The Addy land squat:  a missed opportunity for Hulme?

When masked bailiffs arrived to clear the North Hulme Adventure Playground of a group of squatters and dismantle the homes they had built there, it marked the end of the most recent in a series of occupations, and eventual evictions, of non-residential buildings across Manchester. The site’s residents spent three months clearing, building and planning […]

Lifeshare, the homeless charity facing homelessness needs help

Manchester homeless charity Lifeshare is in need of a new home due to the controversial development plans for Angel Meadows. Up to 756 private rented sector apartments will be built there under the control of an offshore tax haven registered company called Far Eastern Consortium International Ltd. Due to the development, Lifeshare’s home for over […]

Austerity: the false economy increasing homelessness (part two)

Second article in ‘The Meteor Explores: Homelessness in Manchester‘ series. Part one of this story can be viewed here: The safety net of the ‘cradle to grave’ welfare state, implemented by Atlee’s government after the Second World War, is becoming increasingly threadbare due to the economic and humanitarian degradations of austerity. Increasing numbers in the […]

Engels: the journey home (part two)

Guest article from Manchester’s Now Then Magazine. This article follows Part One, which can be found here: The first part of this article previewed the unveiling in Manchester of a statue of communist pioneer Friedrich Engels as part of Manchester International Festival. But that statue, brought from the former Soviet Union by Turner Prize nominated video artist […]

Marks & Spencers told to ‘stop funding hate’

Marks and Spencer’s business links with the right-wing press were recently put under the spotlight by activists from Global Justice Manchester. Picketing the M&S flagship store in Market St they invited shoppers to take action to dissuade the brand from paying for advertising with the tabloid because of its hate filled and divisive coverage, directed […]

Hulme community activist facing eviction for DIY to his own home

A vulnerable man living on the Bentley House Estate in Hulme since 1996 is threatened with eviction from a flat he bought in 2006, due to DIY changes he carried out to the property. After a long fought battle with the Registered Social Landlords owning the building containing the flat, he is faced with destitution […]

Acoustic Amnesty fundraiser brings a taste of Americana to Salford

Once again an Acoustic Amnesty gig approaches with a top notch line up of singer/songwriters and poets that promises to bring a transatlantic feel to the beautiful Sacred Trinity church in Salford. The performance on 9 June, the day after the general election, provides an excellent opportunity to soothe away your sorrows or celebrate your […]