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

Dave Webb speaks about Trident

6pm, Wednesday 17th February, Broadcasting Place BPAG10 (Woodhouse Lane, opposite the Fenton)
Dave is a Professor Emeritus of Leeds Beckett University, a member of the Green Party and Chair of CND – the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
Trident has emerged as a key political issue in British politics – a major fault line in the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn.
The United Kingdom has been committed to nuclear submarines carrying nuclear weapons as a supposed contribution to keeping global peace via the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) since 1969. Since the 1990s the nuclear missiles have been American Trident missiles. The British state is about to decide on a renewal programme with replacements designed to come into action in the 2020s. This has had the support of both Conservative and Labour parties, but with the leadership of the Labour Party now in the hands convinced of the Unilateralist case the issue has become very real. The cost will be huge.
Leeds Taking Soundings wants to discuss the political issues involved – Dave will present the case against Trident with expert knowledge, but we also want to consider what the alternatives are – for world peace and the economy of the UK. Leading unions have taken up positions in support of Trident arguing that their members’ jobs are at risk, so what is the alternative?
Timing of the meeting is strongly affected by the campaign against Trident: there is going to be a big and important national demonstration against Trident on Saturday February 27th and we would ask you to consider supporting this demonstration.
For more details of Soundings meeting contact Matthew Caygill at m.caygill@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.CND
Leeds Taking Soundings hold regular discussion meetings on matters of interest to left-wingers and progressives. Email Matthew at the above address if you want to be on our distribution list.
See the CND web-site: http://www.cnduk.org/campaigns/no-to-trident

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

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

Katy Shaw speaks about the Culture Crunch

Apologies: this event has been postponed. Check Our Events for the meeting that will replace this one.

Thursday, December 3rd, 6PM in Broadcasting Place BPAG10 (Woodhouse Lane, opposite the Fenton)

In the wake of the financial crisis, cultural critics were quick to ask ‘what […] is the best “narrative of the meltdown”?’

In the weeks and months following the crash, literary representations entered into a competitive exchange to tackle the subject of the credit crunch across musical theatre, stand-up comedy, television and film.

This talk will examine how writings for stage and screen have forged new understandings of the credit crunch in performance. Critiquing the impact of risk and crisis on twenty-first-century life, it will argue that new writings representing the events of 2007–2008 offer a significant critical space for consideration of the various pathways to, and the lived reality of, financialisation in the neoliberal contemporary period.

Katy Shaw is Principal Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Subject Lead for English Literature at Leeds Beckett University. Her publications include: David Peace: Texts and Contexts (Sussex Academic Press, 2010); Mining the Meaning: Cultural Representations of the 1984-5 UK Miners’ Strike (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012); and Crunch Lit (Bloomsbury, 2015).

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