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

Peterloo – a new poem
December 7, 2016 – 1:59 pm | No Comment
Peterloo – a new poem

People use the collections of the lovely Working Class Movement Library for all sorts of reasons. It’s freely open for everyone to visit. A poet called Oliver Lomax went in recently to read some of …

If there are no spots on a sugar cube, I’ve just put dice in my tea
October 31, 2016 – 11:33 pm | No Comment
If there are no spots on a sugar cube, I’ve just put dice in my tea

After 150 years of sugar farming, this autumn sees the last sugar cane harvest on the Hawaiian island of Maui.   It’s no longer ‘economic’ – American products use cheaper corn syrup now, rather than sugar.  …

Moston hosts a miniature dystopia – rush to see this gloomy delight…
July 7, 2016 – 10:32 pm | No Comment
Moston hosts a miniature dystopia – rush to see this gloomy delight…

Model villages, overhead photographs of cities, landscapes viewed from a plane – the delights of miniaturisation are well known to we control freaks. Everything well ordered and in its place, for us to be able …

Imagination fires the revolution
October 6, 2015 – 12:25 am | No Comment
Imagination fires the revolution

If you’re not fortunate enough to live in Manchester you might well assume, from the media coverage, that all that’s going on here this week is a bunch of tories with an undemocratic mandate making …

‘Mixing sport with their filthy politics’
August 13, 2015 – 4:19 pm | No Comment
‘Mixing sport with their filthy politics’

From the June 1932 issue of The Worker Sportsman, which also includes a report on the Kinder Scout mass trespass which had taken place that April.
This article is reproduced by kind permission of the Working …

Explore the past, change the future – get up close to historic activist material at the Working Class Movement Library
October 7, 2014 – 9:42 am | No Comment
Explore the past, change the future – get up close to historic activist material at the Working Class Movement Library

Here’s a message for activists and campaigners from our friends at Salford’s Working Class Movement Library:
Fighting for a better world?
Wednesdays 15, 22, 29  October, 6.30-8pm
Come along and spend three evenings exploring what you’ve got in …

The Great War – myths and realities
August 4, 2014 – 11:25 am | No Comment
The Great War – myths and realities

The Working Class Movement Library‘s exhibition, The Great War: myths and realities, opens on Wednesday 6 August.  It explores topics such as Salford’s response to the outbreak of war, the strength of the anti-war movement …

The fiery particle (vote Ellen)
July 31, 2014 – 10:41 am | No Comment
The fiery particle (vote Ellen)

One of those being touted as a deserving recipient of this civic award is Ellen Wilkinson. Ellen featured on the cover of issue eight of A Fine Lung, and in issue 11 Elsie wrote a lovely piece about her.

Ode to the 135
April 20, 2014 – 11:33 pm | No Comment
Ode to the 135

In 2005 North Manchester was pretty much uncharted territory for a girl who’d been brought up in Stockport.   I started off by getting the tram up to Bury to matches (starting with a solo …

Darn that Picasso – anti-fascist sewing comes to Salford
October 31, 2013 – 3:23 pm | No Comment
Darn that Picasso – anti-fascist sewing comes to Salford

Taken with permission from the blog of the Working Class Movement Library. A Storify account of the day in photos and tweets can be found at http://storify.com/wcmlibrary/darn-that-picasso
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On 26 April this year, the anniversary of the …

‘We are determined to be free’ – remembering the Pan-African Congress of 1945
September 23, 2013 – 12:01 pm | No Comment
‘We are determined to be free’ – remembering the Pan-African Congress of 1945

The fifth Pan-African Congress, held in October 1945, was a major event in the 20th century. Decisions taken at this conference led to the independence of African countries – and it was held right here …

Remembering Chile, forty years ago today
September 11, 2013 – 4:43 pm | No Comment
Remembering Chile, forty years ago today

Salvador Allende’s democratically elected Popular Unity government in Chile was overthrown in a military coup 40 years ago today.
Victor Jara, singer and activist, was arrested the next day and taken, along with thousands of others, …

Course You Can Malcolm: 7/9/13
September 6, 2013 – 4:35 pm | No Comment
Course You Can Malcolm: 7/9/13

Saturday’s CYCM sees the return of the ever popular Westwells tater ash, cheese & onion pies and wimberry charlottes.
The veggie hotdog kettle makes its bow for the season and there’ll be a selection of treats …

Moston songlines
February 19, 2013 – 8:00 am | One Comment
Moston songlines

People who wouldn’t dream of breaking into song in any other part of their lives relax into the communality of the occasion.

Course You Can Malcolm goes tinsel mad
December 14, 2012 – 9:31 am | No Comment
Course You Can Malcolm goes tinsel mad

The Malcolmses crew have been getting giddily festive. There are rumours that reindeer are bringing the beer and there are definitely home-baked mince pies and other Christmas sweet treats on offer.   For those of you …

CYCM – soul food and cheer
August 23, 2012 – 9:55 pm | No Comment
CYCM – soul food and cheer

Saturday sees the first Course You Can Malcolm of the new season.  The sixth year (no, it can’t be? Yes, really) of Malcolmses will continue to play its part in contributing to our club, both …

Attention all lions presently slumbering…
August 15, 2012 – 4:39 pm | No Comment
Attention all lions presently slumbering…

Peterloo-related events in Manchester this week:
1. Manchester Trades Union Council is marking the 193rd anniversary of Peterloo with a commemoration concert this Thursday, 16 August, 7pm at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester M2 …

Attention all campaigners – there’s a library keen to meet you
May 9, 2012 – 8:29 am | No Comment
Attention all campaigners – there’s a library keen to meet you

A message from the working class movement’s very own library. Please pass it on:
Save our NHS… don’t close our library…no to war….they say cut back we say fight back… low pay no way… fair pensions …

FC United have only gone and done it
March 16, 2012 – 12:47 am | No Comment
FC United have only gone and done it

Press release issued at 00:01 hrs on 16 March 2012
Supporters of fan-owned, co-operative football club FC United of Manchester are celebrating today after raising over £1.6m from a community share issue to help fund a …