The Dream Weavers festival, at the Northern Quarter’s Oppidan Social, highlighted a shared dream of a society built on solidarity and justice. Activist groups and charities from across Greater Manchester attended to share their inspirational work.
Graphic novel illuminates Thomas Paine’s revolutionary life and legacy
The British born Thomas Paine played a fundamental part in the American Revolution, which led to the formation of the world’s most powerful democracy.
The radical free thinker’s life is depicted in Paul Fitzgerald’s new graphic novel PAINE. The author answers The Meteor’s questions on Paine’s pivotal role in the American Revolution, how he fell foul of the French Revolution, and what the arch anti-royalist would have made of the Queens Platinum Jubilee.
Casualties continue to rise in the war on drugs – is it time to call for peace? (Pt.2)
The war on drugs is failing on multiple fronts in the UK.
As the weight of evidence continues to grow against the effectiveness of prohibitionist policies used in this war, change is happening in countries across the world implementing evidence led liberal drug policies that benefit society and the individuals using drugs.
Casualties continue to rise in the war on drugs – is it time to call for peace? (Pt.1)
Deaths due to illicit drug use continue to rise across the UK and Greater Manchester, while ethnic minorities are particularly hard hit by the criminal justice system pursuing the prohibition policies laid down in the Misuse of Drugs Act.
The government is pursuing the war on drugs with its new drugs strategy, but will it make a difference?
Placemaking Piccadilly – the community campaign challenging Manchester’s development agenda
Glittering tower blocks continue to grow across the city, alongside stacks of food crates catering to the increasing number of people dependent on them.
The Placemaking Piccadilly campaign wants to create a more inclusive way of developing the city, which focuses on ‘participation not consultation’ to allow marginalised communities to be heard.
Urban gardeners – seizing the means of food production and loving it
With the cost-of-living crisis driving up food prices and concerns rising about the negative affects of modern agriculture on the climate and environment, more people are considering growing their own food.
Gary Roberts talks to urban gardeners in Manchester about the benefits growing your own food can bring.
Protecting those who protest – Manchester Green & Black Cross on police bills, legal mutual aid and how we can protect our rights
With the passing of the draconian Police, Courts, Sentencing & Crime Bill it’s now more important to know our rights, to hold the police to account for their actions.
Nicholas Prescott spoke to solicitor Simon Pook, a volunteer with mutual legal aid collective Manchester Green & Black Cross, about holding the police to account, supporting marginalised communities and sharing the legal tools to protect ourselves.
Struggle for social justice is at the heart of the People’s History Museum
Three objects that epitomise the successful struggle for change in Manchester are presented from the People’s History Museum’s collection.
Director Katy Ashton raises concerns over the police powers bill, “Peterloo would not have happened with this proposed legislation in force.”
SICK! The health and wellbeing festival returning to Manchester in May
SICK! Festival is working to start the conversation on difficult health topics through art and performance.
‘We need a reform of the prison system’ – the Manchester charity supporting ex-prisoners
By helping ex-prisoners rebuild their lives and reestablish themselves in society, Manchester charity On The Out aims to break the stigma and reduce the reoffending cycle caused by a lack of support for people after leaving prison.