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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Public Meeting - The Future for Peace & Disarmament – with Fabian Hamilton MP.

Fabian Hamilton MP

When: Fri 3rd March 2017 7PM -8:30PM.

Where: Sullivan Room – Leeds Town Hall – The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD.

What: The new Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament will discuss what this unprecedented role entails and what he sees as the main challenges in regards to future peace and disarmament.

Come join us and gain some valuable insight into this historic role and its potential impact on reducing violence, war and conflict.

Everybody is welcome and there is no admission charge.

Check out the Facebook event for more information.

COVEN: INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY CONCERT WITH O’HOOLEY & TIDOW, LADY MAISERY & GRACE PETRIE

Coven

When: Friday 3rd March at 19:45–23:00

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

What: Coven are a collective of three of the British folk scene’s finest, most formidable and forthright female acts, taking to the stage to celebrate International Women’s Day in a week of unforgettable concerts. The exquisitely harmonic songwriting duo and BBC 6 Music favourites O’Hooley & Tidow will be joined by the enchanting BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Finalists Lady Maisery and the irrepressible Leicester songwriter, activist and performer Grace Petrie. Debuting their new EP, experience these thought provoking, heartfelt, entertaining and enthralling women performing individually and collectively on one stage.

O’Hooley & Tidow: ’Defiant, robust, political, northern, poetical folk music for the times we live in.’ Independent

‘Lady Maisery are women with ideas, purpose and urgency. They create powerful, enthralling work.’ Songlines

Grace Petrie: ‘A powerful new songwriting voice.’ Guardian

Tickets £14 advance, £16 on the door, available at this link and also at Jumbo Records.

For a wonderful pre-gig meal please reserve your places by booking here.

Having difficult conversations about migration

Migration

When: Saturday 4th March at 13:00 – 17:00

Where: Great room, First Floor, Ebor court, Skinner Street, Leeds, LS1 4ND

What: Migration is possibly the most sensitive issue in Britain today. Debates on the subject can be uncomfortable, upsetting or angry, and often do little to change anyone’s mind. At the same time, fighting for a progressive stance on migration is more important than ever, and we need to be able to persuade people who don’t already completely agree with us.

To learn the tools to do this, join a participatory workshop led by experienced organisers from HOPE not hate. The session will focus on how to listen and question effectively, how to use stories to effectively persuade people, and how to create spaces for more constructive communication around difficult issues.

Key elements of the session:
Story of self: What are our stories? Why is narrative important?
Who do we need to speak to? How?
The myth of myth-busting
Key techniques: empathetic listening and Socratic questioning.
Case study: story and techniques used in practice.
Organised by HOPE not hate and Global Justice Now

Drinks and lunch will be provided.

The event is FREE but you will need to register at Eventbrite to get on the course.

Cafe Economique - Why Health Inequalities Matter to All of Us

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When: Tuesday 7th March at 19:30.

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

What: Introduced by Dr Martin Schweiger, Public Health Consultant, Society of Friends (Quakers).

Health can be viewed as being in a state of harmony with yourself and the world around you. Wide variation in health experiences across society puts great strain on the way society can function. We know that resources make a substantial difference to individual and community health, because health is greatly influenced by access to good food, housing, warmth and other things that have financial costs associated with them. Experience in many parts of the world and closer to home in Leeds demonstrates that inequality in health hurts us all.

Dr Martin Schweiger was born in London, the son of a refugee orthopaedic shoemaker. Enjoyed the smell of leather and fresh cut wooden lasts, but decided that the smell of disinfectant and ether was more attractive.

Medical training in Leeds included being taught how to take blood pressures properly by the newly appointed Professor Monty Losowsky at St James’s University Hospital. After qualifying in 1972 and enjoyed two years in junior medical posts at Airedale General Hospital. Intended going to Bangladesh for ten days but eventually stayed on for six years and returned to England with one wonderful wife and two great children. Became angry at preventable suffering and dying. Increasingly convinced that prevention was better than cure. He trained in what was then called Community Medicine and was appointed as a public health consultant in 1985 in Leeds. Working with local government, health services and community organisations provided the opportunity to contribute to several areas of real health gain including improved school toilets, stronger immunisation programmes and outbreak management. Now working as a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control with Public Health England leading the national professional standards for HPZone, a web based documentation, decision and management support system for those working on health protection.

The event is £4 on the door. For more information please visit either the Seven Arts website or the Eventful website.

Milena Buchs: Postgrowth: what about welfare and wellbeing?

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When: Thursday 16th March, 2017 from 18:00 to 19:30

Where: Room CL311, Calverley Building, Leeds Beckett University, Woodhouse Lane, LS1 3ES.

What: Leeds Taking Soundings presents: Postgrowth: what about welfare and wellbeing? with Milena Buchs.

‘In recent years, ideas of postgrowth economies have been gaining much wider appeal. This approach is based on critiques of economic growth from environmental and social perspectives, and on increasing fears about whether Western economies are entering an era of “secular stagnation”. In this setting, economic growth becomes both less desirable and less achievable.

All this has important implications for debates about the future of welfare and wellbeing. Advocates of postgrowth offer many good arguments about how social wellbeing can be maintained and even improved. However, they require more critical consideration. This is because the present welfare state and wellbeing are tightly coupled with growth-based capitalist market economies.

This talk aims to provide an overview and invites discussion of the main arguments about welfare and wellbeing in the postgrowth debate which is also the focus of our current Palgrave Pivot book project (co-authored with Max Koch).’

Milena Buchs is an Associate Professor in Sustainability, Economics, and Low Carbon Transitions at the University of Leeds. Milena’s background is in sociology and social policy. Her current research focusses on the relationship between low carbon transitions, welfare and well-being. More here.

A link to the Taking Soundings Website with information on the event is here.

Housing Summit

HOOH

When: Saturday 25th March from 10:30 to 15.30.

Where: Oxford Chambers, Oxford Place, Leeds LS1 3AU

What: Hands Off Our Homes will be hosting a big meeting, or “Summit” for all housing campaigners, tenants groups, housing workers and support workers, trade unions, Third Sector organisations, political groupings, benefits campaigners and claimants, community groups and all individuals seeking to work for housing justice and against housing poverty. We hope that people from across the region will join us as well as those who are Leeds-based.

The event is free (though donations to HOOH are always welcome from those who can afford it); tea and coffee will be provided, and people can bring food or buy it from local shops during the lunch break. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and not far from the main railway station.

The day will be an opportunity to learn more about housing and benefits policies affecting the availability of genuinely affordable housing, and to be updated about how local authorities and other social housing providers plan to respond to government policies and support those affected. Most of all, though, we will be focusing on getting people involved in concrete plans and strategies for building the campaign.

We have a rough outline programme, to be updated as we fill in details of speakers and the outcomes we hope for, but will be a mixture of brief presentations, discussion and hopefully formation of working groups to begin making plans. For example, some people might want to start a media group, plan a public meeting, organise a lobbying campaign or start a campaign in their workplace or community group.

Cafe Economique – Gender, Care and the Economy

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When: Tuesday 4th April at 19:30.

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

What: Dr Sarah Marie-Hall, University of Manchester and a member of the Women’s Budget Group discusses Gender, Care and the Economy.

Dr Sarah Marie-Hall is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester. Her research lies in the field of geographical feminist political economy: understanding how socio-economic processes are shaped by gender relations, lived experiences and cultural differences. In particular, she has a longstanding interest in how economic change, such as austerity, is felt, understood and absorbed within everyday practices and relationships. Sarah sits on the Management Committee of the Women’s Budget Group, and the Committee of the Economic Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society.

‘Drawing on feminist theories around the ethics and politics of care, in this talk I explore gendered responsibilities, familial and personal relationships, and the role of social infrastructure in neoliberal economies. More specifically, I discuss the ways in which female members of families and communities are bearing the heavy burden of recent and deep cuts to public spending and welfare in the UK; that austerity is a socially uneven process and condition. Using findings from two years of ethnographic research with community groups and families in Greater Manchester, as well as through my engagement with the Women’s Budget Group, I explore how managing the fall-out from austere policies, whether it be managing budgets, performing care-work, or providing emotional support, in families, communities and everyday encounters, is very much a gendered responsibility. I close with a consideration of the gendered politics of carrying out this fieldwork as a female researcher, and the burdens/responsibilities this might also present.’

The event is £4 on the door. For more information please visit the Seven Arts website.

Left Bank Cinema: We Are Many

Wearemany

When: Thursday April 27th at 19:00

Where: Left Bank Leeds, Cardigan Rd, Leeds LS6 1LJ

What: We Are Many is the story of the biggest protest in history, and how it changed the world. On February 15th, 2003, millions of people marched through the streets of 800 cities around the world to try to avert the war against Iraq. Many were protesting for the first time ever.

This bold documentary charts the birth and growth of the new people power movement. “The scales fell from people’s eyes,” says director Amir Amirani. “Up until then, they still had a faith in politics: that there would come a point at which the politicians would have to listen. The realisation that this was not the case was a huge moment.”

The film features testimony from a unique cast of direct participants, including organizers, activists, high-profile figures, and of course the public.

Presented in partnership with disrUPt, a project run by academics at Leeds Beckett University.

Amir Amirani / UK / 2014 / 110 mins
Certificate 12

For Tickets for the event please go to the Left Bank website.

Educate, Agitate, Organise

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When: Saturday 29th April 2017 10:00 – 17:00

Where: Leeds Beckett Students’ Union, LS1 3HE.

What: 2016 was a year of profound change and political uncertainties, with a fairer and more sustainable world seeming ever more distant.

In response to this Leeds Beckett Students’ Union in partnership with Tidal and Leeds for Change are organising a public event where people can explore ideas, politics, and action for a progressive, sustainable, social future.

This is following on from past Summat events and run in a similar way. However Tidal will be having a different role this year. Tidal have passed the organisational baton this year and instead are going to be focusing all our attention on putting on a series amazing workshops and panels.

Tidal and Leeds for Change will be putting on different streams of panels and workshops, the Real Junk Food Project will be providing food, there will be a marketplace and an opening and closing plenary.

The stream of workshops and panels Tidal are putting on with be focusing on Global issues and will be gathering a range of guest speakers from the wider global justice movement to Leeds, to run workshops on economic justice, race, climate and energy to help build and inspire a bigger more effective global justice movement in Leeds.

Leeds for Change on the other hand will keep things local and will be putting on a series of panels, walks, film screenings workshops and much more showcasing the amazing groups in Leeds and what they are doing to bring about change.

PROGRAMME WILL BE RELEASED ON THE 10TH OF MARCH – watch this space!

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

Chris TT

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!

English alt/folk singer-songwriter Chris T-T has been one of the UK’s most consistently critically acclaimed artists for two decades, without ever bothering the charts, nor compromising his radical, psychedelic songs. In recent years he’s become a significant songwriting influence for a generation of UK singers.

Based in Brighton but restlessly mobile, Chris has released 10 solo albums and clocked up more than 2,200 shows around the world, touring with the likes of Ben Folds, Frank Turner, British Sea Power, The National, Elbow, Bellowhead, Franz Nicolay (Hold Steady), Divine Comedy, Tom Robinson and many others.

Chris has been a piano accompanist for Tom Robinson, Frank Turner and Jim Bob (Carter USM). He has performed at Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals; on the Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square; and in 2011 took a one-man show of A.A. Milne’s 1920s children’s poetry to Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

He has composed music on commission for The World Health Organisation, Natural History Museum and Halloween Society – and wrote the theme to British horror film The Outer Darknessfor BloodyCuts Films.

The new Chris T-T solo album 9 Green Songs (released 3rd June, 2016 on Xtra Mile Recordings) is a collection of radical songs, with a dark ecological flavour.

Chris writes for Dark Mountain, ecnmy.org, Louder Than War, New Public Thinkers and others – and for several years wrote a weekly arts column for the UK’s only Socialist daily newspaper The Morning Star. He writes a popular, sometimes controversial blog.

He has spoken at TEDx, Brighton Digital Festival, Louder Than Words, Boring Conference, Great Escape Convention and many others. He has completed artist residencies at Leeds Beckett University, Brighton’s Royal Pavilion & Museums and Arts Residency Thailand.

Summer 2016, Chris was the inaugural Creative Fellow for Great Britain’s National Trust at The Workhouse in Southwell.

In his home town of Brighton, Chris hosts weekly late night folk radio show Chris T-T’s Midnight Campfire on Juice 107.2 (FM / DAB in Sussex, UK) – archived to stream worldwide via TotallyRadio.com.

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One of the great underground artists of our time.
JON SNOW (Channel 4 News)

Outstanding, indispensable genius. Chris T-T is a modern-day William Blake. Songs so unfettered they never had moorings to slip.
SUNDAY TIMES (Top 5 Album Of The Year, twice)

Fantastic. Tells tales of political and moral dilemma with the grace and fluency of a modern-day Pablo Neruda.
LOUDER THAN WAR

There’s no pomp about Chris T-T’s sound. Its modesty would undermine his talent if it weren’t for the brilliance of his lyrics and the subtle quality of his music. Folk has almost become a dirty word but Chris writes songs that affirm its relevance – he has the ability to touch one’s soul. Chris T-T is a folk singer and he’s brilliant.
ROCKSOUND

The genius that is Chris T-T. Wonderful stuff.
HUW STEPHENS (BBC Radio 1)

A man we can trust with our lives. If Chris was standing for London Mayor I’d vote for him.
STEVE LAMACQ (BBC Radio 2)

Just brilliant.
CLIVE JAMES (BBC Radio 3)

Makes me laugh, inspires me and gives me pause for thought. An exceptional songwriter.
TOM ROBINSON (BBC 6Music)

The finest English folk singer for 20 years.
FRANK TURNER

Very beautiful songs.
CAROLINE LUCAS MP (UK’s only Green Party Member of Parliament)

He’s an institution: an unsung national gem of a songwriter.
THE INDEPENDENT

The genius in Chris T-T’s songwriting is his ability to humanise even the most outlandish conceits, until they seem instead like brilliant ideas nobody else would’ve come up with.
THE GUARDIAN

Darkness looms beneath the humour as songs return to themes of social and mental breakdown. Inventive, widescreen arrangements. A seductive brand of 21st century English psychedelia.
THE TELEGRAPH

Soapbox preachers such as Frank Turner and Jon McClure might seem to be saturating the protest song market but Chris T–T has something extra to offer. When he’s not championing social justice in familiar fashion, he’s exploring relationship dynamics with warmth and intelligence. Still, when Chris goes back to his ranty roots he’s most inspiring. Fighting talk, just when we most need it.
NME

Very, very brilliant.
Rolling Stone

Genuine hairs on the back of the neck stuff. An incredible voice, heartbreaking, soaring and compelling all in one. Both a surprise and a joy to listen to: Chris T–T pulls something special out of the bag and brings it all to the table. Stunning from start to finish.
ALT-SOUNDS

One of the most consistently fascinating artists of the past decade. The album challenges through intimacy. Starkly majestic, the title track is sung with a simplicity and truth that would put the likes of Radiohead to shame. This is the stuff of a rare and enduring talent.
MORNING STAR

A powerful enough performance to silence a rammed Acoustic Tent into flabbergasted awe. Too many protest singers, not enough protest songs, luckily we found the best one. And cor, this guy can sing! Fantastic. He goes off to rapturous applause.
DROWNED IN SOUND (live review)

Tickets £10 advance, more on the door, available at this link and also at Jumbo Records.