We held a very successful launch event in May and have been up and running as a local group since July.
Since then we have:
- participated in the national Mass Sleep Out against the bedroom tax
- organised an education event in a busy town centre street, with speakers on all kinds of issues
- joined NHS campaigners on two local demonstrations and the national march in Manchester
- created a fundraising and awareness ribbon campaign for the NHS
- taken to the streets on November 5th to protest against the banks
- organised a successful fundraising gig, one of a planned series called Small Revolutions
- supported the strikes by teachers, university workers, firefighters and probation officers
- made contact with trade union and anti-austerity activists in the city, to discuss how to work together
- held a public meeting to launch a campaign on the impact of local government cuts. Several local councillors are supporting our campaign and intending to vote against the council budget in February.
We have a website, Facebook presence and Twitter account, and we circulate a monthly newsletter to people on our mailing list. We have a constitution and bank account. We are working on improving our internal communication systems.
We are planning a series of open discussion meetings in 2014, starting with one in January on fuel poverty.