Manchester homeless open letter to Andy Burnham: ‘You’re setting us up to fail’

Having very efficiently attacked political squatting in the early days of its tenure in 2017-18, Andy Burnham’s administration is currently in the process of fulfilling his “ending rough sleeping” pledge by potentially banning it in the city centre — and offering unsuitable accommodation. Below, a group of homeless people in Eccles describe their experience of

Manchester union picket attacked by fascists

Far-right thugs imitating the French yellow-vest movement launched a racist attack on an RMT picket yesterday, reports the Merseyside Anti-Fascist Network: Striking transport workers were attacked on their picket line at Manchester Victoria by a bunch of yellow vest fascists. The picketers, who have been campaigning over cuts to safety-important train guard roles, were attacked

Gary Neville luxury development occupied by Persons Unknown

Either you retire a hero, or you live long enough to become Nevillan, say squatters as they launch broadside against luxury apartments ousting working class families from Manchester. The crew, has taken over 19 and 21 St John Street in Castlefield, on the edge of the Northern Quarter.The million-pound Grade II listed property, formerly business

Far-right ‘football lads’ humiliated in Manchester on match day

After a worryingly large turnout in London earlier this month the much-hyped Football Lads Alliance (FLA) was humiliated yesterday, pulling in barely 300 people to be penned in by police and outmatched by anti-fascists. The FLA rump, already split after an internal argument, was from the start restricted to Castlefield Bowl area by police and

Manchester: A reality check for Corbynism

Cuddly Jeremy’s fight to turn the Labour Party into a red blooded socialist party has some way to go, if Manchester is anything to go by. The city is virtually a one party mini-state with Labour holding 95 of the 96 council seats, so the perfect place, you would have thought, to start the Labour

Manchester and London stations brought to standstill by Afrin solidarity blockade

Dozens of people blockaded train tracks at Manchester’s Piccadilly station today, shutting down the major city transport hub for most of the afternoon — followed by a blockade at Kings Cross in London. Friends of Kurdistan Manchester (FKM) reported that Kurds, their friends and supporters were blockading the stations to raise pressure on the British

From Acorns grow mighty tenants’ unions

Tenants’ union ACORN has been making a splash with a string of wins over rogue landlords and a striking growth rate, which has inspired Plan C Manchester to get involved. The group explains why in the post below, originally written for Plan C. Manchester Plan C is embarking on a year-long project to set up

Welcome to Partisan

Manchester has been struggling along without a stable radical social centre since 2007, when The Basement was ruined by flooding, but that all changed in 2017. When Partisan Collective announced they had secured space for progressive events and projects it caused quite a stir. Below, collective member Madeline FJ writes about their efforts so far.

Lessons of Cornerhouse

The Cornerhouse is a former theatre in Manchester squatted from January to August 2017 by self-organised homeless people linked to the Manchester Activist Network. This is their story. As the final pieces of our belongings, donations and clothes were brought out of the infamous Cornerhouse it was time for Manchester Activist Network to reflect back