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

WatchWhat Would Jesus Buy?….organised by Manchester Film Co-operative at the Kings Arms. This is a documentary produced by Morgan Spurlock of Super-size Me fame so it should be entertaining! Join Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping on a cross-country, holiday revival tour as they exorcise chain store cash registers and discuss the “Stop Shopping Gospel” with families suffering from the “Shopocalypse”.The film takes the viewer into the homes of families as they max out their credit cards to live up to the Consumer Ideal of Christmas, while also telling personal stories from those who remember the holidays as a simpler, less commercial, and more joyful time. Interviews with labor rights experts, historians, and spiritual leaders reveal how the consumerisation of the holiday season over time taught Americans they can only show love for their children by purchasing toys made by other children in overseas sweatshops.

Donate…money or your story about the miners strike….a new film is being made to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Miners Strike. See (Still) The Enemy Within uncovers the hidden story of these remarkable people and their role in the Great Miners Strike of 84 – 85. It looks at a country at war, and the ordinary men and women who were forced to step on to the stage of history to fight for their communities.

Can you afford Xmas…join the People’s Assembly national day of action against austerity on December 14th starting at midday at Piccadilly Gardens and top of Market street. “In Manchester we will be joining our groups, networks and individuals together to say ‘Austerity kills Christmas”’.
Join the anti-austerity choirs from across the city, musicians and mass leafleting with the facts on tax dodging and the impact of austerity.
Our friends in Occupy are leading with “Elf not Wealth” and we will go mobile, visiting our local tax dodging shops. Come dressed for Christmas, panto characters or Dickensian – you get the picture – we want to be very visible and loud!

Buy…. Past Present Future, the stories and writings of women asylum seekers. This is the latest book from Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) with stories of the real life experiences of women asylum seekers, before and after they come to this country. Juliet Stevenson, actor, says in her introduction to the book:”This is a remarkable book. The women who write in the were terrorised in their countries of origin and then silenced in the windowless world of the UK asylum system. But here, in these pages, they are not represented by others, nor interpreted, nor spoken for or about. They find their own words to give shape to their lives-memories, loves, losses, longings, lucid fragments of experience which speak of struggle and courage. Here too are haikus, folk tales, plots and poems.” It only costs £4!

Look atAlbert Adams exhibition at Gallery Oldham. Albert came from a poor mixed race family in South Africa and was forced to leave the country in order to study to be an artist. He lived in Britain most of his life, but his paintings reflected his politics and deep concern about his homeland. Working as a teacher and lecturer in London he was not a commercial artist, preferring to produce political art not just about apartheid, but injustice across the world including Afghanistan, Iraq and Darfur. During the last years of his life he marched in the 2003 Stop the War demonstration and produced art reflecting the misery of the situation in Iraq, you can see his depiction of the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in the exhibition. This exhibition shows just some of the 70 works he bequeathed to Salford in his will. Highly recommended.

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. .If you want to contact me please use my gmail which is lipsticksocialist636
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