Manchester

Call COBRA, that’ll sort it

The reaction to any terror bombing in any Western nation is as predictable as the tides and, with its own eccentricities, Britain is no exception.

First, a selection of political worthies mouth the Standardised Incident Phrase “my thoughts are with the victims” — whose names they will mostly not know or care to remember a week after the fact. The leader of the opposition scrambles to offer a pantomime of… Continue reading

Manchester’s self-organised homeless challenge Andy Burnham to join them

 

Organisers at squatted former arts space Cornerhouse have called on new Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham to go a step further than simple charity donations and engage directly with homeless people in finding solutions to the city’s rough sleeping crisis. Cornerhouse, owned by Network Rail, has been occupied by homeless people and Manchester Activist Network (MAN) since January and successfully saw off … Continue reading

Manchester activists fight against turnover of Cornerhouse

After successfully seeing off an eviction last Tuesday, homeless people backed by the Manchester Activist Network (MAN) have made a callout for support in what they say is a “high alert period” in their fight to keep their Oxford Road site open as a centre for the city’s regular rough sleepers, the number of which has quadrupled since 2010 to a little under 200 on average.

The… Continue reading

Empty Cages announce first No More Prisons conference

The Empty Cages Collective, a federation of prison abolitionist groups based in Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Cardiff and London, is backing a major new conference aimed at growing the movement nationally and gearing up for a campaign to fight the government as it pushes forward building new megaprisons.

The first of the new giant facilities, HMP Berwyn near Wrexham, is set to take its first prisoners in February… Continue reading

Your guide to 2017 anarchist bookfairs in the British Isles

Every year the anarchist movement has its biggest get-together at the London Anarchist Bookfair at the end of October. But there’s a lot of similar events going on between now and then, and we’ve done a roundup below so you’re never short of a book or two.

April 29th: Cambridge Radical Bookfair Venue: Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, CB4 3BA 1pm-5pm

Stalls from the likes of East… Continue reading

‘North of the Watford Gap’: Resistance beyond Central London

The Rebecca Riots of 1843.

You are holding a black-and-white photograph. It shows a woman holding a union placard. It shows a picket line, scab vans, Labour politicos, a man dirty and tired from his work. You are holding the narrative of industrial working-class struggle. You put down the photograph and pick another history.

The struggles of non-London working-class communities are condemned to history. We are all miners still on… Continue reading

Charitable Disempowerment: The Sock Exchange

The sock exchange

A homeless man is crying during a television interview. The man is Wes Hall, former spokesman of the Sock Exchange, “a hub for Manchester’s homeless”squatted by Hall and others a few days previously. Footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs allowed the group to stay in the building until February.

To a grinning liberal Left, the footballers confirmed their images as working-class lads done good who would never… Continue reading