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Leicester says ‘No’ to CETA

Posted by on 1 February 2017 at 9:52 pm | Comments Off on Leicester says ‘No’ to CETA

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… As part of European Day of Action Against CETA

Groups from across Leicester met at the Clock Tower in Leicester and talked to members of the public about the dangers of CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement). We were impressed by the response of members of the public. People were keen to protect the NHS and other public services.


Please say no to CETA and sign the petition to Leicester City Council

If you live, work or study in Leicester please sign the petition to Leicester City Council.

Our motivation in petitioning Leicester City Council is that, as various studies conducted in the UK, Europe and Canada show, CETA represents a serious threat to the ability of local governments to make decisions in the interests of their citizens.

Leicester day of action against CETA – Saturday 21st January

Posted by on 19 January 2017 at 9:23 pm | Comments Off on Leicester day of action against CETA – Saturday 21st January

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As part of the Europe-wide Day of Action

We are meeting on Saturday 21st January at the Clock Tower in Leicester City Centre

From:  11:30am to 1.30pm.

Please join us – further details.

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Say NO to CETA

Posted by on 17 January 2017 at 8:00 pm | Comments Off on Say NO to CETA

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As part of a coalition of local community and environmental groups, we have launched a petition to Leicester City Council asking them to oppose the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada which the European Parliament will vote on in February.

Say NO to CETA banner

Our motivation in petitioning Leicester City Council is that, as various studies conducted in the UK, Europe and Canada show, CETA represents a serious threat to the ability of local governments to make decisions in the interests of their citizens. In particular:

  • CETA would create special corporate courts where big business can sue elected bodies if they legislate or regulate in ways that might curtail a corporation’s projected future profits. In the Investor Court System (ICS) judges are appointed on a case-by-case basis and on an hourly pay. Given that only corporations can initiate procedures in the ICS (governments can’t use it to sue corporations), it follows that judges would have a vested interest in ruling in favour of corporations in order to encourage more cases. Germany’s largest association of judges and public prosecutors Deutsche Richterbund has said that “neither the proposed procedure for the appointment of judges of the ICS nor their position meet the international requirements for the independence of courts.”
  • The ICS would work as a deterrent to discourage national and local governments from making decisions that that might attract multi-million lawsuits from well-funded corporations.
  • CETA would further remove the provision of public services from democratic control. It is explicitly meant to reduce regulation on business using nebulous language and elastic concepts such as “fair and equitable treatment” and licencing procedures that are “as simple as possible” and do not “unduly complicate or delay” corporations’ activities. Regulations that protect the environment, employment rights, public health, food safety, communities and public services would be likely to land the national or local government that dares imposing them into trouble.
  • Under CETA, local governments would be subject to local procurement commitments that would bar them from favouring local companies and local economic development. This would substantially restrict local governments from using public spending as a catalyst for achieving other societal goals – from creating good jobs, to supporting local farmers, to addressing the climate crisis.
  • CETA poses a great threat to the environment and to the elected bodies’ ability to protect the communities they represent: amongst the Canadian companies that have been pushing harder for CETA are the mining, fracking and drilling companies that have already sued other countries, under other trade deals with provisions similar to the ICS, for passing legislation to protect their environment and communities. For example, Gabriel Resources is suing Romania for putting on hold the company’s planned gold and silver mine in Rosia Montana on environmental protection grounds, and TransCanada is suing the US for $15 billion in damages because President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline, again on environmental protection grounds. In the UK, the current government is ignoring local communities’ opposition to fracking: CETA would give them an even stronger hand or prevent other governments from reversing such policies by making such reversal a breach of contract and therefore hideously expensive.
  • CETA would also expose the UK to lawsuits from US subsidiaries domiciled in Canada, including Walmart, Google, IBM, ExxonMobil, McDonald’s, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Coca Cola and many others.
  • Supporters of CETA claim that the deal will benefit investment and trade, but they back the claim with outdated figures from 2011 and 2013, which were generated before the deal was even drafted. The truth is that no cost/benefit analysis has been carried out, nor have the more recent data been used to make a better assessment.

CETA has been negotiated in secret between Canadian and EU business and political leaders, with no input from civic society. Liam Fox, who claims to be working to wrest sovereignty back to the British Parliament from the EU, has denied our Parliament any opportunity to scrutinise the deal, despite repeated requests. Notwithstanding its glaring defects and harmful effects, Boris Johnson has hailed it as the blueprint for all future post-Brexit bilateral agreements.

If CETA is approved in February, the UK could be shackled to it for up to 20 years even if a different UK government wanted out. This is why it is vital to ensure CETA is stopped.

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Free the Seeds Photo Exhibition

Posted by on 29 December 2016 at 10:56 pm | Comments Off on Free the Seeds Photo Exhibition

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Exhibition at Bishop Street Methodist Church, Town Hall Square, Leicester, LE1 6AF

from 12th January to 1st February 2017

Monday – Friday: 10am to 4pm

Saturday: 10am to 3pm

Global Justice Now has commissioned photo journalist Jordi Ruiz Cirera to create a photo exhibition by visiting some of these witnesses in India and Bangladesh. His photos tell the stories of farmers who are fighting Monsanto to work out an alternative model of farming.

Free the seeds poster

All welcome at this powerful exhibition.

A busy Summer and Autumn

Posted by on 29 December 2016 at 10:23 pm | Comments Off on A busy Summer and Autumn

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Members of Global Justice Leicester have busy campaigning over the last few months.

In July, Global Justice Leicester and Global Justice Cambridge jointly ran a stall at the National Justice and Peace Conference in Swanwick. This conference was entitled – ‘Justice, Power and Responsibility: How can Democracy work for the Common Good?’. We were delighted with the enthusiastic response of conference goers to our Global Justice Now resources.

Stall at National Justice and Peace Conferece

The Global Justice Now migration campaign was particularly popular. This campaign resonated with people who believe in tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice. Migration should be the right of everyone, not just the privileged few.

Not a migrant leaflet

Copies of the migration campaign leaflets can be ordered from the Global Justice Now website

In July Global Justice Leicester also contributed to the Christians Aware Summer School – ‘Hope for the Planet’. Alison from Global Justice Leicester spoke about unsustainable growth and development that damages the poor and the environment. Participants watched Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything‘ and discussed the important challenge of climate change.

At the Leicester CND Peace Party on 10th September Global Justice Leicester had a stall that focused on migration and also the trade deals that threaten our democracy. Please contact your MEP to reject CETA (Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement, with Canada). CETA could threaten environmental protection and worker’s rights.

Global Justice Leicester Stall

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Riverside Festival and National Gathering

Posted by on 7 June 2016 at 10:08 pm | Comments Off on Riverside Festival and National Gathering

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Saturday 4th June – A busy day for Global Justice Leicester

Riverside Festival is a highlight of the year for Global Justice Leicester.  We chatted to festival goers about the Global Justice Now campaign against the corporate control of food systems.

It gave the opportunity to explain about the dangers of glyphosphate, an ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer.  Spoof labels warned that the product is classified as ‘probably causing cancer’ and that Monsanto’s corporate control of agriculture ‘degrades farmers’ power’.

Read more about this campaign

Global Justice Now National Gathering in London

Global Justice Leicester was also represented at the National Gathering and AGM in London on Saturday.

We took part in workshops, discussed campaigns for the next year … and celebrated being part of a vibrant community that campaigns against the root causes of poverty.

In the afternoon, Diane Abbot spoke about what’s wrong with the government approach to aid. In a thoughtful and passionate speech, she highlighted the importance of using aid to ’empower those living in poverty’. To support people to bring about trans-formative social change for themselves.

Diane Abbot speaking at conference

Read about the EU parliament report that slams aid scheme that uses ‘big agribusiness’ to feed Africa. This exposes the reality of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition – an aid initiative that has received £600 million from DFID.


Going backwards on Climate Change – 7th May

Posted by on 3 May 2016 at 7:51 pm | No Comments »

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Please join us at the Jubilee Square, Leicester – at 11am on Saturday 7th May

On the eve of the climate talks in November, 400 of us marched through Leicester calling for a strong climate agreement. And yet our government is going backward on climate change. Since May 2015 clean energy technology has been sidelined in favour for a dash for gas, insulation has been cut and fracking, roads and runways pushed through despite local opposition.

Jubilee Square march 2015


We will meet in Jubilee Square then walk backwards (or put your  coat on backwards and walk forwards) to Town Hall Square. We are going to build a (model) wind turbine and build a (model) fracking rig along the way.

We are running out of time to act on climate change and we can’t afford to go backwards.  

Further information

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Easter success for film showing

Posted by on 30 March 2016 at 9:54 pm | No Comments »

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Despite awful weather, people flocked to the Phoenix Cinema to watch the film ‘This Changes Everything’ by Naomi Klein. This was arranged by Global Justice Leicester, Leicester Friends of the Earth and the Green Party. We would like to thank the Phoenix Cinema for hosting the evening.


Applause followed the film. Then there was a lively debate about climate change and a discussion of ways that we can work together to combat global warming. A truly wonderful evening and evidence of the power of networking and working together.

Find out more about the film – This Changes Everything



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Fairtrade Fortnight 2016

Posted by on 20 March 2016 at 9:52 pm | No Comments »

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Fairtrade Fortnight has given us the opportunity to celebrate the difference that Fairtrade products can make for people’s lives. The theme for Fairtrade Fortnight this year was ‘Sit Down for Breakfast, Stand up for Farmers’,

Fairtrade food stall

On Saturday 5th March, Global Justice Leicester and the Knighton Justice Group had a joint stall on Uppingham Rd, Leicester. It was great to chat to passers-by. We are very grateful to the Co-op and Marks and Spencers who gave us examples of Fairtrade Products for the stall. We were able to give out samples for people to try.

Then, on Wednesday 9th March, Mohammed Hamada, an olive farmer, shared his experience of fair trade in Palestine.

Palestinian Olive Farmer

This was a fantastic evening and Mohammed spoke movingly about the difference that selling Fairtrade Olive Oil had made to his family and farmers throughout Palestine. Read more about Mohammed’s story. You can buy his olive oil from Zaytoun.


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Climate chaos … coming it is!

Posted by on 3 December 2015 at 10:53 pm | No Comments »

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Leicester Climate Change march on Saturday 28th November

400 people marched through town to show that we care about Climate Change.

Photo opportunity at Leicester climate change march.

There was a carnival atmosphere, with people young and old, dogs, bicycles … and our own choir to sing on route. We were delighted to be joined by the Red Leicester Choir, who led us in a rendition of the official song for the march.

We need to wake up

We need to wise up

We need to open our eyes and do it now, now, now

We need to build a better future

And we need to start right now

We’re on a planet that has a problem

We’ve got to solve it, get involved and

Do it now, now, now

We need to build a better future

And we need to start right now

Make it greener – make it greener

Make it cleaner – make it cleaner

Make it last, make it fast and do it now, now, now

We need to build a better future

And we need to start right now

We need to build a better future

And we need to start right now


Get singing!


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