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A victory – Bomber Benn sacked at last

With #BomberBenn being sacked as Shadow Foreign Secretary for organising a coup attempt against Jeremy Corbyn, it seems timely to repost this great video of Leeds Coalition Against the War lobbying Benn over the Syria war last year – Stop Bombing Syria!

On the 20 July, LCAW are supporting the showing of ‘We Are Many’ about the Stop the War movement in Leeds at the Everyman cinema to coincide with the Chilcot report – please reserve your place here – see also the facebook group here

Jo Cox RIP

We at Leeds Coalition Against the War are deeply saddened and troubled by the murder of local MP Jo Cox. As someone who has been fiercely committed to fighting for the rights of refugees and to finding resolutions to the war in Syria, Jo Cox displayed many of the values we hold dear in our organisation.

Whilst coverage and discussion is unsurprisingly distorted by the white privilege of the murderer, we believe this callous murder must be understood as an act of white terrorism. With the murderer reportedly having shouted ‘Britain First’ during the attack, this murder cannot . . . → Read More: Jo Cox RIP

Leeds Convoy to Calais – Saturday 18 June

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Now more than ever we need a huge response to the refugee crisis to counter the racist rhetoric across Europe trying demonise and disenfranchise victims of war, oppression and poverty.

Some of the largest mass movements in Britain have joined together with major trade unions to show solidarity.

Now is the time to increase solidarity with refugees: Convoy to Calais – Saturday 18 June 2016

Hundreds more refugees have drowned in the Mediterranean, the British government are refusing to even take parent-less children from Calais, and Syrian refugees are being forced back into the jaws of the war they have fled. . . . → Read More: Leeds Convoy to Calais – Saturday 18 June

Rock for Refugees – Saturday 14 May

Rock for Refugees – live music, raffle, speakers and poetry – at the Fox and Newt (9 Burley Road, Leeds, LS3 1LD), Saturday 14 May, 4pm onwards – £2 / £5 – refugee solidarity fundraiser.  Organised by Leeds Coalition Against the War.

Welfare not warfare – Yorkshire March for the NHS

Leeds Coalition Against the War are supporting this Keep Our NHS Public demonstration on Saturday 16 April at 11.30 Leeds City Art Gallery and hope to have a ‘Welfare not Warfare – NHS not Trident’ bloc on the march – please come down and join us!  We currently meet every Wednesday at 7pm Leeds Civic Hall.

Symposium on British and American Foreign Policy in the Middle East

British and American policy in the Middle East: causes and consequences for the region and beyond Leeds University Symposium: Saturday, April 23 2016 10.00 am – 5.00 pm Room: Parkinson Seminar Room  1.08 Confirmed speakers 1. Afzal Amin                                        Formerly chairman of the Armed Forces Muslim Association, and visiting researcher and lecturer for the UK Defence Academy‘s Research and Assessment Branch 2. Dr. Chris Davidson                      Reader in Middle East Politics, University of Durham: 3. Ann Feltham                                   Campaign against Arms Trade: 4. Prof. Rosemary Hollis                  Professor of International Politics, City University; formerly Director of Research at Chatham House (Royal . . . → Read More: Symposium on British and American Foreign Policy in the Middle East

LCAW letter to local Labour Party members

Dear Labour Party members of the Hyde Park and Woodhouse Ward,

Subject: Support for the motion passed 10/2/16 in Hyde Park & Woodhouse ward

As a coalition of citizens and anti-war activists in Leeds, we wish to express our resounding support for the recent motion passed on 10th February 2016 in the Hyde Park and Woodhouse ward. We do so as a group including several Labour party members (and supporters) whose support has been placed under considerable strain as a result of some Labour MPs, including shadow cabinet members, voting in favour of British military intervention in the war . . . → Read More: LCAW letter to local Labour Party members

Report of Rage Against War in Leeds, 20 Feb 2016

After many weeks of planning, the Leeds Coalition Against the War group turned out on Saturday 20th of February to protest the bombings in Syria under the banner slogan Rage Against War. Accompanied by many members of the public keen to fight the cause a stall was set up outside Leeds City Art Gallery, selling badges, raffle tickets etc to raise funds for PAFRAS [Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers] where all the money raised that day was to end up. The mood was a rather buoyant one, everyone lifted by the presence of so many others . . . → Read More: Report of Rage Against War in Leeds, 20 Feb 2016