett Students' Union on the 29th of April - more info & tickets here.

There are additional standalone screenings of this film on Friday 5th and Wednesday 10th May at 7pm.


DIRECTOR: Raoul Peck DETAILS: France/United States, 2017, 93mins, certificate TBC DOC FEAT: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Dick Cavett TICKETS: Normal ticket prices apply.

Visit the Hyde Park Picture House website here.



This Changes Everything - Free Film Night with Leeds Greenpeace

When: Monday, May 8 at 7 PM - 9 PM

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

What: What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?

Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.



Anti-Fracking Direct Action Training in Hebden Bridge

When: May 12 from 6 pm, to 4 pm on May 14

Where: Hebden Bridge

What: Reclaim the Power is holding anti-fracking Direct Action Training weekends in Hebden Bridge on 13th and 14th May, in Nottingham on 3rd and 4th June – and hopefully another in the South East in June, TBC. As well as getting lots of skills, knowledge and practice these weekends will be important for networking with others who are resisting fracking in your region – a place to share ideas and resources to help build a stronger, more cohesive movement.

This is a great opportunity to find out about non-violent direct action as an additional, effective tool to combat fracking. We hope that, by reaching people from many communities and groups determined to resist this unnecessary, damaging threat to our environment, our training weekends will help strengthen the movement.



Shut Down Yarls Wood - Leeds Coach

When: Saturday, May 13 at 10 AM - 5 PM

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

What: Leeds No Borders will be putting on a coach for the next Surround Yarl's Wood demonstration. These keep getting bigger and gaining more attention, so let's keep kicking those walls until they fall!

Time to build the Eleventh demonstration at Yarl's Wood - lets shut down this racist, sexist hellhole once and for all!


Tickets Here ** It really helps massively if you can book your tickets/make donations asap so we know how big a coach to book/how many free seats we can offer to people without papers **


  Yorkshire CND

Day of Dance

When: Saturday 13th May from 09:30 to 18:30.

Where: Victoria Hall, Saltaire, BD18 3JS.

What: Yorkshire CND are hosting their annual fundraiser and this Year it is all about getting you dance on.There will be a full day of classes, workshops and tasters covering a range of different, dances, instruments and techniques. Click on their website to see everything that is on.



DÃ…RE - Fundraiser for Gracefool Collective

When: Saturday 13th May 4pm

Where: Open Source Arts, Aire Place Mills, 143 Kirkstall Rd, Leeds LS3 1JL

What: Gracefool Collective are a feminist-comedy-dance collective who believe in humour as a powerful tool to transform ideas and undermine social convention. And also believe in the collective as a radical tool for social and political change - and crumpets.

Gracefool Collective invite you to enjoy an afternoon and evening full of live music, poetry, DJs, dance, food, drinks and a raffle! We will be collaborating with some of our favourite women from around Leeds and beyond, and are excited to celebrate the brilliant and inspiring things women are doing right now!



RISE! International political songs for human rights

When: Sunday, May 14 at 8 PM - 11 PM

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

What: Remember Oluwale is proud to sponsor this gig by RISE! - a six piece band built around the epic voice of Greek singer Iris Mavraki. They celebrate epic political songs drawn from Turkey, the Americas, northern Italy and Russia. Songs against war, for peace and human rights, against racism and fascism. Music for the head, heart and soul. More information at www.aidanjolly.com and on Facebook. Tickets: £5 minimum, £8 employed.




Who's Gonna Love Me Now? + Performance by the Deep C Divas

When: Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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

What: Saar is an HIV positive gay man living in London, where he found refuge from the religious kibbutz where he grew up in Israel. Ever since he was diagnosed with HIV, Saar has craved his family's love, while they struggle with fears and prejudices.

Saar and the rest of the London Gay Men's Chorus provide a glorious soundtrack for this documentary about the power of forgiveness and the power that home has, no matter how far we go.



Coming soon

Local and national events


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


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