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Saturday, 3 August 2019

Morning Star Public Meeting to Commemorate the Peterloo and Amritsar Massacres

As we know, this year marks 200 years since that day when unarmed and peaceful demonstrators were attacked in Manchester by armed troops while demanding the right to vote, leading to the deaths and   injury of many completely innocent people.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We commemorate Peterloo, not only because it was a  historic event of both national and local significance, but because we recognise its relevance today in a long  struggle for the rights of the many against the power of the few, for democratic, social and economic emancipation.
After all, we are still under attack from a government of the same party that was in power all those decades ago.

And there has never been an official apology.

But this year also marks the 100th anniversary of the massacre in   Amritsar, India, when an estimated 2000 people were murdered in one of the single worst atrocities committed in the shameful history of British  colonial rule.

And in spite of widespread recognition and admittance in British ruling class circles that this was a monstrous crime, again, there has never been an official apology, the demand for which  we add our voices to .
Greater Manchester Morning Star readers and supporters have   organised this meeting because we believe that the responsibility of our ruling class for injustice here and around the world, now and over the centuries has to be recognised, as does the need for unity in struggle of people against injustice.

Joginder Bains has played a leading role in the campaign to educate  people about this atrocity and to demand that apology from our  government.

The meeting will also feature a local Labour councillor and a speaker from the local branch of he Communist Party.

Manchester Morning Star Banner Launch With Maxine Peake 14th August 2019 2-3pm

The new Peterloo-themed Morning Star banner, designed by Joan Heath, will be unveiled by Morning Star ambassador Maxine Peake, star of the Mike Leigh directed Peterloo.

The event will take place in the Coal Store conrerence room.

Light refreshments provided.

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Radical Ramble for the Morning Star Sunday 11th August, Pendle.

Sunday, 14 July 2019


Hysterical attacks on Labour over accusations of anti-Semitism and a renewed drive to force the party to back staying in the EU show the Establishment remains terrified of the possibility of a Corbyn-led government, the Communist Party’s political committee declared on Wednesday evening (July 10).

But Labour’s decision on Tuesday to call for a second referendum if faced with a Tory Brexit on no-deal or bad-deal terms and to campaign for Remain in such a vote will undermine the party’s credibility with working-class voters, the Political Committee warned.

But Britain's Communists pointed out that Labour is still calling for a General Election and committed to negotiate Brexit — and that the cause of the Labour leader’s retreat was the dominance of the pro-EU trend among Labour members and the trade union movement. Communists are committed if necessary to the 'long haul' in fighting to build a clearer understanding of the nature of the EU throughout the unions and the CP welcomes a forthcoming gathering of pro-Leave left forces to plan that strategy at London’s SOAS on Saturday July 27.

The CP political committee highlighted the weaponisation of the Civil Service and the BBC via mendacious attack shows like Panorama’s anti-Semitism hatchet job, noting that the anti-democratic character of the British state was growing clearer. The Communist Party will use these attacks to raise important questions of democracy and the state throughout the labour and progressive movements through public meetings and in day to day campaigning to develop consciousness across the left of the nature of the battle being fought, the PC proposed.

Delivering the main political report, Morning Star editor Ben Chacko welcomed the Stop the War Coalition’s campaign to prevent a disastrous war on Iran and called on CP national, district and branch organisations to work with Stop the War and consider holding local meetings to build the anti-war movement.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Morning Star Summer Sunday Event Sunday 23rd June Glossop

Thursday, 4 April 2019

POSTPONED Manchester Meeting on Brexit Tuesday 9th April 6.30pm

This meeting has been postponed. Details of new date to follow.

A meeting to promote the socialist, working class case for exit from the European Union.

Michelle is National President of the Rail and Maritime Transport union (RMT), one of the few trade unions to come out in favour of leaving the EU during the 2016 referendum.

Costas was an MP in Greece at the time of the SYRIZA-led government which was elected on the basis of fighting EU imposed austerity, but climbed down in the face of bullying by the EU and IMF. He is a vocal supporter of Brexit and opponent of the EU.

Martin is a local activist in the anti-austerity and anti-war movements who has written extensively on the EU for the left journal Counterfire and elsewhere. 

Alex Gordon is a member of the Executive Committee of the Communist Party.