Rebel Alliance minutes 26/09/2011

Manchester Green and Black Cross

MEETING MINUTES

*** ~30 Present

***Green and Black Cross

Get in touch with questions about legal issues – Legal Observers will be around on the day of the Tory Party Conference: they will have bright orange bibs on, keep an eye out for them and go to them with any questions/concerns on the day, or to grab a bust card from them.
Check out GBC online for briefs on particular laws or areas

Facebook / GBC

Announcements from groups:

***Revision – Drug Policy Network

5p.m. Tuesday 27/09/11 A debate on drugs with Tories, Simon building, Brunswick Street Manchester M13 9PL.
6p.m. Tuesday 27/09/2011 ‘Drugs: An Introduction’, Room 3 in University of Manchester Students’ Union (UMSU).
Re:Vision will also be training people to campaign and running behavioural change workshops soon – we’ll keep you updated!
Regular weekly meetings at Saki, every Tuesday at 6pm.
Re:Vision website / Re:Vision Drugs Facebook

***Block the Bridge, Block the Bill!

See here for more info.
In brief, the government is just weeks away from destroying the NHS forever. This is an emergency. On Sunday October 9th, join UK Uncut on Westminster Bridge and help block the bill. On one side of the bridge is Parliament, on the other, St. Thomas’ Hospital. This protest therefore symbolically stops the Bill from getting from Parliament to our hospitals.
An anonymous benefactor has offered to pay for coaches down to London on the day. These will leave from Albert Square in Central Manchester at 7a.m. on Sunday October 9th, and will return the same evening.
Contact spikewords@hotmail.co.uk to reserve your place – £5 deposit required which can be returned on the coach, unless you’d rather donate it to UKUncut!
Alternatively, Manchester Against Fees and Cuts (MAFAC) are also organising a free bus, attend their Welcome Party (see below) to sign up, or get in touch via Facebook.

Facebook event for Block the Bridge

***MAFAC

5p.m. Wednesday 28/09/2011 Welcome Party in the Postgraduate Bar at University of Manchester
We’re having a pretty informal event in the run up to the TUC Manchester March for the Alternative on Sunday, with a brief overview of plans for this year, some fun getting to know each other games and plenty of time to chat and make new friends!

***Dale Farm

6p.m. Thursday 29/09/2011 – trip down to Dale Farm (more info) to offer support and show solidarity by taking part in the occupation. Will be back by Sunday night and all they ask is £15 towards fuel costs, depending on how many people are interested. For more information text Seth on 07806330401, if you have any questions they’re happy to meet up on Wednesday to chat about it!

***IWW Manchester

6p.m, Thursday 29/09/2011, Castle Pub, Oldham Street – An informal meeting to plan and think about what workplaces the IWW could think about organising this autumn!
If you’re unsure of where the Castle is, Andy can meet you at the fountains at Piccadilly Gardens at 17:45.
Feel free to call/text Andy on 07513876044 if you have any questions… the pub is easy to access and buying a drink is not necessary!
iwwmanchester@gmail.com

***PedalMCR

Open Tuesday to Saturday every week, at The Boathouse, Platt Fields Park, M14 6LA
Pedal MCR is a workers co-operative dedicated to recycling bicycles, offering mechanical education, cycle training and promoting bicycling by helping people of all ages and backgrounds to obtain, maintain, repair and ride bicycles.
Website / Facebook page
6p.m. Friday 30/09/2011Critical Mass – Poly Run theme. A mass bike ride round Manchester, meeting at Central Library.
And after party/fundraiser with roller racing!

*** Queer Resistance UK

10.30a.m, Sunday 02/10/2011, Zombie feeder march – Cameron’s Casualties!  Meeting outside Oxford Road Station to feed into the Education feeder march for Sunday’s protest against the Tory Party Conference. Bring bandages, placards, and look out for a potential ‘die-in’ to occur en route!

***Canal Street Party for Tories – let them know what you think!

10p.m, Monday 03/10/2011, meeting outside Velvet on Canal Street

***Squattastic

Meeting on Saturday 01/10/2011 – keep an eye on the website for further details – there will be workshops, banner-making, discussions and all sorts. Find out more about the Government consultation on squatting – soon to be discussed in Parliament.
There will also be a Squat Bloc on the TUC march on Sunday – lots of people wanted, and volunteers needed! Get in touch.

***OK CAFÉ

The OKasional Cafe is a running tradition, which has been going for ten years! It is a squatted space that will hold a daily cafe, regular vegan meals and function as a radical space for meetings, organising actions, workshops and events.
This October it’ll be back for three weeks!

OK Cafe website

***Shift – Manchester-based magazine

Shift magazine emerged out of a desire for a space where people involved in radical politics could discuss ideas, tactics and strategies. We want to try and bridge the seeming gap between “talking theory” and “doing politics”.
Thirteenth issue out now ! Grab it now for the bargain price of £2 from the Cornerhouse, online, at the Issue 13 Launch Party or from Plan B housing co-op.

Shift Facebook page

***Occupy Manchester

To coincide with TUC demo on Sunday 02/10/2011

The idea is to have a people’s assembly and to use it as a base. Occupy!MCR will be on the education feeder march – look out for our purple banners and signs!
Come down to Albert Square after the TUC demo to take part in the occupation and show the Tories they aren’t welcome.

OccupyMCR website

***AFED (Anarchist Federation)

Based all around the country.
We produce publications and support all sorts of camapigns
7p.m Wednesday 28/09/2011 at Falafel, Oxford Road in Rusholme – meeting at 7 to grab some food and have a chat, then upstairs for a meeting at 7.30p.m.
AFED national website / AFED North

***Botanical gardens

University of Manchester-owned botanical gardens are under threat of being turned into a car park. Anyone interested in fighting against this should contact Dan at daniel.morris-5@student.manchester.ac.uk – any support is welcomed!

***Manchester Climate Action

7.30p.m, Wednesday 28/09/2011, at Plan B, 3 Birch Polygon, Rusholme, M14 5HX – open meeting, come down to find out what campaigns you can get involved in, and to meet people!

Manchester Climate Action website

***Feminists Against Playboy Club Manchester

New Manchester-based feminist mag ‘Percolate Magazine’ and Twitter feminists @FeministNewsUK are organising a peaceful protest against the proposed opening of a Playboy Club in the city.

“Feminists Against Playboy Club Manchester believe that the Playboy Club opening in Manchester city centre & women being encouraged to dress as ‘bunnies’ is not just harmless fun – it objectifies women & is part of a wider culture of pornification & sexualisation of young women. We do not believe that the Playboy brand promotes equality. We are not targeting the women who choose to work there, just the patriarchy & sexism behind the Playboy Club & Playboy brand in general.”

5.30p.m, Saturday 01/10/2011, protest outside Casino 535

***MCC (Manchester Campaigns Collective)

Do you have any spare time to help us with stalls? Do you have any materials you’d like us to distribute? Get in touch! We’ll be running two stalls a week and are looking for volunteers to help out.

We will also be putting flyers under doors and doing poster runs so if you have stuff that needs publicising send us a message or just come chat to us.  Donations welcome!
We’re here to help.

Manchester Campaigns Collective
Facebook

manchestercampaigns@gmail.com
xxx

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About MCC

Manchester Campaigns Collective! A group bringing you all the information, dates and places for a number of amazing grassroots campaigns and activist groups right here in beautiful Manchester. E-mail us at manchestercampaigns@gmail.com to tell us about any exciting events coming up, any groups we should know about, or to ask for info/advice!
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