MSB Newsletter 24/04/2017

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Welcome to the latest Momentum South Birmingham newsletter – your unmissable weekly digest of all the interesting things going on politically in our area and beyond. There are a few at the moment…….

Before I crack on with everything can I firstly draw your attention to the all-Birmingham members-only Momentum meeting this Sunday, the 30th, to discuss the election plan. More details further down.  

General election, June 8th

Naturally our priorities have changed somewhat in the last 7 days. We’ve gone from prioritising the mayoral and local by-elections to now having 6 weeks to fight a general election.

Obviously we are all rather electioned-out but sadly we are going to have to go again as this one is very, very important. We have 6 weeks to close a 20 point gap in the polls and defend what we have already in Birmingham (9 of the 10 seats) and we’ll be campaigning alongside a new candidate in Edgbaston following Gisela Stuart’s decision not to stand this time around. South Birmingham Momentum are under no illusions, this is going to be the fight of our lives and we have a few weeks to change a lot of minds. Many of the sitting Labour MPs are not to our liking, to put it mildly, and we should have been given a chance to vote for our candidates, but we are where we are.

Momentum members from across the city will be coming together next Sunday to plan how best to help (more details below) and there are loads of campaigning sessions already planned. There is plenty of information on our social media and also, obviously, on the Birmingham Labour Party website. We’ll try and keep everything as up-to-date as we can and this newsletter will serve as a snapshot everything coming up that we know of. The individual CLP sections are below and we’ll be keeping a spreadsheet with everything we know about here. We are hoping to make it an all-Birmingham affair very shortly.

The officers of South Birmingham Momentum have produced a statement that can be read here and if you want to get involved in campaigning please drop us a line at momentumbhamsouth@hotmail.com.

 

Hall Green and Perry Barr ward by-elections

Please don’t forget the by-elections in Hall Green and Perry Barr wards on the 4th May (the same day as the mayoral vote). It’s fair to say that the Hall Green campaign in particular has been eventful so far, and not for good reasons, but clearly the priority now is to get the Labour candidate elected. Liz Clements is standing for our party – she’s been out a lot and has been joined by many members and local councillors – but still needs more help. In Perry Barr Mohammed Hanif is the candidate and he has to try and overturn a previous Lib Dem majority of 1200 votes, so it is going to be tough. If you go on the Birmingham Labour Party website and search for forthcoming events there is stuff going on all the time, be it door-knocking or leaflet drops. You can also find out more about the Hall Green campaign on their branch Facebook page Momentum activists will be out in force too.

 

Hope Not Hate workshop: Wednesday 26th of April

HnH are running a “having difficult conversations” workshop in support of their friends at Bearwood Action for Refugees. This will be of particular interest to people who missed an opportunity to take part in this excellent training session when last run in Birmingham (several MSB members were present and we really enjoyed it!) The session is being run in the lead up to Bearwood Action for Refugees ‘RefuTea Party’ (and AGM). This workshop introduces some practical tools for activists wanting to engage with people who are not sympathetic to our views. More details and registration for this event can be found here.

 

“Freed Voices of Detention” discussion, April 27th

Birmingham People of Colour Collective along with “Freed Voices” are holding a “Freed Voices of Detention” discussion at Birmingham City University. This event aims to shed light on the nature of immigration detention centres in the UK as recounted by ex-detainees as well as organising for the Yarlswood Detention Centre demonstration on 13th of May. Click here for the Facebook event, or register on Eventbrite.

 

West Midlands Mayoral ‘cultural’ hustings, 28th April

On Friday 28 April 2017 WGGB, BECTU, Equity and the Musicians’ Union are giving you the opportunity to question the mayoral candidates and hear their vision for the cultural and creative sectors. It kicks off at 7:45pm, is being held at the Birmingham Rep and you can book tickets and get more information 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.

 

BTUC “May Day” Rally in Birmingham City Centre, 29th April

Birmingham Trades Council are having a rally at the Council House on Saturday the 29th at 12:30pm with speakers from a variety of local unions and campaigning organisations, including our friends at Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham. It should be an interesting event. More details here. There is also a rumour of refreshments being available…………

 

**All-Birmingham Momentum members meeting,

Sunday 30th April**

Momentum members in Birmingham are coming together on Sunday 30th April, in the rear function room of the Highbury Pub, Dads Lane, Stirchley, B13 8PQ at 3pm to discuss our plans for the general election and how best to mobilise support for our city’s Labour candidates. We face the fight of our lives and we need to throw everything we have into this.

This is a members’-only meeting. If you are a current member of Momentum you are more than welcome to join us. If you are new to the organisation or haven’t attended a meeting before, please bring some proof of your membership with you on the day so we can check who has attended. **We will also be doing a collection for a local foodbank on the day so please bring along any donations.**

 

KONP Birmingham meeting Wednesday 3rd May

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 btuchcc@hotmail.com.

Meetings are 1st Wednesday of every month (except August), so people can drop in any time. The next one is on the 3rd May at 7:30pm at the Wellington, 37 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, B2 5SN 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.

 

Stand Up To Racism Summit, 6th May:

“Confronting the Rise in Racism”

An SUTR summit takes place on Saturday 6th May at the Custard Factory in Birmingham. Lots of workshops and speakers including Saira and Saffiyah whose picture during an EDL confrontation last Saturday went viral around the world. You can book your spot here.

 

FOLOB planning meeting 5.30pm Monday 8 May

Friends of the Library of Birmingham’s next planning meeting is on Monday the 8th May at the UNISON office,19th Floor, McLaren Building, 46 Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 7LF These meetings are open to all, so do join them.

 

A Moral Economy – a talk by Ann Pettifor,

Wednesday 10th May

Ann Pettifor, an advisor to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, was a founder and leading spirit of the Jubilee 2000 debt campaign which in 1998 brought 70,000 people out in a human chain onto the streets of Birmingham. After 2000 she joined the New Economics Foundation where she headed their research unit. She set up Advocacy International, a UK-based consultancy that advises governments and international organisations and has helped secure debt relief for the governments of Guyana, Nigeria and Ethiopia. The talk starts at 18:30 and is going to be at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham B4 7SX. To register click here.

 

Moseley and Kings Heath Labour Party conference: “What is Conservative Party education policy?”, Thursday 11th May

M+KH branch have decided to put every single other Labour ward in Birmingham to shame by hosting their own conference but it looks absolutely brilliant – and as far as we know it is still going ahead. What is Conservative Party education policy doing to our schools? What is the alternative vision? There will be loads of speakers and discussion, it is on Thursday the 11th May and will be held at Moseley School & Sixth Form Centre, Wake Green Road, B13 9UU. It’s free to attend but you’ll need to register.

 

MSB stalls committee meeting: 15th May, 10am

Our stalls co-ordinator Chris has organised the next meeting of the stalls committee on Monday the 15th May, 10am, at Loco Lounge, Kings Heath High Street. Chris is always on the lookout for people to join the committee. Stalls and campaigning have been crucial to the development of the group. You might even get your picture taken with John McDonnell! Email Chriskuriata@live.co.uk for more info.

 

Sat 20th May: Unite STP Campaign Conference

Unite union are organising an STP Campaign Conference to be held at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham city centre, runs from 10:30 until 13:30 and you can register for it here. Speakers will include John Lister (Health Campaigns Together), Gill George, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Defend Our NHS and Sarah Carpenter (Unite national officer for health), speakers from Solihull KONP and Birmingham KONP. STPs are going to have a massive effect on what happens to the NHS over the next few years and activists campaigning against them or for radical changes need to be armed with the full story – this will be a great opportunity to get that.

 

Women’s March against Trumpism: 20th May

On Saturday May 20th the anti-choice fraternity is organising its own UK version of ‘March For Life’ in Birmingham with the slogan ‘life from conception – no exception’. Abortion Rights is joining up with women’s groups as part of the Women’s March Against Trumpism to call its own demonstration against the misogyny and sexism that Trump galvanised in his election campaign that is creeping over here. More details here – the 20th is going to be a very busy day politically in Birmingham!

 

Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary

  • Tuesday 25th April (Door knocking)-Bartley Green-Meet at junction of Glen Side and Stevens Avenue (B32 3RU) at 6:15pm.
  • Wednesday 26th April (Phone bank)-Meet at 4 Greenfield Crescent, Edgbaston (B15 3BE) at 6:00pm.
  • Thursday 27th April (Door knocking)-Edgbaston-Meet on corner of Woodview Drive and Charlotte Road (B15 2HB) at 6:15pm
  • Saturday 29th Harborne High Street stall- stall starts at 10am – meet at the stall on Harborne High Street (B17 9NT) at 10:30am for door-knocking.

 

Hall Green constituency dates for your diary

  • Door-Knocking Session with Sion Simon: Tuesday 25th April, 5:30pm to 6:45pm, in Kings Heath. Meeting point outside the Baptist Church, Kings Heath High Street. This session concludes just before the West Midlands Mayoral Election Campaign hustings.
  • Door-knocking for by-election: Tuesday April 25, 6pm – 8pm, Junction of Shafmoor Lane and Reddings Lane, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 8TD
  • Moseley Forum, together with Kings Heath Residents Forum, Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum and Brandwood Forum have organised a hustings event on the 25th April for the inaugural West Midlands Mayoral Election. All six candidates have confirmed their attendance. Kings Heath Baptist Church, 80, High Street, Kings Heath, B14 7JZ: 7:30pm start but get there early to guarantee a seat! More details here.
  • Door-knocking for by-election: Wednesday April 26, 10am – 12pm, 23 Ingestre Road, Birmingham, B28 9EQ
  • Door-knocking for by-election: Wednesday April 26, 6pm – 8pm, Junction of Shafmoor Lane and Arcot Road, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 8LY
  • Door-knocking for by-election: Thursday April 27, 2pm – 4pm, meeting at 426 Sarehole Road, Birmingham B28 0AJ
  • Door-knocking Session combined with Street Stall, Saturday 29th April, 10:00am to 12pm, combined with the Street Stall and Door knocking in support of Sion Simon’s campaign. Meeting point outside Asda on Kings Heath High Street.
  • By-election leaflet drop: Sunday April 30, 2017 at 10am – 11am, 56 Scribers Lane Hall Green B28 0NZ
  • Thursday 4th May: Door knocking session on the day of the West Midlands Mayoral Election. This is designed to the Labour vote out on the day itself. Meeting point, All Saints Church, Kings Heath.

 

Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

  • Door knocking in Brandwood: Wednesday 26th April: 6.00-7.30 meeting 32 Hough Rd.

 

Northfield constituency dates for your diary

  • Tue 25th April, 2pm – door-knocking in West Heath, meeting by Fairfax Road shops (B31 3SB).
  • Tue 25th April, 6pm – door-knocking in West Heath, meeting by Fairfax Road shops (B31 3SB).
  • Wed 26th April, 2pm – door-knocking in Allens Cross, meeting at the corner of St Helier’s Road and Cheverton Road (B31 1RU).
  • Wed 26th April, 6pm – door-knocking in Allens Cross, meeting at the corner of St Helier’s Road and Barnsdale Crescent (B31 1QP).
  • Thu 27th April, 2pm – door-knocking in Rednal, meeting at the corner of Bristol Road South and Chapelfield Road (B45 9NX).
  • Thu 27th April, 6pm – door-knocking in Frankley, meeting at the corner of Holly Hill Road and Charnwood Close (B45 0JR).

Fundraising survey

Our fundraising co-ordinator, Nicky, has drawn up a quick survey for members and supporters to fill in to canvass our views on what we want. If you have a spare couple of minutes please fill it in here.

 

MSB statement on the July 2015 ‘freeze date’ decision

The Birmingham Board of the Labour Party, in their infinite wisdom, decided to retain the July 2015 freeze date for members to participate in the selection of candidates for the 2018 local election elections. We have published a statement that you can read here and rest assured it will not be the end of the matter. Momentum seeks to get Labour members elected to public office. Labour will only succeed in doing that if it engages with its new members and gives them a say. The decision is a monumental act of folly.

 

‘Regional’ Momentum co-ordination

Cecile Wright, one of our elected NGC reps for the large ‘region’ that Birmingham and the West Midlands sits in, would like to keep in touch about how she can best open communication with us to better represent us on the Momentum Council. She wants people to feel free to get in touch with her and her email is c.wright230@ntlworld.com. As things develop further post-conference we’ll keep you informed.

 

School cuts

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. 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 our view, wear it with pride: MSB t-shirts are going to be ordered: £10 red with South Birmingham Momentum on it. If you would like one email nicky151289@gmail.com

MSB social media classes

Nicky Brennan, one of our social media managers, has started running 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: nicky151289@gmail.com

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!

https://www.facebook.com/momentumbirminghamsouth/

https://momentumsbham.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/@MomentumSBham/

MomentumbhamSouth@hotmail.com

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/momentum-south-birmingham

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/wall-of-fame

MSB Newsletter 17/04/2017

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Welcome to the latest Momentum South Birmingham newsletter – your unmissable weekly digest of all the interesting things going on politically in our area and beyond. It’s another bumper issue (they all seem to be now……….) and there is plenty to get involved in with the Hall Green and Perry Barr ward by-elections and WM mayoral election just a couple of weeks away. There are also the Unite union elections and the ballots for those are closing this week.

Unite union General Secretary and Executive Council elections: voting closes on the 19th April

Members of UNITE are probably aware that there are some rather important elections going at the moment in their union. Momentum is supporting Len McCluskey for General Secretary and the United Left slate for the Executive Council election. You can find out more here but most importantly the ballot closes this week, on the 19th, so make sure you have voted! See below for a flyer detailing the complete United Left slate.

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Hall Green and Perry Barr ward by-elections

Many of you may know that there are by-elections in Hall Green and Perry Barr wards on the 4th May (the same day as the mayoral vote). It’s fair to say that the Hall Green campaign in particular has been eventful so far, and not for good reasons, but clearly the priority now is to get the Labour candidate elected. Liz Clements is standing for our party – she’s been out a lot in recent days and has been joined by many members and local councillors – but still needs more help. In Perry Barr Mohammed Hanif is the candidate and he has to try and overturn a previous Lib Dem majority of 1200 votes, so it is going to be tough. If you go on the Birmingham Labour Party website and search for forthcoming events there is stuff going on all the time, be it door-knocking or leaflet drops. Momentum activists will be out in force too.

Share your views with Jeremy Corbyn on the role of carers and their experiences, Tuesday the 18th April.

Jeremy Corbyn MP will be in Digbeth, Birmingham this Tuesday afternoon, 18 April, to meet with carers from across the city. Jeremy will be joined by Barbara Keeley MP, Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Social Care; and would like to talk to carers about their caring role and experiences. Although it’s short notice, we think it’s an opportunity not to be missed. Staff from the Birmingham Carers Hub team will also be on hand to answer any general questions and queries from carers: 2.45pm – 4.00pm at the BVSC in Digbeth, more details and to register click here.

MSB Women’s meeting, 20th April

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 this Thursday, the 20th April, at Loco Lounge (32/34 High Street Kings Heath, B14 7JT) at 7:30pm.

BME employment in the West Midlands,

Friday 21st April, 2-4pm

From the blurb: “We know that Black people in Birmingham are approximately three times more likely to be unemployed than White British people. And the economic recovery has not been shared equally with Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities still saddled with unequal employment prospects. With Local Authorities under increased strain – how can we work together to secure a fair deal for Birmingham’s BME communities?” Speakers include Jess Phillips MP. Find out more and register online. Tickets are free but essential.

Hope Not Hate workshop: Wednesday 26th of April

HnH are running a “having difficult conversations” workshop in support of their friends at Bearwood Action for Refugees. This will be of particular interest to people who missed an opportunity to take part in this excellent training session when last run in Birmingham (several MSB members were present and we really enjoyed it!) The session is being run in the lead up to Bearwood Action for Refugees ‘RefuTea Party’ (and AGM). This workshop introduces some practical tools for activists wanting to engage with people who are not sympathetic to our views. More details and registration for this event can be found here.

West Midlands Mayoral ‘cultural’ hustings, 28th April

On Friday 28 April 2017 WGGB, BECTU, Equity and the Musicians’ Union are giving you the opportunity to question the mayoral candidates and hear their vision for the cultural and creative sectors. It kicks off at 7:45pm, is being held at the Birmingham Rep and you can book tickets and get more information 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.

BTUC “May Day” Rally in Birmingham City Centre, 29th April

Birmingham Trades Council are having a rally at the Council House on Saturday the 29th at 12:30pm with speakers from a variety of local unions and campaigning organisations, including our friends at Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham. It should be an interesting event. More details here. There is also a rumour of refreshments being available…………

Next MSB branch meeting: 7th May

We are still finalising details of location but it will be in Northfield: our next MSB branch meeting will be Sunday the 7th May. We’ll be discussing upcoming campaigning work and developments in the Labour Party. All Momentum members and Jeremy Corbyn supporters in South Birmingham welcome but the usual exclusion applies and you probably don’t need us to tell you again: if you’re a member or supporter of a party standing against Labour you won’t be able to come.

A Moral Economy – a talk by Ann Pettifor,

Wednesday 10th May

Ann Pettifor, an advisor to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, was a founder and leading spirit of the Jubilee 2000 debt campaign which in 1998 brought 70,000 people out in a human chain onto the streets of Birmingham. After 2000 she joined the New Economics Foundation where she headed their research unit. She set up Advocacy International, a UK-based consultancy that advises governments and international organisations and has helped secure debt relief for the governments of Guyana, Nigeria and Ethiopia. The talk starts at 18:30 and is going to be at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham B4 7SX. To register click here.

Moseley and Kings Heath Labour Party conference: “What is Conservative Party education policy?”, Thursday 11th May

M+KH branch have decided to put every single other Labour ward in Birmingham to shame by hosting their own conference but it looks absolutely brilliant. What is Conservative Party education policy doing to our schools? What is the alternative vision? There will be loads of speakers and discussion, it is on Thursday the 11th May and will be held at Moseley School & Sixth Form Centre, Wake Green Road, B13 9UU. It’s free to attend but you’ll need to register.

MSB stalls committee meeting: 15th May, 10am

Our stalls co-ordinator Chris has organised the next meeting of the stalls committee on Monday the 15th May, 10am, at Loco Lounge, Kings Heath High Street. Chris is always on the lookout for people to join the committee. Stalls and campaigning have been crucial to the development of the group. You might even get your picture taken with John McDonnell! Email Chriskuriata@live.co.uk for more info.

Sat 20th May: Unite STP Campaign Conference

Unite union are organising an STP Campaign Conference to be held at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham city centre, runs from 10:30 until 13:30 and you can register for it here. Speakers will include John Lister (Health Campaigns Together), Gill George, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Defend Our NHS and Sarah Carpenter (Unite national officer for health), speakers from Solihull KONP and Birmingham KONP. STPs are going to have a massive effect on what happens to the NHS over the next few years and activists campaigning against them or for radical changes need to be armed with the full story – this will be a great opportunity to get that.

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National State Of The Economy Conference –

Birmingham, 20th May

Labour’s annual national ‘State of the Economy’ conference is in central Birmingham on Saturday 20 May. Jeremy Corbyn put the need for an economy that works for all at the heart of his successful leadership campaign. Over the next year Labour will be helping to build on this vision by discussing more detailed proposals for the next General Election. As part of that conversation, John McDonnell has asked a number of experts from the world of economics and beyond to join him in a series of regional one-day conferences to lay out the policies our country needs to build a future where prosperity is shared, and where no one and no community is left behind. This includes discussions of how a Labour government can make a real difference to your area. Book your place at the ‘State of the Economy’ conference here (if you’re a party member obviously!)

Women’s March against Trumpism: 20th May

On Saturday May 20th the anti-choice fraternity is organising its own UK version of ‘March For Life’ in Birmingham with the slogan ‘life from conception – no exception’. Abortion Rights is joining up with women’s groups as part of the Women’s March Against Trumpism to call its own demonstration against the misogyny and sexism that Trump galvanised in his election campaign that is creeping over here. More details here – the 20th is going to be a very busy day politically in Birmingham!

Labour’s National Policy Forum:

8 policy documents and deadline for submissions – 31st May

Last year Jeremy Corbyn said that he wanted Labour to reconnect with our values and our people, so we can rebuild and transform Britain, for the many, not just the few. To do this the party needs to hear from you, the members, to harness your views, passions and expertise. At conference Jeremy set out ten pledges outlining his priorities. He asked Labour’s National Policy Forum to build on this work, to develop Labour’s thinking in these and other key areas. Eight new consultation documents on key issues have been launched and opinions sought. The consultation period runs until Wednesday, 31 May 2017. Hopefully members and local parties will take the opportunity to read the documents and send in comments and ideas. The more people that get involved, the stronger and better the party’s policy making process is.

The best and easiest way to send in your ideas and join the discussion is via Labour’s online home of policy making: www.policyforum.labour.org.uk. (You’ll need to register an account or use your Labour Login).

Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary

  • Edgbaston CLP street stall for the mayoral election: 29th April, 10am-12, Harborne High Street, outside WHSmith.

Hall Green constituency dates for your diary

  • Hall Green by-election: details above.
  • Moseley and Kings Heath ward door knocking session: Saturday 22nd April, 10 am – 12 noon, junction of Blenheim Road and Billesley Lane in Moseley. Contact mp_banahan@hotmail.co.uk for more information.
  • Door-Knocking Session with Sion Simon: Tuesday 25th April, 5:30pm to 6:45pm, in Kings Heath. Meeting point outside the Baptist Church, Kings Heath High Street. This session concludes just before the West Midlands Mayoral Election Campaign hustings.
  • Moseley Forum, together with Kings Heath Residents Forum, Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum and Brandwood Forum have organised a hustings event on the 25th April for the inaugural West Midlands Mayoral Election. All six candidates have confirmed their attendance. Kings Heath Baptist Church, 80, High Street, Kings Heath, B14 7JZ: 7:30pm start but get there early to guarantee a seat! More details here.
  • Door-Knocking Session combined with Street Stall, Saturday 29th April, 10:00am to 12pm, combined with the Street Stall and Door knocking in support of Sion Simon’s campaign. Meeting point outside Asda on Kings Heath High Street.

Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

  • Provisional date for your diaries: 23rd May, Momentum Selly-Oak sub-group meeting on the NHS. More details to follow in future editions!

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.

Fundraising survey

Our fundraising co-ordinator, Nicky, has drawn up a quick survey for members and supporters to fill in to canvass our views on what we want. If you have a spare couple of minutes please fill it in here.

MSB statement on the July 2015 ‘freeze date’ decision

The Birmingham Board of the Labour Party, in their infinite wisdom, decided to retain the July 2015 freeze date for members to participate in the selection of candidates for the 2018 local election elections. We have published a statement that you can read here and rest assured it will not be the end of the matter. Momentum seeks to get Labour members elected to public office. Labour will only succeed in doing that if it engages with its new members and gives them a say. The decision is a monumental act of folly.

‘Regional’ Momentum co-ordination

Cecile Wright, one of our elected NGC reps for the large ‘region’ that Birmingham and the West Midlands sits in, would like to keep in touch about how she can best open communication with us to better represent us on the Momentum Council. She wants people to feel free to get in touch with her and her email is c.wright230@ntlworld.com. As things develop further post-conference we’ll keep you informed.

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 btuchcc@hotmail.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 Birmingham – currently ‘red risk’.

Please get involved in and support KONPB in any way you can.

School cuts

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. 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 our view, wear it with pride: MSB t-shirts are going to be ordered: £10 red with South Birmingham Momentum on it. If you would like one email nicky151289@gmail.com

MSB social media classes

Nicky Brennan, one of our social media managers, has started running 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: nicky151289@gmail.com

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!

https://www.facebook.com/momentumbirminghamsouth/

https://momentumsbham.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/@MomentumSBham/

MomentumbhamSouth@hotmail.com

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/momentum-south-birmingham

 

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/wall-of-fame

MSB Newsletter 10/04/2017

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Welcome to the latest Momentum South Birmingham newsletter – your unmissable weekly digest of all the interesting things going on politically in our area and beyond. It’s another bumper issue and there is plenty to get involved in with the Hall Green ward by-election and WM mayoral election just a few weeks away.

Hall Green ward by-election

Many of you may know that there is a by-election in Hall Green ward on the 4th May (the same day as the mayoral vote). It’s fair to say that the campaign has been eventful so far, and not for good reasons, but clearly the priority now is to get the Labour candidate elected. Liz Clements is standing for our party – she’s has been out a lot in recent days and has been joined by many members and local councillors. She still needs more help though! If you go on the Birmingham Labour Party website and search for forthcoming events there is stuff going on all the time, be it door-knocking or leaflet drops. Momentum activists will be out in force too!

MSB curry night in Kings Heath: 12th April

If you like your political gatherings to have some tasty accompaniments join South Birmingham Momentum members for a curry night at the Spice Merchant in Kings Heath (36 Poplar Road, B14 7AD). Please let us know if you can make it so a table can be booked. You can bring your own drink, if you wish. Many thanks to our fundraising co-ordinator Nicky for organising!  

BME employment in the West Midlands,

Friday 21st April, 2-4pm

From the blurb: “We know that Black people in Birmingham are approximately three times more likely to be unemployed than White British people. And the economic recovery has not been shared equally with Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities still saddled with unequal employment prospects. With Local Authorities under increased strain – how can we work together to secure a fair deal for Birmingham’s BME communities?” Speakers include Jess Phillips. Find out more and register online. Tickets are free but essential.

Hope Not Hate workshop: Wednesday 26th of April

HnH are running a “having difficult conversations” workshop in support of their friends at Bearwood Action for Refugees. This will be of particular interest to people who missed an opportunity to take part in this excellent training session when last run in Birmingham (several MSB members were present and we really enjoyed it!) The session is being run in the lead up to Bearwood Action for Refugees ‘RefuTea Party’ (and AGM). This workshop introduces some practical tools for activists wanting to engage with people who are not sympathetic to our views. More details and registration for this event can be found here.

West Midlands Mayoral ‘cultural’ hustings, 28th April

On Friday 28 April 2017 WGGB, BECTU, Equity and the Musicians’ Union are giving you the opportunity to question the mayoral candidates and hear their vision for the cultural and creative sectors. It kicks off at 7:45pm, is being held at the Birmingham Rep and you can book tickets and get more information 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.

A Moral Economy – a talk by Ann Pettifor,

Wednesday 10th May

Ann Pettifor, an advisor to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell, was a founder and leading spirit of the Jubilee 2000 debt campaign which in 1998 brought 70,000 people out in a human chain onto the streets of Birmingham. After 2000 she joined the New Economics Foundation where she headed their research unit. She set up Advocacy International, a UK-based consultancy that advises governments and international organisations and has helped secure debt relief for the governments of Guyana, Nigeria and Ethiopia. The talk starts at 18:30 and is going to be at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham B4 7SX. To register click here.

Moseley and Kings Heath Labour Party conference: “What is Conservative Party education policy?”, Thursday 11th May

M+KH branch have decided to put every single other Labour ward in Birmingham to shame by hosting their own conference but it looks absolutely brilliant. What is Conservative Party education policy doing to our schools? What is the alternative vision? There will be loads of speakers and discussion, it is on Thursday the 11th May and will be held at Moseley School & Sixth Form Centre, Wake Green Road, B13 9UU. It’s free to attend but you’ll need to register.

Sat 20th May Unite STP Campaign Conference

We don’t have all the details yet but a date for your diary: Saturday 20th May: Unite union are organising an STP Campaign Conference to be held at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham city centre. Speakers will include John Lister (Health Campaigns Together), Gill George, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Defend Our NHS and Sarah Carpenter (Unite national officer for health), speakers from Solihull KONP and Birmingham KONP.

National State Of The Economy Conference –

Birmingham, 20th May

Labour’s annual national ‘State of the Economy’ conference is in central Birmingham on Saturday 20 May. Jeremy Corbyn put the need for an economy that works for all at the heart of his successful leadership campaign. Over the next year Labour will be helping to build on this vision by discussing more detailed proposals for the next General Election. As part of that conversation, John McDonnell has asked a number of experts from the world of economics and beyond to join him in a series of regional one-day conferences to lay out the policies our country needs to build a future where prosperity is shared, and where no one and no community is left behind. This includes discussions of how a Labour government can make a real difference to your area. Book your place at the ‘State of the Economy’ conference here (if you’re a party member obviously!)

Labour’s National Policy Forum:

8 policy documents and deadline for submissions – 31st May

Last year Jeremy Corbyn said that he wanted Labour to reconnect with our values and our people, so we can rebuild and transform Britain, for the many, not just the few. To do this the party needs to hear from you, the members, to harness your views, passions and expertise. At conference Jeremy set out ten pledges outlining his priorities. He asked Labour’s National Policy Forum to build on this work, to develop Labour’s thinking in these and other key areas. Eight new consultation documents on key issues have been launched and opinions sought. The consultation period runs until Wednesday, 31 May 2017. Hopefully members and local parties will take the opportunity to read the documents and send in comments and ideas. The more people that get involved, the stronger and better the party’s policy making process is.

The best and easiest way to send in your ideas and join the discussion is via Labour’s online home of policy making: www.policyforum.labour.org.uk. (You’ll need to register an account or use your Labour Login).

Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary

  • Nothing to report this week we’ll keep you posted about activities in future editions!

Hall Green constituency dates for your diary

  • Moseley and Kings Heath ward Labour Party meeting: Thursday 13th April, Moseley Community Development Trust (above the post office), Moseley Village, Alcester Road, B13 8JP.
  • Hall Green by-election: details above.
  • Moseley Forum, together with Kings Heath Residents Forum, Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum and Brandwood Forum have organised a hustings event for the inaugural West Midlands Mayoral Election. All six candidates have confirmed their attendance. Kings Heath Baptist Church, 80, High Street, Kings Heath, B14 7JZ: 7:30pm start but get there early to guarantee a seat! More details here.

Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

  • Selly Oak CLP Momentum sub-group meeting on the 11th: The British Oak pub, 1364 Pershore Road, Stirchley B30 2XS: 7.30pm.
  • Thursday 13th April: instead of the normal branch meeting, Bournville Labour will be holding a phone bank for the mayoral election from 7-8 at St Andrews Church, Cartland Road.
  • Saturday 15th April: Please keep 11.30-1 free on Saturday for mayoral campaigning. Location TBC – contact secretary@bournville-labour.org.uk

Northfield constituency dates for your diary

  • Tues 11 April, Momentum Northfield sub-group; 7.30pm, upstairs conference room, Black Horse Pub, Bristol Road South, Northfield.
  • Wed 12th April, 6pm – Weoley ward mayoral election door-knocking, meeting at the corner of St Heliers Road and Cheverton Road (B31 1RU).
  • Thu 13th April, 6pm – Northfield ward mayoral door-knocking, meeting at the corner of Seven Acres Road and The Fordrough (B31 3HX)
  • Sat 15th April, 10.30am – Kings Norton ward mayoral door-knocking, meeting at the corner of Sir Hiltons Road and Redhill Road (B31 3NE).
  • Saturday 15th April, 10am to 4pm, Pride of Longbridge; a celebration of the heritage of the historic car factory at Longbridge, the workers and the local community. Car rally, children’s entertainment, food, bar and other amenities. Held at Cofton Park, Lowhill Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham. All welcome.
  • 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.

Fundraising survey

Our fundraising co-ordinator, Nicky, has drawn up a quick survey for members and supporters to fill in to canvass our views on what we want. If you have a spare couple of minutes please fill it in here.

MSB statement on the July 2015 ‘freeze date’ decision

The Birmingham Board of the Labour Party, in their infinite wisdom, decided to retain the July 2015 freeze date for members to participate in the selection of candidates for the 2018 local election elections. We have published a statement that you can read here and rest assured it will not be the end of the matter. Momentum seeks to get Labour members elected to public office. Labour will only succeed in doing that if it engages with its new members and gives them a say. The decision is a monumental act of folly.

‘Regional’ Momentum co-ordination

Cecile Wright, one of our elected NGC reps for the large ‘region’ that Birmingham and the West Midlands sits in, would like to keep in touch about how she can best open communication with us to better represent us on the Momentum Council. She wants people to feel free to get in touch with her and her email is c.wright230@ntlworld.com. As things develop further post-conference we’ll keep you informed.

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 btuchcc@hotmail.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 Birmingham – currently ‘red risk’.

Please get involved in and support KONPB in any way you can.

School cuts

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. 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 our view, wear it with pride: MSB t-shirts are going to be ordered: £10 red with South Birmingham Momentum on it. If you would like one email nicky151289@gmail.com

MSB social media classes

Nicky Brennan, one of our social media managers, has started running 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: nicky151289@gmail.com

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!

https://www.facebook.com/momentumbirminghamsouth/

https://momentumsbham.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/@MomentumSBham/

MomentumbhamSouth@hotmail.com

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/momentum-south-birmingham

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/wall-of-fame

MSB Newsletter 27/03/2017

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Welcome to the latest Momentum South Birmingham newsletter – your unmissable weekly digest of all the interesting things going on politically in our area and beyond. Of particular note is our next MSB branch meeting, this Sunday, in Bartley Green. Full details below. 

Many of you will also have attended the inaugural Momentum conference in Digbeth on Saturday – it was an excellent day but rather stressful for many people in the local Momentum branches who were volunteering to help make sure things ran as smoothly as possible! A huge thank you to everyone who helped out and there are loads of pictures of the day (and evening) on our Facebook page.

On a slightly less positive note the Birmingham Board of the Labour Party, in their infinite wisdom, decided to retain the July 2015 freeze date for members to participate in the selection of candidates for the 2018 local election elections. We have published a statement that you can read here and rest assured it will not be the end of the matter. Momentum seeks to get Labour members elected to public office. Labour will only succeed in doing that if it engages with its new members and gives them a say. The decision is a monumental act of folly.  

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!

Next South Birmingham Momentum branch meeting: 2nd April

Momentum South Birmingham will be having its next branch meeting on Sunday the 2nd April, 4pm, at Long Nuke Hall, Long Nuke Road, Bartley Green, B31 1DP. There’ll be loads to discuss and get involved in, including a few recent developments in the Birmingham Labour Party (………) and ongoing campaigning work. We will also hopefully have a speaker from the ASIRT (Asylum Support and Immigration Resource Team) to talk about their work and how we can support it.

It’s the usual rule for attendance: as long as you aren’t a member or supporter of a party that isn’t Labour please join us.

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.

WM mayor Natural Environment debate, 7th April

From the blurb: “What do each of the candidates think about the role of the natural environment? Do they see nature as an asset or a liability? Where does a healthy natural environment sit with their list of priorities? Will they pledge to recognise the natural environment as an asset and to developing a 25 year plan to protect and restore nature?”

Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start. Event ends at 8.30pm and it’s at the Curzon Building,

Birmingham City University, Birmingham, B4 7BD. You’ll need to register and if you want to ask a question the email address can be found in the link.

All-Birmingham Momentum members-only meeting: 9th April

Although the venue hasn’t been confirmed yet we thought we should give you advance notice: the three Momentum branches in Birmingham are coming together in the city centre on Sunday the 9th April, in the afternoon, to discuss Labour Party democracy. This is a members-only event – if you’re a Momentum member and haven’t attended a meeting before you are more than welcome to come but please bring some proof of your membership with you. We’ll notify people of the time and venue as soon as we have it confirmed.

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.

Moseley and Kings Heath Labour Party conference: “What is Conservative Party education policy?”, Thursday 11th May

M+KH branch have decided to put every single other Labour ward in Birmingham to shame by hosting their own conference but it looks absolutely brilliant. What is Conservative Party education policy doing to our schools? What is the alternative vision? There will be loads of speakers and discussion, it is on Thursday the 11th May and will be held at Moseley School & Sixth Form Centre, Wake Green Road, B13 9UU. It’s free to attend but you’ll need to register.

Sat 20th May Unite STP Campaign Conference

We don’t have all the details yet but a date for your diary: Saturday 20th May: Unite union are organising an STP Campaign Conference to be held at Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham city centre. Speakers will include John Lister (Health Campaigns Together), Gill George, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Defend Our NHS and Sarah Carpenter (Unite national officer for health), speakers from Solihull KONP and Birmingham KONP.

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

  • 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

  • Longbridge ward Labour Party meeting: Friday 31st March, 7pm, 8 Hollymoor Community Centre, Manor Park Grove, Northfield, Birmingham, B31 5ER
  • 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.

‘Regional’ Momentum co-ordination

Cecile Wright, one of our elected NGC reps for the large ‘region’ that Birmingham and the West Midlands sits under, would like to keep in touch about how she can best open communication with us to better represent us on the Momentum Council. She wants people to feel free to get in touch with her and her email is c.wright230@ntlworld.com. As things develop post-conference we’ll keep you informed.

School cuts

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. 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 our view, wear it with pride: MSB t-shirts are going to be ordered: £10 red with South Birmingham Momentum on it. If you would like one email nicky151289@gmail.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 btuchcc@hotmail.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 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

MSB social media classes

Nicky Brennan, one of our social media managers, has started running 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: nicky151289@gmail.com

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!

https://www.facebook.com/momentumbirminghamsouth/

https://momentumsbham.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/@MomentumSBham/

MomentumbhamSouth@hotmail.com

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/momentum-south-birmingham

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/wall-of-fame

MSB newsletter 06/02/17

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 week’s addition is a bumper one.

Before you start reading I’d like to draw your attention to this in the Birmingham Mail……..Proof that our fame grows and grows……….. And 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!

Copeland and Stoke by-elections

It probably hasn’t escaped your attention that the Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent by-elections are both going to take place on Thursday 23rd February. It is critical that we throw our energy into campaigning for two Labour victories. Local Momentum activists have already been on the doorstep in Copeland and Stoke and national Momentum are currently planning the best way for Momentum members nationally to support these campaigns – from pop up phone-banks to coaches and carpools. Register here if you’re interested in volunteering in the coming month. You can find details of the Labour campaign offices here for Copeland and here for Stoke.

West Midlands Labour are also organising plenty of activity in the Stoke Central constituency and any help would be very much appreciated: meeting Monday to Saturday at 10am, 2pm and 5pm, and Sunday 10am and 2pm, at the GMB building (the old CATU building) for campaigning across the constituency. The address is Garth Street, Hanley, ST1 2AB and there’s a free car park opposite the office. For more details, click here.  If you’d like to deliver the latest leaflet, or help another way, please let them know here.

It’s absolutely imperative that Labour wins these two by-elections so if there is any support you can offer either campaigns it could make a huge difference. If you can call in advance and let them know a) if you’re coming and what you’d prefer to do b) if you have a car that seems to be very helpful!

Momentum branches in the West Midlands are co-ordinating efforts for a big turnout on 18th/19th in particular- get in touch with Steve Price on thecomradep@gmail.com for details of activities, accommodation and a rather interesting sounding social on 18th!

Momentum Votes

Nominations have now closed for elections to the National Coordinating Group (NCG), Momentum’s highest governing body.

Following an online poll of our branch we have decided to endorse one of members, Sam Poulson, who is seeking election to the NCG and we will be promoting his candidacy on social media. He would be an excellent representative for Birmingham on the organisation’s leading body so please consider voting for him. Keep an eye on our social media for more information over the coming couple of weeks!

Right 2 Work planning meeting, 7th Feb

The next planning of the Right 2 Work campaign is Tuesday 7th Feb at the Mac in Cannon Hill Park: 6:30-8pm. This is an extremely important issue to MSB and we think that providing solidarity and support to migrant workers is a crucial issue in the current climate, especially after the Brexit vote. Please come along if you can and help co-ordinate the forthcoming activities.

Stalls Committee meeting, 8th Feb

Our stalls co-ordinator Chris Kuriata has organised a stalls committee meeting for this Wednesday. 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!

Screening of “We are the many”, 9th Feb

The film is the the story of the biggest demonstration in human history, which took place on 15th February 2003, against the impending war on Iraq. Thursday the 9th Feb, 7-10 pm at the Irish Centre. More details here.

Screening of ‘I, Daniel Blake’, Friday 10th Feb

Kopfkino & Stirchley Baths present a community screening of I, Daniel Blake. It’s free (With suggested donation £5) Stirchley Baths at 7:30pm on Friday 10th Feb. You can book tickets here. It’ll be a great, thought-provoking night on so many different levels.

Save Stirchley Library meeting and gym demo, 11th Feb.

The next meeting of the Save Stirchley Library campaign is on Saturday 11th February, Stirchley Community Church at 10:30. Also, at midday there is a demonstration outside the Fitness First gym to protest at the closure of the gym and pool and the likely replacement with a supermarket.

Next Friends of the Library of Birmingham Planning meeting, 13th Feb

FOLOB’s next planning meeting will be held at 5.30 p.m. on Monday 13 February in the UNISON office,19th Floor, McLaren Building, 46 Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 7LF. These meetings are open to all, so do come if you’re interested in getting involved and helping the campaigns to protect local library services.

‘SaveourSupport’ demo, 14th Feb

The Government has already cut £590 million per year to Birmingham. That is £530 per person per year. More cuts are to come. The budget to be set on February 28th asks councillors to vote for cuts to services for our most vulnerable people, including homeless families, those with disabilities such as mental health and learning disabilities, young people at risk, and women and children suffering domestic violence. SOS are organising a demonstration in Victoria Square on Tuesday 14th February between 3 and 4.30pm.

Edgbaston Sub-Group public meeting on the NHS and STPs, 22nd Feb.

South Birmingham Momentum supporters in Edgbaston have organised a public meeting in collaboration with Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham on Wednesday the 22nd. It will be at 7:00 at the Quinborne Centre Ridgacre Road, Quinton, Birmingham, B32 2TW. The theme is “The NHS crisis and STPs – how should Labour respond?” and speakers include Caroline Molloy, a well-known campaigner on NHS issues and something of an expert on them, so it will be well worth going along!

Explore your Political Pathway: Birmingham, 1st March

The Parliament Project is an initiative to increase the number of women in Parliament and they have an event on the 1st March at the Council House.

From the Blurb:

“Women, have you considered getting involved in politics but not quite been able to take the plunge? Do you need more information but don’t know where to get it? Or do you worry you don’t have the skills but you still want to make a difference?

Come along to our first Birmingham workshop from The Parliament Project, an initiative to increase the numbers of women in political office, as we help women explore their political pathway.”

REEL NEWS Videos and Activism workshop and film evening at Izons, Thurs 2nd March

Infamous Community Arts and Banner Theatre present Video and Activism by REEL NEWS, a free event run at Izons (West Bromwich) on Thursday 2 March 17: Campaigns and struggles for social justice, here and abroad, which are not only fighting back, but winning too!

  • Workshop 2pm-5pm (booking necessary)
  • Film/Q&A evening 7pm-9pm

More details about booking in one of the flyers I have attached to the email you received the newsletter with.

Women’s meeting, 2nd March

Some of our women members have organised a further get-together on Thursday the 2nd March at Loco Lounge (32/34 High Street Kings Heath, B14 7JT) at 7pm. It’s very much a social event rather than a decision-making gathering – all welcome! The last one was a very big success and I’m sure the group will go from strength to strength.

‘Our NHS’ demonstration: 4th March

Our NHS is at breaking point. With a backdrop of continued cuts and closures, private companies seek to gain even more of a foothold within the NHS. Theresa May’s demands for yet more austerity in the NHS represent a real risk to the safety of patients and the service. The Government’s latest wheeze, Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are in reality just a smokescreen for further cuts and privatization. A coalition of organisations have organised a demonstration on the 4th March and MSB are organising a coach. If you would like to go can you please email Nicky Brennan at nicky151289@gmail.com or Chris Kuriata at Chriskuriata@live.co.uk

Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary

  • Edgbaston CLP street stall, Harborne High Street, 10am-12noon, outside WHSmith.
  • Quinton ward Labour meeting: Weds 15th Feb, 7:15pm Quinborne Centre, Ridgacre Road, Quinton.
  • Edgbaston South Birmingham Momentum sub-group public meeting on the NHS and STPs: 22nd Feb (full details above)

Hall Green constituency dates for your diary

  • Delivery of Sion Simon mayoral leaflets: meeting 1030 am at junction of Pitmaston Road / Wellfield Road – B28 9PP Thursday 9th Feb.
  • Moseley and Kings Heath Labour Party ward meeting Branch: 7:30 pm on Thursday 9 February 2017 at Moseley Community Development Trust, (Moseley Post Office), Moseley Village, Alcester Road B13 8JP. Discussions will include the Birmingham Board freeze date and a discussion on the Kings Heath Schools Multi-Academy Trust Proposal.

Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

Nothing to report this week but keep an eye out for updates in future editions!

Northfield constituency dates for your diary

  • 8th February, 7.30pm, Momentum South Birmingham Northfield sub-group meeting, Black Horse, Bristol Road South (upstairs conference room)

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 nicky151289@gmail.com

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: nicky151289@gmail.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. 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 one ward in each constituency and in some cases rather more than that! 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.

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!

https://www.facebook.com/momentumbirminghamsouth/

https://momentumsbham.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/@MomentumSBham/

MomentumbhamSouth@hotmail.com

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/momentum-south-birmingham

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/wall-of-fame

MSB newsletter 23/01/17

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, in fact this week is something of a bumper edition……. 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!

Many thanks to everyone who was out on a bitterly cold Saturday morning this weekend just gone campaigning for our NHS and Labour’s West Midlands mayoral candidate, Sion Simon!  

Copeland and Stoke by-elections

It probably hasn’t escaped your attention that the Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent by-elections are both likely to take place on Thursday 23rd February. It is critical that we throw our energy into campaigning for two Labour victories. Local Momentum activists have already been on the doorstep in Copeland and national Momentum are currently planning the best way for Momentum members nationally to support these campaigns – from pop up phone-banks to coaches and carpools. Register here if you’re interested in volunteering in the coming month. You can find details of the Labour campaign offices here for Copeland and here for Stoke.

West Midlands Labour are also organising plenty of activity in the Stoke Central constituency and any help would be very much appreciated: meeting Monday to Saturday at 10am, 2pm and 5pm, and Sunday 10am and 2pm, at the GMB building (the old CATU building) for campaigning across the constituency. The address is Garth Street, Hanley, ST1 2AB and there’s a free car park opposite the office. For more details, click here.  If you’d like to deliver the latest leaflet, or help another way, please let them know here.

It’s imperative that Labour wins these two by-elections so if there is any support you can offer either campaigns it could make a huge difference.

MSB stall at Maypole, 28th January

We’ll be running a stall in support of keeping Baverstock School open this Saturday morning between 11am and 1pm. We’ll be meeting outside Sainsbury’s on Maypole Lane and talking to local residents about the school, and maybe a bit about Momentum too. Please join us, even if it’s only for half an hour or so. More details here and more details of the protest planned for Monday night a bit further down.

Tower of Song 10th anniversary: 28th January

Some really good friends of ours, the Tower of Song in Kings Norton, are celebrating their tenth anniversary this year and to mark the occasion they are putting on a gig with the proceeds going to our group – like I say, they are very good and generous friends of the group. Please go if you can, it will be an absolutely terrific night and a nice way to conclude your day after the campaigning at Maypole. More details here (ignore the date though – it is definitely the 28th!)

Save Baverstock School protest, 30th January

 ‘Save Baverstock School’ are organising a protest on Monday 30 January at 7pm outside the school’s main entrance. MSB will be there as it is an issue close to many members hearts – please join us if you can. There could well be some local TV coverage too………

Kings Heath and Moseley Multi-Academy Trust Information meeting: 31st Jan

There will be a public meeting about proposed multi-academy trust on 31st Jan at 7pm, West Midlands Travel Sports Club, Wheelers Lane, B13 0ST. It will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the plans and start reflecting on whether they are a good idea or not………..

Momentum Votes

Nominations have opened for the National Coordinating Group (NCG), Momentum’s highest governing body. Don’t miss your chance to stand for election. For more information about the NCG and how to nominate yourself, visit the nominations website here. Your nomination must be completed by midday on Monday 30th January.

Following an online poll of our branch we have decided to endorse one of members, Sam Poulson, who is seeking election to the NCG and we will be promoting his candidacy on social media. He would be an excellent representative for Birmingham on the organisation’s leading body so please consider voting for him. Keep an eye on our social media for more information or follow this link to vote for Sam http://mvotes.io/3dqncv

Next MSB branch meeting: 5th Feb

Our next branch meeting is on Sunday 5th Feb at our usual venue, the Highbury Pub in Stirchley. There will be lots to discuss: our activity in the trade unions, the Labour Party and also the recent developments with the new Momentum constitution. Please join us if you are a Momentum supporter or member in South Birmingham. And if it’s the first time you’ve attended don’t worry, we’ll look after you we promise! The usual rule applies, if you are a member of another political party you won’t be able to attend unfortunately though, sorry………

Next Friends of the Library of Birmingham Planning meeting, 13th Feb

FOLOB’s next planning meeting will be held at 5.30 p.m. on Monday 13 February in the UNISON office,19th Floor, McLaren Building, 46 Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 7LF. These meetings are open to all, so do come if you’re interested in getting involved and helping the campaigns to protect local library services.

Explore your Political Pathway: Birmingham, 1st March

The Parliament Project is an initiative to increase the number of women in Parliament and they have an event on the 1st March at the Council House.

From the Blurb:

“Women, have you considered getting involved in politics but not quite been able to take the plunge? Do you need more information but don’t know where to get it? Or do you worry you don’t have the skills but you still want to make a difference?

Come along to our first Birmingham workshop from The Parliament Project, an initiative to increase the numbers of women in political office, as we help women explore their political pathway.”

‘Our NHS’ demonstration: 4th March

Our NHS is at breaking point. With a backdrop of continued cuts and closures, private companies seek to gain even more of a foothold within the NHS. Theresa May’s demands for yet more austerity in the NHS represent a real risk to the safety of patients and the service. The Government’s latest wheeze, Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are in reality just a smokescreen for further cuts and privatization. A coalition of organisations have organised a demonstration on the 4th March and MSB are planning on organising a coach, but first we need to gauge interest (tickets will be something like £10-12 for a return. If you would like to go can you please email Nicky Brennan at nicky151289@gmail.com.

Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary

  • Harborne Ward Labour Party meeting, Moorpool Lower Hall, 26A The Circle, Birmingham B17 9DY, Saturday February 4th Feb, 10:30.

Hall Green constituency dates for your diary

  • Hall Green BLP Activity: Delivering Sion Simon Direct Mail. Date: Thu 26th January. Time: 10.30am. Meeting point: Outside the Balwins Arms, 230 Baldwins Lane, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 0QB
  • Moseley and Kings Heath BLP Activity: Street Stall. Date: Sat 28th January. Time: 10am
  • Meeting point: Outside Asda on the High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7BW.
  • Sparkbrook BLP Activity: Delivering Sion Simon Direct Mail. Date: Sat 28th January. Time: 3pm. Meeting point: Dadyal Resturant, 284 Stratford Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B11 1AA
  • Springfield BLP Activity: Delivering Sion Simon Direct Mail. Date: Sun 29th January. Time: 1pm. Meeting point: Junction of Dolphin Road/St Johns Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham B11 4RG

Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

Nothing to report this week but keep an eye out for updates in future editions!

Northfield constituency dates for your diary

  • Northfield ward Labour Party meeting: Thursday 26 January, at Hampstead House, Condover Road, B31 3QY, at 7pm.
  • Weoley ward Labour Party meeting, Thursday 26th January 7.30pm at Weoley Hill United Reform Church, Green Meadow Road, Birmingham B20 4DE.

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: nicky151289@gmail.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. 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 one ward in each constituency and in some cases rather more than that! 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.

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!

https://www.facebook.com/momentumbirminghamsouth/

https://momentumsbham.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/@MomentumSBham/

MomentumbhamSouth@hotmail.com

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/momentum-south-birmingham

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/wall-of-fame

MSB newsletter 16/01/17

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!

Many thanks to everyone who joined us on Saturday morning for our NHS stall in town, it was hard work in the rain and cold but we got a great response raising such a huge issue. It is interesting that when you tell the public the policies that Labour and Jeremy Corbyn are standing on they are actually pretty popular. It will take time but it does resonate.

Anyway, there’s plenty going on this week. Enjoy! Future editions will include details of how to get involved in the crucial forthcoming by-elections – Stoke Central is close enough for us to make a big contribution as a group.

MSB fundraising officer’s meeting, 18th Jan

If you’re interested in helping us plan our fundraising events we have our first social/fundraising meeting of the new year this Wednesday at 7:30pm. Please contact Nicola Brennan (nicky151289@gmail.com) if you want to come 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………..

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.

NHS Labour day of action and campaigning for Sion Simon, 21st January

Next Saturday there is a lot of Labour Party activity locally. I’ve put more detail in the CLP section below but the focus will be two-fold: the Labour party day of action that is going on nationally (and sadly doesn’t appear to be very well publicised) and a big day of campaigning for Labour’s West Midlands mayoral election candidate Sion Simon. Please get along to your local event if you are able to.

Walsall Momentum meeting with Christine Shawcroft, 21st January

Our good friends in Walsall Momentum have organised a public meeting with Christine Shawcroft of Labour’s NEC to discuss party democracy. This is a topic close to MSB’s heart and we did something similar last year with Christine – but Walsall are laying on food for theirs so they are going one better than us! It promises to be a very interesting evening. If you want to reserve tickets please click here.

Tower of Song 10th anniversary: 28th January

Some other really good friends of ours, the Tower of Song in Kings Norton, are celebrating their tenth anniversary this year and to mark their occasion they are putting on a gig with the proceeds going to the group – like I say, they are very good and generous friends of of the group. Please go if you can, it will be an absolutely terrific night. More details here (ignore the date though – it is definitely the 28th!)

Explore your Political Pathway: Birmingham, 1st March

The Parliament Project is an initiative to increase the number of women in Parliament and they have an event on the 1st March at the Council House.

From the Blurb:

“Women, have you considered getting involved in politics but not quite been able to take the plunge? Do you need more information but don’t know where to get it? Or do you worry you don’t have the skills but you still want to make a difference?

Come along to our first Birmingham workshop from The Parliament Project, an initiative to increase the numbers of women in political office, as we help women explore their political pathway.”

Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary

  • Quinton Ward Labour Party meeting, 19th January, 7:00, Quinborne Centre, Ridgacre Road. Bartley Green ward members are also welcome to attend this.
  • Edgbaston CLP stall: 21st January, 10-12, Harborne High St. Focus will be on NHS and supporting Sion Simon’s campaign mayoral campaign.
  • 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

  • Hall Green BLP activity: delivering Sion Simon direct mail, date: Thu 19th January, time: 10.30am, meeting point: Junction of Stratford Road/ Ingestre Road, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 9EF
  • Hall Green CLP Women’s Group , activity: Street Stall, date: Sat 21st January, time: 11am, meeting point: outside Aldi on the Stratford Road, Stratford Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B11 1QS
  • Sparkbrook BLP, activity: Delivering Sion Simon Direct Mail, date: Sat 21st January, time: 3pm, meeting point: Dadyal Resturant, 284 Stratford Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham B11 1AA
  • Springfield BLP, activity: Delivering Sion Simon Direct Mail, date: Sun 22nd January, time: 1pm, meeting point: Junction of Wilton Road and Stoney Lane, Sparkhill, Birmingham B11 2PX

Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

  • 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

  • Northfield ward Labour Party meeting: Thursday 26 January, at Hampstead House, Condover Road, B31 3QY, at 7pm.

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: nicky151289@gmail.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. Opposition to this mystifying and self-defeating decision 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 one ward in each constituency and in some cases rather more than that! 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.

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!

https://www.facebook.com/momentumbirminghamsouth/

https://momentumsbham.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/@MomentumSBham/

MomentumbhamSouth@hotmail.com

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/momentum-south-birmingham

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/wall-of-fame