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.
As per usual there is plenty of stuff to get involved in. If you’re reading this newsletter and haven’t joined the Labour Party, then please do so. And if you have and haven’t got involved yet, please do!
Tuesday 10th January Council meeting
Tomorrow sees the first full city council meeting of the year. Campaigners will be going along to raise awareness of the cuts and make their feelings known, and MSB will be joining them. At 12:45 there will be the presentation of a petition opposing cuts to library services and then there will be a demonstration around the issues concerning Stirchley specifically, meeting at 1.20. People are then going into the public gallery to listen to the debate and you can watch a live webstream.
Stalls Committee meeting – 11th Jan
Chris Kuriata, our stalls co-ordinator, has called a meeting on the 11th January to discuss our forthcoming activity – stalls and public activity are an important part of what we do.
It’s at 10 am Wednesday 11th January at the Black Lab Café, 100, Kings Heath High Street, Birmingham B14 7JZ. All welcome.
Right2work planning meeting: 11th January
Our good friends at Right2work have called a planning meeting to co-ordinate for the work they are planning on doing this year. If you don’t know anything about the organisation they are focused on defending and extending the rights of migrant workers in the UK in collaboration with the labour movement and Labour Party, and they will be working closely alongside MSB too. The meeting is on the 11th January, 18:30, at the MAC. All welcome.
Right2work have also asked us to draw your attention to these two articles.
This piece will give you an indication of what migrant workers are up against in the current climate.
This piece discusses the hugely disappointing and opportunistic manoeuvring of Gerard Coyne on the subject of migration to try and win the general secretary election in UNITE.
NHS day of action: 14th Jan
A number of organisations are coming together this Saturday to raise awareness of what is going on in our NHS. This has been brought into sharp relief this weekend with the intervention of the Red Cross – who merely stated the obvious when making it clear that they thought the situation is reaching crisis point under a Tory government starving the system of funding and “reforming” the service to the point of collapse. MSB will be running a stall at 11 o’clock outside St Philips Church in city centre. Please join us for some campaigning on this massive issue. If it’s raining we’ll move under cover and leaflet from there!
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.
Sion Simon’s official campaign launch, 20th January
On the Friday 20th January (in the morning) Sion Simon is officially launching his mayoral campaign in Wolverhampton. He’ll be joined by Tom Watson. Tickets are available to Labour Party members only and can be booked here.
Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary
* Edgbastom CLP stall: Saturday 14th 10am, Harborne High Street, outside WHSmith.
* Quinton Ward Labour Party meeting, 19th January, 7:00, Quinborne Centre, Ridgacre Road. Bartley Green ward members are also welcome to attend this.
* Harborne Ward Labour Party meeting, Moorpool Lower Hall, 26A The Circle, Birmingham B17 9DY on Saturday February 4th at 1030 – 1230.
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 January. 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’ – all non-Northfield members welcome at this stage of the meeting.
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 politics 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Opposition to this mystifying and self-defeating decision is growing across the city’s CLPs. You can the statement read it here – please share with all of your contacts as we believe this is a big issue – and please raise in your local Labour Party.
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!