There is a Youth Climate Strike taking place in Leeds this Friday (14 February). Whilst we have not organised a formal march this time, the branch continues to support the climate strikes and members are encouraged to support them. Many of us will be at the march and events. (Timings are below.) Student – staff coalition for the climate Last year, the University of Leeds published seven principles it will adopt in order to transition to a low carbon future and start tackling the climate crisis on campus. But what exactly are these principles, and how can we make sure the University of Leeds actually sticks to them? During the recent UCU strikes, a group of students and UCU members met to discuss the possibility of creating a student-staff coalition to hold the University of Leeds to account on its climate pledges. We want as many people involved as possible, so please join us for our first meeting on 18 February, where we’ll be getting to know each other, figuring out what this coalition will look like, and how we are going to take our aims forward. Full details of the meeting at https://www.facebook.com/events/857624224665058/ Timings for youth climate strike action … continue reading
We hope to see as many of you as possible outside the Parkinson steps by 12 noon so we can set off together at midday, with banners, flags, placards and alarm clocks, to join the Leeds Youth Strike for Climate event by 12.15 in Millenium Square. More details. The University agreed to our request for all staff to have a 30 minute paid stoppage for this on top of our lunch breaks, so we can all march down together and show the young people how much support they have from the university. We were pleased to see the recent University climate announcement especially about fossil fuel divestment, which students and staff have been campaigning about for years (e.g. here). We look forward to trade union involvement in turning the new climate principles into action.
If you’re angry about the prorogation of Parliament, you can join the upcoming protests in Leeds: This evening, from 5:30pm at City Square organised by Leeds for Europe https://www.facebook.com/events/2371865616404873/ Saturday at 11am, Leeds Town Hall, organised by Alex Sobel MP, Leeds TUC and Another Europe is Possible, at which Vicky Blake will be speaking for UCU https://www.facebook.com/events/431073174172423/
At least 110 opposition supporters were murdered in Sudan earlier this month when a paramilitary group violently dispersed a peaceful sit-in outside defence headquarters in Khartoum. The massacre followed six months of developing protests that began over bread prices last December, leading to a general strike in May. The demonstrators were initially protesting against the 30-year-rule of Omar al-Bashir. They continued to protest after he was deposed by the military, demanding a swift transition to civilian rule. We encourage members to update their knowledge of what is occurring in Sudan: https://menasolidaritynetwork.com/2019/06/03/briefing-who-are-the-armed-men-who-threaten-sudans-peaceful-revolution/ and contact your MPs to promote the following three demands: We call on the UK government to: halt military and security cooperation with individuals and groups in Sudan responsible for human rights abuses. end to the transfer of arms or equipment to Sudan which can be used for repression. end the Khartoum process. We note the following statement from the Sudanese Professionals Association (3 June 2019): In the early hours of today, Rapid Support Forces backed by security forces and Police stormed the sit-in area in front of the headquarters of the Sudanese army in the capital Khartoum. Fire bullets were used excessively and injured several unarmed citizens; uncounted numbers of them are dead. … continue reading