A movement with a plan: Co-operation Jackson

By ACORN Manchester (@AcornManchester)    Co-operation Jackson is an unapologetically revolutionary project aiming to build the foundations for economic democracy and social liberation. Based in Mississippi’s state capital and with a history rooted in the civil rights struggles of the US South, the movement combines social enterprise with grassroots democracy and critical engagements with electoral …

Three Acres and a Cow

By Roo Bramley   “The first step in resistance is a history lesson; not a lesson written for us but one we write ourselves” Simon Critchley   Three Acres and a Cow: A History of Land Rights and Protest in Folk Song and Story is just that: a history lesson that we have written ourselves. …

Who is the Financialised City for?

By Desiree Fields (@fieldsdesiree)   Financialisation is a term initially developed to capture the growing power of finance in the economy since the 1970s. The term refers to the way that capital accumulation increasingly happens not through industry—via producing and trading commodities, but through financial channels—via producing and trading financial instruments, the proliferation of debt, …

A Green New Deal for homes?

 By Jonathan Atkinson (@lowwintersun)   Ahead of our event at Friends Meeting House, Jonathan Atkinson takes a look at the key issues.   As the case for radical action on climate change grows ever stronger, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ed Markey and others within the progressive wing of the Democratic Party are advocating a Green New Deal …

The PSPO: Who is Manchester for?

By Dr Morag Rose   The policies that shape the city centre send a message about who and what is welcome. These signals may be subtle but they shape the environment we live in and how we feel about it. The architecture and physical environment embodies who and what we value too. A walk around …

Against the Public Space Protection Order

By Richie Nimmo (@RichieNimmo)   I write not as any kind of expert but as a city centre resident, to express my revulsion at the City Council’s plans to introduce a Public Space Protection Order in Piccadilly and Deansgate wards, and my opposition to the current public consultation being carried out to that end. My …

VICTORY: NatWest says Yes to DSS

By ACORN (@ACORN_tweets)   Back in November, ACORN put together a coalition of ourselves, Living Rent (Scotland) and London Renters Union for a nationwide day of action against NatWest. Our demand was simple: drop the discriminatory clause preventing landlords from renting to benefits claimants.   Our members occupied and picketed bank branches up and down the …

Manchester City Council’s PSPO consultation: fewer safeguards for the homeless

By Greater Manchester Law Centre (@gmlawcentre)   The Public Space Protection Order consultation has attracted media attention and discussion. Working with others in the legal community, we have produced information on the main concerns we have. We aim to support local housing campaigns groups, many of whom are already acting on this issue, and this …

Don’t criminalise the homeless!

  By Greater Manchester Housing Action (@gmhousingaction)   GMHA is urging people who live in, work in or visit Manchester city centre to share and respond to this consultation. Manchester City Council (MCC) is canvassing public opinion on introducing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to clamp down on various behaviours regarded as anti-social:   Commercial …