On Saturday Leeds city centre saw the third anti-trump demonstration in the past two weeks. Roughly 1000 people gathered in Victoria Gardens to listen to speakers, including Socialist Party member Amy Cousens, before marching through the city centre, growing in number as they went.
James Ellis, Leeds Socialist Party
In her speech Amy spoke about the link between oppression and class, explaining how prejudice finds its root in, and is promoted by, capitalism. She called for concrete plans to be put in place to organise beyond demonstrations, including Socialist Students’ proposed school and college walk out on the day Trump comes to Britain. We had over 50 students and young people sign up to support this action at one of our stalls.
She also argued that the ultimate solution to the dangers of Trump, and the poverty that creates support for his hateful policies, is to organise society on socialist lines and ensure the economy is geared towards meeting the needs of all, not making profit for the 1%.
Notable on the demonstration was the large number of women and school/college students. The election of Trump has brought new layers of people into activity looking for solutions to the injustices they see in the news, and in their everyday lives.
It’s vital that in Leeds, and around the county, that this enthusiasm is channelled into organising resistance – joining unions and organising in schools and work places – and ultimately towards fighting for a socialist transformation of society.