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Refugee Week 2017

Written by Leicester on June 13, 2017 – 8:47 pm -

Stories of Climate Change and Migration

Wednesday 21st June – 5.30 to 7.45 pm

City Hall, 115 Charles Street, LE1 1FZ

People in flood water

 

To support Refugee Week 2017, Leicester Friends of the Earth, Global Justice Now and Leicester City Council are pleased to host an informative evening about the impact of climate change on refugees from around the world.

Speakers will give personal views on climate change and how communities are attempting to respond in different regions of the world.  Speakers will include

  • Justin Udie – Climate Change & Potential for refugee crisis in Nigeria. How can communities help?
  • Dr Andy Simmons – Impact on Small Island states?
  • Dr Shafiqul Choudhary – Impacts in Bangladesh
  • Claire Plumb – Impacts in Nicaragua

All welcome – Book your place now.

 

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Fighting Corporate Seeds in South East Asia

Written by Leicester on April 24, 2017 – 1:01 pm -

Photo Exhibition on tour in Leicestershire

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

Exhibition at Bishop Street Methodist Church

Global Justice Leicester is taking the ‘Free the Seeds’ photo exhibition on tour. It has been well received and raised awareness about the plight of small farmers who struggle to grow their crops in a world increasingly controlled by large corporations.

Photo Exhibition Bangladesh

 

So far the ‘Free the Seeds’ photo exhibition has been to Bishop Street Methodist Church in Leicester City Centre, Leicester Quaker Meeting House, Belgrade Neighbourhood Centre and the Bangladeshi Youth Centre in Leicester

Visit the successful ‘Free the Seeds’ photo exhibition online – see photos and testimony from the battle against global food corporations.

Global Justice Leicester have got posters that show the Monsanto photo exhibition.

Visitor to Free the Seeds exhibition.

 

Would you like to show the ‘Free the Seeds’ Photo Exhibition in a community space or to a local group?

If so, get in touch – email: globaljusticeleicester@gmail.com

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2017

Written by Leicester on March 29, 2017 – 9:15 pm -

It’s time to put Fairtrade into your break

Global Justice Leicester joined with the Knighton Justice  Group to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight 2017. On February 25th we had a stall outside the Co Op on Evington Rd. It was a cold, windy day, but we were given a warm welcome by passers by. Farmers get a better deal when they sell crops for Fairtrade. We are extremely grateful to the Co Op and Marks and Spencers who gave us samples of Fairtrade Foods to share with people who came to our stall.

 

Fairtrade Fortnight Stall

 

Fairtrade Fortnight is over for another year, but it is still important to buy Fairtrade produce and support the farmers who grow our food. Don’t forget to put Fairtrade into your break.

Drinking a cup of Fairtrade tea

As Brexit moves ahead, we’re in an unprecedented situation.  The next few years will see our trade rules rewritten and new trade deals negotiated. For millions of farmers and workers from the world’s poorest countries who rely on trading with us, it could be make or break.

Please take action and support Fairtrade Farmers and their families:

http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/get-involved/current-campaigns/brexit

 

 

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Leicester says ‘No’ to CETA

Written by Leicester on February 1, 2017 – 9:52 pm -

… 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.

LeicesterCetaDayAction

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.


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Leicester day of action against CETA – Saturday 21st January

Written by Leicester on January 19, 2017 – 9:23 pm -

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.

Say NO to CETA banner


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Say NO to CETA

Written by Leicester on January 17, 2017 – 8:00 pm -

PETITION TO LEICESTER CITY COUNCIL

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.

Carton with 3 aggressive dogs

For a full briefing visit: http://www.globaljustice.org.uk/stop-ceta.

Further studies can be found here: http://stopceta.net/resources/

 

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Free the Seeds Photo Exhibition

Written by Leicester on December 29, 2016 – 10:56 pm -

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.


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A busy Summer and Autumn

Written by Leicester on December 29, 2016 – 10:23 pm -

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

Written by Leicester on June 7, 2016 – 10:08 pm -

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.

 


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Going backwards on Climate Change – 7th May

Written by Leicester on May 3, 2016 – 7:51 pm -

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.  

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