Monthly Archives: July 2016

Defend the Rotherham 12 – Leeds SUTR meeting 9 August

#StandUptoRacism #NoToHate #Rotherham12DefenceCampaign #SelfDefenceIsNOOFFENCE

Leeds Stand Up to Racism Meeting – with special guest Abrar Javid, Rotherham 12.

Tuesday 9 August, 6.30pm, Leeds UNISON, 160A Woodhouse Ln, Leeds LS2 9EN (opposite Fenton) All welcome – email for more info

Come and hear about the campaign to defend the Rotherham 12 

On Saturday 5th September 2015 the fascist group Britain First called a protest in Rotherham. It was the 13th fascist protest in a little over a year.   The far-right is attempting to build by blaming all Asians for the child sexual exploitation scandal in the town.

A counter-protest was held by anti-racists. Some Asian men on the protest were kettled by the police. They were only allowed to leave by a route that took them past a pub filled with far-right supporters. The 12 demonstrators say they came under attack and had to defend themselves.

Defend the Rotherham 12 Campaign – Self-defence is no offence ! The campaign has called a protest in Rotherham outside the court when the case opens in October, which Leeds SUTR will be supporting.  For more information Email: Facebook: Support the Rotherham 12


#BlackLivesMatter rally in Leeds – Saturday 30 July – It Starts Today

After the tremendous mass #Black Lives Matter protest in Leeds earlier this month, there is another this Saturday 30 July, from 12 noon outside Leeds City Art Gallery – see the facebook page here – please spread the word and bring trade union banners etc if possible

Rock Against Racism exhibition in Bradford on until 3 September

Rock Against Racism exhibition at the Impressions Gallery – Bradford

Syd Shelton

17th Jun – 03rd Sep 2016

Syd Shelton’s images capture a pivotal moment in British politics and culture, fashion and music. Rock Against Racism (1976 to 1981) was a groundbreaking movement formed by musicians and political activists to fight racism through music. Legendary performers photographed by Shelton include The Clash, Sham 69, Misty in Roots, Aswad, Pete Townshend of The Who, X Ray Spex, Elvis Costello, Tom Robinson, and The Specials. Shelton says, ‘I hope the exhibition shows that you can change things and you can actually take a stand, even in the most difficult of situations’.

See review here:

Rock Against Racism – Impressions Gallery


1,000 March for #BlackLivesMatter in Leeds

More pictures of the amazing and inspiring #BlackLivesMatter rally and march on 14 July 2016- which heard from a number of local and national speakers including Janet Alder –  can be seen here –  [with thanks to Neil Terry].

Edited to add – the next rally ‘It Starts Today’ is on Saturday 30 July, 12noon outside Leeds City Art Gallery – see facebook link below

Leeds Stand Up to Racism coach for 16 July National Demonstration

SATURDAY 16th JULY – Book your tickets for the Leeds coach – phone / contract 07900324479 / see here: Leeds Stand Up to Racism on facebook:

After the referendum unite to demand…
No More Austerity – No To Racism – Tories Must Go
Demonstrate: Saturday 16 July 2016
Assemble 12pm, BBC HQ, Portland Place, London W1
The Tories have been plunged into crisis by the result of the EU referendum. David Cameron will soon be gone. The Tories will use Brexit to whip up anti-immigrant racism and accelerate their austerity policies and attacks on living standards. George Osborne has already threatened an emergency budget which will hit ordinary people hard.
But it does not have to be this way. The Tories are weaker and more divided than they have ever been. It looks likely that an early General Election will have to be called when Cameron steps down. However people voted in the referendum, we now need to unite and take to the streets to demand an end to austerity policies, to stand up to anti-immigrant racism and show our solidarity with refugees and migrants.
This demonstration, called by the People’s Assembly and Stand Up to Racism, is the positive and united response to the political earthquake on 23 June.
We are not spectators while the Tories fall out. We must make ourselves participants in shaping the future.
We will not let racism grow; we demand an end to austerity

For more info please contact thanks