Birmingham

Being Skint

Duncan Morrison reviews “Skint”, BBC1, Mondays, 10.35pm

The documentary series Skint has reminded me how valuable good documentaries can be. Using a not quite fly on the wall style, the makers ask questions to their subjects as they go through their lives. They follow a number of people and families in the Birmingham area as they struggle to make ends meet. These are Britain’s poor.

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In defence of Behzti

The Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s shameful decision to cancel the play, Behzti (Dishonour), was justified in the following way by Executive Director Stuart Rogers: “[Sikh] community leaders have been unable to guarantee to us that there will be no repeat of the illegal and violent activites we saw on Saturday… we cannot guarantee the safety of our audiences… [W]e have decided to end the current run of the play on security grounds.”

A defence of the play Behzti.

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Fighting Back for Manufacturing

Rally and March
11am Saturday 22nd May 2004
Broad Street, Birmingham
Speakers:
Tony Woodley, T&G General Secretary
Derek Simpson, Amicus General Secretary
Debbie Coulter, GMB Deputy General Secretary
Richard Burden MP

Rally to be Chaired by Gerard Coyne, Regional Secretary TGWU

Called By: The TGWU, Amicus and the GMB

Trade unions will be taking the fight back for manufacturing into the heartland of British industry this month, with a march through Birmingham city centre culminating in a rally at Centenary Square on Saturday 22nd May. Tony Woodley, Transport and General Workers' Union General Secretary, has been confirmed as a key speaker, and he has pledged T&G resources to any members wanting to fight back against manufacturing job losses in their workplace.

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Reinstate Steve Godward: lobby on 22 March

West Midlands FBU will be protesting on 22 March to demand that the Fire Service reinstates Steve Godward.

Steve was sacked over allegations arising from the FBU strike a year ago. He has successfully pusued a campaign to clear his name. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has concluded that Steve should not have been sacked. And yet his employer has not given him his job back, and is instead trying to appeal.

Below is a letter from Steve's FBU branch giving details of the case, and inviting you to support the protest.

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S. Birmingham SA on Monbiot-Yaqoob

A. Resolution passed by South Birmingham Socialist Alliance on 15 October 2003



1. This meeting notes the Guardian report (13 October) stating that journalist George Monbiot and anti-war activist Salma Yaqoob are launching a new electoral coalition for the Euro-elections in summer 2004.

2. We note that the Green Party has already condemned the initiative as a spoiling exercise that contains little more than "summaries of Green Party policy".

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SWP swoops on Birmingham

By David Stamp, independent member of Birmingham Socialist Alliance

Whatever future the Socialist Alliance may have — and I’m no longer sure it even has one — it’s going to be an uphill struggle to recapture anything approaching a spirit of trust or unity within the Birmingham left following the antics on 1 July.

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Crisis in the Socialist Alliance

On Tuesday 1 July, the SWP organised a coup in Birmingham Socialist Alliance.
Mobilising dozens of people who have never before been involved in the Socialist Alliance - and very likely won't be again - they voted out all the officers of the Birmingham SA and replaced them by SWPers and their allies.

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