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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 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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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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Easter success for film showing

Written by Leicester on March 30, 2016 – 9:54 pm -

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.

ThisChangesEverything

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

Written by Leicester on March 20, 2016 – 9:52 pm -

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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