The next meeting of Taking Soundings in Leeds:
Lorna Gledhill on the Refugee Crisis: ‘Telling the Truth about Asylum: Changing the Narrative’
Faced with the biggest refugee crisis since World War Two, how we talk about people seeking safety is incredibly important. However, certain messages have dominated public and political conversations about migration; some voices have been louder than others. This narrative has shaped the European response to the refugee crisis, with many countries shoring up their border rather than providing protection. Swarms, floods, and marauding migrants: we’ve all read the headlines.
We’ll be looking at how the language surrounding the refugee crisis has informed and influenced the way in which refugees have been welcomed and unwelcomed in Europe, whose stories have been heard and whose have been silenced, and think about what we can do to tell a different story. We will also discuss practical actions the Regional Asylum Activism Project and others engage in.
Lorna Gledhill is the Yorkshire and Humberside Activism Coordinator for the Regional Asylum Activism Project. She works with colleagues in the West Midlands and the North West to campaign for the rights of people seeking refugee protection in the UK. She is also a member of the David Oluwale Memorial Association’s Advisory Group.
At 6PM on Wednesday, June 15th at Leeds Beckett University, City Site
Calverley Building (CL) Room 211
Please note, this is not our normal venue. The Calverley building is best accessed through the huge glass doors opposite opposite the Dry Dock pub, on grass Woodhouse Lane, opposite the multi-storey car park (which is probably the best place to park if you are driving). Thought the glass doors, past the library on your left, past the Grumpy Mule café, then down the stairs until you reach the foyer. Use the lifts on the left of the foyer reception desk to get to the second floor, where you’ll find Room 211. Give yourself some extra time to find this if you haven’t been there before. Apologies for the inconvenience.
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
Thursday, March 17th, 6PM in Broadcasting Place BPAG02 (Woodhouse Lane, opposite the Fenton)
1956 was one of the most remarkable years of the twentieth century – all across the globe, ordinary people spoke out, filled the streets and city squares, and took up arms in an attempt to win their freedom.
Popular uprisings in Poland and Hungary shook Moscow’s hold on its eastern European empire. Across the American South, and in South Africa, black people risked their livelihoods, and their lives, in the struggle to dismantle institutionalised white supremacy. France and Britain, already battling anti-colonial insurgencies in Algeria and Cyprus, faced the humiliation of Suez. Meanwhile, in Cuba, Fidel Castro and his band of rebels launched their audacious bid to overthrow a dictator. Faced with unprecedented challenges to their authority, those in power fought back, often ruthlessly, in a desperate bid to shore up their position. It was an epic contest, and one that transformed the post-war world.
Dr Simon Hall, is Head of School and Senior Lecturer in American History in the School of History at the University of Leeds. He is also the author of Peace and Freedom: The Civil Rights and Antiwar Movements in the 1960s (2005), American Patriotism, American Protest: Social Movements Since the Sixties (2010), and Rethinking the American Anti-War Movement (2012).
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
6pm Wednesday, 10th February in Broadcasting Place Boardroom (opposite the Fenton pub).
PAUL MASON, the economics editor of Channel 4 News, Guardian journalist, soul fan, and author of a range of books, wrote a short article recently declaring that the world today is “awash with hatred.”
Do we share his concerns about the way things are developing?
If not, what’s he getting wrong and, if so, what might be done about it?
This is to be the discussion at the next Taking Soundings Readers’ Meeting at 6 pm on Wednesday 10th February at our usual venue, the Boardroom in Broadcasting Place (opposite the Fenton).
Here’s the link to the article:
As a companion piece (for eager readers), this article by Jonathan Freedland focuses on the dangerous soap opera that is unfolding – the Republic party’s leadership race – and the alliance of two cartoonish yet scary political characters; Donald Trump and Sarah Palin
Come along and share your views.