The crisis in local news – and the developing alternatives

Article published: Thursday, September 18th 2014

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

Snail Porridge exhibition shows rarely seen art by prisoners

Article published: Thursday, July 24th 2014

A snail with blue and white striped shell makes its way towards distant gates on the horizon, under a cloud of psychedelic colours. Sean, an inmate of HM Prison Garth, has painted the standout piece Snail Porridge, of the recent eponymous exhibition at Castlefield Gallery.

Campaigners call for closure of Yarl’s Wood Centre

Article published: Saturday, June 28th 2014

Protestors called for the closure of Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre at a rally in Manchester city centre last Saturday. Around 200 people gathered in Piccadilly Gardens for a march organised by Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST), Safety4Sisters, and Manchester Migrant Solidarity (Misol).

Refugee Week fundraiser for music charity in Salford

Article published: Wednesday, June 18th 2014

For a fundraising gig on Friday, Salford charity Musicians Without Borders has teamed up with the local Amnesty International group to celebrate Refugee Week 2014. The organisation uses music to help communities affected by war, displacement and torture deal with trauma. Musicians Without Borders has been running projects all over the world for 15 years.

Documentary film festival in Salford remembers the miners’ strike

Article published: Saturday, May 10th 2014

The Working Class Movement Library (WCML) in Salford hosts a free mini film festival to mark the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike. ‘Last Cage Down’ consists of three documentaries themed around the miners’ strike and runs from 12 to 14 May.

Social Centre to open at new home this weekend

Article published: Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

Manchester’s Social Centre Subrosa will open this Saturday at a former hair and beauty salon in Moss Side. This “new hub for activism” will be run by volunteers and offer a meeting space, a not-for-profit vegan café, computer work desks and a radical library.

Protest marks Bedroom Tax anniversary

Article published: Sunday, April 20th 2014

More than 300 people protested in Manchester city centre on 5 April against the government’s controversial spare room subsidy, nicknamed the ‘Bedroom Tax’, introduced last year.

The Anti Bedroom Tax Federation for Greater Manchester organised the protest to mark a year having passed since the policy was introduced. The Bedroom Tax has been hailed a political disaster by many, and has been a personal disaster for those affected.