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!
Of particular note this week is Momentum national conference which is being held in Birmingham and is now less a week away. More details below.
Women’s meeting, 21st March
Our women members are now meeting regularly to discuss women’s position in the Labour Party and how to gain gender equality. It’s a safe space for Momentum and Labour women to come together and the next meeting is tomorrow, Tuesday the 21st of March, at Loco Lounge (32/34 High Street Kings Heath, B14 7JT) at 7pm.
MSB social media class, Wednesday 22nd March
Nicky Brennan, one of our social media managers, is running a class this Wednesday 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! It will start at 19:30 and will be held in Bournville. For full details or if you’re interested but can’t make that date drop Nicky a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unison mayoral event with Sion Simon, 24th March
Siôn Simon will be speaking at a reception held by Unison on Friday the 24th, 5-8pm at Unison West Midlands, 24 Livery Street, Birmingham, B3 2PA, to launch their Mayoral Manifesto and he will be discussing his pledges for the first West Midlands Mayoral election. The event will mark the start of the short campaign and will also see the launch of the new Unison handbook for Labour activists. Siôn will be joined by Labour MPs, Councillors and Unison colleagues at this event. You can sign up to reserve your place 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, 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. John McDonnell has already emailed all members to let them know that he will be there!
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 with us 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.
New members meeting: 1st April
Worried about taking the first plunge into Momentum? We are (obviously) a lovely lot but getting politically active for the first time or after a long time out of the loop can be very intimidating. Join momentum members for a coffee and a cake at Cozy Coffee in Northfield on the 1st April at 11am. All welcome (child friendly) and lovely cakes!
Love Brum Schools Multi-Academy Trust Information meeting: 5th April
Seven schools in Moseley and Kings Heath are proposing to form a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) Love Brum Schools will be running a repeat of their very successful public information evening with the same speakers as last time, on the 5th April, 7:30pm, at the Moseley Muslim Community Association, 496 Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, B12 9AH. This time the venue is in Balsall Heath, in order to share information with the wider community. A huge number of parents, particularly of secondary school pupils, are either unaware of the schools’ plans or do not understand the implications.
If you were unable to attend the meeting in January, this is a second chance to find out more about what the issues are with the schools’ proposals and to ask any questions you may have. If you were unaware of the issues at the time, please come along to find out more.
Please spread the word to anyone you know who will be effected by these proposals. For more information please click here.
Stirchley Library meeting: 29th April
The next Friends of Stirchley Library (FOSL) meeting is scheduled for Saturday 29th April, 11am – 1pm, Stirchley Community Church. After the collection of money at the last meeting, with which some bookmarks were printed, they’ll be asking for donations to fund printing some posters.
Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary
- Quinton ward Labour Party meeting: Thursday the 30th March 7.15 pm, The Quinborne Centre, Ridgacre Road. Also open to Bartley Green members.
- Harborne ward Labour Party meeting: 1st April, 10:30 am, Moor Pool Hall, 37 The Circle, Birmingham B17 9DY.
Hall Green constituency dates for your diary
- Nothing we know of this week, but we’ll keep you posted when we do!
Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary
- Selly Oak CLP meeting, 23rd March, 7:30pm St. Andrews Church, Cartland Road, Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2RD: Steve McCabe MP will report on his activities in the Constituency and Westminster and Liam Byrne MP (a Brandwood member) will discuss his recent book ‘Black Flag Down: Counter Extremism, Defeating ISIS and Winning the Battle of Ideas’.
- Thursday 30 March at 7pm: An evening with Paul Routledge, at the E57 Club, 699 Alcester Road South, B14 5EY. Tickets are £10 and can be booked here.
Northfield constituency dates for your diary
- Monday evenings until the conclusion of the mayoral election, 6pm to 7.30pm – phone banking (for Kings Norton ward and Mayoral campaign) – meeting at St Nicolas Place, The Green, Kings Norton, B38 8RU.
- Thursday evenings until the conclusion of the mayoral election, 6pm to 7.30pm – phone banking (for Northfield ward and Mayoral campaign) – meeting at St Nicolas Place, The Green, Kings Norton, B38 8RU.
- Campaign day of action for Sat 25th March with street stall and canvassing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The NUT have set up a school cuts website providing information on what is going on and the likely effects. You can email your MP through the website, it only takes a minute. Please click here. Since the New Year a number of parents groups have sprung up across the country to fight for more funding for our schools. I think it is an important development that parents have started to organise because Governments cross parents at their peril. Please visit their website.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Birmingham – 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
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!