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Leaflet Manchester United on 26/8 for the Save the NHS demo in September

Leafleting event at Manchester United on Monday, August 26, 2013 to promote the Save the NHS demo at the Tory conference on September 29th.

Join us at Old Trafford from 6:45 on Monday, August 26, 2013 to publicise the No Cuts Save NHS demo on 29 September at Tory Party conference. Its a big game so we need plenty of people to make an impact. If you are going to the game come early so you can lend a hand before you go in. If you ‘re not going to the game lend a hand anyway? Please invite your friends to help! If you are a City fan we can help you organise something at the Etihad stadium. (Or at any other GM club)

People Power Set To Take Over Manchester’s Northern Quarter


The first time Manchester’s Northern Quarter hosted The People’s Assembly Against Austerity, back in May of this year, it resulted in not only the largest regional turnout since the movement’s inception, but also “the largest political meeting in the city since the miner’s strike.” Now it’s back, and, buoyed by the success of the huge national meeting in Westminster last month, it is set to be bolder and brighter than before.

This Saturday (27th July) will see a range of venues across the Northern Quarter, including Oldham Street’s Central Hall, Matt and Phred’s, Nexus Art Café and Green Fish Resource Centre, become platforms for speeches, discussions, art installations and workshops- all designed to unify a broad spectrum of anti-austerity campaigns.

Among the attendees will be writer Owen Jones, who, as well as speaking, will also welcome a large number of protesters against bedroom tax to the event, who themselves will have completed a march in the city earlier in the day.

Owen Jones speaks at the first Manchester People's Assembly

Owen Jones speaks at the first Manchester People’s Assembly

Also speaking will be Ismail Ertuk of Manchester Business School, Annette Wright of the Public and Commercial Services Union and representatives from Show Racism The Red Card- an anti-racism educational charity.

The overall aim of this latest People’s Assembly meeting is to confront, and to challenge, what many recognise to be a socially damaging agenda – that by which austerity is the prime motivator, in a lively and engaging manner. Therefore, inclusive workshops which will tackle education reforms, NHS privatisation and a range of other subjects, will run throughout the day, giving everyone a chance to have their say.

Alongside all of this there will be poetry from Birmingham’s exciting young poet laureate Stephen Morrison-Burke and an ‘interactive art project’ by local artist and animator Anna Morris, who explained “What we are planning to do is to use the idea of the People’s Assembly logo, the red and green speech bubbles, and get the people there to write down their most personal and important reasons for being part of the day. Then we are going to photograph those people…and create displays which will initially go up in Nexus Art Café, then hopefully in different places all over Manchester.
“Once each person has written down their reason for being there, they will eventually take home another person’s. We hope that this will help to get everyone thinking about the importance of the People’s Assembly to others. So, even though there may be differing political opinions between individuals, it will help to reinforce the idea we are all there for the same reason.”


June’s National People’s Assembly meeting was attended by over four thousand people.

The organisers of the Manchester People’s Assembly say they are keen to welcome any individual, group or organisation with opinions, ideas or practical help to share and contribute to the event and to the organisation as a whole. For now, the important thing is that people attend on Saturday, get involved and enjoy all the things this promising –and free!– day has to offer.

To register for the event please visit:

You can follow Manchester People’s Assembly on facebook and twitter: @PplsAssemblyMCR

Words by Neil Harrison @LooseRiver who blogs at  

Public Meeting and Workshops with Owen Jones 27/7/2013

Manchester People’s Assembly Against Austerity

Public Meeting and Workshops with Owen Jones

Saturday July 27th at Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ

Doors from 1pm – Speakers from 1.30pm – Workshops from 2pm – Event finishes by 5.30pm

We will discuss the issues and build practical plans to oppose austerity and get as many people as possible to protest at the Tory Party conference in Manchester on Sept 29th.

Update: Click here to download the programme (69kb pdf) and click here for location maps.

Here’s a flavour of the workshops that you can get involved in:

An Economy that Works
Join us for discussions on how the economy can be made to work for the 99%. We’ll cover banking reforms, tax justice, the green economy and other related topics – bring your ideas!

Confronting the lies behind the hate
We will discuss the insidious build up of misinformation fuelled by this and previous governments and ideas to build an effective oppositional voice

Do it, film it, share it!
We will get a load of practical media going to build the People’s Assembly and get everyone to the demo on September 29th. Bring smart phones, ideas, creativity and let’s get the word out!

Education and the Tory agenda
Invited to the conversation: University union UCU, teachers union NUT, and Manchester University NUS

Details to follow – Workshop hosted by Keep our NHS Public, UNITE, and others.

Housing People
We will discuss the breadth of housing issues including homelessness, planning, bedroom tax and alternative ways to build a better future including the mass sleep out on August 24th.

Social Security: Another Way
We will be debunk the myths and propose alternatives, including the language used by the Coalition to direct the debate away from those who are really guilty of causing this crisis and onto the worst off in society.

Sign up to be part of it  –  Donate to help fund it
Please join us on Saturday July 27th to oppose austerity and work towards a fairer society