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Upcoming events

Friday, 30th September 2016

18:30 – 18:30

Black History Month in Greater Manchester Launch

Hosted by National Black Arts Alliance supported by the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust and The Granada Foundation representing the BHMGM venue partners
Dean Rogers Govender welcoming all people of all denominations and none

Saturday, 1st October 2016

14:30 – 16:00

Talk on Where Will I Get My Apples?

Democracy, production and distribution in a socialist world

In a moneyless democracy would we work gladly, freed from wage labour, or would everything be done by robots? Would we live in a world of frugality or luxury? Would democracy be in committees, or would it be automatic? And where would I get my apples?

To get the discussion started, the speaker will make a rash guess at how things might be.

18:00

Party protest in solidarity with US prison strike

Protest for prisoners around the UK & around the world!

Prisons don't work: they're violent, expensive and don't make us safer (more than 50% of prisoners are convicted again within a year of release). There are better, more humane ways to deal with harmful behaviour, but instead of looking at them, the Tories are trying to force one of the country's new "mega-prisons" on Manchester.

Party Protest Mcr is teaming up with Manchester No Prisons to bring you a big party protest at Strangeways in solidarity with the US prison strike starting on September 9th (for more info see here supportprisonerresistance.noblogs.org/sept-9-2016).

Monday, 3rd October 2016

18:30

Richard Seymour book tour: "Jeremy Corbyn and the Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics"

Manchester Left Unity are delighted to welcome Richard Seymour to talk about his new book. Details of the book at versobooks.com/books/2206-corbyn

We will be in the meeting upstairs, arrive anytime after 6pm, and you can get drinks from the bar up there and there will be menus for food as well if you are hungry to order before or after the meeting. The room is upstairs, there is a lift, it is an accessible venue.

Left Unity Manchester is a political space to bring together activists working in and outside parties, including the Labour Party, to discuss and support radical collective action against austerity.

Tuesday, 4th October 2016

14:00 – 15:00

Black History Month talk - Lou Kushnick

'Race, racism and the working class struggle' - talk by Lou Kushnick, founder of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre.
Admission free.

Tuesday, 11th October 2016

18:00 – 21:00

Monsanto on Trial - An event with photos and testimony from the battle against global food corporation

This October, seed and pesticide corporation Monsanto is facing an international court in The Hague. While this is just a symbolic people’s court, the witnesses and judges are real. Witnesses from across the globe have been called because they have suffered human rights abuses, threats to their communities and destruction of their environment. Come and hear from one of these witnesses, Farida Akhter, who is touring around the UK before travelling to the Hague for the tribunal.

Global Justice Now has commissioned photo journalist Jordi Cirera to visit some of these witnesses in India and Bangladesh. His photos tell the stories of farmers who are fighting Monsanto to work out an alternative model of farming.

Speakers:
-Farida Akhter - Bangladeshi seed sovereignty campaigner and founder of biggest collection of community seed banks in the world.
-Nick Dearden - Director of Global Justice Now

Q+As, discussion and refreshments.

Book your place now at: eventbrite.co.uk/e/monsanto-on-tour-manchester-tickets-27610893927

Wednesday, 12th October 2016

13:00 – 14:00

Protests and public space in Lancashire and Yorkshire in the age of radicals and the Chartists, 1789-1848

Talk by Katrina Navickas, Univesrity of Hertfordshire.

This talk examines how radicals and Chartists in early 19th century Lancashire and Yorkshire contested restrictions on their right to meet and speak in public spaces. It also showcases an exciting new 3D visualisation of a Chartist procession in 1840s Manchester.

This free talk is part of our autumn Invisible Histories series. All welcome.

Wednesday, 26th October 2016

14:00 – 15:00

"Organise, educate and agitate": trade unionism and office workers in Britain, 1914-39

Talk by Nicole Robertson, Sheffield Hallam University.

The rising prominence of the clerical sector was one of the most important changes in the twentieth century workplace. As organisations grew larger and more complex the need for greater communication and documentation transformed office work. Clerical workers became a key component of cityscapes and urban communities. Trade unionism during the 1914-39 period is often associated with manual workers; however, office workers were engaged in trade union activity. This talk explores how these white-collar workers challenged, resisted and negotiated their working conditions through clerical unions.

This free talk is part of our autumn Invisible Histories series. All welcome.

Thursday, 27th October 2016

18:30 – 20:00

Museums at Night - music from Quiet Loner and Jennifer Reid

Broadside ballads from the Manchester region from the ‘Middleton Linnet’ Jennifer Reid form a counterpoint to Battle for the Ballot, in which singer-songwriter Quiet Loner uses original songs to tell the story of how working people came to have a vote. The story will take in events like the Peterloo Massacre and introduce the people – Chartists, politicians and suffragettes – who fought for the ideal of universal suffrage.

Free; all welcome.

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