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Sunday, August 15th, 2010
9:30 pm
Reclaim the Scene's (Out of the) Village Fete
Sick of paying to go to village for pride?
Think the emphasis on getting wrecked overshadows fighting for LGBT/Q rights?
Want to put the protest back into pride?
Want an inclusive scene?

Then read on...


--- (Out of the) Village Fete! ---
Saturday 28th August (Pride weekend)

Our annual Post-Parade Picnic is going to be bigger and better than ever. Now with:
♥ Free Food
♥ Performers
♥ Live art
♥ Music
♥ Alcohol fuelled and alcohol free spaces
♥ zine making
♥ children's entertainment
... and much much more.

Running at the old UMIST Students' Union (just next to the village), we'll head down after the parade for a lovely free afternoon of fun for all those who are LGBT/Q and their friends and families.

Also, if you'd like to speak or perform, please get in touch. The time is getting near but we're still looking for a diverse range of people and skills to make the day sparkly!

here's the facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=36808381#!/event.php?eid=137836266240282&ref=ts

here's a map: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Sackville+St&daddr=53.474357,-2.233229&geocode=FTj-LwMdfN3d_w%3B&hl=en&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=15&dirflg=w&sll=53.478367,-2.241769&sspn=0.010063,0.027595&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=15

and here is some information about Reclaim the Scene, with event details to follow soon: http://www.reclaimthescene.com/

See you there!

Current Mood: excited
Thursday, February 1st, 2007
12:01 pm
UN climate change week
The first of February 2007: 
Participate in the biggest mobilization of Citizens Against Global Warming! 
The Alliance for the Planet [a group of environmentalassociations] is calling out to all citizens; 
5 minutes of electrical rest for the planet. 
People all over the world should turn off their lights and electrical appliances on the first of February 2007 between for New York 1.55 pm and 2.00 pm, for London 18.55 and 19.55 for Paris, Bruxelles, Italy etc between 19.55 and 0.00.This is not about saving 5 minutes worth of electricity for that one day, this is about calling on the attention of the
media, politicians, and social figures, telling them of the importance of immediateaction! 5 minutes of electrical down time for the planet: this does not take long, and costs nothing, and it will show the electoral candidates for
2007 that global warming is an issue that need to enter the political debate.
Thank you all,
Friday, January 19th, 2007
4:41 pm
UK Gathering for G8 2007 Mobilisation- 28th January
G8 Mobilisation Meeting- UK National Gathering

Sunday 28th January 2007, 10:30am- 5pm
The Sumac Centre, Nottingham


From 6-8 June 2007, the G8 Summit – the meeting of the heads of state and government of the USA, Canada, Japan, Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Russia – are planning on meeting in Germany.

There is to be a meeting to discuss G8 Mobilisation for 2007, hosted by Sumac Centre in Nottingham on the 28th January. Limited accommodation will be provided for those who wish to travel from afar. Please email if you require accommodation:

Food will be provided for by Veggies, for a small cost.

Please contact dissentprocess@yahoo.co.uk with agenda items.

Suggestions include
• lessons from G8 2005
• feedback on German processes and mobilisation
• future meetings in the UK

Further information on the mobilisation can be found at:

(English language German website)



Friday, September 8th, 2006
3:20 pm
Sea Shepherd Benefit in Manchester
If anyone is interested in coming to Manchester on Friday 15th
September, there is a Sea Shepherd fundraiser. http://www.seashepherd.org/

One of the crew are coming to speak and present footage and there will be vegan fish and
chips too!!

It's a fiver to get in, which includes your food and proceeds go
directly to Sea Shepherd.

Starts at 7pm! Venue: The Basement, 24 Lever St, Manchester M1 1DZ

Friday, September 1st, 2006
3:04 pm
Monday, July 31st, 2006
3:59 pm
«Unauthorized Persons... are Welcome!»
Within the framework of European Youth Campaign «All different – All equal»
From 1 July 2006 to 30 November 2006

Guidelines of the contest: Diversity, Participation, Human Rights
We are looking forward to getting ideas that would become basis for official European Actions’ materials already this year
- 1 September – International Action «Europe without Nazism!» www.stopnazism.anti-fa.ru
- 29 September– International Action «Babiy Yar – Nobody have’t been forgotten!» www.antifa.hrworld.ru
- 9 – 16 November – International action Week against Nazism and anti-Semitism «Never again!» www.antifa.hrworld.ru.

It can be any kind of graphics and images which can be placed on information materials or be posted in the Internet. For example:
- sticker, leaflet or poster model,
- logo, banners for actions,
- wallpaper for the desktop,
- comics, animations
and the like

- Creative outcomes are accepted from 1 June to 30 November 2006
- The product should be saved in .jpg format, no more than 1 МB (if it doesn’t fit - please put it in the internet and send us a link)
- The product must have an electronic format
- You should email your work to: antifa-graph@hrworld.ru.
- If it is difficult you can send a disk by regular mail: 125009, Moscow, p/o 143. And also you should fill in «Registration Certificate». You can ask for it at the Organizational Committee.

The Main Award – your work will be published in thousand copies and be disseminated widely across Russia, NIS and European countries.

You can ask for «Registration Certificate» at: antifa-graph@hrworld.ru.

Organizational Committee:
Movement «YOUNG EUROPE», Youth Network against Racism and Intolerance
Eastern and Central-European Network for realization of European Campaign «All different – All equal»
125009, Moscow, p/o 143
e-mail: antifa-graph@hrworld.ru
Sunday, July 23rd, 2006
5:31 pm
Last month I started a newsletter about progressive issues around Greater Manchester. Starting work on the 3rd issue now, I realised I hadn't taken the obvious step of making a journal for it: thebookofswamp. The info is all on the user page.

It's on one a month and is all posted behind cuts, and I post references for everything in it. So far it's covered such stuff as fast food, sweatshops, supermarkets, climate change, allergies... and the World Cup. Here's a sample:
Manchester is presently patting itself on the back for being hit with the biggest ever IRA bomb ten years ago (and flogging loads of memorabilia crap about it). Meanwhile the media is destroying Ken Loach’s new film about the British “Black and Tan” atrocities in 1920s Ireland - The Wind that Shakes the Barley - for being “anti-British”, finally adopting the lingo they have used for anti-Bush critics for years. There is very little to suggest that what Loach depicts did not happen. Our inability to see a connection between our foreign policy and the frustration and fear which gives rise to extremism will doom us to violence forever. "Maybe if you tell the truth about the past, you might tell the truth about the present." – Ken Loach. See www.cornerhouse.org for showings of The Wind that Shakes the Barley.
And another:
Earlier this year, Tesco applied for planning permission to build a hypermarket on over 80,000 square feet of land which is presently a playing field for people and wildlife, on Chester Road in Trafford, just behind Stretford leisure centre. In the 1960s the field was converted from a car park in response to residents calls for recreational space and a reduction in traffic. The area has no need for such a large development, as there are currently 24 supermarket branches located within the catchment area of the proposed site. This is just one point where the proposal would breach planning regulations that have to be met on all out-of-town developments. The majority of local residents oppose the Tesco, because they see it would destroy land, diversity, business in the town centre and jobs. Every study ever conducted on the topic has shown that for each supermarket that opens, a net several hundred jobs are lost. This shouldn’t be surprising – think of how the supermarkets brag about their efficiency, including in employing and timetabling people. Efficiency is something we should all strive for, surely? In this case it’s only good if you’re an executive for a supermarket, or if the only things you value in life are low prices and having everyone working to their absolute physical limit with no social interaction whatsoever. Although they’ve been defeated in the past, supermarkets can employ the best lawyers and spokespeople with ease, so campaigners need to stand up and make a noise if they don’t want Trafford councillors to roll over and beg for mercy. A public inquiry began on 27th June, at which Tescos agents suggested the council officers report be amended when it looked like things were turning against them – one councillor said he had never heard such a rude suggestion in 17 years. The council planning committee has voted that it would refuse the application if it could, but the inquiry has been adjourned until September due to new retail evidence. 2070 signatures opposing the development were handed in. For more information see www.tescopoly.org.uk and go to Local campaigns > NorthWest.
Thanks for having a look! Oh, and you can pick it up in all good places, including The Basement.
Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
3:17 pm
Fundraiser for the Manchester neighbourhood at the climate camp.
Friday 14th July
7.30pm at Fuel, Wilmslow Road, Withington M16

An evening of musical delights with a variety of local performers. Swing, folk and folk-punk- and people playing bicycles (whatever genre that fits into!)

also showing short independent films about climate change

£3 suggested donation

(dont forget its the global day of action against the G8, the gig will start when people have arrived from the anti G8 critical mass...ride then dance!)

See http://climcamp.x21.org.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?p=731#731

Monday, May 15th, 2006
6:07 pm
Site of interest for Guerilla gardeners
I've just found this website for buying cheap native trees in the UK. I thought I'd share it here in case there are any guerilla gardeners in our midst. I don't know if these prices are particularly cheap but they're affordable even for me.
Thursday, May 11th, 2006
10:21 pm
New ALF prisoners need support (x-posted all over)
Please get letters in the post to these compassionate people who have had their liberty stolen from their by this perverted society which sees fit to imprison those who go against the grain and try to make a difference to animals!

Jon Ablewhite, John Smith and Kerry Whitburn were sentenced to 12 years today at Nottingham Crown Court and Josephine Mayo to 4 years. The sentences are in relation to Newchurch Farm. Jon, John and Kerry are on their way back to HMP Nottingham - their prison numbers remain the same (details below).
Josephine is being taken to HMP Peterborough:
Josephine Mayo (new prisoner), HMP Peterborough, Saville Road, Westfield, Peterborough PE3 7PD.
We do not have her prison number at the moment.

It is vital to remember those who are currently incarcerated and ensure they receive as much support as possible. It is also vital to remember that we owe it to these brave people (but first and foremost to the animals) to get out there and make a difference to the animals! Demos are happening all the time in and around Manchester, get out there and make a difference!!!


Jon Ablewhite (TB4885)

Birthday: 27 January

HMP Nottingham, Perry Road, Sherwood NG5 3AG

Serving 12 years for conspiracy to blackmail the Hall family, who run Newchurch guineapig farm.

What you can send: Cheques/Postal Orders. Stamps NOT allowed.

Josephine Mayo (new prisoner)

HMP Peterborough, Saville Road, Westfield, Peterborough PE3 7PD

Serving 4 years for conspiracy to blackmail the Hall family, who run Newchurch guineapig farm.

John Smith (TB4887)

Birthday: 6 March

HMP Nottingham, Perry Road, Sherwood NG5 3AG

Serving 12 years for conspiracy to blackmail the Hall family, who run Newchurch guineapig farm.

What you can send: Cheques/Postal Orders. Stamps NOT allowed.

Kerry Whitburn (TB4886)

Birthday: 18 April

HMP Nottingham, Perry Road, Sherwood NG5 3AG

Serving 12 years for conspiracy to blackmail the Hall family, who run Newchurch guineapig farm.

What you can send: Cheques/Postal Orders. Stamps NOT allowed.

Manchester Animal Protection
PO Box 155
Manchester M60 1FT
0845 456 2492
Friday, May 5th, 2006
12:05 pm
Animal rights diary dates for Manchester in May
Saturday 6th May
Live Export demo in Hull. Transport from Manchester.
for more details: http://www.veggies.org.uk/arc/event.php?ref=673
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Saturday, March 11th, 2006
6:21 pm

If you're in Manchester and interested in a week of film nights beginning on March 13th based on a world without oil, you'll be pleased to know such an event is taking place.

A week of films nights at the Basement Social Centre on life in a world without oil.

Monday March 13th
THE OIL FACTOR: behind the War on Terror
How oil is driving US military expansion.
A Free Will production, 2005, 93 mins.
Followed by discussion with Jonathan Atkinson of Corporate Watch.

Wednesday March 15th
THE END OF SUBURBIA - Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream
How the end of the oil economy will not only effect the way we live but where we live.
2005, 78 mins
Followed by discussion with Nick Dodd of URBED

Monday March 20th
PEAK OIL - imposed by Nature
The end of oil as we know it!
The Post Carbon Institute, 2005, 28 mins
Preceded by excerpts from:
A visionary documentary film by Werner Herzog presenting an apocalyptic vision of a world consumed by oil.
1992, 54 mins
Followed by discussion with oil geologist Tim Fairs (Powerswitch)

All nights in association with Manchester Indymedia

24 Lever Street
Northern Quarter

Doors open 7.30pm, all films start 8.00pm. Free of charge.
Monday, February 27th, 2006
2:06 pm
On Monday 13 March 2006, Manchester City Council is launching the Green City Network at the City of Manchester Stadium.

The Green City Network will provide Manchester with an information and advice network of environmental intelligence. The Network can help you make better use of existing resources, find out how others are implementing changes or perhaps help you offer your own environmental services.

The one-day launch event will include a number of workshops that will inform and be informed by delegates and speakers alike. This is your chance to let the Council and the region's environmental support networks know:
  • How you can help Manchester become Britain's Greenest City

  • What support YOU need to help you identify and achieve your environmental goals.
Workshops will include internationally renowned speakers on:
  • Climate Change and renewable energy

  • Sustainable Enterprise

  • Sustainable Communities

  • Defining the Green City Network
If you would like more information about the conference or would like to attend please visit http://www.manchestergreencity.co.uk or call Sue Chung on 0161 234 4506. Delegate space is running out fast so reserve your place soon.
Monday, February 20th, 2006
12:54 am
*urgent* Get you're hands in your pockets
National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns went bust on Saturday the 4th of February when all funding for the full time staff and running costs of all offices came to an end. With immediate effect we have to announce the closure of NCADC's North East & Scotland office on Tuesday 28th February and barring a miracle the closure of the North West Office in Manchester will follow at the end of March and complete closure of NCADC in May.

As it stands NCADC is in the process of winding up the organisation that for the last ten and a half years has been at the forefront of fighting deportations and opposing the Governments 'cruel and inhumane' immigration laws.
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Thursday, February 9th, 2006
7:43 pm
Hi everyone, you've probably heard about Jenny Pope, the lady missing in Equador .

The Samba Bands of Gtr Manchester will be busking in Manchester on Saturday outside Marks & Spencer (1pm start) to raise awareness for the appeal. Please come along and help if you can, any support would be greatly appreciated.

Apologies if this post isn't appropriate for _manc_activists , I wasn't 100% sure but thought it a good enough cause to take the chance.
Saturday, February 4th, 2006
7:37 pm
Manchester Zine Fest 2006
Zine Fest is a festival of zines, anti-corporate art, and DIY publications that will take place in The Basement, 24 Lever Street, Manchester, on 11th February.

During the day there will be stalls selling zines, workshops, and in the evening there will be readings and a film about zine culture.

For more info check out:

12:57 pm
Hello thar.. shame this place never really took off. Maybe we could give it a kickstart?

Against Them!
is a new e-zine I'm writing for with a few friends. It's our attempt to use the punk rock spirit in a positive political way. There's music reviews and columns and so on.

If you'd have a look I'd appreciate it. We know the writing is small and hard to read and we're trying to decide how to best have it.
Also, if anyone could make a post on the dead forum (even if its a pity post!) I'd really appreciate it:

Sunday, November 27th, 2005
5:38 pm
Manchester Anarchist Bookfair next Saturday
(Formerly the Manchester Radical Bookfair)
Saturday 3rd December 2005
The Basement
24 Lever Street (off Piccadilly Gardens)

Thursday, November 17th, 2005
3:10 pm
Well, I don't know how popular this community will be but it'll be worth a shot. At the very least it'll be a place to network and get some idea of what's going on around the Manchester activist scene.

To kick things off I'll start by posting about the forthcoming Anti-Overconsumption Month organised by Do Summat.

Saturday club declare november-december anti-overconsumption month!!!

Saturday 26th November (Buy Nothing Day) noon at The Basement, 24 Lever St M1: ADVERTS AND THEIR ENEMIES: a day devoted to the art of subvertising with workshops and discussion and practical tips.

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