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Yorkshire Aid has been designed to help the people of Yorkshire coordinate their kindness and efficiently bring relief and dignity to people in need. They have a network of donation sites across Yorkshire which transport much needed supplies to refugees in camps such as Calais, Dunkirk, Greece & even those based in the UK. We first came in contact with them when they came & spoke about their experiences at an event we held in 2015

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We regularly get emails from locals wanting to donate unwanted items & always point people towards Yorkshire Aid. Their main distribution centre is in East Leeds but have many more across the county. They are always in need of donations & volunteers to carry on their excellent work

 

www.yorkshireaid.org // facebook.com/yorkshireaid

Stand Up to Racism

SUTR are a national body, with local groups, aimed at standing up to and confronting racism. They co-ordinate a number of national and local events such as the UN Anti-Racism Day demo in London on 19th March and a number of rallies against racist groups such as the EDL, BNP & the newly formed Pegida. They have been at the forefront of the Refugees Welcome message across the UK and do brave work in the face of racists to say no to Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and scapegoating migrants. We regularly meet with the Leeds branch and are currently in the process of organising a huge event in the city with them

 

www.standuptoracism.org.uk // twitter.com/antiracismday

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City of Sanctuary is a mainstream, grassroots movement with numerous local groups who work to bring together individuals and organisations from all sectors (faith groups, voluntary, business, education, etc) which make a public commitment to welcome and include refugees and people seeking sanctuary in their usual activities

 

Much like bloc, City of Sanctuary seeks to influence the political debate on sanctuary through cultural change, through a commitment to awareness raising right across society, and through the many partnerships created throughout, and beyond, the refugee sector

 

Our local group, Leeds City of Sanctuary, has built up a network of around 800 individual supporters from all over the city. This sends the positive message that refugees are welcome in this city and we will help make it a sanctuary for those

 

leeds.cityofsanctuary.org

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Starting life in 2013 in our hometown, Leeds, TRJFP is a network of organic Pay as You Feel cafes. They now have 110 cafes worldwide - a number growing by the week and have intercepted over 107,000 tonnes of food. For anyone that has read our Waste Food article, you will know we met the founder last year & were utterly shocked at just how endemic the issue of waste food is on our planet. The work that TRJFP do worldwide is astonishing, not only in helping to intercept perfectly edible food but in standing up for those in society that need it the most - the homeless, refugees & those failed by our systems to name a few

The Real Junk Food Project

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Stop the War was founded in September 2001 in the weeks following 9/11, when George W. Bush announced the "war on terror". Stop the War has since been dedicated to preventing and ending the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere

 

They have been instrumental in supporting Palestinian rights, opposing racism and Islamophobia, and the defence of civil liberties. Stop the War has organised around 40 national demonstrations, including the largest protests ever held in Britain, most memorably on 15 February 2003, when up to two million gathered on London's streets to oppose the Iraq war

 

In 2013, they were central in mobilising opposition to UK bombing of Syria, as proposed by David Cameron's government. This led to the historic decision in parliament when MPs voted against military intervention. They were also the main voice in the battle against striking Syria again in late 2015, this time unable to stop MPs voting for air strikes but again, amassing huge support from the general public in the quest to end wars

 

www.stopwar.org.uk

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With huge trade union backing & the support of many other campaigning groups, the People’s Assembly is a broad united national campaign against austerity, cuts and privatisation. Like ourselves, they are not linked to any political party, co-ordinating joint action amongst the many people who oppose austerity

 

People's Assembly work on both a national & local level, organising regional & nationwide action, including  an annual march against austerity in London, which last year saw 250,000 attend