Burmese refugee speaks from painful experience of Myanmar military persecution

Burmese refugee speaks from painful experience of Myanmar military persecution

Just nine years old, Blut Htoo had to run for her life from a bombed and burning refugee camp in Thailand, attacked by pro-Myanmar government armed militia.

Now living in Salford she fears the current military coup and crackdown will see many more refugees suffering like her family did.
Greater Manchester, with over £1bn in stock, has largest pension fund fossil fuel investment in UK

Greater Manchester, with over £1bn in stock, has largest pension fund fossil fuel investment in UK

Greater Manchester Pension Fund is the biggest investor by far in fossil fuels of any local government pension scheme in the country. Environmental groups are calling on GMPF to divest from fossil fuels, to help tackle the climate emergency.
Manchester council lose judicial review over Central Retail Park planning decision

Manchester council lose judicial review over Central Retail Park planning decision

A court has found Manchester city council made the wrong decision when it approved plans to turn the former Central Retail Park in Ancoats into a temporary car park.

The council says it will appeal the decision, as Trees Not Cars campaigners call for Sir Richard Leese to ‘retire’.

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Inside a Manchester Covid-19 vaccination centre – volunteers needed!

Inside a Manchester Covid-19 vaccination centre – volunteers needed!

When the first Covid vaccine was approved, I was hoping for a quicker end to what has already been an incredibly long Covid-19 crisis.  But the revelation of new Covid strains, with increased transmission rates, and concern about the government’s…

Burmese refugee speaks from painful experience of Myanmar military persecution

Burmese refugee speaks from painful experience of Myanmar military persecution

Just nine years old, Blut Htoo had to run for her life from a bombed and burning refugee camp in Thailand, attacked by pro-Myanmar government armed militia.

Now living in Salford she fears the current military coup and crackdown will see many more refugees suffering like her family did.
How a Manchester schoolgirl became a world leading ocean scientist

How a Manchester schoolgirl became a world leading ocean scientist

Jyotika Virmani’s parents, migrated from India to Manchester in 1969. They overcame ‘rampant’ racism to establish themselves in the city and provide their daughter with a safe and secure home.

It was here that Jyotika developed her passion for science which inspired her to become an eminent oceanologist.
Cruse Bereavement Care is helping people climb the mountain of grief caused by Covid deaths

Cruse Bereavement Care is helping people climb the mountain of grief caused by Covid deaths

The Covid death toll in the North West is already over 13,000. Leaving a far larger and steadily growing number of family and friends left behind grieving their loved ones.

Cruse Bereavement Care are helping people deal with that grief. Providing a light at the end of what may initially seem a formidably long and dark tunnel.

Greater Manchester must leave green belt post-Covid and build on brownfield instead

Storm Christoph showed that Manchester is susceptible to the adverse effects of extreme weather events, which are forecast to become more regular occurrences.

Greater Manchester Labour for a Green New Deal argue that we must abandon the idea of developing on greenbelt, and instead embrace bold alternatives which reflects the urgency of the climate crisis﹣starting with sites like Carrington Moss.

Today is our last chance to save New Islington Green

Alan Good, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Ancoats & Beswick, ran a survey that found 91% oppose development plans for New Islington Green. He recaps the overwhelming support for saving the Green, and questions how much the council really stands to gain financially from the development.

Black Lives Matter: Greater Manchester is not innocent

Today the trial hearing of the four ex-police officers charged with the murder of George Floyd begins in the US, whilst Mancunians demonstrate this evening as part of a national day of anti-racist solidarity. But incidents of institutional racism that have taken place in Greater Manchester in recent years remind us that there is still much work to be done here.

Breathing life back into Tom Paine’s bones – graphic novel aims to resurrect neglected political reformer

Breathing life back into Tom Paine’s bones – graphic novel aims to resurrect neglected political reformer

If the radical political reformer and American revolutionary Tom Paine were alive today he would probably be one of the biggest critics of the current state of US democracy. A…

‘John Cooper Clarke meets Scroobius Pip’ – BODIES release Endless Summer EP

‘John Cooper Clarke meets Scroobius Pip’ – BODIES release Endless Summer EP

BODIES are a Manchester based spoken word/hip hop ensemble featuring Will Stevenson aka Williamson of Switchblade Society and Antony Szmierek laying vocals over Robin Parker’s smooth instrumentals. Their previous releases…

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Journalists’ union puts pressure on Rishi Sunak to use his budget to support UK journalism

Journalists’ union puts pressure on Rishi Sunak to use his budget to support UK journalism

Rishi Sunak is facing calls from the National Union of Journalists to use his budget statement tomorrow to pledge investment towards public interest journalism, to prevent democracies being undermined.
Moss Side 1981 – riot or uprising?

Moss Side 1981 – riot or uprising?

Gus John was a key figure in the Moss Side Defence Committee, which formed to defend Black people charged during the violent confrontations between the police and the public in 1981.

Prior to John’s keynote speech at an online antiracism rally on Monday 1 March, Ameen Hadi reflects on the reasons this conflict erupted in 1981 and how it can inform the ongoing struggle against racism.
Once homeless artist published

Once homeless artist published

Gorton born Elton Darlo sketches Manchester life in biro. Ten percent of sales of the artists published work are donated to Manchester Mind.