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Caroline Lucas on War and Peace in the Modern World

The Leeds Annual Olaf Palme Memorial Peace Lecture: War and Peace in the Modern World Caroline Lucas MP Thursday 27th October 7.00 – 9.00 Civic Hall

Hosted by Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

Free – book tickets here:

Today we are faced with two huge problems that we have created and that threaten our very existence on Earth – climate change and nuclear war. We now have the power to destroy so much but do we have the intelligence and the initiative to save ourselves and the planet?

In this lecture, Caroline will focus on current and future . . . → Read More: Caroline Lucas on War and Peace in the Modern World

The Confession with Moazzam Begg – 16 August in Leeds

The Confession

The Confession with Q&A with Moazzam Begg and director Ashish Ghadiali On Tuesday 16th August – 6.00 PM at Hyde Park Cinema Leeds Starring: Moazzam Begg Dir. Ashish Ghadiali 90 mins plus Q&Amins United Kingdom 2016 Synopsis: Moazzam Begg has been detained under suspicion of terrorism in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Cuba and Britain. In 2002, in Bagram, he confessed to being a member of Al Qaeda. He has never been convicted of any crime, or even brought to trial.

This is his first-hand account of what forced that confession, a chronicle of terror, torture and rendition.

. . . → Read More: The Confession with Moazzam Begg – 16 August in Leeds

Two anti-war conferences


15 Years On: Time to Stop the War Sat 08 Oct | 10am-5pm TUC 23-28 Great Russell Street London WC1B 3LS Organised by the Stop the War Coalition

An international conference marking 15 years of the ‘War on Terror’ and the founding of Stop the War.

Speakers include: Malalai Joya, Lindsey German, Medea Benjamin, Phyllis Bennis, Mark Serwotka, Anas Altikriti, Salma Yaqoob, Brian Eno, Chris Cole, Andrew Murray and many more tba.

Sessions include:

– Chilcot and the next steps for the movement – Will the new Cold War turn hot? – The war on Muslims: civil liberties . . . → Read More: Two anti-war conferences

LCAW Public Meeting on The Chilcot Report with Peter Brierley

Public Meeting – The Chilcot Report: What now? Friday 22 July 6pm University of Leeds Business School Lecture Theatre G02, Maurice Keyworth Building, Moorland Road (west side of Clarendon Road), University of Leeds, LS6 1AN Speakers: Peter Brierley (father of Lance Corporal Shaun Brierley, one of the first to die in Iraq) and Professor Paul Rogers (Peace Studies, University of Bradford).

Organised by:  Leeds Coalition Against the War- all welcome

There is a growing demand that Tony Blair should face a motion of contempt in the House of Commons over the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which the Labour leader, . . . → Read More: LCAW Public Meeting on The Chilcot Report with Peter Brierley

Stop Trident protest – Monday 18 July

Stop Trident Emergency Protest – Monday 18 July – 6pm, Leeds City Square (near train station) – all welcome bring banners etc

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!

Leeds anti-war demonstrators confront Hilary Benn in protest against UK 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.