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Below is a calendar of global justice events in Leeds. Click on an event to view its full details, & click ‘more details’ to view it as a standalone page.

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The Art of Protest: Words for Wellbeing

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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.

This workshop is suitable for all abilities and is a free workshop in a welcoming & supportive environment. Booking is essential as places are limited to 8 participants. To book a place on the workshop email sarahcobham@hotmail.com and venue and access details will be emailed to you.

Matt Abbott

Matt Abbott is a politically active spoken word artist from Wakefield. In 2016, he shared a stage with the likes of Paul Weller, Ken Loach, Sleaford Mods, Sara Pascoe and Francesca Martinez, and starred in a national TV ad campaign for Nationwide Building Society. Co-founder of A Firm Of Poets and founding owner of spoken word record label Nymphs & Thugs, he is a rising star on the UK’s flourishing spoken word scene.

The next open workshop will be held on the 18th August and will be facilitated by Genevieve Walsh.

Words for Wellbeing is a project run in collaboration with BEAM, Well Woman Centre, Dream Time Creative and Wordlife.

Leeds Rhythms of Resistance - Samba Practice

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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.

?Do you also want to make some noise? Come join us! No experience necessary. We organise horizontally and discuss what actions, protests and movements we can support.?

We meet every Thursday at 7pm – 9pm at All Hallows Church, 27 Regent Terrace, Leeds LS6 1NP – the site is wheelchair accessible and has is a great space for food and drink before or after practice!

If you are organising a protest or a benefit gig and would like us to come, please get in touch!

Hosted by: Leeds ROR

Queer & Here - LGBT Shorts

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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).

DOWNHILL (Stelios Kammitsis, Cyprus, 14min)
On a sunny day in September, she marches down the hill of a Mediterranean island. He is driving down the road with his old car and picks her up. As they drive downhill, the missing pieces of the story unravel, and the news that so much upset her is revealed.

VENUS (Faye Carr-Wilson, UK, 5 min)
A short documentary dealing with issues of disability and female empowerment through the subject Venus Dimilo, a female drag performer.

A NIGHT IN TOKORIKI (Roxana Stroe, Romania, 18min)
In an improvised night club called “Tokoriki” the whole village celebrates Geanina’s 18th birthday. Her boyfriend and Alin will give her a most surprising gift, one that nobody will ever forget

BALCONY (Toby Fell-Holden, UK, 17 min)
Balcony is set on a housing estate and features Tina, a troubled teenage girl, who falls for Dana, whose family are from Afghanistan. The films shocks and surprises but not in the way you might expect.

THESE C*CKSUCKING TEARS (Dan Taberski, USA, 16 min)
Winner of the SXSW documentary jury award in 2016, the film explores the life of gay country singer Patrick Haggerty who wrote and recorded as Lavender Country, an American country music band formed in 1972.

THE MAD HALF HOUR (Leonardo Brezicki, Argentina/ Denmark, 22 min)
The mad half hour refers to a condition usually experienced by indoor house cats once a day, but can humans experience it too? Juan and Pedro venture into the night together and stray, like cats, through the streets of Buenos Aires.

Tickets: FREE ENTRY but reserve your ticket here.

Hosted by: Short Film City & Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen

Demand the Impossible (Manchester)

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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

TOPICS COVERED

· 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

WHAT DOES DEMAND THE IMPOSSIBLE INVOLVE?

· Sharing ideas with like minded young people.
· Hearing from inspiring campaigners and thinkers, exploring ideas through interactive discussions, activist skills training and film screenings.
· Plan and carry out your own campaign as part of the course.

The July Critical Mass Bike Ride!

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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”

WHAT HAPPENS ON A CRITICAL MASS?
Each one is different and they follow no set route, with the direction being spontaneously chosen as people cycle along. Anyone is free to join or leave the ride as it pedals along.

The ride lasts no more than a couple of hours (depending on the weather!) Look out for each other-it’s not a race, the point is to cycle together.

Most all, they are peaceful, safe and fun!

DO I NEED A BIKE?
Nope! Critical Mass is not just for bikes – skateboards, roller blades, wheelchairs, pogo sticks – in fact any form of non-motorised, non-polluting are all very welcome!

IT’S A DIY EVENT
Make it happen by spreading the word, printing off the flyers here & stapling to bikes around the city …decorate your bike with flags, balloons etc, bring soundsystems, food to share…

– TEXT FROM http://www.urban75.com/Action/critical.html

Blackpool Summer of Anti-Fracking: The Rolling Resistance

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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.

Instead of having one mass camp for a few days with hundreds of people (as with previous years) we want to spread out our resistance to the fracking industry across the entire month of July. The general idea is turn up, meet like-minded folk, get trained and plan or support an action against the fracking industry or the supply chain. After a few days, another wave of people will arrive and go through the same process – and the rolling resistance rolls on!

We’ll be providing training, resources, and support to take creative action against Cuadrilla and the fracking supply chain. We will help continue to halt their work in its tracks and fight for a clean, safe, affordable energy system for everyone across the UK.

Whether you’re part of an action group already, or you’re new to taking action and want to test things out, there’s roles for everyone, and support to take part. Whether you can come for 2 days or 2 weeks, whether you can chop veg, brew tea or take action – this resistance movement needs you, and we’ll be lending our support to local activity however we can. It’s up to you how long you stay for, but we recommend you arrive on one of the Fridays in July and stay for 4 or 5 days if you can.

As part of a jam-packed month of action, every Friday we’ll be hosting a family-friendly mass demo at the roadside of the site to show solidarity with the local communities and a broad and national opposition to fracking.

We’ll be kicking these off on Friday the 7th of July with “NOT HERE, NOT ANYWHERE”, a celebration of all the incredible frontline community groups from around the UK and beyond!

We’re inviting Frack Free Groups and other communities facing fossil fuel extraction from across the country to share their stories and show support for the people on the frontlines at Preston New Road.

Bring your banners, bring your chants, your frustrations and your joy for this bold and beautiful show of solidarity.


WHAT’S HAPPENING ON FRIDAY THE 7TH OF JULY?

9 am: Anyone and everyone is welcome to join at Maple Farm from 9am for breakfast, tea and snacks.

12 – 4 pm We’ll be moving together to the roadside from 12 – 4 for a family friendly demo with speakers and celebration of the local protectors.

4 – late: Following the demo there will be a round up of the day, food for everyone, evening entertainment and a chance to find out other ways to get involved in the Rolling Resistance.

HOW LONG SHALL I STAY?

If you’re travelling from further away for the Friday mass demos, we encourage you to arrive on the Thursday night. We can provide food and campaing spaces.

We’d love for you to stay for as long as you can over the month but especially encourage you to to stay for a Friday to a Monday for a whole weekend experience, including the local Solidarity Saturdays, trainings, events, performers and workshops! Full programme for the weekend and whole month will be released soon!

Let’s kick the Rolling Resistance mass demos off with a bang and unite the voices of all anti-fracking communities in the UK.

Grab a friend and join us at the roadside!


Will there be accommodation?

Yes – there will be accommodation and we’ll be announcing the exact location nearer the time. Please bring a roll matt, a sleeping bag and tent. More accessible sleeping space (i.e indoors with a bed) will also be provided for those with access needs.

More info

For more Background and information please visit the website, https://reclaimthepower.org.uk/fracking/rolling-resistance-2017/ and please get in touch via info@reclaimthepower.org.uk if you already have an affinity group and an idea for an action.

Pride Friday Film Festival

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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.

FULL DETAILS COMING SOON

The venue is wheelchair accessible with a single step entrance with ramp.
Off-street parking is available nearby (charges may apply).
All toilets will be gender-neutral. An accessible toilet will be available.
There is a range of seating available in the screening room: hard backed chairs, sofas, beanbags. If you need to enter the screening room first or need a particular place in the room please let an organiser know.
Films will be shown with English subtitles where available.

To contact us, e-mail: leedsqueerfilmfestival@gmail.com

Tickets: Tickets on a sliding scale from £0 – £6 available on the door or in advance here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pride-friday-film-festival-tickets-35705442941

Hosted by: Leeds Queer Film Festival

Protest Ramble: No New Grouse Shooting Licence for Ilkley Moor

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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?

Transport:
Nearest Train Station: Ilkley (15 minutes)
Buses run through regularly from Leeds, Skipton and Bradford. For more details visit West Yorkshire Metro: www.wymetro.com

For more information, please contact Ban Bloodsports on Ilkley Moor:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/StopTheShoot
Twitter: @StopTheShoot
E-mail: stoptheshoot@gmail.com

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

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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

What:**SUBSIDIES AVAILABLE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE – DETAILS BELOW**

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!

Exact details, including booking options, will be confirmed soon.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE ESU?

The ESU will bring together some of the most dynamic and interesting campaigners, activists and writers in Europe. Over five days there will be debates, introductory talks, workshops and discussions on a huge range of issues, including:

• fascism, populism and the rise of the far right
• refugee rights and migrant solidarity
• the power of finance capitalism
• fighting for climate justice in the 21st century
• the future of Europe
• alternatives to capitalism and neoliberalism
• devising high-impact creative actions
• building social movements in a time of crisis

That’s just a taste. There will be lots, lots more, including a strand of events run by and for young people. And as well as debate and discussion, the ESU is also about celebration and building community. There will also be an extensive cultural programme as part of the event, with live music, theatre, film screenings and more.

Follow this link to see the FULL PROGRAMME

SUBSIDIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

To help young people participate in the ESU, Global Justice Now is offering a major subsidy for 16 young people (aged 18-27). For train travel and accommodation for the event you’ll just need to pay £50.

To secure your subsidised place, phone the Global Justice Now office on 0207 820 4900 and make a card payment.

We will take bookings on a first-come-first-served basis, so book early. We are hoping to close the bookings for subsidised youth places by 31 May, so definitely book by then!

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ESU

If you’re not sure and want more information, we’re happy to chat over email or talk to you about it in person. Just reply to me by email or give us a call on 02078204900 and ask to speak to Ed, Sam or James.

Fast Forward Festival 2017

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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.

Now, the political system is facing an existential crisis of legitimacy. This started as movements began to challenge the dominant view of the crisis and who was to blame. From anti-austerity movements to the ‘movement of the squares’ – we have been on the streets for a long time. As some of these movements ended they transformed into upsurges of hope and mobilisation within electoral politics – from Syriza in Greece, Podemos in Spain, Bernie Saunders in the USA and Jeremy Corbyn in the UK.

These have led to glimpses of something new, a sense that change might be possible with progressive politics in government. Parallel to this, but not unconnected, we have also been gripped by feelings of fear and despair. We have witnessed dramatic shifts to the right, with nationalism and racism on the rise. The far-right have tried to exercise power through, on the one hand, winning local and state power, and on the other, carrying out organised attacks against migrants and mosques.

In this age of accelerating crises, the question of power becomes central.

With the recent turn to electoral politics we have seen a renewed focus on the power of the State. But there are other means of exercising power and we must work out how they can interact. There’s the power to withdraw our labour and our rent, our power to block the circulation of goods, and interrupt business as usual. Allied to this is our capacity to live life differently, to live despite capitalism, to live life in common. This means building the commons in two different ways. Firstly, we must wrest the existing commons from the clutches of capital. Secondly, we have to carve out new spaces of autonomy in, against and beyond capital and the State.

Laying the foundations for a post-capitalist society will require the building of diverse forms of social organisation, an emphasis on building non-capitalist forms of consciousness, and finding new sites of struggle. For Plan C, this currently means pursuing the combined strategies of social strike, directional demands and radical municipalism, but we want to learn from your perspectives, strategies and modes of organising.

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