Take Back Manchester Festival 2017 – #ToriesOut
September 29, 2017 – 8:00 am | No Comment | by:

Five days of demonstrations, cultural events, rallies, comedy, music and public meetings will take place all across Manchester to protest the Conservative Party conference from 30 September – 4 October 2017 including a major national demonstration the day the Conservative Party Conference opens on Sunday 1 October.

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September 29, 2017 – 8:00 am | No Comment

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Protest the Conservative Party Conference
Saturday 30 September – Wednesday 4 October, Manchester

Five days of demonstrations, cultural events, rallies, comedy, music and public meetings will take place all across Manchester to protest the Conservative Party conference from 30 September – 4 October 2017 including a major national demonstration the day the Conservative Party Conference opens on Sunday 1 October.

The General Election result left Theresa May and the Conservative Party with a weak, unstable Government. The result represents a rejection of their austerity driven policies that only benefit those at the top. But the Government still remains committed to cuts, privatisation & eroding workers rights.

The festival will demonstrate the huge opposition to the politics of austerity, racism and war and demand an alternative that works for everyone. The timetable is updated constantly, keep checking for new events.

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NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION – SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER

NO MORE AUSTERITY | SCRAP THE PAY CAP
FOR DECENT HEALTH, HOMES, JOBS & EDUCATION
Sunday 1 October, 12pm Castlefield Arena / Liverpool Road, Manchester
Click here for details

SPEAKERS / PERFORMERS INCLUDE:

John McDonnall MP Shadow Chancellor, Maxine Peake Actress, Julie Hesmondhalgh Actress, Gary Younge Journalist & Author, Lowkey Musician & Activist, Captain Ska Band, Afzal Khan MP, Owen Jones Journalist/Author, Jolyon Rubinstein & Heydon Prowse BBC’s ‘The Revolution Will Be Televised’, Amelia Womak Deputy Leader, Green Party, Mark Serwotka General Secretary PCS, Len McCluskey Unite the Union Alan Gibbons Author, Maz Saleem Stand Up To Trump, Louise Regan President of the National Education Union, Lindsey German Stop the War Coalition & more to be announced.

TIMETABLE

This timetable will be updated daily with new events & details may change. If you are organising an event, or would like to, as part of the week please get in touch – office@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk

FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER
09:00 – 16:30: Help stop fracking in Lancashire!
Frack Free Greater Manchester is organising a coach to take solidarity to protesters at the Preston New Road fracking site (near Blackpool) Book your place via Eventbrite: MCR stands with PNR or ring 07952 343755
18:00 – 20:00: Public Sector Pay rally
Hosted by TUC NW (Public Sector Unions)
@ Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS

SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER
11:00 – 18:00: A Future to Win
Day School: Manchester youth groups
@ The English Lounge 64-66 High St, Manchester M4 1EA
12:00 – 16:30: Working for a World Without Austerity
Day School: hosted by Manchester Trades Council (more details to follow)
@ Partisan Collective 19 Cheetham Hill Rd, Manchester M4 4FY
13:00 – 15:00: Fighting Unemployment, Poverty and Austerity
Public Meeting: hosted by the Mary Quaile Club
Speakers: Sean Mitchell and Charlotte Hughes
@ Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent, Salford M5 4WX
16:00 – 18:00: Trump: Taking The World To The Brink Of War?
Public Meeting: hosted by Stop the War Coalition
Speakers: Brian Eno Musician, Afzal Khan MP, Alan Gibbons Author, Maz Saleem Stand Up To Trump, Louise Regan President of the National Education Union, Lindsey German StWC Convenor, Murad Qureshi StWC Chair
@ People’s Events Marquee, Piccadilly Gardens M1 1RN
17:00 – 19:00: Panel Discussion hosted by Momentum
Paul Mason – Journalist, Lauren Stocks – Tameside Momentum, Max Shanly – CLPD and Momentum Selina Todd – Professor of Modern History @ Partisan Collective 19 Cheetham Hill Rd, Manchester M4 4FY – More Details SOLD OUT
18:30 – 19:00: Unwelcome the Tories – Flash Mob
@ Piccadilly Station – Facebook event
19:00 – 23:00: Pre-Protest Party
@ Partisan Collective, 19 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M4 4FY- More details
19:30 – 21:30: Saturday Night Live Event

Theatre / Show: Chat Show event with guests who include Maxine Peake Actress, Brian Eno Musician, Owen Jones Journalist & Author, Mark Serwotka General Secretary PCS, Jolyon Rubinstein & Heydon Prowse The Revolution Will Be Televised, Barbara Nice Actress & Comedian, Penny Hicks Manchester People’s Assembly
@ Dancehouse Theatre – Get tickets here

NHS birthday

SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER
12:00 – 17:00: NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION
NO MORE AUSTERITY | SCRAP THE PAY CAP | FOR DECENT HEALTH, HOMES, JOBS & EDUCATION
@ Castlefield Arena / Liverpool Road, Manchester
17:30 – 23:00: Official Demo After Party with: Lowkey, Captain Ska, Children of Zeus & special guests
@ Manchester Academy 2 – Tickets £5 / £10 (standard) / £15 (with food)
Buy tickets here

MONDAY 2 OCTOBER
12:00 – 15:00: No Privatisation Protest at Pushdoctor
Protest: hosted by Health Campaigns Together / Keep our NHS Public Manchester
@ 5 John Dalton Street, Manchester, M2 6ET
13:00 – 15:30: No to Fracking, No to Climate Change
Protest: Hosted by Campaign Against Climate Change
@ Outside Manchester Central Library
14:00 – 16:00: A Media For The Many Not The Few
Public Meeting: hosted by Media Reform Coalition & others
Speakers include Julie Hesmondhalgh Actress, Justin Schlosberg Media Reform Coalition, Tom Mills Journalist, Stephen Kingston Editor Salford Star, Millie Williamson Media & PR Brunel Uni, Steve Sweeney Morning Star
@ People’s Events Marquee, Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RN
16:00 – 17:00: Musical Interlude with Glitchers @ Piccadilly Gardens (by the People’s Event Marquee)
16:00 – 18:00: The Fight Against Fracking And Climate Change
Public Meeting: with Tina Rotary Anti-Fracking Nanas, Amelia Womak Deputy Leader Green Party, Allison Roche Unison, Martin Empson Campaign Against Climate Change
@ Unison NW Region Offices, Arena Point, M3 1UN
17:00 – 18:00: Meditation Flash Mob
Hosted by Manchester Awakening @ location to be announced on the day. For notification sign up on Facebook
17:15 – 18:45: Avoiding Apocalypse: Alternatives to a war-based foreign policy
Public Meeting: Hosted by Greater Manchester Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Facebook
Dr Jenny Clegg an expert on North East Asia, Ann Feltham Campaign Against The Arms Trade, Kate Hudson CND
@Partisan Collective, 19 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M4 4FY
19:00 – 21:00: How to Resist the NHS Cutbacks
Public Meeting: hosted by Health Campaigns Together
With John Lister, Health Campaigns Together
@ The Old Monkey pub, 90 Portland Street, Manchester city centre, M1 4GX
19:00 – 21:00: An Economy That Works For All
Public Meeting: GARY YOUNGE in conversation with JOHN MCDONNELL MP, Shadow Chancellor
Hosted by The People’s Assembly @ Manchester Cathedral – Register your place here

Our flag stays red

TUESDAY 3 OCTOBER
11:00 – 13:00: Reporting from the frontline in the NHS: the battle for your healthcare
Dr Angharad Spencer-Matewere A&E doctor, Serco cleaner, Dr Rishi Dhir Orthopaedic surgeon, Lara McNeil Medical Student, Jacqui Berry ITU nurse
@ People’s Events Marquee, Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RN Full details
13:00 – 14:00: Book Launch: There’s No Place: The American Housing Crisis And What It Means For The UK
With Glynn Robins, Author & Housing Activist
@ People’s Events Marquee, Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RN Full details
14:00 – 16:30: Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle
Film Showing: followed by Q&A with Glynn Robins author, Amelia Womak Deputy Leader Green Party, Daniela Nadj, Lecturer in Public Law at Queen Mary Uni
@ Friends Meeting House – Tickets available here
17:00 – 19:00: Book Launch: How the Establishment Lost Control
With Chris Nineham, Author
@ People’s Events Marquee, Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RN – More info
17:00 – 19:00: Don’t Let The Racists Divide Us
Protest: hosted by Stand Up To Racism
@ St Peters Square
19:30 – 21:00: Book Launch: Sound System: The Political Power of Music
With Dave Randall, Author & musician
@ People’s Events Marquee, Piccadilly Gardens, M1 1RN – More info
19:30 – 21:30: Ten Takes On Resistance
Theatre: 10 new specially written pieces tackling some of the big issues of our day
Hosted by Take Back Manchester Theatre Collective
@ Central Methodist Hall, Oldham Street – Tickets available here

WEDNESDAY 4 OCTOBER
10:30 – 11:45: End The Housing Crisis: Grenfell, Homelessness & Insecure Homes
Public Meeting with Sheila Coleman Unite Community, Amelia Womak Deputy Leader Green Party, Debra Blanchard The Greater Manchester Housing Action, Tom Woolley British professor of Architecture, Evan Pritchard Manchester People’s Assembly @ Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester M2 5NS More details
11:45 – 15:00: Wall Of Sound Around The Conference Centre
Theresa May: Human Catastrophe
Organised with Manchester Disabled People Against Cuts
Protest during Theresa May’s speech – bring pots, pans, drums, whistles and megaphones!
Assemble: Outside Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount St, Manchester M2 5NS

Kick It Out?
September 20, 2017 – 7:33 pm | No Comment | by:
Kick It Out?

By Johny Helzapopin
In a week where Romelu Lukaku has scored again for Manchester United, continuing his blistering form since his arrival from Everton, off-field issues have overshadowed what all United fans should be focusing …

Red Rebels – A book review
September 15, 2017 – 5:18 pm | No Comment | by:
Red Rebels – A book review

Roughly two-thirds of the way through Red Rebels: The Glazers and the FC Revolution the tone of the book changes from a rollicking, scarf twirling love story imbued with Mancunian rebelliousness to almost Private Eye …

Remit to the bored – CYCM 02.09.2017
August 31, 2017 – 11:26 am | No Comment | by:
Remit to the bored – CYCM 02.09.2017

Course You Can Malcolm returns to Broadhurst Park in the new surroundings of the SMRE Bar this Saturday before the match with Leamington between 12 noon and 3pm featuring the author of a new book on the Glazer takeover and FC United, plus two music acts and a talk about the club’s new disabled supporters group.

Spirit, patience, gentleness
August 16, 2017 – 6:20 am | One Comment | by:
Spirit, patience, gentleness

‘Spirit, Patience, Gentleness,
All that can adorn and bless
Art thou – let deeds, not words, express
Thine exceeding loveliness.

Light in the wheat fields…
July 22, 2017 – 9:19 am | No Comment | by:
Light in the wheat fields…

“Fuck off you fucking pervs”, the skinny peeing girl screamed at us. “You having a shit?” someone said. Standing up and rearranging her attire, she replied, “No, I’m not fucking having a shit, you fucking pervs, I was fucking pissing”. She was a lovely girl as it turned out, from Blackley. She guided us to the field.

You can keep your privates away from me, thank you very much
July 11, 2017 – 8:50 pm | 2 Comments | by:
You can keep your privates away from me, thank you very much

Having never given it a second thought, mainly down to having the NHS and therefore not needing it, private healthcare was something I’d never been intimately acquainted with. That all changed a few years back …

Bevan knows I’m miserable now
July 7, 2017 – 10:01 am | No Comment | by:
Bevan knows I’m miserable now

I still have debts from a decade ago when my wife’s mother had to undergo treatment for cancer in a country that doesn’t have free-to-access health care. My wife spent most of the first two years of our marriage over there nursing her, while my part-time wage, credit cards and personal loans were stretched to pay for treatment.

Now I can go into any company – Make July 5 NHS Day
July 6, 2017 – 7:34 am | No Comment | by:
Now I can go into any company – Make July 5 NHS Day

For the first time every man woman and child in the country could see a doctor and get the help they needed no matter their ability to pay for medical care.

STP me if you think you’ve heard this one before
July 6, 2017 – 7:30 am | No Comment | by:
STP me if you think you’ve heard this one before

We’d had enough of the relentless “private sector good, public sector bad” market-based twaddle that had infused health policy for more than two decades – it was time to stand up and be counted

We were makin’ love by Wednesday…
July 5, 2017 – 7:28 am | No Comment | by:
We were makin’ love by Wednesday…

Today a three-day strike by hospital workers defending their right to acceptable conditions and pay has begun. They are striking against Serco, a multi-billion pound global company that won the contract to supply cleaners, porters and other staff to hospitals in London. Serco’s CEO is Winston Churchill’s grandson. Our solidarity with Serco workers is absolute.

You can polish a turd…
July 3, 2017 – 7:30 am | No Comment | by:
You can polish a turd…

They later discovered that the kind elderly man, with time on his hands, had lay in his bed and very carefully sucked all the chocolate off his maltesers.

“We’re going to save it you bells…”
June 30, 2017 – 7:35 am | No Comment | by:
“We’re going to save it you bells…”

It took my first holiday abroad on my own with my mates to try and get my head round why I’d need travel insurance, I think the conversation went “why did we need that as it’s free isn’t it?” The concept that it wasn’t free just didn’t make sense at all.

TaterhashtagMakeJuly5NHSday…
June 30, 2017 – 7:27 am | No Comment | by:
TaterhashtagMakeJuly5NHSday…

She’ll be 70 next year. The fact that 70 is still considered very young has got to be smashingly symbolic of cradle to the grave-ism if we manage to get a movement going in the next twelve months that culminates in a Manchester party in 2018.

Time to take a chance
June 7, 2017 – 11:30 pm | No Comment | by:
Time to take a chance

Author Selina Todd, who wrote critically acclaimed The People: The Rise and Fall of The Working Class, tells AFL why she’s voting Labour…

Fear, love and hope will rage…
June 7, 2017 – 8:32 pm | No Comment | by:
Fear, love and hope will rage…

For the first time since the first time, I will be voting for a manifesto I actually believe in. Since Jeremy Corbyn won the first leadership election, he has galvanised many on the left. And he has done it with basic social democratic ideas and policies that aren’t even ‘radical’ in the grander scheme of things.

Don’t draw a cock
June 7, 2017 – 12:50 pm | No Comment | by:
Don’t draw a cock

Every time I get in the voting booth I get the urge to draw a cock on the ballot paper. It’s worse this time cos a family member has appointed me as a proxy. It’s double temptation to draw a cock.

Making America Grate Again (lessons to be learned)
June 7, 2017 – 12:48 pm | No Comment | by:
Making America Grate Again (lessons to be learned)

It was now, with alarming ease, that people who’d never before mentioned race to us felt comfortable in the company of relative outsiders to spout their new-found, or more likely long-held but until now supressed views about the perceived danger they faced from Islam and the burden of paying the medical bills of lazy, unemployed African Americans and Latinos. Far from being the joke figure he was to us, Trump was being openly celebrated by many I met in Atlanta as a leader who would deal with these “problems”. These sorts of conversations were not difficult to get into on that visit. Foreign policy never came up though.

Pass the brillo pad…
June 7, 2017 – 8:25 am | No Comment | by:
Pass the brillo pad…

And what will follow? More of the bloody same. More people using food banks, more people dying because they have had their benefits stopped, a hard brexit that will make the whole country worse off, a tax haven for the very rich, people finding that, in real terms they are facing pay cuts and less workers rights.

The beautiful cack-handed ibex
June 6, 2017 – 8:07 pm | No Comment | by:
The beautiful cack-handed ibex

What a beautiful world it wants to bring into being for the many; what sturdy collective endeavour it encourages us all to work towards.

Thursday Night Fever
June 6, 2017 – 8:05 pm | No Comment | by:
Thursday Night Fever

Sometimes I have imaginary arguments while walking to work in which I come up with amazing ripostes to win the argument in no uncertain terms. Occasionally this is muttered out loud instead of inside my head and I get caught unawares by someone silently overtaking me, and I have to hope they think I’m using one of those bluetooth earpieces, so rather than being a lunatic I’m just a twat.