Category Archives: peace action/talk

Adidas Protest

People and Planet are organizing for students up and down the country to protest at their local Adidas supplier (Footlocker) this coming Monday, 22nd April at 15.00. Adidas have refused to pay any redundancy pay to their Indonesian factory workers. This is illegal and insulting. Join other Leeds people to protest outside Footlocker, pressure footlocker to cut ties with Adidas and inform the public. See here for more details:

G8 discussion

The G8 (heads of the eight most economically powerfully countries in the world) is meeting in the UK in June 2013. To many people these meetings are something to be opposed, and historically there have been large mobilisations to target them. With the next one being held here in the UK, people have started to think about how to organise to oppose it this time. This is an open meeting for people who live in and around Leeds to discuss whether we think we should be organising against the G8, and if so, what forms this should take… 



come ladies come gents, come anyone inbetween

come gather come hither there is much to be seen

come hear a fantastic and wonderous tale

to entertain all on this winter wassail!


The evening will start at 19.00 with songs round the apple tree, a traditional wassailing ceremony followed by circle dances (download sheet music at the bottom of this page).  Then Leeds very own Mummers, The Applebottom Players will entertain the crowd with an apple tale. There will be Leeds Urban Harvest cider and juice for drinking! Please bring your own cider to share, lanterns for the Wassail Procession, songs, instruments (see sheet music at the bottom of this page) and cups to drink from!


On Woodhouse ridge, see for exact location on a google map.




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 (


Talk on permaculture community project by Karen Inwood (IPES)

Karen Inwood Director of the Instituto de Permacultra de El Salvador (IPES) will be speaking at universities in the North of England during the last week of November.

 Wed 24 – Manchester Uni, Alan Turner Building Room G.107, 3-6pm (stalls from 3.30, talks 4-5.30, stalls til 6pm) – Latin American Activist Conference.
 Thur 25 – Leeds Uni (room tbc) 1-3pm for talk and Q&A
 Fri 26 – Bradford Uni 5-7pm (room tbc)
 For those of you who have seen her talk in the past, this is an opportunity to find out what IPES has been doing in the last year. For those of you who haven’t heard about IPES, it is a fantastic project support subsistence farmers in El Salvador to develop resilient and sustainable communities. They have been focusing on food sovereignty recently working along side other local organisations. IPES is a flagship permaculture project involved in supporting people in El Salvador to make changes in their lives.
Email for room details