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(en) Britain, Leeds, ARC*, The rabble rouser Sep 2004 - In Booze we trust? NEW SLANTS ON LIFE IN LEEDS...

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Date Sat, 18 Sep 2004 11:40:39 +0200 (CEST)

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"Oh great! Just what we need - another fun-pub disco 'cos there aren't
enough overpriced, glitzy places in Leeds are there?"
If you're new to Leeds or have lived here for a while you'll probably
notice that Leeds overflows with glitzy, pricey, bars and restaurants.
One of the newest is the Halo/Quilted Llama in the old Trinity St
David's church next to Leeds University.
This site previously owned by the university, was sold for &1.5 million
to Ultimate Leisure (a Newcastle based company) on a 99 lease subject
to "safeguards as to the external appearance of the buildings and the
compatibility of the business with the university's own activities."
Vomiting students, glaring lights, booming music, heavy handed bouncers,
overpriced drinks - sounds very compatible with the modern day

Binge drinking and overspending are
essential to student life. Now we at
the Rabble Rouser like a drink as
much as the next person, but what's
the bigger picture? Binge drinking
costs the NHS &1.7 billion a year,
with booze landing 150,000 people
in hospital every year. 40% of A & E
admissions are alcohol related. Some
of the other effects of our booze
culture are 1.2 million incidents of
alcohol related violence and 22,000
premature deaths a year. Is a posh
fun-pub disco drinking den the best
that the university could really think
of? What about something offering more
than booze and a hole in your wallet?
Ultimate Leisure have given the old
church a £5 million face-lift. Small beans
for a company who floated on the stock
exchange in 1999 and reported pre-tax
profits of £4.2 million in 2003. One of
their aims for the Quilted Llama is luxury
and exclusivity - this ethos couldn't be
further removed from that of the previ-
ous tenants (and no we don't mean the

In 1999 when Trinity St David's was empty
and semi-derelict the A-Spire collective
moved in, cleaned it up and re-opened it
as a free accessible community space - a
squatted social centre. During their six
weeks occupation a series of free music
events, talks and workshops were held.
There was also an open mic night, a do-
nations café, bookshop, and free-shop.
Now 5 years on we have the Quilted
Llama - another expensive alcohol-geared
drinking hole in a city which is rammed
full of them and lacks any alternative, af-
fordable accessible, spaces.
But don't despair just yet, the Rabble
Rouser can report that over the summer a
collective of individuals have been work-
ing on setting up an autonomous space in
Leeds centre. See over for more de-

Plans for another A-Spire

Those cheeky squatter are at it again.
The A-spire collective are beginning
meetings to open another free space in
Leeds over the autumn. If you are inter-
ested, check out the website:

'this country, with its institutions, belongs
to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall
grow weary of the existing government, they can
exercise their constitutional right of amending it,
or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow
it'. Abraham Lincoln.

A Radical new free space opening in
Leeds centre this autumn

Sick of a world that revolves round money not people?
Tired of a politics which preaches freedom and choice
but offers only bigger cages and longer chains? Fed up
with a city that boasts a 24 hour lifestyle " 24 hours
dominated by money and power?

Well you're not alone! We're in the process of raising
funds and finding city centre premises for a social centre
right in the heart of Leeds. The centre will be collec-
tively run as a libertarian, non-profit space where we can
organise ourselves to meet our own needs and desires,
rather than those of big business and for politicians.
The shape of the Leeds Social Centre will be up to those
who want to get involved, but here are some of the ideas
that have been proposed so far: café, gig venue, art
space, library meeting room, creche, yoga and health
room, multicultural space, games Room, radical book-
shop, free internet access, food co-op, film nights and
chill-out space. Contact Leeds ARC to get involved.

Abuse in Leeds Prisons

BBC News reported this month that the Commission for
Racial Equality (CRE) is being asked to set up an inquiry
into claims of racially-motivated assaults by prison offi-
cers at Leeds Prison. It has been alleged that Asian and
black inmates were verbally abused, unfairly denied ac-
cess to facilities and punched and kicked by prison staff.
The allegations surfaced in April, after an Asian prisoner,
Shahid Aziz, was found dead in his cell at Leeds. Lawyers
for some of the prisoners want the commission to set up
an inquiry. Ethnic minority inmates said they had been
victims of assaults and five provided details of attacks by
a small number of prison officers. For more info see:
Leeds ARC normally meets 1st and 3rd Thurs of the month at
Holy Trinity Church café, 7.30pm. Contact us for exact times

G8 gathers pace

The G8 have officially declared that the UK
will host the leaders of the G8 countries at
the exclusive Gleneagles resort in Scotland
in July 2005. A Global Day of Action has
been called for July 6th 2005. People from
Leeds will be helping organise against the
G8, through actions, workshops and teach-
ins. See www.dissent.org.uk or contact
Leeds ARC.

Diary Dates

September 2004

19 Incitement II... film night, Emma Goldman 7.30
pm, Packhorse pub, Woodhouse Lane.
25 Switch off star wars.National demo at Fylingdales
30 Leeds Social centre/Leeds ARC meeting.
7.30pm, Holy Trinity Café, Boar Lane

October 2004

1-3 Big Blether. Activist gathering in Scotland.
6 Leeds Underground Films Day at Leeds Radical
Film Festival. Leeds Art Gallery. LS1
7 `4 to the Floor' Fundraiser for Leeds Social Centre.
7.30pm-late Brudenell Social Club, Queens Rd, LS6.
12 Pachamerica Day Anti-Colombus Day of action
14--17 European Social Forum Various venues
around London. http://www.altspaces.net/
17 Incitement II... film night, The Bolivarian Revolu-
tion 7.30 pm, Packhorse pub, Woodhouse Lane.
21 Leeds Social centre/Leeds ARC meeting.
7.30pm, Holy Trinity Café, Boar Lane
31 Incitement II... Day at Leeds Radical Film Festi-
val. Leeds Art Gallery. LS1
November 2004
27 Anarchist Bookfair. ULU, Malet St, London.
It's the 21st century in boomtown Leeds, in one
of the world's richest countries. Yuppie flats,
poverty, shit call-centre jobs, environmental
devastation, glitzy overpriced bars, pollution,
run-down estates and long working hours.
Politicians, business, the media tell us this is
as good as it gets. Leeds ARC begs to differ!
Leeds ARC (Action for Radical Change) puts
together The Rabble Rouser, links local and global
issues, promotes and takes collective action to
create our own solutions and radically transform
our city--without bosses or politicians.
Get involved - send in articles, distribute The
Rabble Rouser, be a pain in the arse. We want
local dirt or gossip about the powers that be--the
media, the council, big business--so let us
know. Email: leedsarc@yahoo.co.uk.
Phone: 07963 951267 Post: Leeds ARC,
145-147 Cardigan
Road, Leeds LS6 1LJ. Copies of Rabble
Rouser available @ www.leedsarc.org.uk.
* Ed. Note: ARC (Leeds' Dissent! info point)
is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
direct action social struggle initiativeLeeds

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