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Leeds Summat 2011

The Leeds ‘Summat’ Gathering 2011 needs YOU!

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The Leeds ‘Summat’ is back on Saturday 26th November 2011, with more to look forward to than ever… and we’d love to have YOU involved! Read on.

Across North Africa and the Middle East, people have begun to imagine a different future, and to explore different ways of living together and sharing resources. Spain too is experiencing spontaneous eruptions of people filling public squares to talk and eat together.

We may not be experiencing the same degree of oppressive government or economic difficulties. But economically, socially, environmentally, internationally, politically and more – the need for imaginative thinking, innovative action, and making connections is just as urgent… and exciting!

What do we already know?
What are we doing that might be an ‘outpost’ of the future?
What are our big questions and next steps?
The Leeds Summat Gathering 2011 is a day for people from all walks of life, ages and backgrounds to come together and share experiences, wisdom, and encouragement and to take away something positive and thought-provoking – to put towards creating a brighter future, in whatever way they can. The day will be jam-packed with music, workshops, art, conversations, film, speakers, and much more…
Put Saturday 26th November in your diary – we hope to see you then! And we need your help to help make it happen…

We’re looking for:

*Volunteers to join our project team… NOW!*
We are currently recruiting a volunteer team to help develop and deliver different elements of the event – a range of roles, with varying time commitments. Find out more at Apply now!

*Workshop sessions*
Want to share your knowledge and experience with others? Looking to connect with others around shared issues? We’re looking for a wide range of workshops at the Summat – hosted by YOU! To find out more, click here:

*Stall holders*
We’re also inviting people to hold engaging, interactive stalls at the Summat. Interested? Click here:

*Arts and performance*
Arts and creativity have a key role to play in shifting our imagination and generating social change. We’re therefore looking for people to perform and/or run activities that get the creative juices flowing at the Summat! Find out more at
Please note that initial deadlines to apply for many of these opportunities is Friday 22nd July 2011. And SPREAD THE WORD!! If you or anyone you know would be interested in being involved, or have ideas to share, please be in touch:
We look forward to seeing you in November, or look out for us at Leeds community galas over the summer.

Best wishes,

The Leeds Summat 2011 partnership

Leeds Anti Sex Trafficking (, Leeds City of Sanctuary (, The Community Development Services Alliance for the African Diaspora (, Leeds Community Organising, Leeds Kashmir Muslim Community Centre and Mosque (Beeston), Leeds Love It Share It thinktank (, The Manuel Bravo project (, Space2 community arts (, Leeds Tenants Federation (, TIDAL (Trade Injustice and Debt Action Leeds;, Together for Peace (T4P), and the Yorkshire and Humber Faiths Forum (


Demonstration at Bradford University

‘Saturday 13th February 2010

Meeting 12noon at Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 9ST

On Saturday 13th February 2010, campaigners from across the country will be descending on Bradford so as to call for the university to end all animal experiments.

A rally, stalls and speeches are being held in Centenary Square (next to the Town Hall) before marching through Bradford town centre and up to the university laboratories.

The University of Bradford have been exposed for horrific animal abuse inside their laboratories, such as purposely starving animals to make them perform procedures, conducting drug addiction experiments on nursing animals and cutting them open with scalpels to see the effects of scarring. All experiments happening could be replaced with non-animal methods.

Please join us on this important day and speak up for the closure of Bradford’s animal torture laboratory.


Luke Steele –
Spokesperson for the Stop Animal Experiments at Bradford (SAEAB) campaign.

Debbie Vincent –
Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty have brought one of the world’s largest animal laboratories, HLS, to its knees and on the brink of closure through grassroots campaigning.

Amanda Richards –
SPEAK Campaigns successfully stopped the construction of Europe’s largest primate testing laboratory in Cambridge and are now fighting to end vivisection at the University of Oxford.

Sean Kirtley –
Activist who was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 2years under SOCPA following a legal protest campaign against Sequani laboratories. Sean faught his conviction and won a victory for free speech.

[More speakers to be confirmed]

Vegan catering and drinks will be provided on the day for a small cost by Veggies Catering.

Chained to Factory Farming

Fix the Food Chain Event

Dear all,
We would like to invite you to help fix the food chain by attending –
Chained to Factory Farming 

The event is part of the Friends of the Earth Food Chain campaign which asks the government to support planet friendly farming.We have linked up with Leeds University Sustainability Action Group to raise awareness for the issues and to give you the opportunity to get involved. 

Speakers on the night:
  • Sergio Schlesinger Brazilian rainforest campaigner
  • Kirstin Glendinning Local organic farmer, Swillington Farm
  • Sandra Bell Food campaigner, Friends of the Earth
Please pass this on to any groups you think might be interested.
We hope to see you there,