Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

Watch Ginger and Rosa (2012) a film directed by Sally Potter. Ginger and Rosa are two young women growing up in London in the 60s. The script catches the intensity of relationships between young women; sharing clothes, emotions and that separateness that you feel at that age. Unlike many similar films, the politics of the nuclear bomb of that era are intertwined with story of the young women. We watch them attending Ban the Bomb meetings and demos and get an insight into the heightened fear at that time of nuclear war. Less interesting is the interplay between the adults and their disengagement with their children. It’s good to see a film showing young people caring about the big issues and documenting what was an important part of the history of this country ie the beginnings of the Campaign against Nuclear Disarmament.

Read….Extreme Rambling by Mark Thomas. There was the Berlin War, there still are so-called Peace Walls in Northern Ireland and in this book Mark decides to walk the wall erected by the Israeli Government in their determination to push Palestinians off their land and out of their country. Its an entertaining read as Mark adopts the Englishman abroad persona with his cagoule,walking stick and Kendal mint cake. He is very funny in pointing out the absurdities of the political situation in the West Bank, as well as being outraged by the human rights abuses against the Palestinians. Buy it from

Join a picket line……at the Cross Rail site at Westbourne Grove in West London….more details at Women’s Fightback and at Electricians United Against the World see

Go to a meeting about ….Who Polices the Police Tuesday 6 November 630pm at Phil Martin Centre, 141-143 Princess Road Manchester. Watch a documentary about Sean Rigg who was found dead in police custody. Listen to Sheila Coleman of Hillsborough Justice Campaign and speakers from various communities. The aim is to organise a campaign to unite groups against police violence.see

Find out more…about Alice Wheeldon, watch the film The Plot to Kill Lloyd George Thursday 8th November Friends Meeting House (next to Radio Derby) for further information see

Protest…..against the threatened deportation of Unite member Mohammed Al-Halengy originally from Eastern Sudan. His Court hearing is on 7th of November 2012, at 9.30am. Please attend Piccadilly Exchange, 1St Floor Piccadilly Exchange,2 Piccadilly Plaza,Mosley Street,Manchester
M1 4AH

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About lipstick socialist

I am an activist and writer. My interests include women, class, culture and history. From an Irish in Britain background I am a republican and socialist. All my life I have been involved in community and trade union politics and I believe it is only through grass roots politics that we will get a better society. This is reflected in my writing, in my book Northern ReSisters Conversations with Radical Women and my involvement in the Mary Quaile Club. I am a member of the Manchester and Salford National Union of Journalists.If you want to contact me please use my gmail which is lipsticksocialist636
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