Bedroom Tax Protest against Pickles at Housing Conference

Article published: Friday, July 4th 2014

Protesters gathered outside the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference at GMEX in Manchester city centre last Thursday to call on Eric Pickles, Minister for Communities and Local Government, and the government to end the controversial spare room subsidy, or ‘bedroom tax’. The demonstration, led by the Greater Manchester Anti-Bedroom Tax Alliance, was timed to coincide with a key note speech by Pickles to delegates at the conference. The protest was widely attended by affected tenants and activists from across the North West.

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.

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.

Why do Manchester and Salford need an alternative press? Debate on Tue 25 February 2014

Article published: Thursday, February 20th 2014

The Manchester and Salford Branch of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) kindly hosts a debate on the past and future of MULE and the local independent press.

We’ll be back soon…

Article published: Friday, February 14th 2014

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