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.
Neil 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.
Pete 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 email@example.com for further information.
Tuesday, May 17th at 6PM in Leeds Beckett University, Calverley (CL)211. (See above for directions on the venue.)
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
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
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!
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
“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
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
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.
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)
Leeds University Centre for African Studies
School of Politics and International Studies
University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel: 0113 343 5069