“We are going to make 2023 a fightback year. We need to change the conversation.”

“We are going to make 2023 a fightback year. We need to change the conversation.”

Wednesday 30 November saw local leaders gather at Friends Meeting House for the sixth annual meeting of The People’s Powerhouse. Those in attendance included Andy Burnham, Nazir Afzal, Bev Craig, Steve Rotherham, Tracy Brabin and Oliver Coppard. The Meteor went along to hear what they had to say.
Songwriters Joe Solo and Johnny Campbell celebrate Engels Week at Working Class Movement Library

Songwriters Joe Solo and Johnny Campbell celebrate Engels Week at Working Class Movement Library

The Working Class Movement Library celebrated Engels Week last Thursday (24 November) with an evening of empowering songs by Joe Solo and Johnny Campbell.
Second day of UCU strike action heralds beginning of new ‘Winter of discontent’

Second day of UCU strike action heralds beginning of new ‘Winter of discontent’

The University and College Union (UCU), the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU), UNISON and the National Union of Students (NUS) joined forces for a march on Friday 25 November, travelling along Oxford Road to hear impassioned speeches in Manchester’s St Peter’s Square. The Meteor joined the rally to talk to those involved.

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‘Why is it not up to us what we do with our own bodies?’: Transgender people are still facing delays in receiving support

‘Why is it not up to us what we do with our own bodies?’: Transgender people are still facing delays in receiving support

Healthcare for transgender people has been an ongoing issue for years as the waiting times remain mostly unchanged since 2019. Although there have been some specific changes that have happened in Manchester, funding cuts and understaffing mean that trans healthcare…

Block To Block: a film asking who really benefits from Manchester’s property boom

Block To Block: a film asking who really benefits from Manchester’s property boom

Joe Malamed’s new film looks at the effects of property investment in Manchester on the people who actually live here.
This is real Manchester

This is real Manchester

The Meteor asked photographer Gary Roberts to take some photos of ‘Real Manchester’ – the unique face of the city caught in glimpses by those who live it every day. Here’s what he came back with. If you attended our listening event on 16 and 17 November, you’ll have seen these pictures already. This is the story behind them.
Enough Is Enough: have we had enough of Prime Minister Liz Truss?

Enough Is Enough: have we had enough of Prime Minister Liz Truss?

The new PM has only been in charge for one month, yet already there are rumours of a Westminster coup. Not only that, but the nation is in crisis. How long before her MPs and/or the public say ‘enough’?

“Let’s change the world together!”

The Meteor spoke with ward councillor for Hulme, Annette Wright, about declaring a climate emergency in 2019, and the council processes that were needed to make it happen.

Why I joined the Green Party

The Manchester Green Party stands for climate and social justice — unlike Manchester Labour.

We must declare a biodiversity emergency here in Greater Manchester

As the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and with the ambition to be a world-leading Green City Region, Greater Manchester must declare a Biodiversity Emergency just like it did for the Climate Emergency, says James Walsh.

Songwriters Joe Solo and Johnny Campbell celebrate Engels Week at Working Class Movement Library

Songwriters Joe Solo and Johnny Campbell celebrate Engels Week at Working Class Movement Library

Immortalising the struggles of working class people throughout history, Joe Solo and Johnny Campbell shared stories about the Spanish Civil War, The Battle of Orgreave, The Winter Hill Trespass, The…

Three Manchester events this fortnight: Socialism & Trade Unionism 15 Nov, Organising for a New Education 19 Nov, UCU Strike Fundraiser 26 Nov

Three Manchester events this fortnight: Socialism & Trade Unionism 15 Nov, Organising for a New Education 19 Nov, UCU Strike Fundraiser 26 Nov

Strike! MCR are holding a Socialism & Trade Unionism workshop at 7.30pm on 15 November. The 90-minute workshop covers how socialists can organise in trade unions, what the limits of…

The Friends of The Meteor category contains articles that have been published elsewhere and  selected by The Meteor team as worthy of sharing to our audience. They will generally have a Manchester or Greater Manchester focus and are from publications we trust and respect.

Glaciers in the Alps are melting faster than ever – and 2022 was their worst summer yet

Glaciers in the Alps are melting faster than ever – and 2022 was their worst summer yet

For this week’s Friends Of The Meteor, we are republishing this article by a University of Salford academic, Neil Entwistle, whose research is in hydromorphology – the way that water interacts within its natural landscape.
RAPAR open letter to Stockport Council Leader re. concerns about safeguarding and security at Home Office subcontracted SERCO-controlled hotel

RAPAR open letter to Stockport Council Leader re. concerns about safeguarding and security at Home Office subcontracted SERCO-controlled hotel

For this week’s Friends Of The Meteor, we are republishing the open letter sent by RAPAR to the head of Stockport Council, regarding the squalid conditions at a hotel being used to accommodate asylum seekers.
T-Levels: more vocational courses roll out – but post-16 choices in England are still limited

T-Levels: more vocational courses roll out – but post-16 choices in England are still limited

Today’s Friends of the Meteor article is from two University of Manchester academics, Elizabeth Gregory and Hannah Ruth McCarthy, on the early findings from the first school year group to complete the new T-levels as an alternative to A-levels.
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