New Leeds Social Centre

Hi,
A bunch of us are currently in the process of setting up an autonomous social centre in Leeds that we thought could be beneficial to your group. The plan is to buy a building that will provide free or very cheap meeting, workshop and creative spaces, a venue for socialising and to put on fundraisers, a cheap community cafe and some office space for supportive groups, alongside loads of other ideas in the pipeline.

At the moment, we’re producing a business plan to apply for a mortgage, searching for buildings and planning lots of fundraisers for the deposit. We meet up every month to catch up and think more about what kind of space we’d like.

It would be great to get some involvement from your group from these initial stages, to make sure we think of all the amazing things we could do and to speed up this process. Also, fundraising is a huge priority and the quicker we raise the deposit, the closer we get to opening the space. If your group would be willing to put on a fundraiser, or help out on one of ours, that would be amazing.

Please let us know your thoughts.
Our next meeting is on the 3rd of August at 6pm in the Common Place and if you’d like to join our discussion list, type your details here.

Charity Wild Food Walk

Hello Everyone!

The next wild food walks will be on Saturday the 26th of June and Sunday the 27th of June from 10am until 1pm. They will be followed by a picnic lunch of foraged wild goodies. At today’s  walk we had vintage cheddar and Good King Henry quiches and a Swahili style chicken of the woods mushroom coconut curry with mung bean rice, Fruit leathers and home made cordials.

As far as things we are likely to see go, the two things at the top of my list are wild garlic and chicken of the woods mushrooms.

I have been running wild food walks for nearly two years now, taught in excess of 250 people, have been featured in the Leeds Guide in the articles "How To Be More Green"  and "Food For Free Foraging Walks". I was also on the 4th episode of "The Edible Garden" with Alys fowler on the BBC. These walks are a lovely day out (if I do say so myself) and Spring is an awesome time to go on one due to the sheer abundance of food out there. 🙂  I will be covering a variety of wild fungi and edible greens as well as teaching you how to identify fungi in a systematic manner to make it as safe as possible.

For those of you who have come on these walks before, there are a few changes this year. The walks now cost £15 per person, with a £3 discount for students on showing a valid NUS card (so £12 per person). I am also offerring a new deal where, if you buy blocks of three walks, you get a voucher for a fourth walk for free which you can either use yourself, or pass on to someone else so that they can give it a go too!* I decided to do this after seeing quite a lot of faces reappearing at the walks in different seasons. As these people realised, the kinds of plants available at different times of the year can vary hugely, and everytime they come, they learn something new. This gives you the perfect opportunity to come along to walks in all seasons, and truly learn what the green spaces of Leeds have to offer.

 Walks of this type and length normally cost in excess of £40 per person but I do mine for just £15 (£12 for students) so that more people can afford them and join in the fun! The picnic lunch is an extra £5 per person

I also do wild food walks on demand for groups and for these, I can come to your local area and show you what you can eat on your own doorstep. These walks make lovely presents and cost the same as my usual walks. (subject to minimum attendance). I also teach courses on preserving and show people how to make fruit leathers, jams, syrups, cordials, fruit cheeses, fruit vinegars and other preserves.

All the profits I make on these walks and the courses that I do goes to fund the charity work we do in Kenya. It will either be used to pay the teacher’s salaries, rent on the school house, food for the children or other running costs.

 Please feel free to email me at minamoo@gmail.com if you require any more information. If you want to confirm a place on the walk, email me back with the number of spaces you would like, which walk you would like to book for, and your contact telephone number in case of emergencies. I will then email you to confirm your spaces and will give you our meeting point.

Regards,

Mina

Charity Wild Food Walk

Hello Everyone!

The next wild food walks will be on Saturday the 26th of June and Sunday the 27th of June from 10am until 1pm. They will be followed by a picnic lunch of foraged wild goodies. At the last  walk we had vintage cheddar and Good King Henry quiches and a Swahili style chicken of the woods mushroom coconut curry with mung bean rice, Fruit leathers and home made cordials.

As far as things we are likely to see go, the two things at the top of my list are wild garlic and chicken of the woods mushrooms.

I have been running wild food walks for nearly two years now, taught in excess of 250 people, have been featured in the Leeds Guide in the articles "How To Be More Green"  and "Food For Free Foraging Walks". I was also on the 4th episode of "The Edible Garden" with Alys fowler on the BBC. These walks are a lovely day out (if I do say so myself) and Spring is an awesome time to go on one due to the sheer abundance of food out there. 🙂  I will be covering a variety of wild fungi and edible greens as well as teaching you how to identify fungi in a systematic manner to make it as safe as possible.

For those of you who have come on these walks before, there are a few changes this year. The walks now cost £15 per person, with a £3 discount for students on showing a valid NUS card (so £12 per person). I am also offerring a new deal where, if you buy blocks of three walks, you get a voucher for a fourth walk for free which you can either use yourself, or pass on to someone else so that they can give it a go too!* I decided to do this after seeing quite a lot of faces reappearing at the walks in different seasons. As these people realised, the kinds of plants available at different times of the year can vary hugely, and everytime they come, they learn something new. This gives you the perfect opportunity to come along to walks in all seasons, and truly learn what the green spaces of Leeds have to offer.

 Walks of this type and length normally cost in excess of £40 per person but I do mine for just £15 (£12 for students) so that more people can afford them and join in the fun! The picnic lunch is an extra £5 per person

I also do wild food walks on demand for groups and for these, I can come to your local area and show you what you can eat on your own doorstep. These walks make lovely presents and cost the same as my usual walks. (subject to minimum attendance). I also teach courses on preserving and show people how to make fruit leathers, jams, syrups, cordials, fruit cheeses, fruit vinegars and other preserves.

All the profits I make on these walks and the courses that I do goes to fund the charity work we do in Kenya. It will either be used to pay the teacher’s salaries, rent on the school house, food for the children or other running costs.

 Please feel free to email me at minamoo@gmail.com if you require any more information. If you want to confirm a place on the walk, email me back with the number of spaces you would like, which walk you would like to book for, and your contact telephone number in case of emergencies. I will then email you to confirm your spaces and will give you our meeting point.

Regards,

Mina

Towards Leeds Climate Justice

While there are already several transnational networks in existence such as Climate Justice Action and Climate Justice Now!, we feel it is time to come together as a local community and talk about what taking action for climate justice might mean in Leeds. The first meeting will be at the Common Place social centre, Wharf Street, Leeds at 7pm on Wednesday the 23rd of June.

Please forward this to anyone who you think will be interested in getting involved.

This is an invitation to a meeting to discuss the potential coming together of a Leeds-based group to organise and take action around the theme of ‘climate justice’.

What is climate justice?

From the movement to Reclaim Power at Copenhagen in December to the World People’s Conference on Climate Change in Bolivia last month, social movements across the globe are mobilising around the concept of climate justice in order to redefine the terms of the politics of climate change. This is a grassroots response to the fact that governments and corporations have attempted to co-opt the climate issue by adopting a rhetoric of ‘sustainability’ and ‘carbon neutrality’ in order to deflect public concern over the imminent climate crisis whilst at the same time promoting business as usual and even extending the reach of capitalism through the creation of new markets in carbon credits. The climate justice movement seeks to challenge this depoliticisation of the climate crisis by treating it as a social justice issue that cannot be addressed without also addressing the exploitative global structures and relations of production that have brought it about. This means that taking action to prevent climate change necessarily entails taking action to address the exploitation of the world’s resources and the degradation of our environment by multinational corporations; the unequal relationships between the global North and South, genders and classes; and the increasing subordination of every aspect of life to capital accumulation that benefits a minority of individuals at the expense of the global majority.