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MANCHESTER PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY UNITES CONDEM OPPOSITION
 

Star date: 20th May 2013

A WEEK OF SALFORD OPPOSITION TO CONDEM AUSTERITY

Manchester People's Assembly
Tuesday May 21st from 5:30pm
Central Hall, Oldham Street, M/cr

Salford Bedroom Tax Meeting
Little Hulton and Walkden Tuesday May 21st 7:30pm

A week of opposition to ConDem Government policies begins tomorrow night when Salford people will be joining Mancs to hear Mark Steel, Owen Jones, Francesca Martinez and more address a packed hall. Meanwhile the Salford fight against the Bedroom Tax continues with a meeting in Little Hulton the same  night.

Full details here…


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Tomorrow night sees the first Manchester People's Assembly that "aspires to bring together campaigns against cuts and privatisations with trade unionists in a movement for social justice".

The aim of the Assembly is to "develop a strategy for resistance to mobilise millions of people against the ConDem Government…A People's Assembly can play a key role in ensuring that this uncaring government faces a a movement of opposition broad enough and powerful enough to generate the conditions where successful co-ordinated action called by the unions, including strike action, is possible".

Basically, the idea is that Parliament, like local councils, is providing virtually no opposition to ConDem policies, so it has to be an extra Parliamentary movement that does it.

Speaking tomorrow night will be Mark Steel, known as a comedian but well serious on this issue; Owen Jones, columnist for The Independent and cred heavy for his book Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class; and Francesca Martinez, comedienne and War On Welfare campaigner. For those who want to have their say, there will also be an open mic.

The Assembly was launched with the backing of people like John Pilger, Ken Loach, Tony Benn and left leaning trade union leaders and MPs, plus a wide array of campaign leaders from organisations like Coalition of Resistance and War On Want.

The Assemblies are being held all over Britain, with a huge one planned for London on 22nd June.

Manchester People's Assembly
Tuesday May 21st from 5:30pm
Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JQ
The event is free but people are being asked to register first – click here to register and for further details on The People's Assembly

Meanwhile, Salford Against The Bedroom Tax meetings continue this week with Little Hulton and Walkden happening at the same time as the Assembly - Tuesday May 21st 7:30pm in the New Albion, Manchester Road East, Little Hulton.

Thursday's meeting of Ordsall Against The Bedroom Tax has now been cancelled, as its leading light, George Tapp is in hospital following the blacklisting picket `hit and run horror' of last week (see here).

The Salford Star can confirm that Greater Manchester Police has finally identified the driver responsible… "The driver has been interviewed under caution. He has not been arrested. Enquiries are ongoing", the GMP stated this evening.

Saturday 1st June will also see another big anti Bedroom Tax Protest at Piccadilly Gardens Manchester
 

Alice Searle wrote
at 05:18:53 on 23 May 2013
I drive a Ka car, which is the same as the one driven by the 'road-rage' driver. Last evening I asked two fit and energetic men to try to climb on the bonnet. Did they do it. No! It is a small slopping area which even an acrobat would have trouble standing on. Perhaps the police could try this before they put out such statements. I also saw George today and he told me how it happened. The car took off so fast that he was knocked over onto the bonnet and clung onto the wind screen wipers. If he hadn't done this he would have gone under the car and that would have been a death! As for the Peoples Assembly. Well that was certainly worth going to. The Central Methodist Hall was packed; all 750 seats with an overflow room. The speakers were very vocal in their anger and distress about what is happening to our social welfare provision, including the sneaky take-over of NHS, the unjust bedroom tax and closure of community facilities for the disabled and the elderly. The main speakers were superb in taking an ironic and also a serious look at this destruction. George was mentioned by many people as an example of what we all should be doing to save our society.
 
Laura Lewis wrote
at 17:43:55 on 21 May 2013
What is the over all goal of the People's Assembly? I am very interested in the movement, but I am unclear as to the mission, other than to oppose the government. Does the People's Assembly have an alternative proposal to austerity? If so, where can I read it? By the way, Daniel Hulse, my husband and I both work and do not claim benefits and I am educated to Masters level. I am so fed up with the ignorance of these "hard working" snobs who have totally missed the point and have been misled by right-wing propaganda.
 
Pauline Hammerton wrote
at 15:43:56 on 21 May 2013
Daniel, he didn't stand on the bonnet, that's the story put about by the media (police?). He was mowed down by the car, as the injuries to his knee(s) demonstrate. I will be at the Assembly - The People's Assembly - along with other non-claimants like me, claimants who've lost their jobs or failed to find one because of this and previous governments'policies, public sector workers who teach, heal, look after the roads, the countryside etc. etc., union workers who try to combat the excess power of employers in order to protect workers' livelihoods and safety, and no doubt many others that neither you nor I have identified here. You are clearly an angry, bitter man, Daniel, I feel for you.
 
Mo Bowman wrote
at 13:29:22 on 21 May 2013
I had lost sight of the Peoples Assembly until yesterday when I looked up Owen Jones on Facebook-the movement seems to get little publicity & I wonder why? I am very interested in the movement but need meetings to be nearer to my home on the Wirral OR East Cumbria and the Eden Valley where I have equally interested friends in the movement. Heres hoping!
 
Daniel Hulse wrote
at 13:28:55 on 21 May 2013
"Hit and Run"? the man stood on someone’s Bonnet whilst the driver was in the car and suddenly George Tap is the victim? Absolutely disgusting, And I assume this "assembly" will be jam packed full of benefit claimants, union workers and public sector workers who think the tax payer owes them a living?
 
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