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Until 19th December
The Great War – myths and realities uncovered
The Working Class Movement Library’s exhibition, The Great War: myths and realities, opens on Wednesday 6 August. It explores topics such as Salford’s response to the outbreak of war, the strength of the anti-war movement locally and nationally, what happened to the campaign which had gathered momentum by 1914 to get the vote for women – and the realities of trench warfare.
On this anniversary of the start of the First World War the Library wants to commemorate it, but to do so honestly. The exhibition introduction states: ‘We will not remember the “lost” or the “fallen”. We will remember 16 million dead whose lives were not given but were taken from them by politicians and generals’.
Veronica Trick, a member of the volunteer exhibition team, said: ‘By camouflaging this hideous event with heroic language we make the next war more likely. We believe that there is only one morally acceptable way to remember WW1 and that is to look honestly at past wars to develop strategies for the prevention of future wars.’
The exhibition is open during the Library drop-in times, Wed-Fri 1-5pm, until 19 December.
Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford, M5 4WX
Friday 14th November
Manchester Zapatista Event
26th September 2014: Police in the Mexican state of Guerrero kill six people and take away 43 students, who have since become victims of enforced disappearance.
‘Manchester for Ayotzinapa’ invites you to an evening on the background to these events. Short videos and speakers will explain the intertwinement of government agents and organized crime; and the reasons for this crack-down on student teachers from some of the poorest and most marginalized communities of the country, and on teacher colleges with a radical pedagogy for popular education and social change.
Speakers: Tanalis Padilla, Associate Professor of Latin American History from Dartmouth College; student teachers from Guerrero (video-conference)
7pm: Latin American food; Event starts 7.45pm; Entry: £5 (includes food; all profits go to the student teachers and their families)
Location: St Peter’s Chaplaincy, Precinct Centre, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9GH
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th November
It’s not what you know, it’s what you do.
Come and hear the sound of a hundred voices as choirs and performers from across Manchester join forces at Manchester Museum. Inspired by awe and wonder at the Museum’s collections, writer/performer Daniel Bye, musician Boff Whalley and director Sarah Punshon have created original songs for a weekend of musical surprises.
Performances will begin at 11am and 1.30pm in the Museum reception area. You could follow the performers and experience the whole 70 minute cycle, or simply enjoy encountering musical surprises as you explore the Museum.
With thanks to Golden Voices, Network Choir from Oswald Road, Crab Lane, Birchfields and Barlow Hall primary schools, Ordsall A cappella, SHE, Josh Coates and all our performers and volunteers.
Manchester Museum, Oxford Road
Free/ Drop In Performances begin at 11am and 1.30pm each day.
Sunday 16th November
CANCELLED: Scared, Boredom, Hospital Food and more TBC
Kings Arms, Bloom Street, Salford
Tuesday 18th November
Against Me! with Billy The Kid
Manchester Academy 2, Oxford Road, Manchester
£14 Advance/ 7.30pm
Wednesday 19th November
The government are planning to build a new prison in for the North West of the UK in Wrexham that will warehouse more than 2,100 prisoners, making it the second largest prison in Europe!
In response Community Action on Prison Expansion are working with local and national contacts to organise a new campaign against Prison Expansion in the UK.
There will be a public meeting in Manchester to share information about the prison and to start organising locally.
The meeting will be held at 19:00 on the 19th November at the Friends Meeting House, Central Manchester.
The anarchist and working class movement have a long and continued history of repression though imprisonment both nationally and locally. Could you please help spread the word about the meeting within Manchester Anarchist Bookfair group and share the event on your social media and internal communications. Link to the Facebook event can be found here; https://www.facebook.com/events/812742308771287
Like all prisons the North Wales Prison Project will imprison poor, working class people, individuals with mental health challenges & learning disabilities, abuse survivors as well as people of colour and immigrants. The prison will cost more than £250 million to build.
Why Organise in Manchester?
Several of the companies involved in the project are all based in Manchester, including the main construction company. Opposition to the prison will need to be taken to the companies themselves.
Friday 21st November
Friday 28th November
Ruts DC plus Steve Ignorant’s Slice of Life
Manchester Academy 3, Oxford Road
£15 advance 7.30pm Doors
Saturday 29th November: Manchester
Wild at Heart Art Auction for CAPS
Wolfgang Webster Gallery is delighted to invite you to an evening of Art and Inspiration.
Packed with big names, local artists, all mediums and to suit all budgets! With special prizes and surprises, the charity art auction and raffle will see all proceeds going toward The Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) leading the campaign to end the exploitation of animals in circuses, zoos and the exotic pet trade.
6.30pm Paul Wolfgang Webster Gallery, Cheadle, Stockport, SK8
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