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.
“I’m so happy and proud of the support we have had from Manchester”
These are Iranian-born Niloo’s words, at the demonstration for Iranian women’s freedoms, outside the
Central Library, on Saturday 22 October in Manchester. The protest was the eighth such gathering in the city in the 36 days that have passed since the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22 year old woman in Iran.
Manchester protesters remember Mahsa Amini, Iranian woman killed by security forces over ‘improper hijab’
Human rights defenders protested in Manchester city centre on 1 October over the killing of Mahsa Amini, a woman arrested and beaten by Iran’s ‘morality police’ for wearing her headscarf in a way that exposed her hair.
Dream Weavers festival promotes a future of equity and justice
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.
The ‘anti refugee’ bill: Manchester takes a stand
Demo in St Peter’s Square sees those with first-hand experience of trying to stay in the UK after fleeing their homes speak out against the government’s Nationality and Borders Bill.
What happened to nuclear free Manchester?
Once upon a time, Manchester saw itself as a leading light in the fight against nuclear annihilation.
Dr Kim Foale says that now, not only do we have several companies here who manufacture or assist in the production of nuclear missiles and submarines, we put them in the regional marketing brochure.
‘They take your freedom to be happy’ – former Afghan refugee and Manchester City player condemns Taliban oppression
Nadia Nadim is a former Afghan refugee who’s family fled the country 20 years ago when her father was killed by the Taliban. She fell in love with football during her time at a refugee camp in Denmark.
Cloud Studies to re-open at Whitworth following crisis talks at gallery
Exhibition exploring human rights abuses will return with its ‘solidarity with Palestine’ statement intact, along with a prominently displayed space voicing ‘different perspectives’.
Children’s asylum delays in the North West continue to torment them
Social workers are reporting that asylum seeking children are emotionally and physically falling apart due to delays in the asylum system.
Report by GM Immigration Aid Unit documents migrant children suffering under a dysfunctional asylum system.