Words by Neil Harrison
This Saturday (27th July) will see a range of venues across the Northern Quarter, including Oldham Street’s Central Hall, Matt And Phred’s and Nexus Art Cafe become platforms for speeches, discussions, art installations and workshops- all designed to unify a broad spectrum of anti-austerity campaigns.
|Owen Jones speaks at the first Manchester People’s Assembly
The overall aim of this latest People’s Assembly meeting is to confront, and to challenge, what many recognise to be a socially damaging agenda –by which austerity is the prime motivator—in a lively and engaging manner. Therefore, inclusive workshops which will tackle education reforms, NHS privatisation and a range of other subjects, will run throughout the day giving everyone a chance to have their say.
Alongside all of this there will be poetry from Birmingham’s exciting young poet laureate, Stephen Morrison-Burke and an ‘interactive art project’ by local artist and animator, Anna Morris, who explained, “What we are planning to do is to use the idea of the People’s Assembly logo, the red and green speech bubbles, and get the people there to write down their most personal and important reasons for being part of the day. Then we are going to photograph those people… and create displays which will initially go up in Nexus Art Café, then hopefully in different places all over Manchester.”
|June’s National People’s Assembly meeting which was attended by over four thousand
The organisers of the Manchester People’s Assembly say they are keen to welcome any individual, group or organisation with opinions, ideas or practical help to share and contribute to the event and to the organisation as a whole. For now, the important thing is that people attend on Saturday, get involved and enjoy all the things this promising—and free!—day has to offer.
To register for the event please visit: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/6958588325/eorg
Neil Harrison is studying Social History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an aspiring journalist and a terrible guitar player. Read his blog LooseRiverand follow him on Twitter @LooseRiver