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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 August 2017

Support for Socialist Party campaigns at biggest ever Leeds Pride

Leeds Pride 2017 was the youngest and most militant in some time, photo by Mary Finch

Leeds Pride 2017 was the youngest and most militant in some time, photo by Mary Finch   (Click to enlarge)

Mary Finch

Socialist Party members joined an excellent Leeds Pride on 5 August. It was the biggest ever Pride parade in Leeds, with over 40,000 attending.

There was a keenness among many to organise to reclaim Pride from its corporate sponsors.

Instead of being led by Sainsbury's supermarket, as the organisers planned, the parade was headed by local campaigners who cut in with a 'Pride is political' banner.

And there was overwhelming support for Socialist Party campaigns. We raised 50 fighting fund, and our stall was mobbed by overwhelmingly young, working class LGBT+ people.

We petitioned for LGBT+ rights in Northern Ireland, the only country in the UK without marriage equality, and against the deportation of Ali Feruz.

Ali is a gay journalist seeking asylum in Russia, after fleeing persecution and violence in Uzbekistan. He works for the newspaper that broke the story about the gay 'concentration camps' in Chechnya. In a blatantly political attack the Russian state plans to deport him back to Uzbekistan.

There was an instinctive understanding of the need for international solidarity. One person commented: 'If that was me, I'd need people to help me'. She was one of many who signed the petition and took a photo with our solidarity posters to send to Ali.

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In The Socialist 9 August 2017:


What we think

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Rashan Charles death: End police racism and austerity

Coventry: march following racist police killing

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RMT condemns Welsh government rail privatisation


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

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Young Socialists off to a flying start in Cardiff

Campaign fights closure of Chatsworth rehab ward

Support for Socialist Party campaigns at biggest ever Leeds Pride

Northern Pride's a success

Housing safety campaign kicks off in Coventry

Far-right thrown out of Newcastle

Postie paper sale


International socialist news and analysis

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Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

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Global finance

Global finance: Are those storm clouds ahead?


Music review

Crunchy guitar and poignant dialogue in alt-rock homage to south Wales miners


 

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