Watch….a mini film festival at the Working Class Movement Library…including on Wednesday 15 May at 2pm they are showing a locally made film The Condition of the Working Classes, an up-to-date take on Engels’ classic of the same name. And on 17 May at 7pm a film by Luke Fowler The Poor Stockinger, the Luddite Cropper and the Deluded Followers of Joanna Southcott, a curious mixture of archive footage and newly shot material reflecting on the life of critic, historian and activist EP Thompson:.. It captures a moment of optimism, in which Thompson’s ideas for progressive education came together with political resistance and activism. For further info see
Go and see…two plays about the condition of women…the Royal Exchange are doing Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, his insightful and emotional story of a woman’s struggle to be liberated. Written in 1879, it still has an inner truth about the lives of women, maybe not so much in the west.
And at 3Minute Theatre you can see Female Transport, written 40 years ago, which again looks at the lives of women, those who were deported to Australia for petty crimes in 19th century Britain. Their lives on the ship mirrors societys’ treatment of women and the journey becomes one of political education and liberation. Further info see
Sign a petition….The Shrewsbury 24 Campaign aims to overturn the unjust prosecution of 24 building workers who were charged following the first ever national building workers strike in 1972. They picketed building sites in Shrewsbury during the dispute and were prosecuted in Shrewsbury Crown Court in 1973. They became known as the Shrewsbury 24. Six of the pickets were imprisoned. Their crime was to be part of a trade union campaign to get a decent rate of pay and safer working conditions for all building workers. For more information, see the campaign website
The campaign needs more signatures for their petition calling for full disclosure of all Government documents relating to the 1972 building workers strike and the conspiracy trials at Shrewsbury. Government files relating to the strike have been withheld from the National Archives even though more than 30 years have passed. please sign.
Look at..the photography of Eric Latham…he is from Beswick in East Manchester and in his book On Class Street he looks at the lives of people, mainly men, in an area that went from being a vibrant community to a wasteland when unemployment hit in the 80s. It is Eric’s story as well and it made me want to cry when he tells the story of how his father’s health was ruined by his working conditions in a local factory which led to his early death. The photographs compliment the stories and it was part of a wider project which toured local schools. Further details
Laugh with…. the latest chapter of the Artist Taxi Driver’s attack on the privatisation of the NHS….he pushes a plastic pig to parliament see
Go to…CAMP FRACK 2 SAYS NO TO FRACKING – YES TO ONE MILLION CLIMATE JOBS Mere Brow – 10th, 11th, 12th May. Organised by a broad coalition of local residents groups, environmental activists and trades unionists from across Britain. Camp Frack 2 aims: to be the largest unified symbol of resistance to the threat of extreme energy developments, such as hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’, that the UK has seen so far! See