Cities are recognising the dangers of speculation and big capital: what will Manchester’s politicians do next?

With thousands of housing units being built in across wards including Deansgate, Piccadilly and Ancoats, central areas of Manchester have now become a key investment ‘hot-spot’ for profit-seeking finance that cares little for local communities. This rampant speculation, surge in international investment and links to rising rents, displacement, homelessness and destruction of heritage and culture […]

Defying the council, activists rename street after Ahmed Mansoor – an Emirati human rights defender sentenced to ten years in jail

A bid by human rights activists to rename a street after Ahmed Mansoor was refused by Manchester city council. When Mansoor was jailed for ten years in the United Arab Emirates for tweeting about human rights abuses in his country, the activists decided to rename the street themselves, with an unofficial mayor doing the honours. […]

‘The Truth About Fake News’ – the portrayal of refugees and asylum seekers in the media

The ‘hostile environment’ for refugees and immigrants in the UK has seen state-sanctioned human rights abuses proliferate. The government has been aided and abetted in producing this toxic environment by the right wing media in the UK, who persistently demonise immigrants and stir up far-right outrage. With the number of refugees and asylum seekers likely […]

Campaigners collaborate to call for an end to Universal Credit based evictions

Members of four community campaign groups from Manchester joined forces yesterday to take part in a national day of action against Universal Credit. The paving stones of St Peter’s Square were covered with chalked slogans denouncing the controversial social security payment system, and a letter was presented to Manchester Town Hall demanding an end to […]

Shake off your digital chains: choose software that liberates you

The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal has shown the danger of putting our data and trust in platforms running proprietary software. Richard Stallman thinks the solution is free software. Software that liberates people. First in a series of stories reporting on the Lush Summit 2018. Our lives are becoming increasingly enmeshed with and dependent on digital software, […]

Disability History Month focuses on art and activism

Disability History Month commenced in Manchester with a celebration of disability and art at Manchester’s Central Library last Friday. A strong component of the event was its focus on the synergy of activism, art and disability. So it was particularly apt that local singer song-writer Dennis Queen performed live at the event, and films of […]