Great Press Gang meeting last night, which included:

  • an update on the next edition of One Planet Leeds magazine, including lots of exciting articles in the pipe-line (http://lassn.org.uk/category/projects/press-gang/newsletter/)
  • information about the planned City Walk with A Quiet Word theatre company (http://aquietword.squarespace.com/) that looks at places, journeys and stories of people living in Leeds
  • details of events surrounding the Refugee Boy production at West Yorkshire Playhouse in March (http://www.wyp.org.uk/what’s-on/2013/refugee-boy/) especially on 16 March when there is a question time and an event for local and national bloggers. If you know a blogger please pass email us with their name and email address.
  • planning four intensive Press Gang working group days in March to research, campaign, produce materials, and promote issues during the busy period leading up to Refugee Boy events. These will be 7, 8, 14 and 15 March from 10.00 – 4.00. More details to follow.
  • an early insight into plans to take a deputation to Leeds City Council about the plight of destitute asylum seekers
  • learning how eating pancakes from across the world on 11 February is going to help Leeds become a more welcoming city (http://www.cityofsanctuary.org/leeds/news)
  • a challenge to cook up a change for World Food Night on 22 February (http://worldfoodnight.org.uk)
  • hearing about a seminar 10.00 – 1.00 on 11 February for activist and campaigners led by Carlos Saavedra one of the most inspiring campaigners and community organisers based in the USA who led the United We Dream campaign. Details and booking (only a few places left) from Kaveh Azarhoosh at yandh @ regionalasylumactivism.org
  • meeting two new press gang reporters
  • discovering a refugee graphic designer just when we needed one
  • fixing up interviews between reporters and refugees
Peter Richardson

Peter Richardson

Peter is a freelance writer and former director of Leeds Asylum Seekers' Support Network. Find him on twitter @viewsofworld

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