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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Do not miss...

Left Bank Cinema: We Are Many

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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.

Tidal Presents: Comedy Poetry and Protest with Francesca Martinez

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When: Friday 28th April at 19:00 – 23:00

Where: Riley Smith Hall, Leeds University Union, LS2 9JZ.

What: TIDAL are teaming up with Leeds University Union to put on a showcase of fierce and creative responses to social and environmental injustice.

This fundraiser is also a warm up event for the day long activist gathering ‘EDUCATE AGITATE ORGANISE’, taking place at Leeds Beckett Student Union, Leslie Silver Building on Saturday the 29th of April. Click here for more details.

LINE UP

We are extremely excited to bring together radical, creative, agitators and performers:

/FRANCESCA MARTINEZ/
Francesca is a wobbly* comedian, disability rights activist, environmental activist, writer and speaker who has toured internationally with sell-out runs at The Melbourne Comedy Festival, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. From 2003 to 2008, Francesca toured her hit Edinburgh solo shows ‘I’mperfect’ and ‘In Deep’ around the UK. From 2011 to 2013, her 50 date tour of Australia and 67 date tour of the UK and Ireland with What The *** Is Normal?! gained a nomination for Best Comedian at the Perth Fringe, won her the Edinburgh Fringe Media Network Award 2011 and a nomination for Best Show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2013. Her best-selling book, also called What The **** Is Normal?!, was published by Random House in 2014. Nominated Best Book in the Chortle Comedy Awards 2015, and runner up in the Bread & Roses Book Award 2015, the book has garnered rave reviews from critics and the public alike. In 2016 she supported Frankie Boyle on tour and was commissioned to write and perform a new comedy show: Francesca Martinez’s Wobbly Manifesto. * Oh yeah, she has mild cerebral palsy but she much prefers the word ‘wobbly’.

/A FIRM OF POETS/
Four Poets, Four Chairs, One Microphone. Four poets face the audience; in turn they step up to the mic to perform their poems. A cross between a poetic super-group and ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’, the show is fast paced and never the same twice. Formed by Ralph Dartford and Matt Abbott in the summer of 2013. The Firm has performed over 200 shows since that night and are now regarded as one of the finest spoken word organisations in the UK.

/SAI MURRAY & TASMIA (Voices that SHAKE!)
‘Some poetry reaches out and touches you: Sai’s poetry stretches out and grabs you’ – Benjamin Zephaniah.
Sai Murray is a writer, poet, spoken word artist, graphic designer of Bajan/Afrikan/English heritage. Sai is also an educator, and has helped develop several art-activist initiatives and is a founding poet facilitator/mentor on Platform’s youth arts and campaigning program: Voices that Shake! At Comedy Poetry and Protest, he will proudly be performing alongside Tasmia, a participant of this course.

/KRISTINA DIPROSE/
Kristina is a poet and co-founder of two Shipley institutions – the Feminist Zealots and Rhubarb @ the Trinangle, a monthly poetry and prose night. Both indulge in her passion for craftivism with a Yorkshire flavour.

/CALLALOO JAMMERS/
An exciting new Feminist Spoken word collective from Dewsbury.

/LUU COMEDY SOCIETY/

/LUU SPOKEN WORD SOCIETY/

/TAMI PIEN (Elemental)/
Tami studies and DJs in Leeds, while also organising club nights through Elemental Leeds, which brings together artists driven for community and environmental sustainability.

TICKETS

To make the event accessible to everyone we have a sliding scale of ticket prices:
*£12 solidarity ticket (this ticket will help us offer free tickets to those unable to pay in money)*

*£10 standard ticket (If earning a decent wage and are no longer a student in school or college)*

*£5 concessions ticket (If you are under 18, in full time education, on a low wage or an OAP)*

*£0 payment in kind (If you can’t pay our ticket prices in money, you can promise to help out on the night or bring a cake we can sell in the interval to help cover our costs. Please contact maia.kelly@leedstidal.org to arrange)*

Accompanied children are very welcome to attend, but be aware that performances may contain some swearing.

To get a ticket click here.

Educate, Agitate, Organise.

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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.

We’ll be starting the day at 10:30 with our opening panel: Educate, Agitate, Organise against Hate and Fear!

In light of current affairs, and a sudden call for a General Election, we are bringing together a panel of activists from across the UK to discuss the big strategies we need to shift popular opinion towards progressive alternatives and away from ‘Trumpism’, hate and fear. Guest Speakers: Ed Lewis (Global Justice Now, National Organiser), Nadia Idle (War on Want, Activism and Outreach Officer), Tatiana Garavito (Hope Not Hate, National Organiser for Communities of Colour)

Ed Lewis

Ed Lewis is a national organiser for Global Justice Now, supporting the organisation’s activism across the UK. He has a background in teaching and lecturing and runs Demand the Impossible, a course on activism and radical politics for young people. He is also a former editor of New Left Project.’

Tatiana Garavito

Tatiana Garavito is a migrant’s rights organiser/activist. Former director of the Latin American Women’s Service (LAWRS) and Indoamerican Refugee and Migrant Organization (IRMO), two human rights organisations supporting the Latin American community in London. Tatiana currently works as the national organiser for communities of colour at HOPE Not Hate. She was also awarded Woman of the Year in 2014 at the Women On The Move Awards.

Nadia Idle

Nadia Idle has been working at War on Want for over 10 years as an Activism & Outreach officer. She helped found Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops, and works across many other campaigns including Justice for Palestine and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). She helped set up and run numerous free movement-building events including the 6BillionWays series attended by thousands of people. Outside her War on Want work, she co-edited Tweets from Tahrir: Egypt’s revolution as it unfolded in the words of the people who made it.

 

Workshops!

Following this, from 11.30  there will be a huge variety of workshops to attend. Here’s what’s coming up:

An Intro to Permaculture; how to overhaul urban food systems and create a new sustainable land management system // Another Food System is Possible // How do we tackle Air Pollution in Leeds? // Climate Justice // Handling Conflict // Challenging Stigma around Mental Health // What is Disability – Body or Society? // White Allyship, Power and Privilege // Bridges not Borders; Building a World Where No One is Illegal // Exploring Power // What’s going on in Rojava? // Migration Conversations // Resisting Border Controls in the University // Creating Strategies for Housing and Benefits Campaigners // Co-housing, a New Approach to the Housing Crisis // Hacking the Housing Crisis // What is a Social Strike? // Post Brexit Trade; Dodgy Deals in the Dark // Overcoming the Power of Student Debt // The Basic Income; a remedy for uncertainty and inequality in Post-Brexit Britain // Gauging & ‘Power Mapping’ Your Support // Spiritual Activism // Community Organising // Design Thinking as a Tool for Activism // Protecting Protest in Private Spaces // An Intro to Basic Blockading // Public Speaking // Blogging for Change // Is Non-violent Direct Action still Relevant? // Community Food Walk // Hypnosis as a tool for self care // Trauma in Activism and Embedded Solidarity //…And many more!

Summat Marketplace

Summat has been a biennial activist gathering in Leeds for the past 8 years. The Summat team have come on board for Educate, Agitate, Organise to run our marketplace for the day, where you can come and meet local and national organisations and find out what they do and how you can get involved. Groups include:

Chapeltown Cohousing // Shout Out // Fossil Free West Yorkshire // Leeds Friends of Rojava // Leeds For Change // Leeds Cycling Campaign // Leeds CND // Leeds Palestine Solidarity Campaign // Green Action Co-operative // War on Want // Leeds Permaculture Network // Leeds Fairtrade Group // Carbon Conversations Leeds // Hands off Our Homes // Oblong and Woodhouse Community Centre // Healthy Air Leeds

How to Register?

The Event is FREE! For a ticket please visit the Leeds Beckett SU website so we can make sure to have enough lunch ready for you!

 

And we’ve also got a few warm up events lined up to get you in the mood for the gathering…

Left Bank Cinema: We Are Many and Occupy LEFT BANK!

27 April at 18:00–22:00

Left Bank Leeds

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.

 

Tidal Presents: Comedy Poetry and Protest with Francesca Martinez

28 April at 19:00–23:00

Riley Smith Hall, Leeds University Union

On Friday the 28th of April Leeds TIDAL are teaming up with Leeds University Union to put on a showcase of fierce and creative responses to social and environmental injustice.

Francesca is a wobbly* comedian, disability rights activist, environmental activist, writer and speaker who has toured internationally. She has mild cerebral palsy but she much prefers the word ‘wobbly’.

Supporting Acts:
A FIRM OF POETS
SAI MURRAY & TASMIA (Voices that SHAKE!)
KRISTINA DIPROSE
CALLALOO JAMMERS
LUU COMEDY SOCIETY
LUU SPOKEN WORD SOCIETY
DJ TAMI PIEN (Elemental)
Advance Tickets only – follow this link to purchase!

 

And our final satellite event…

I Am Not Your Negro | Plus panel with Leeds Tidal

6 May at 15:00–18:30

The Hyde Park Picture House

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 academics, writers and activists to discuss current race relations in light of the uncomfortable histories retold in the film. Panel Host and activist/grime artist Melz will be talking to new Professor of Race and Education, Shirley Tate, and activist/writer/poet Sai Murray.

Tickets Here. 

Cafe Economique - Rethinking the Housing Crisis

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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.

Dr Stuart Hodkinson is a Senior Lecturer in Critical Urban Geography at the University of Leeds. His work focuses on the political economy and lived experiences of neoliberal housing policies in the UK. He has conducted research on the history of council housing privatisation, the Private Finance Initiative, the Bedroom Tax and the rise of Global Corporate Landlords. This talk is a synopsis of a book he is writing on the UK housing crisis.

Synopsis

The UK is currently in the grip of a housing crisis marked by rampant unaffordability with London its epicenter. Dominant political, media and academic narratives overwhelmingly frame this housing crisis primarily as one of market failure with a focus on boosting supply. But what is this a crisis of? Who is it a crisis for? Where is the crisis being felt? And how did we get here? By answering these questions within an historical context, the speaker will argue that rather than market failure, the housing crisis represents the desired outcome of a long-term neoliberal project aimed at building the rentier city that can be increasingly found across the world.

For more information please visit the Seven Arts website.

Why We Need Black Studies - Annual Race & Resistance Lecture

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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?

‘We are delighted to welcome Kehinde Andrews, Associate Professor of Sociology at Birmingham City University who will talk on “Why We Need Black Studies: Breaking the Barriers between the University and Community’

Kehinde Andrews’ Bio:
Professor Andrews has been leading the development of the Black Studies Degree at Birmingham City University. He recently co-edited Blackness in Britain (2016) and is working on his next book Black Radicalism. His first book was Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement (2013). Kehinde is director of the Centre for Critical Social Research; founder of the Organisation of Black Unity; and co-chair of the Black Studies Association.

Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights

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

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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.

www.christt.com
@christt
www.youtube.com/christtuk
www.facebook.com/christtuk
xtramilerecordings.com

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.

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

I am not your negro

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.

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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

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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

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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.

Topics we will cover include:

  • Why direct action?
  • Practical direct action techniques
  • Being creative, capturing the imagination
  • Planning and organising an action – what is involved?
  • Buddies and affinity groups
  • Media – getting the message out
  • Legal training

Facilitated by experienced trainers from Seeds for Change and Green and Black Cross. As well as learning a lot, we expect to build solidarity and have fun!

The training is from 10am on Saturday until 4pm on Sunday.

Accommodation will be in dormitories.  Vegan meals will be provided from dinner on Friday until lunch on Sunday.

This workshop is costing Reclaim the Power approximately £65 per person to deliver. We will be collecting donations towards our costs but please do not let lack of money prevent you from applying.

We are keen to maximise the impact of these training weekends and will initially offer places to two or three people from each area, prioritising those who make a commitment to passing on the knowledge to others.

To apply for a place please download and complete one of the forms below and then email it to info@reclaimthepower.org.uk

Hebden Bridge form

We will contact you in April with more information.

If you cant make it to Hebden on those dates there is also another training in Nottingham, from the 3rd-4th of June. Here is the Nottingham form

Shut Down Yarls Wood - Leeds Coach

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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!

SHUT DOWN YARLSWOOD
SHUT DOWN ALL DETENTION CENTRES

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 **

Movement for Justice have held 10 demonstrations at the notorious Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre. With every demonstration there is more vibrancy, more anger, more determination – with ex detainees, asylum seekers, feminist and anti racist activists from around the country demonstrating right at the fences of Yarl’s Wood.
Leeds No Borders is organising a coach to join Movement for Justice and many many more groups and individuals to say #ShutDownYarlsWood

The women behind the fences join the demonstrations from their rooms with handmade banners, signs, ribbons of toilet paper, their arms and legs – deifying guards threats to express their rage and determination for freedom. We come together and everyone leaves feeling stronger and more determined.

The Surround Yarl’s Wood demonstrations are palpable, direct and visibly impactful acts of solidarity. They give the women inside the strength to continue their daily resistance to racism, sexual abuse, deportations, and inadequate mental and physical healthcare. They have also inspired a whole generation of new young activists across the country to take up the fight against detention, the brutalities and racism of the immigration system and borders.

In Yarl’s Wood 400+ women are indefinitely detained, most of whom have experienced rape, domestic violence, torture, forced marriage, sexual abuse, FGM, persecution due to sexuality. Many of whom have long and deep connections to the UK, have been here most of their lives, have all their family and friends here. Many have children; some are pregnant, elderly, disabled, sick and have mental health difficulties.

Yarl’s Wood has been exposed time after time in undercover investigations, government reports, inspectorate reports, and inquiry findings for sexual abuse/harassment by guards towards the women. Undercover footage by Channel 4 news showed the brutal, racist attitude of the guards.
These demonstrations keep Yarl’s Wood on the national agenda, they make it clear that there is only one solution – SHUT IT DOWN!

Day of Dance

Yorkshire CND

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.

The Full PDF of the booking form is here.

DÅRE - Fundraiser for Gracefool Collective

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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!


* Live music, poetry and dance performances * Clothes swap! * Zine stall * Hot food, tea and cake * Sauna * FACE GLITTER with GIRL GANG Leeds! * RAFFLE! * DJs from 8pm *

Tickets are available now for £6 + BF (Early bird tickets available until Easter) from Party For The People!

DJs
Jaguar B2B PIXI (SLUT DROP)
Ranyue (Brudenell Groove)
Cheap Date (Partisan Collective)
Marie-Avril

10% of proceeds from the event will be donated to Getaway Girls!

*DÅRE – Swedish (noun): Fool

RISE! International political songs for human rights

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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

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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.

Berlin International Film Festival, 2016: Winner – Panorama Audience Award.

The Deep C Divas are delighted to be singing at the Leeds premiere of Who’s Gonna Love Me Now in support of their friends the London Gay Men’s Chorus. The Divas first met LGMC in sunny Sydney during the cultural festival of Gay Games VI 2002, and have been fans ever since. We were so pleased to be able to host them in our October 2016 “Nowt So Queer As Folk” concert and are now looking forward to providing a melodic introduction at the Leeds screening of Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?

ABOUT THE FILM
DIRECTOR: Alexander Bodin Saphir, Tomer and Barak Heymann
DETAILS: United Kingdom/Israel, 2017, 90mins, 15
DOC FEAT: Saar Maoz, Alon, London Gay Men’s Chorus Band
LANGUAGE: English and Hebrew with English subs

Tickets here.

The Peoples Film Club Presents: Paragraph 175

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

Where: The Hyde Park Picture House73 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 is difficult not to recall the phrase that has long been associated with the Holocaust — “We must never forget.” Paragraph 175 is an extraordinary film that serves as an important reminder of the necessity of recording, documenting, and preserving the most shameful chapters of our past so future generations can insure history will never be repeat itself.”

The Academy Award-winning producing and directing team of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman examines the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany and received numerous awards at festivals including Best Documentary Jury Prize for Direction at Sundance 2000, and the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at the 2000 Berlin Film Festival.

DIRECTOR: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
DETAILS: New Yorker Films, 2000, 81 minutes

PAY AS YOU FEEL EVENT. Suggested donation £5.

This screening has been organised by The People’s Film Club, get in touch to set up a screening in your area.

Tickets Here

Three Peaks Solstice Challenge

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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?

A hike up the Three Yorkshire Peaks, overnight around the Summer Solstice to raise money for Tidal. The Solstice is on Wednesday the 21st of June, however, to make the hike more accessible to those in full time work, we will be walking overnight on Friday the 23rd of June, as the daylight hours are pretty much the same, train times back to Leeds are regular on Saturdays, and it still gives us two days to recover before Monday!

When?

Friday the 23rd of June 2017

Where?

We’ll meet at Leeds City Station at 17.45pm to get the 18.06 train to Horton in Ribblesdale at 19.19. We will aim to start the walk as soon as we arrive, and getting over Pen-y-ghent before it gets dark. Then we will walk through the Riddlehead viaduct around midnight to reach Whernside and start its ascent after midnight. Then we will descent towards the base of Ingleborough for the final ascent of the walk. Then we will finish with a walk through the Limestone Pavements, and end back at the train station with plenty of time before the 9.21 train back to Leeds on the Saturday. (Please note we might change the start and end points nearer the time to adjust to weather conditions).

How far?

The whole walk is roughly 39km (24 miles) which is usually completed in 10-13 hours (however doing the walk overnight may take a little longer).

To make the hike accessible and safe we will have a support vehicle come to meet us between each peak. The vehicle will bring us a fresh supply of water, caffeine and food. It will also provide a get out point, and a lift back to Leeds, in case anyone feels they need to stop.

We hope you’ll join us for the overnight hike – we’ll be going at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops. But if you think that sort of a distance is beyond you, you could choose just to walk the 18km from Horton in Ribblesdale to Blea Moor Road, and then hop into the support vehicle back to Leeds. Or you could jump out after Ingleborough at Low Sleights Road, after 28.5km. If you know you will only want to do part of the walk, please give us as much notice as possible so we can reserve seats for you in the support Vehicles (don’t worry, there will always be limited emergency seats free in case you decide on the night you need to stop).

Who?

We are hoping to attract hikers of all abilities. For some, walking 39km overnight will be the biggest hiking challenge they have faced, while others might have walked this distance numerous times. Some will decide that the 18km from Horton in Ribblesdale to Blea Moor Road is enough – and that’s fine. But as long as you do a reasonable amount of training – you should be okay, and there are drop-out points if it all gets a bit too much. On the other hand, if you are an experienced hiker, we really hope you’d still come and support us, and encourage less experienced hikers.

Fundraising

We are hoping to raise at least £2,000, but of course the more the better. Compared to many other organisations, Tidal’s running costs are low, but we do need to pay our coordinator and provide the financial means to run the events we put on for the activist community.

Which is why we would ask each participant to aim to raise at least £100 for Tidal. This can be done by creating a fundraising page for yourself, via TIDALs Local Giving page (which also gives us Gift Aid on top!) You can fundraise on here however you like – either ask people to sponsor you a lump sum for the whole walk, or per mile, or whatever you think suits you and your supporters.

 

Registration fee

We want this to be a great opportunity for Tidal supporters to spend time together and have some fun. But we also need to raise money so Tidal can keep doing all the work it does. So we have ask people to pay a fee in order to take part in order to cover costs; this is in addition to the sponsorship money. That way all the money raised can go towards the running of Tidal.

  • The registration fee is £30. This will help us cover the cost of food, fuel, a donation towards our Mountain Leaders, Support Vehicle drivers, and general administration costs.
  • However if this fee is a barrier please get in touch with Maia (maia.kelly@leedstidal.org) to arrange a waiver
  • Also – If you manage to raise over £150 through sponsorship, you can choose to have your registration fee refunded after the walk.

Preparation Guide

What to bring

  • Shoes: Good comfortable waterproof boots, approach boots or trainers (if you can deal with wet feet) are recommended. What’s most important is that they are broken in and you feel comfortable and confident wearing them on steep or slick rock and mud.
  • Head torch: fully charged (if rechargeable or spare batteries).
  • Socks: 9/10 blisters are caused by wearing the wrong socks! Wicking socks such as wool, synthetic wicking socks, or merino wool are the best (don’t wear cotton or sports socks).
  • Thermals: to create a good layering system, wear thermals or wicking trousers and top (something that doesn’t hold moisture close to your body and make you cold). This could be something woollen or a synthetic fabric designed to wick.
  • Jumper (Fleece/Wool): A fleece jumper is great lightweight and breathable way to keep warm.
    Waterproofs: Definitely take a waterproof jacket and trousers just in case
  • Jacket: Take an insulated jacket along with you in a bag. This will be great on the peak, and also handy to sit on when eating, to prevent your body temperature dropping during rest breaks at the bottom.
  • Hats and gloves: just in case
  • Plenty of water: the support car will have lots of water to top up our bottles between each peak, but we’d recommend you bring at least a 1 to 2 litre bottle with you for the first peak.
  • Snacks and Caffeine: lightweight and high energy is recommended, but what you bring is up to personal preferences!
  • A small Rucksack: preferably with a chest strap and hip belt to distribute the weight over your body (to carry the snacks, water, hats, gloves and jacket)

Training

If you are only an occasional hiker, there is still plenty of time to get a few hills under your belt before the Solstice. Remember it’s a 39km/24 mile hike at night, we’d recommend you don’t go into the without at least trying out a few big walks beforehand (at least 10 miles). The main barrier to completing is more likely to be physiological rather than physical, when it comes to dealing with tiredness and fatigue. So the key is to do at least a few long walks and hills before the Solstice to prepare you for this.

If you are not an experienced hiker we recommend that you join us on the 13th of May, for a training walk up Pen-y-Ghent. This will be a good chance to try out your kit, and get mentally and physically prepared for the hike. This is a great introduction to the route, as it’s the steepest but the shortest and smallest of the Peaks. We will also stay around for drinks and de-brief after the walk. Please RSVP to maia.kelly@leedstidal.org if you’d like to attend.

Ready to register?

Then book your spot through our Fatsoma Page (it’s like eventbrite but with MUCH lower fees – meaning more fundraising for Tidal).

We will then email you a Google Form to fill out so we can find out more about your level of experience, your dietary requirements and how many peaks you are planning to walk with us.

Any questions?

Email maia.kelly@leedstidal.org. You can also join the facebook event.

See you in the Dales!