It’s that time of the year again when we look back on the last 12 months. I am very pleased to announce that the nominations for the Lipstick Socialist Awards for 2012 are now open, and the categories are:
Campaign of the Year
Trade Unionist of the Year
Film/Dvd of the Year
Demonstration of the Year
Blog/website of the Year
Book of the Year (either fiction or non-fiction)
Music of the Year
Most hopeful event of the Year
Shameless Act of Betrayal of the Year
All nominations must be in by 31 December and the awards will be announced mid January. Vote early and vote often!! Please send your nominations with a short explanation as to why you have chosen them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events for next week……..
Attend … ‘Salt of the earth’: empowering working class communities across the land – a talk by Jacqui Carroll, who is Director of REELmcr and will talk about the organisation’s work giving individuals and communities groups a chance to tell their stories, using filmmaking as a medium for storytelling. The talk will include some film highlights. Wednesday 5 December 2pm at the Working Class Movement Library. More information here.
Be entertained…….at Studio Salford. Their last couple of offerings of 2012 starts off with Embryo (an eclectic cabaret of all things new) which is coming up next Friday 7th Dec, 7.30pm. Expect script-in-hand performances of new-writing-in-development, films, poetry, maybe a bit of high kicking and feather boa action, stand-up comedians, singer songwriters, head-shaving, bands, in fact anything performance based could happen see
Protest against the government’s cuts …say no to Osborne’s cutbacks and more Con-Dem Austerity Support the Fight to save our NHS………assemble 12. 30 All Saints Oxford Rd. Rally 2pm at Manchester Cathedral Gardens on 8 December. Further info Organised by Greater Manchester Association of Trades Councils.
Later…. Disabled people are amongst the hardest hit by the ConDem government’s attack on welfare. Disabled people and their carers are fighting back attacks cuts which will drive them into further poverty and leave them even isolated through lack of adequate social support. Manchester Coalition Against Cuts is facilitating the launch of a DPAC group in Manchester on 8th December, 3:30pm after the anti-cuts demonstration to protest further cuts expected in Osbourne’s budget announcement on the 5th. They are seeking volunteers to help ensure that the meeting is accessible to all those who want to attend. If you can help out contact MCAC
Later still…at 4pm demo against Starbucks who UK Uncut has announced a national day of action targeting Starbucks coffee stores in protest against the government’s spending cuts that are hurting women. Activists have chosen to target the company as a result of its tax avoidance; taxes they claim could fund public services currently being cut by the government. The action will see Starbucks stores transformed into refuges, crèches and homeless shelters to highlight the disproportionate impact of the government’s spending cuts on women. The action will take place on Saturday 8 December. See
Support local services (before Salford Council close them!)….the wonderful Salford Art Gallery still feels like a local service and has art that reflects the lives of the people who support it through their local taxes. Last week I went to the Re-tracing Salford Exhibition in which curator Lawrence Cassidy is collecting peoples memories of the streets of Salford. The exhibition includes family snaps, oral histories, home videos and street signs from the people who lives in Salford streets over the last 50 years. What makes it an emotional experience is seeing the faces and lives of ordinary people, something missing from many public art works. On the day I was there it was great to see people rediscovering their past as they looked at street maps and photos. It is to the credit of Lawrence and the other staff that they have created something that is so engaging and reflective of Salfordian life.