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

Watch.…. Dirty Wars..another fascinating film put on by Manchester Film Cooperative. It is the story of the secret war by the US to eliminate people that they see as their enemies and this includes US citizens. Reporter Jeremy Scahill exposes the working of the secretive and powerful Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). For those of who never believed in the West’s involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia etc, it just confirms how out of control these wars are and how ultimately the peoples in those countries are bearing the real cost of the “war on terror”. Further info see

Go see..This May Hurt a Bit…a play about the NHS at Bolton Octagon. Written by Stella Feehily, it’s a political comedy asking important questions about one of our most cherished institutions but one that the Tory Government is determined to privatise. Bolton is the right place to stage this play as locally it has one of the most vibrant local NHS campaigns; the Save Our Health Services Bolton . So support the play and join the campaign!

Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Miners’ Strike….were you involved in the support campaign? Members of the Atherton & Tyldesley Miners’ Support Group, including miners at the former Bickershaw, Parkside, Golborne, Agecroft and other local collieries, along with their wives and partners, are to hold a reunion event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike at The Atherton Arms on Friday 14th March. The former Labour Club was the HQ for the group during the epic twelve month long dispute, which started at Corton Wood in Yorkshire on 5th March 1984.
The Atherton & Tyldesley group provided daily lunchtime meals to miners and their families in addition to collecting and distributing food parcels, and raising other material support for NUM members involved in the union’s fight with the then National Coal Board (NCB). Speaking on behalf of the organisers, Mick Shaw, a former Bickershaw miner, now living in Tyldesley said: “We are inviting everyone who was involved in the strike in the Lancashire area, in whatever capacity, to come and join us at this reunion. 30 years may well have passed since the strike, but to some of us, it feels like only last month. “Next Friday evening we are wanting to look back and commemorate the stand we made, to thank all those who supported us, and to reminisce and enjoy each others company once again. If people want to bring any memorabilia from the strike, then even better!” There will be a free buffet provided courtesy of Leigh Unite the Union Branch. So the group know how many to cater for, anyone planning on coming is asked to ring 07807 521337 as soon as possible.

Read and go to a talk.Vanishing for the Vote. Suffrage Citizenship and the Battle for the Census...written by feminist historian Jill Liddington this is a fascinating account of one aspect of the campaign for the vote. On the night of the Census in 1911 many suffragettes decided to evade the count because they did not have the vote. Some decided to comply. Jill has used new documentary sources including the census schedules written by the women to tell the story of the battle for the census. And listen to Jill discussing the book at the PHM on 29 March 3-345pm. Booking essential at

Remember….the meeting of Christabel Pankhurst and mill worker Annie Kenny in this clip from the 1974 suffragette drama Shoulder to Shoulder see

Enjoy..…..American women got the vote in 1920……watch this fun video, parodying Lady Gaga’s, about their campaign…watch

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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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