European Union: Should leftists vote Brexit or Remain?

Leeds Taking Soundings’ next meeting is a debate about the referendum on the European Union.

On Tuesday, May 17th at 6PM in Leeds Beckett University, Calverley (CL)211.

 Please note change of location: instead of Broadcasting Place, we are meeting on the other side of the road in the main complex of Leeds Beckett University City Site. Enter through the main Woodhouse Lane entry in front of the Sheila Silver Library, past the library towards the Grumpy Mule cafe. There will be signposts towards the Calverley Building. The meeting is on the second floor.

Arguing to leave the EU will be Neil Davidson.

image001Neil  lectures in sociology at the University of Glasgow and is a member of rs21, RISE: Scotland’s Left Alliance, and the Radical Independence Campaign. He is the author of several books, including the Deutscher Prize-winning Discovering the Scottish Revolution (2003) and How Revolutionary were the Bourgeois Revolutions? (2012) His most recent book is Nation-States: Consciousness and Competition (2016).

Arguing for ‘Remain’ will be Pete Green.

image002Pete is a member of Left Unity and was formerly a Left Unity national speaker, a retired FE lecturer and union branch secretary, now writing a book on ‘Marx, Keynes and the Austrians’.

As always we will be aiming at delivering a friendly and educational discussion about a vital issue. Please contact Matthew Caygill at m.caygill@leedsbeckett.ac.uk for further information.

 

Tuesday, May 17th at 6PM in Leeds Beckett University, Calverley (CL)211. (See above for directions on the venue.)

 

 

EU: In or Out? on Sunday 22nd May

The EU referendum is almost upon us. So: EU in or out?

If you’re turned off by all the talk and fed up with the facts and figures, join Unlock Democracy and Talk Shop on Sunday 22nd May. Come and meet with others trying to make up their mind, get the key info and talk through the issues.

Our event on 22nd will be practical politics in action: the chance to meet one another, debate the big questions and decide which way you’ll vote.

We’ll be joined by some speakers, but this is more about the participation than panel. After all, it’s your vote.

We are neutral on the referendum and we welcome all views.

The day is free and open to all, so sign up below to book your slot.

More about unlock democracy and event sign-up details are here 

More about Talk Shop here

Join the Leeds Summat 2016 on 23 April

Taking Soundings has supported all the previous Summats and this one (organised by Leeds for Change in collaboration with SenjaNet and the Economic Justice Project) looks as good as ever.

Speaker panels with Dan Glass from ACT UP London and Beautiful Trouble, Jess Bradley from Action for Trans Health and Andy Greene from Disabled People Against The Cuts
Workshops from Leeds Older People’s Forum, Frack Free Leeds, OPEN Economics and lots more
The brilliant choir workshop with Issi is back, and they’ve also got the children’s space open from 10am – 4.30pm.

More information here

Join the CND demo on Saturday 27th Feb

CND’s national demonstration to protest against Trident is just days away – on 27th February – and there’s still lots to do!

Stop Trident Rally in London – this Friday
Help make this the biggest mobilisation of people against Trident for a generation. If you’re in London, come to the rally at Friends House at Euston, this Friday, 19th February.

Join us and speakers: Tariq Ali • Kate Hudson CND general secretary • Richard Norton Taylor The Guardian • Lindsey German Stop the War • Brian Eno • Bruce Kent CND vice president • Amelia Womack Green Party deputy leader • Shelly Asquith NUS

Want to help with the demo? Following the rally we will discuss logistics: leafleting, placards, stewarding… We’ll decide and assign tasks after the rally – join us!

If you’re not in London, take a look at the CND website to find one of the many local events happening in the run up to (and after!) the demonstration.
                                                                                                                                               
#StopTrident Demonstration: Saturday 27th February
Assemble 12 noon 
Marble Arch, London

Join us to say No to government plans to buy a new system at a cost of over £100 billion. Let’s get the message out loud and clear: we don’t want Trident! We’ll be marching from Marble Arch to a rally in Trafalgar Square – join us!

Need transport to the demo? Book your place on one of the many coaches coming from around the UK. Find your local transport on the CND website here.

Sign up to the event on Facebook if you haven’t already!

Gary Younge, Caryl Phillips & others (26 Feb)

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Guardian journalist Gary Younge, internationally renowned writer Caryl Phillips, acclaimed poet Zena Edwards and others are taking part in a series of events in Leeds on Friday 26th February organised by the Leeds University School of English in collaboration with the Remember Oluwale charity.

The events include sessions on radical gardening (work on the Oluwale Memorial Garden in Leeds starts in April);  the issues raised by #blacklivesmatter in the USA and the UK; Corinne Silva’s haunting film meditating on David Oluwale; poetry and music; culminating in an interview with Caryl Phillips on his account of Oluwale’s life and death in his book Foreigners: Three English Lives. 

More information here 

Tickets are free but need to be booked on Eventbrite, which also gives all the times and venues for the events. Click  here to book

 

Amazing film from Palestine (24 Feb)

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“An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in the West Bank. We are shown the resilient spirit of one village recorded by a single observer.”

 

Wed 24 February: 6.00 – 8.00 pm
Refreshments served between 6.00 – 6.15

Film begins at 6.15 prompt

 Hosted by: Friends of Sabeel – Yorkshire

“Working For Peace for the People of Palestine and Israel”

Mill Hill Unitarian Chapel, City Square, Leeds LS1 5EB

Check out the Left Book Club

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE LEFT BOOK CLUB! 
Everyone at the Left Book Club wishes you a happy 2016. If you subscribed to the LBC before Christmas, you should by now have received your first book, Kevin Ovenden’s Syriza: Inside the Labyrinth. More recent subscribers will receive this book soon, and all will receive the second book Being Red at the end of February. Meanwhile, we hope you enjoyed Heathcote Williams’  docu’ poem The Red Dagger, emailed to you before Christmas. If you haven’t received the PDF, or you have any questions regarding your subscription, email us at office@leftbookclub.com

Other LBC titles for 2016 include:

Being Red: A Politics for the Future by Ken Livingstone

How should the left govern? In the wake of a huge surge of interest in the Labour Party, Ken Livingstone serves up an insider’s account of the party and its future, at a pivotal moment in its history.

The Rent Trap: How We Fell into It and How We Get Out of It by Samir Jeraj & Rosie Walker

Jeraj and Walker offer the first critical account of what is really going on in the private rented sector and expose the powers conspiring to oppose regulation.

Cut Out: Living Without Welfare by Jeremy Seabrook

Britain’s welfare state, one of the greatest achievements of our post-war reconstruction, was regarded as the cornerstone of modern society. Today, it is wilfully being dismantled by a succession of governments, with horrifying consequences.

For more details on these books, and to subscribe to the LBC, visit our website at www.leftbookclub.com

As a non-profit, independent organisation, every single subscription supports our ability to create a platform for writers dealing with the most important issues facing us today. So it would be terrific if you could persuade a friend or colleague to sign up. We are also keen to establish local LBC reading groups. If you are interested in convening one in your area please get in touch at office@leftbookclub.com

 

In case you missed these articles, catch up here:

Ian Jack writes in the Guardian on the Left Book Club’s launch at Conway Hall in November

Jan Woolf, chair of the Left Book Club, writes about the reasons for relaunching the organisation

Neil Faulkner on Deselection, Momentum, and Labour Democracy

In this piece from 2001, Paul Daily reflects on the original Left Book Club and remembers its many achievements 

Paul Mason, who wrote the introduction to the LBC’s Syriza: Inside the Labyrinth, presents This Is A Coup, four films on Syriza’s struggle to save Greece, all of which can be found in this article from The Nation

 

 

 

Opposing terror – article and slides

Following the presentation and lively discussion at the Taking Soundings event on 3.12.15, here are the slides that Max Farrar showed (with a couple extra ones added in at the end)

Islamist terror-dilemmas PDF

The article on which the talk was based was published by openDemocracy on 3.12.15 and is available here

Islamist terror: some dilemmas for the left in countering Islamism AND Islamophobia (3 Dec)

We’ve had to postpone the advertised talk on 3rd December with Dr Katy Shaw. Please accept our apologies.  Instead we offer this talk:

Islamist terror: some dilemmas for the left in countering Islamism AND Islamophobia

With Max Farrar, Emeritus Professor at Leeds Beckett University

6pm Thursday 3rd December in Leeds Beckett University’s Broadcasting Place BPAG10 (on Woodhouse Lane, opposite the Fenton, Leeds LS2 3ED, UK)

After 13th November’s atrocities in Paris, with global elites increasingly turning their dreams to a military solution to the ‘existential threat’ posed by terrorism that claims an Islamic Caliphate as its goal, leftists find themselves in a quandary. How to oppose this simplistic militarism — explaining that alienation, caused by the depredations of capitalism combined with the West’s effort to bomb an ideology out of existence, is the real problem to be addressed — while agreeing with those elites that the violent jihadi strain of Islam is utterly inimical to everything we stand for? Max Farrar will make suggestions on how the left can oppose violent Islamism without contributing to Islamophobia.  This talk is based on this article in openDemocracy by Max Farrar and Rumana Hashem and will refer to the threats made on Rumana’s life by Bangladeshi Islamists.

Max Farrar is a sociologist and Emeritus Professor at Leeds Beckett University. He is a committee member of Taking Soundings, secretary to the charity RememberOluwale and a Board member of Together for Peace and UK Friends of Abraham’s Path. His PhD thesis about black-led and multi-ethnic social movements in Chapeltown, Leeds, was published at The Struggle for ‘Community’ (Edwin Mellen, 2002). His more recent work on multiculturalism and Islamism appeared in Farrar, Robinson, Valli and Wetherly (ends) Islam in the West (Palgrave 2012). More here

ALL WELCOME.  FREE, but a collection will be taken.

LUCSAS lists lots of good stuff in Nov and Dec

Please see details of a film showing at Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds that may be of interest on Tuesday 1 December at 6.30
‘Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus’ – with Q and A session afterwards from the director and organised in association with PAFRAS:
There is also a list of some upcoming events around refugee solidarity in Leeds via Leeds City of Sanctuary here:
Other upcoming LUCAS / LUCAS sponsored events:
LUCAS Seminar (co-hosted with RiDNet and CGD): Sam Spiegel (Edinburgh) on ‘Resource Politics and Advocacy Struggles in Zimbabwe:
Encountering Power at Multiple Scales’
Monday 30 November, 4pm, School of Earth and Environment Seminar room 8.119
LUCAS Seminar – Naomi Haynes (Edinburgh) ‘Learning to Pray the Pentecostal Way: Language and Personhood on the Zambian Copperbelt’.
Tuesday 8 December, 4–5.30pm (Michael Sadler LG10)
School of English seminar – Prof. Jane Taylor (Leeds),  ‘Ubu and the Truth Commission: Transitional Justice and Theatre’.
Tuesday 8 December, 5pm,  Studio One of the Workshop Theatre (behind the Laidlaw library)
LUCAS Seminar – Prof. Jane Plastow (Leeds) ‘From Research to Activism: Making Theatre and Anthropology in Walukuba’
Wednesday 9th December, 5 pm in Studio One of the Workshop Theatre (beside Laidlaw Library)
Thanks,
Christian Hogsbjerg
LUCAS Administrator
Leeds University Centre for African Studies
School of Politics and International Studies
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel: 0113 343 5069
@CASLeeds