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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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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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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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Speak Up For The Love Of … Climate Lobby

Written by Leicester on July 4, 2015 – 4:34 pm -

Climate Change Lobby of Parliament on 17th June

Supporters of Global Justice Leicester lobbied all three Leicester MPs on 17th June. It was a day of celebration, discussion … and resolve to work together to keep the issue of Climate Change on the political agenda.

Speaker at Climate Change Rally

 

The Climate Coalition is made  up of more than 100 organisations

… all concerned #fortheloveof

… our world

… all people

… nature

… the environment

… What do you love and want to protect from Climate Change?

 

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Energy Democracy – lots to be hopeful about

Written by Leicester on April 23, 2015 – 10:13 pm -

Working for Energy Democracy in Developing Countries and Britain

On April 14th an enthusiastic audience gathered at Christchurch to find out more about Energy Democracy.

 

Speakers at Energy Democracy Talk

 

Sam Lund-Harket from Global Justice Now, highlighted the way energy injustice is destroying people’s lives. He also spoke about rays of hope – good news stories about communities where alternative energy is generated to give clean and democratically controlled energy for everyone.

Clare Welton of Fuel Poverty Action Group – spoke movingly of people in poverty in the UK who struggle with utility bills. She explained the Energy Bill of Rights and work that is being done to ensure that individuals struggling with bills are aware of their rights. It is important that information is made available to empower people in poverty.

Fuel Poverty Action Group produces:

  • Leaflet – Having Problems with your Energy Company – Know your rights
  • Mini-guide –  In trouble with your Energy Company – Know your rights

 

What you can do:

 

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Speaker meeting on 14th April – Working for Energy Democracy

Written by Leicester on April 1, 2015 – 5:30 pm -

Working for Energy Democracy in Developing Countries and Britain

on

April 14th, 7.30 – 9.00pm

at

Christchurch, 105a Clarendon Park Rd, Leicester, LE2 3AD

with

Sam Lund-Harket

(Energy Campaigner, Global Justice Now)

and

Clare Welton

(Fuel Poverty Action Group)

Energy Bill of Rights Poster

 This is a joint speaker meeting that has been arranged by Global Justice Leicester and Christians Aware.

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Take back our world – another world is possible

Written by Leicester on March 31, 2015 – 9:39 pm -

Take back our world! was the launch event of Global Justice Now, the new name for WDM in 2015.

What a fantastic day. Featuring international speakers, films, workshops, music, an exhibition of Mexican street art … and the opportunity to share a passion for justice with likeminded people.

Mexican street art

Street art by Rosario Martinez Llaguno and Roberto Vega Jimenez, members of the Mexican art collective Lapiztola Stencil, based in Oaxaca. Commisioned by Global Justice Now for a free exhibition that coincided with the Launch of Global Justice Now

Why not join us in 2015 and become part of a global movement to challenge the powerful and create a more just and equal world.

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Campaigning in the Summer …

Written by Leicester on November 3, 2014 – 9:42 pm -

Resisting the new Scramble in Africa – a speaker meeting and stalls out and about …

Speaker from Shepherd Food Ministries in Nigeria

On 1st July, Dr Ola Ogunyemi spoke about the work of Shepherd Food Ministries in Nigeria.  Ola spoke at first hand about support poor farmers in their struggle to remain independent in an increasingly globalised world. If farmers are to keep hold of their land, they need up-to-date advice and an infrastructure that helps them to make a profit from their produce. There is a big gap between the support network of the farmers who grow the majority of the world’s food, and the money and help available for large multinational seed companies.

Christine Haigh talking about Scramble for Africa

Christine Haigh of WDM spoke about the Scramble for Africa, and the need to support small farmers in Africa with our Government Aid, rather than the large multinational companies.

We also had a stall at the Leicester University Botanical Garden. Scramble for Africa took on a new meaning among the plants and specialist plant growers.

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Speaker meeting in Leicester on Tue 1st July

Written by Leicester on June 27, 2014 – 9:57 pm -

Resisting the new Scramble for Africa: working collaboratively with farmers in Nigeria.

on Tuesday 1st July

at Christchurch, Clarendon Park Rd, Leicester, LE2 3AH

from 7-9pm

Speakers

Dr Ola Ogunyemi

(Principal Lecturer in Journalism, University of Lincoln, President of Shepherd Food Ministeries)

and

Christine Haigh

(Food Policy officer, World Development Movement)

Please come along and join the discussion about supporting small farmers in Africa.

This meeting has been arranged by Leicester WDM and Christians Aware

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Speaker meeting – The new scramble for Africa

Written by Leicester on June 24, 2014 – 9:28 pm -

Resisting the new Scramble for Africa: working collaboratively with farmers in Nigeria

Farmer on tractor in Nigeria

Tuesday 1st July

at Christchurch, Clarendon Park Road, Leicester, LE2 3AH – 7-9pm

Speakers

Dr Ola Ogunyemi

(Principal Lecturer in Journalism, University of Lincoln, President of Shepherd Food Ministries)

and

Christine Haigh

(Food Policy Officer, World Development Movement)

Please join us to learn more about the important role that small farmers play in feeding Africa.

This meeting has been arranged by Leicester WDM and Christians Aware.

 

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