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TAKE BACK MANCHESTER FESTIVAL FOR TORY PARTY CONFERENCE
 

Star date: 17th September 2017

ONE GIANT DEMONSTRATION PLUS JOHN MCDONNELL, MAXINE PEAKE, LOWKEY AND MORE

A six day Take Back Manchester Festival, running from 29th September to 4th October, has been organised by the People's Assembly Against Austerity to 'welcome' the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.

The centrepiece is the massive national demonstration on Sunday 1st October and around it are cultural events, film screenings, rallies, comedy, music and public meetings, with participants including Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, Maxine Peake, Lowkey, Captain Ska, Barbara Nice and Julie Hesmondhalgh.

Full details here...


The People's Assembly Protest the Tory Party Conference Manchester 2017
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"We won't rest until there're kicked out of office and austerity is history" Sam Fairbairn, National Secretary of the People's Assembly

The Tories are back in Manchester for their annual conference and to 'welcome' them there's loads of events, daily protests and one massive national demonstration on Sunday 1st October, which goes from Castlefield Arena at noon.

Before and during the Conference, there's also a Take Back Manchester Festival, organised by the People's Assembly Against Austerity, and packed with events ranging from public meetings and talks to comedy, music and film screenings.

"The General Election result showed that people have had enough of this Government and its relentless policies of austerity" says actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, who is also President of the Greater Manchester People's Assembly. 

"Cuts to our public services and welfare state have had a terrible effect on people in Greater Manchester" she explains "Most people around here didn't vote Conservative and we can't believe they are having their conference here for the second time in two years.

"We are arranging a full programme of events so that people can protest against the Government, discuss issues that are important to them, and, in true Manc style have a good time" she says "It's a really exciting and varied few days with loads of great people involved, and I hope lots of people from our great city will be able to take part. Manchester is a fantastic city, a city of music, art, theatre and industry, but also a city famous for its history of protest and resistance."

Sam Fairbairn, National Secretary of the People's Assembly, adds: "This government's time is numbered. They've presided over years of cuts, privatisation and deteriorating living standards for the majority. We have a crisis in virtually every service because the Tories have slashed funding across the board - from our NHS and Education to Local Government and housing. But they're weaker than ever and have lost the trust of the public. We won't rest until there're kicked out of office and austerity is history."

The full programme of events...

FRIDAY 29th SEPTEMBER

6pm-8pm - Public Sector Pay
Hosted by TUC NW (Public Sector Unions)
Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS

7pm-9pm Speak Out Against Austerity
Spoken word and poetry night
TriBeCA, 50 Sackville St, Manchester M1 3WF

SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER

11am-6pm A Future to Win
Day School: Manchester youth groups
The English Lounge 64-66 High St, Manchester M4 1EA

12noon-4:30pm Working for a World Without Austerity
Day School: hosted by Manchester Trades Council
Partisan Collective 19 Cheetham Hill Rd, Manchester M4 4FY

1pm-3pm Fighting Unemployment, Poverty and Austerity
Public Meeting: hosted by the Mary Quaile Club
Speakers: Sean Mitchell and Charlotte Hughes
Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent, Salford M5 4WX

4pm-6pm Trump: Taking The World To The Brink Of War?
Public Meeting: hosted by Stop the War Coalition
Speakers: Lindsey German, Alan Gibbons, Louise Regan, Maz Saleem
Central Hall Manchester, Oldham Street 

5pm-9pm Panel Discussion hosted by Momentum
Partisan Collective 19 Cheetham Hill Rd, Manchester M4 4FY

6pm-7pm Unwelcome the Tories - Flash Mob
Piccadilly Station

7pm-11pm F**kTheTories Pre-Protest Party
Partisan Collective, 19 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M4 4FY

7:30pm-9:30pm Saturday Night Live Event
Theatre/Show: Guests include Maxine Peake, Jolyon Rubinstein and Heydon Prowse.
Dancehouse Theatre

SUNDAY 1st OCTOBER

12noon-5pm: NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION
NO MORE AUSTERITY | SCRAP THE PAY CAP | FOR DECENT HEALTH, HOMES, JOBS AND EDUCATION
Castlefield Arena/Liverpool Road, Manchester


6pm-11pm Official Demo After Party
Gig: Captain Ska and special guests
Manchester Academy

MONDAY 2nd OCTOBER

12noon-3pm No Privatisation Protest at Pushdoctor
Protest: hosted by Health Campaigns Together
5 John Dalton Street, Manchester, M2 6ET

1pm-3:30pm No to Fracking, No to Climate Change
Protest: Hosted by Campaign Against Climate Change
Outside Manchester Central Library

2pm-4pm A Media For The Many Not The Few
Public Meeting: hosted by Media Reform Coalition & others
Speakers include Julie Hesmondhalgh, Justin Schlosberg
Unison, Arena Point

16:00 - 18:00: The Fight Against Fracking And Climate Change
Public Meeting: with Tina Rothery, Fracking Nanas, Andy Burnham (Invited)
Unison, Arena Point

5pm-6pm Meditation Flash Mob
Hosted by Manchester Awakening
location to be announced on the day. For notification sign up on Facebook

5:15pm-6:45pm Avoiding Apocalypse: Alternatives to a war-based foreign policy
Public Meeting: Hosted by Greater Manchester Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Partisan Collective, 19 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M4 4FY

7pm-9pm How to Resist the NHS Cutbacks
Public Meeting: hosted by Health Campaigns Together
The Old Monkey pub, 90 Portland Street, Manchester city centre, M1 4GX

7pm-9pm An Economy That Works For All
Public Meeting: In conversation with John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor
Hosted by The People's Assembly
Manchester Cathedral - Register your place here

TUESDAY 3rd OCTOBER

2pm-4:30pm Dispossession: The Great Housing Swindle
Film Showing: followed by Q&A
Friends Meeting House - Tickets available here

5pm-7pm Don't Let The Racists Divide Us
Protest: hosted by Stand Up To Racism
At Tory Party Conference

7:30pm-9:30pm Ten Takes On Resistance
Theatre: 10 new specially written pieces tackling some of the big issues of our day
Hosted by Take Back Manchester Theatre Collective
Central Methodist Hall, Oldham Street - Tickets available here

WEDNESDAY 4th OCTOBER

11am-1pm End The Housing Crisis: Grenfell, Homelessness and Insecure Homes
Public Meeting
Friends Meeting House

1pm-3pm Wall Of Sound Around The Conference Centre
Protest during Theresa May's speech - bring pots, pans, drums, whistles and megaphones
Outside Friends Meeting House, Mount Street


In the run up to the Tory Party Conference, the Salford Star will be running articles on many of these events plus daily reports throughout the Conference.

The events programme is being updated daily, so check on the People's Assembly website for these and further details on all events – click here

Caroline Gray wrote
at 18:24:37 on 18 September 2017
u all sound crazy.it was labour our council who took our home ...all loved us ..expect greedy ones Salford city council..u need to see greedy ones ...let love an pease make world better place ...he had two heart attcks due to lies from salford an trafford .. run out of money to fight ..stress to much with medcial prolams have paper work to prove .plus sent else were as they come after us...
 
Alice wrote
at 13:27:56 on 18 September 2017
In the week of the Tory Conference there are events for all sectors of society to get involved and express frustration with the attacks on our Welfare State. Whether you are a public servant with frozen pay and reduce services, a teacher or parent concerned about the cuts to education or a member of a minortiy group, bothered about discriminatory policies, then join some event to support these protests or get more informed about what is happening to our society. If you are elderly or sick remember the NHS is being sold off and starved of funds. Try to join what you can. This is a democratic protest to save the quality of our society.
 
wrote
at 13:27:47 on 18 September 2017
September 13: The [political] Butterfly has Landed. “In my disgust at the Gov not increasing Public Sector pay by at least 2.9% it forces me to support Mike Pevitt the Labour choice in the Claremont election.” September 18: The [political] Butterfly has Taken Off again. “It gives me no option but to now withdraw my support for Claremont Labour.” It’s making us all dizzy!
 
wrote
at 07:59:58 on 18 September 2017
I agree with Mr Felse. Labour Party should make a statement about freedom politics and not get caught up in the anti Tory message.
 
Michael James Felse wrote
at 06:30:01 on 18 September 2017
I am appalled at this action. It gives me no option but to now withdraw my support for Claremont Labour. Today I call on a massive turn out for the Tory candidate in Claremont to prove we citizens of Salford hate any red line nasty campaigns. It is clear my Free Bee Felse message has been adopted by Corrie Street and I look forward to reclaiming the message as my Free Bee no pay candidate in the next Mayoral. Such Mayors should do the job free instead of getting huge cash annually for such an honor,
 
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