Manchester

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