Events

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.

Events in red are local events, events in green are national events.

 


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The June Critical Mass Bike Ride!

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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”

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

'Lock-up Your Wheelchairs Tour' Leeds

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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

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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.

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.

Power Shift 2017: Training for Change

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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.

2016 saw decades of neo-liberalism and xenophobia create Trump and Brexit victories. It was also the hottest year on record. Combined, these forces have devastating impacts for poor people, black, brown, indigenous people, women and nonbinary folk.

The right has gained considerable power over the last few years, and we’re running out of time to shift away from rule by elite power, towards justice.

How can we create a powerful politics of solidarity capable of winning change for climate, social and economic justice? This is THE task of our generation. All over the world people are rising up against racism, economic exploitation and climate injustice. Banks, big business and elites are powerful. But together, we are more powerful.

At Power Shift, we’ll be brining together some of the most inspiring organisers in the UK and leave you powered up and charged to fight racism, economic injustice and climate change.

Join us to:

1. Develop powerful strategies to win tangible change;

2. Learn and share skills to take the fight for transformational change into every space; and

3. Explore how we can create power beyond privilege and build movements of solidarity that take leadership from communities most impacted by injustice.


PROGRAMME

Wed 5 July: Join the Dots and Get Connected

What does it mean to win climate justice, workers’ rights and build a borderless world? Meet students from across the UK and Ireland, get connected and learn from one another.

Thurs 6 July: Winning a Just Transition

Fight in solidarity with communities resisting fossil fuel extraction, and build a movement with collective liberation at its heart.

Fri 7 July: Skill Up Rise Up

Develop strategic skills to mobilise students in support of workers rights globally. Campaign to win by building power and practical solidarity.

Sat 8 July: A Future Without Borders

Establish networks of solidarity between migrants and non-migrants post-Brexit. Challenge the media and the border industry.

Sun 9 July: Another World is Possible

What does a world without human and environmental destruction look like? How do we build movements that are led by the people most impacted by injustice?

Confirmed guest workshops and speakers:

– Movement for Justice
– Anti-raids
– SOAS detainee support
– Unis Resist Border Controls
– Asad Rehman
– End Deportations

Find out more and book tickets here.

Ticket Price

Prices including breakfast, lunch and dinner for 5 days:

Early Bird Tickets: £40
Purchase your ticket by Friday 16 June to get your discounted early bird ticket for £40
Full Price: £48

Follow this link to find out how your Student Union can help you fund your place!

Racial Justice Campaign Course!

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When: Saturday, July 8 at 9 AM – 5:30 PM (application deadline 23rd June)

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

What: The Racial Justice Campaign Course is a 6 month course facilitated by leading national anti-racist campaigners and community organisers in Leeds. The course is designed to turn activists into organisers, and build solidarity between struggles.

We are looking for campaigners/organisers working across the movement to join us for this free six months training in Leeds – Please apply before the 23rd June!

What we hope to achieve with the course:
1. Provide campaigners with the organising principles needed to increase campaigning efforts and avoid burnout.
2. Build solidarity and connections between campaigners working on different issues.
3. Offer monthly coaching sessions so campaigners can evaluate results and strengthen their campaigns.

This first session will be followed by 6 months support and evening sessions, dates for these sessions will be confirmed on the day of the course.

*** If this sounds like something that interests you, please complete this application by the 23rd June: http://tinyurl.com/ybflffa8

This course is for people from BAME, migrant and refugee communities.

If you require any additional support or if you are on low income, benefits or unwaged, please do let us know so that we can strive to make the course accessible to you. The venue provides full disabled access, and we have facilitators experienced in delivering to people who do not have English as a first language.

Follow links for the:
Application Form DEADLINE 23rd of June!
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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.