Welcome to the latest South Birmingham Momentum newsletter, full of exciting events for you to attend and ways to support the group fight the good fight.
This is the first newsletter of 2017 and things will get going straight away. There is a Labour day of action around rail fares tomorrow, MSB’s first meeting of 2017 on Sunday and plenty of other things to update you about.
The Labour Party meetings on the 6th January are particularly important. If you are a member of Edgbaston CLP please come to the policy forum with the two NEC members, and there is the Sion Simon event for the non-Edgbastonites. More information a bit further down.
Day of action on rail fares, 3rd January
Rail fares go up again on the 3rd January and Labour activists across the country will be leafletting stations to raise awareness and put the renationalization of our service back on the agenda. Bournville Labour Party will be leafletting their station (more details and to RSVP here). Hall Green CLP will be leafletting Hall Green (am) and Yardley Wood (pm) stations
Also, a number of trade unions, operating under the banner Action For Rail, are organising around the need for the railways to be brought back into public ownership and will be leafletting stations up and down the country. More details here.
Midland Mayor Labour Policy consultation events
It’s fair to say that there isn’t overwhelming enthusiasm for the West Midlands mayor on the left, what with it involving ignoring a democratic decision of the people of Birmingham not to have one just a few years ago, but with the campaigns beginning to kick off there will be opportunities to try and shape the Labour effort. Sion Simon, our candidate, is hosting a Birmingham consultation event on the 6th January at the Council House, beginning at 6:30. It’s a good opportunity for ordinary members to tell him what sort of policies they think he should be standing on. To RSVP click here. You’ll need to be a party member and make sure you bring your membership card. To see the other ones being held in the West Midlands (there are quite a few) click here.
Screening of I, Daniel Blake on the 7th January – and next MSB fundraising officer’s meeting
The Mac is showing I, Daniel Blake again in the New Year. It’s a must see and really shows the impact the Tory government is having on people’s lives. MSB members will be going along as a group. Meeting in the Mac at 5:30 for a 6pm start. To find out more click here. Tickets are running out so book now if you are definitely planning to go.
Our social/events co-ordinator Nicky Brennan has booked a table for a curry immediately after – if you fancy joining us for that please drop her a line firstname.lastname@example.org. She’s also got a fundraising meeting planned for next week so get in touch with her if you want to go along to that too!
**Next South Birmingham Momentum branch meeting – 8th Jan**
Our next South Birmingham branch meeting will be on Sunday the 8th January at 4pm at the normal venue: the Highbury Pub on Dads Lane in Stirchley.
As usual there will be lots to discuss and plan. All Momentum members and supporters in the Edgbaston, Hall Green, Northfield and Selly Oak constituencies are welcome. There’s only one exclusion and it’s the usual one – if you’re a member of a party other than Labour then you won’t be able to attend – sorry!
If you’ve never been to a political meeting before or you’re new to activism then please don’t feel intimidated about coming along. We’ve all been there and our meetings are friendly and welcoming to new people. You can say as much or as little as you want and there’ll be loads to get involved in regardless of what skills you have and what you are particularly interested in. Please join us – if you voted for Corbyn in 2016 and believe in his vision for the Labour Party and society you need to get involved to make it a reality. It won’t happen by itself unfortunately and we face some very powerful vested interests who are against it. Socialism is something that needs to be fought for by ordinary people.
Friends of the Library of Birmingham planning meeting:
5.30 pm, Mon 9th Jan
FOLOB’s next meeting will be on the 9th Jan – the main item will be the community libraries campaign. Do come. The venue is UNISON office,19th Floor, McLaren Building, 46 Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 7LF.
Birmingham City Council budget consultation meetings, South Birmingham meeting on the 13th January
Sadly there are only two budget consultation meetings this year and they are only an hour long apiece. MSB will be going along to the one in South Birmingham on 13 January 2017, 2pm to 3pm: Stirchley Baths, 2-4 Bournville Lane, Stirchley B30 2JT. To check to see if there are spots and if so to book your place click here. We’ll be out in force and hopefully they’ll be interesting, albeit short, events.
Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary
- Edgbaston CLP members policy forum with Ann Black and Alice Perry from the NEC speaking: 6th January, 7:15pm, Onneley House, 109 Court Oak Rd, Birmingham B17 9AA
- Quinton Ward Labour Party meeting, 19th January, 7:00, Quinborne Centre, Ridgacre Road. Bartley Green ward members are also welcome to attend this.
Hall Green constituency dates for your diary
- Moseley and Kings Heath ward Labour Party meeting, 12th Jan, 7-9pm: Moseley Exchange.
Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary
- Selly Oak Ward Labour Party meeting: Selly Oak ward meeting: 12th Jan 7.45 p.m. at Bournville Friends’ Meeting House.
- Brandwood Ward Labour Party meeting: Thursday 19th January, 8pm at Bells Farm Community Centre, Bells Farm Close (off Bells Lane) Druids Heath, B14 5QP.
- Bournville Ward Labour Party meeting: 19th January – St Andrews Church, Cartland Road, B30 2RD (at 7.30).
- Selly Oak CLP meeting: 26th Venue TBC
Northfield constituency dates for your diary
- South Birmingham Momentum Northfield sub group meeting: Wednesday 11 January at 7.30pm, in the upstairs conference room, Black Horse, Bristol Road South, Northfield. From 8.30pm a presentation and debate on ‘An Alternative Economic Strategy’.
MSB stalls committee – volunteers needed
Our stalls co-ordinator, Chris Kuriata, is on the lookout for people to join the group’s stalls committee. Stalls have been a crucial way that we have got our message across. You might even get your picture taken with John McDonnell! Email Chris: Chriskuriata@live.co.uk
MSB social media classes
Nicky Brennan, one of our social media managers, is also interested in running some classes if you are uninitiated in Facebook and Twitter etc. and want to learn more about how to make best use of them – they are crucial part of modern political campaigning and you are never too old to learn something new! If you’re interested get in touch with Nicky: email@example.com
Statement on the Birmingham Board
Momentum South Birmingham have produced a statement in opposition to the recent Birmingham Board of the Labour Party decision to restrict eligible voters in the selection of council candidates next year. You can read it here – please share with all of your contacts as we believe this is a big issue.
Ward and CLP meetings
If you want the group to publicise upcoming local Labour Party activities and branch and CLP meetings to encourage attendance, please let us know either by emailing me direct or the group account below; our wonderful social media managers Kate, Lucy, Nicky and Sam will do the rest!