‘The Enemy is Profit’: The Free Education Movement

Student activist group Free Education MCR encourage debate about the possibility of a ‘free, liberated and democratic education’. In response to the Labour Party’s recent pledge to reduce tuition fees to £6000 a year, students gathered on the steps of the University of Manchester’s Samuel Alexander Building last week for an open mic session to discuss why they should be rejecting this policy and fighting instead for free education.

The crisis in local news – and the developing alternatives

Emma Hughes talks to journalists about the profiteering pushing local papers to the brink – and meets people producing their own community media.

Disabled People Against Cuts launch local group

A new branch of Disabled People Against Cuts will be launching this week in Manchester. The activist group are holding their first meeting on Thursday 19th March at Manchester Deaf Centre to kickstart a campaign against the government’s welfare reforms and the Work Capability Assessment (WCA).

Community journalism course for new editors and writers

MULE still needs new editors and writers to help carry on the project. We’re offering an intensive 10-week community journalism course for people who are willing to commit to MULE. More details here…

Talking the Alternative: People’s Question Time on Sat 28th February

The People’s Question Time will take place at Central Hall on Oldham Street this Saturday. The debate, organised by the Manchester People’s Assembly Against Austerity, is part of a series of nationwide events aiming to encourage debate around the government’s austerity programme and strengthen opposition to cuts and privatisation

The long road to saving Ancoats Dispensary

At the centre of Old Mill Street stands Ancoats Dispensary. Once the ‘beating heart’ of the community, the building now lies empty and abandoned. But a group of residents is campaigning to raise money for its restoration.

Alternative journalism: asking the awkward questions

Journalism lecturer Tony Harcup specialises in researching alternative media. Interviews with some of the former MULE editors were included in his book Alternative Journalism, Alternative Voices. He has now published an academic article about MULE as a classic example of oppositional reporting and specially rewrote it for MULE.

The crisis in local news – and the developing alternatives

Emma Hughes talks to journalists about the profiteering pushing local papers to the brink – and meets people producing their own community media.

Friends of MULE panellist spotlight: Graham Cooper

Ahead of the Whose City? Friends of MULE discussion at Black Lion pub this evening, our final panellist Q&A is with Salford community activist and youth worker Graham Cooper.

Friends of MULE panellist spotlight: Hayley Flynn

The fourth panellist Q&A before the Whose City? event takes place is with Hayley Flynn, the author of the Manchester-born architecture and social history blog, Skyliner.

Friends of MULE panellist spotlight: Cllr Kevin Peel

Ahead of the Whose City? Friends of MULE discussion at Black Lion pub tomorrow evening, our third panellist Q&A is with the Manchester City Centre ward, councillor Kevin Peel.

Friends of MULE panellist spotlight: Chris Allen

The second in our series of Q&As with Thursday’s Friends of MULE Whose City? discussion panellists is Chris Allen, a lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University.