Nasty things in International Food Production

Source booksFriday 20th November, 7:30pm, Unity House, Fennel Street, Loughborough

Discussion to be introduced by David Girdler

World food production now depends on factory farming/fishing. This food
is produced with the aid of chemicals to control disease and pests. The
problems of pollination, worker poisoning and distribution miles will be
dealt with.

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Where now for the Environment Movement? Public Lecture with Jonathon Porrit

Jonathon Porritt is speaking at Loughborough University on the 19 Nov, 7pm as part of the Critical Politics for Global Challenges Public Lecture Series. According to the University website:

Humankind faces three major global challenges: environmental crisis, especially climate change; mounting insecurity and the politics of fear; and an unstable, unequal, yet interdependent world economy. Each of these has political causes and possible solutions. Each has demonstrated potential to cause local, regional and global conflict. Each has inspired political dissent, tested established institutions, and challenged dominant conceptions of politics, democracy and citizenship. Each is becoming more acute as the twenty-first century unfolds. Yet each may require radical reform of structures of governance in order to be resolved.

This series of public lectures by speakers from outside academe – campaigners, journalists, researchers, politicians and others – will bring to bear their particular expertise on different aspects of these issues. Talks will be followed by time for questions, contributions and discussion”

For details and how to book your free place, visit…/even…/jonathon-porritt-lecture.html

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Loughborough Coach To The People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs

Picture1As politicians set off for the Paris climate talks, activists in Loughborough have organised a coach to the biggest climate march ever planned in the UK: The People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs, on the 29 November in London.

Supported by Trade Unions, environmental and justice NGOs, political parties, organisers are urging Loughborough folk to join in the demands to end dirty energy and yes to renewables and climate jobs and justice for those affected by climate change. There is also a pick-up for people in Leicester.

The coach  departs Fennel Street (outside the social club), Loughborough 8am, and St Margaret’s Bus Station, Leicester, 8:30am.

Tickets are £15 Waged/£10 Unwaged and are on sale at Eventbrite :

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No to the Trade Union Bill

Drop_the_TU_BillFriday 6th November, 7:30pm, Unity House, Fennel Street, Loughborough

Discussion to be introduced by Andrew Ross

According to Tory ministers, measures in the TU Bill now going through parliament which include a 50 per cent threshold in strike ballots, controls over ‘facility time’ for union reps, a crackdown on picketing, allowing firms to hire agency staff during disputes and stopping union subs being taken directly from wages under the check-off system are ‘sensible and fair reforms’.

Yet Unite general secretary Len McCluskey says he hasn’t met a single chief executive of a leading firm who wants a fresh crackdown on unions, while even organisations representing employers and recruitment agencies have raised concerns about the consequences of the Bill.

Major campaigns are now being drawn up against the Bill, which will include legal, political and industrial challenges.

A joint Unite Community – Friday Room meeting.

All welcome.

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No meeting on 16th…. “Question time” instead

We saw that this was on and thought members would prefer to attend it.

Loughborough’s own ‘Any Questions’ in Loughborough with Nicky Morgan

​On Friday 16th October 2015 at 7.15pm, Hastings Community Association will host its own version of “Any Questions” based on the popular BBC Radio 4 discussion programme where a panel of personalities from the worlds of politics, media and elsewhere are posed questions and engage with the audience.
As well as Loughborough’s Nicky Morgan, MP, Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities, the panel will also include Councillor Jewel Miah, the new rector of All Saints with Holy Trinity Church, Revd. Wendy Darymple and local entertainer Bill Brookman who has also spent 13 years with the United Nations.
Entry is free, for more information and to reserve your place at what we are sure will be a well-attended event, contact Janet Grant on 0789 466 5456
The venue will be the fascinating Victorian headquarters of the Great Central Railway: Lovatt House, on the corner of Wharncliffe Road / Great Central Road, LE11 1SL. Please arrive at 7 pm for a 7.15 start.

Next Friday Room meeting is planned for 30th Oct.

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis

 Ashur Mohammed, 60, checks his land in Latifiyah, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad

Ashur Mohammed, 60, checks his land in Latifiyah, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Baghdad

Friday 2nd October, 7:30pm, Unity House, Fennel Street, Loughborough

What is the back ground? Is Cameron wrong? What can we do to help?

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Fairer voting and the Labour Party

Labour Campaign for Electoral ReformFriday 18th Sept, 7:30pm, Unity House, Fennel Street, Loughborough

Discussion to be introduced by Ken Ritche, Voting reform campaigner and Labour Party member

With a political system dominated by two parties, we are unlikely to get electoral reform without the support of one of them. There seems little chance of a Conservative change of heart on the issue, but might Labour, particularly with a new leader and a re-energised membership, be prepared to back reform? And how is Labour to be convinced that a fairer voting system is in its long-term interests?

Please arrive in time for a prompt start to the discussion.

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