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. 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!
Statement on the Birmingham Board
Momentum South Birmingham have produced a statement in opposition to the Birmingham Board of the Labour Party decision last year to restrict eligible voters in the selection of council candidates next year. Opposition to this mystifying and self-defeating move is growing across the city’s CLPs – in the area we cover resolutions calling for it to be reversed have been passed in at least two wards in each constituency. You can read the statement here – please share with all of your contacts as we believe this is a big issue – and please raise in your local Labour Party. Please also start contacting your local CLP reps to the board (usually the chair and secretary) asking them to challenge this decision, demand it is discussed again at the Birmingham Board and when that happens to vote for the usual 6 month freeze date. There are also a number of South Birmingham MPs and councillors on the board who you can contact. If you need any more information by all means get in touch with us but a full (although maybe not entirely up-to-date) list of the Board members can be found here. If you are going to lobby your reps please make it snappy as the Birmingham Board will be meeting over the next couple of weeks!
Stalls committee meeting, 8th March
Our stalls co-ordinator Chris Kuriata has organised a stalls committee meeting for Wednesday the 8th March. 10am at Loco Lounge (32/34 High Street Kings Heath, B14 7JT). All welcome and there will be lots of things to get involved in!
Budget Day Protest, Wednesday 8th March, 5 – 6 pm
There will be a demo on Wednesday night to protest against what is likely to be a budget that sees very little being done to resolve the funding crisis in the NHS and social care. Meeting outside Waterstones, High St, Birmingham City Centre. Momentum probably will not be there physically but we will be in spirit!
Stirchley Library Campaign meeting: Sat 11th Mar
The campaign to protect the service of Stirchley continues despite the relatively positive news about the future of library services in Birmingham recently. The next public/organising meeting is this Saturday the 11th March, 10.30, at Stirchley Community Church.
MSB fundraising officer’s meeting, 13th Mar
(the meeting due to be held tonight has been postponed!)
If you’re interested in helping us plan our fundraising events we have our next social/fundraising meeting on the 13th March (postponed from the 6th), 7pm at the Boston Tea Party, Harborne High Street. Please contact Nicky Brennan (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to go along and/or you want to get involved more generally in our fundraising activities – all those brilliant leaflets we put out won’t pay for themselves………..
Compass event: “Uniting for a progressive UK”, 14th March
Momentum supporters locally will be attending this event, featuring Zoe Williams and Neal Lawson, on the Tues 14th in Digbeth. While views are mixed within our ranks about the desirability and viability of a ‘progressive alliance’ or similar arrangement, the people involved are worth engaging with and it should be an interesting event with some well-regarded and influential voices present. More information here – tickets have to be ordered online in advance but it is free.
‘Feminism and the Foodbank’, 15th Mar
Although this isn’t an official Momentum event our supporters are involved and we would encourage everyone to go along to P Café 1464 Pershore Road, B30 2NT on the 15th at 7pm. To coincide with International Women’s Day there will be a discussion on the theme of ‘Feminism and the Foodbank’. It’s free to get in but please bring a donation of female hygiene products to be donated to B30 Food bank. More details here.
Momentum National Conference: 25th March
Inspired by the work of local groups over the last year and the hugely successful ‘The World Transformed’ fringe festival that took place alongside Labour Party Conference in Liverpool in September, Momentum’s first conference ‘Building to Win’ will take place on Saturday 25th March in Birmingham at 119 Floodgate Street in Digbeth. The conference will be open to all Momentum members and feature activist training, political education workshops and discussion focused on four key themes:
Transforming Labour – helping people navigate Labour Party structures and discussing how Momentum can continue to support the transformation of Labour into a grassroots, member-led party that offers a real alternative to the status quo.
Helping Labour Win – supporting Labour to mobilise its mass membership and win elections as well as helping equip people with arguments and effective communication techniques to persuade people of our vision.
Building the movement- discussing how we can further root our movement in communities, developing links with people and other grassroots groups to organise throughout the UK and build support for Labour’s policies.
Building Momentum – building capacity within Momentum networks and groups through skills sharing and training. Building Momentum will help us achieve our first three objectives.
We will be joined by activists from across the country and special guest speakers.
You can book your tickets here. There will also be loads of stalls there from local groups and campaigning organisations – if you are involved in or know a group who might be interested please get in touch with us at email@example.com. We want to use this event to build on our good work locally too and give a platform to the many issues of concern to us. Please also get in touch if you are willing to volunteer on the day.
Billy Elliot Film Night, 31st March
MSB are putting on a showing of Billy Elliot at the Highbury Pub, Dads Lane, B13 8PQ on the 31st March. Film to start at 7:30 followed by a discussion on some of the topical issues in the film. £5/£3 includes popcorn! More details here.
Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary
- Edgbaston CLP stall on Harborne High Street: 10-12. Sion Simon and the budget. Meeting outside WHSmith.
- Edgbaston CLP members discussion forum on an ethical foreign policy, Fri 17th March, Quinborne Centre, Quinton at 7pm.
Hall Green constituency dates for your diary
- Combined Moseley and Kings Heath branch and Hall Green CLP all-members meeting, Thursday 9th March, Moseley Community Development Trust, Moseley Village, Alcester Road, B13 8JP. Branch meeting will commence at 19:30 and CLP meeting at 20:30. Discussions will include feedback on the development of the women’s group and a Q&A with David Jamieson, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.
- Love Brum Schools stall on Saturday the 11th supported by Hall Green CLP, meeting outside Lidl in Balsall Heath.
Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary
- Door knocking in Bournville: meeting this Saturday (11th March) at 2pm on the junction of Bournville Lane and Oxford Street.
- Selly Oak ward Labour Party meeting: Thursday March 9th, Skittle Alley, Selly Park Tavern, 592 Pershore Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, Birmingham B29 7HQ.
- Bournville ward Labour Party meeting: Thursday 16th March: 7:30pm, St. Andrews Church, Cartland Road, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2RD
- Brandwood ward Labour Party meeting: Thursday 16th March, 8pm, Bells Farm Community Centre, Bells Farm Close, Druids Heath, B14 5QP
Northfield constituency dates for your diary
- Nothing this week but we’ll announce things as soon as we have them!
South Birmingham Momentum T-Shirts
Not before time in my view, wear it with pride: MSB t-shirts are going to be ordered: £10 red with South Birmingham Momentum on it. If people would like one email firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham
KONPB do a huge amount of brilliant work but are always in need of more help. For those who are interested in supporting and/or joining KONP and contributing to campaigns their contact details are email@example.com.
Meetings are 1st Wednesday of every month (except August), so people can drop in any time. Currently they have campaigns on the STPs in Brum/Solihull and Black Country. the Midland Metropolitan Hospital (PFI/2) and they are looking to do some more work on the mental health arrangements for young people 0-25 years in B’ham – currently ‘red risk’.
Please get involved in and support KONPB in any way you can.
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 ideas 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
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!