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Crisis Opportunity?


No one believes this is working any more. The last few years have seen uprisings, occupations, riots and new alternatives. But where are we now? But where are we now? How are we responding in Leeds? Crisis Opportunity? will be a day of question: How can we thrive in a time of crisis? Where are the opportunities for resistance?  

Joining us for the day will be Nick Deardon (Guardian writer and director of Jubilee Debt Campaign), Keir Milburn (Lecturer in Political Economy and Organisation at the University of Leicester and member of the Free Association) and many more! 

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Leeds Summat 2011

The Leeds ‘Summat’ Gathering 2011 needs YOU!

Summat Logo 2011  Graffiti  Connect  Crunchy issues

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 (


Edible Public Space – STREET EVENT

 Edible Public Space is a project which aims at promoting food growing, healthy eating, community gatherings and a convivial culture in urban public spaces.

If you want to know more about the project, take part in the Chapeltown local group, be involved in other neighbourhoods’ growing sites, or just have fun, come along at our STREET EVENT


Sunday 13th February 2011

11.00 am- 2.00pm

Chapeltown, Buslingthorpe Walk, LS7 3

on the green at the crossroads between Reginald Row, Button Hill and Mexborough Grove


* free seeds and plants to take away

* info point

* treasure hunt

* Idea sharing corner

…and a lot of fun!

Free refreshments provided!

Bike mechaning for women and transgendered people

On the weekend of the 12th of Feb Pedallers Arms, Split Peaches, and a special guest from Bristol are organising a bike maintenance course for women and transgendered people.

We hope to have some cycling fun too. Maybe an illuminated bike ride or a critical mass with a sound system….

There will be a charge to cover costs, but we will try to keep it as low cost as possible.

Please let Split Peaches (chumchum17 at msn com) know how much you know about bike maintenance when replying so the instructor knows at what level to teach the course.

Edible Public Space meeting

The next meeting for the EDIBLE PUBLIC SPACE project is this MONDAY 10 JANUARY, at 6.30 (until 8pm) at the Common Place, 23 Wharf Street, Leeds LS2 7,


It is about community/people taking back the control over unused green spaces to grow their own food!


We will be keep planning the February Street Event, where we will launch the growing project.


Everybody is very much welcome!


For more info contact Chiara at 0783 8404642, or visit our website: