Anarchist society at the university of manchester?

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Oct 4 2005 15:33
Anarchist society at the university of manchester?

Hey, the biggest uni in the country, and no anarchist group!

At the recent alternative freshers fair i spoke to about 12 anarchist students. Too bad there was no one to kick this off already, but i think there would have been enough interest to get an anarchist student group up.

Would you know anyone interested in starting something? I have some contacts from the fair who may be interested. I'm not a student but a staff member, so i can't start organising this, but will gladly help (and probably the other couple sol fed members working at the uni are happy to help as well).

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Oct 4 2005 17:12

May know a man who can/will/may be up for this, shall ask asap

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Oct 6 2005 11:48

Hopefully after March I'll be around the Uni more. Could get involved. But be warned, I'm notoriously disorganised...anarchic, almost. Mr. T

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Oct 6 2005 20:15

i never never want to be one of yr patients eek

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Oct 7 2005 20:14
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Hey, the biggest uni in the country, and no anarchist group!

Worse than that, I'm sick of being pounced on by wannabe trots like Respect or the SWP everytime I get off the bus at the union.

I'd totally be interested in a group, anyway.

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Oct 27 2005 20:08
JDMF wrote:
Hey, the biggest uni in the country, and no anarchist group!

At the recent alternative freshers fair i spoke to about 12 anarchist students. Too bad there was no one to kick this off already, but i think there would have been enough interest to get an anarchist student group up.

Would you know anyone interested in starting something? I have some contacts from the fair who may be interested. I'm not a student but a staff member, so i can't start organising this, but will gladly help (and probably the other couple sol fed members working at the uni are happy to help as well).

I was just at the film making society and picked up a registration form. Me and a friend are founding the Pipe Smokers/Homemade beer society ("Black Star Brewaries" will be producing our own beer in one of our wardrobes from Saturday onwards, hopefully...) and I figured I'd see about starting an anarchist one.

We need 30 signatures + id numbers, apparently, along with a load of administrative bollocks that we can ignore (secretary, treasurer, etc). Staff members can join too, it seems. Would it be possible to find 30 interested people?

Anyway, I'd love to help start anything.

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Oct 27 2005 21:16

Is there somewhere you can put up a stall. Get some papers and books from the Basement, attract attention, give out leaflets and things. Then ask people to sign up.

That's what we did at Keele years ago.

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Oct 29 2005 08:50

We did a distribution of Resistance at the uni yesterday. Lots of people seemed to be reading it!

Whilst there, we met a guy called Tom Barlow, he's the SU Communications Officer. I said that ghost was trying to set up an anarchist society. He said to go and see him. He'll provide advice and help. He's also in an activist type group that may be interesting.

We also met a student from MMU who's an anarchist.

Hope this is helpful.

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Oct 29 2005 21:29
knightrose wrote:
We did a distribution of Resistance at the uni yesterday. Lots of people seemed to be reading it!

Whilst there, we met a guy called Tom Barlow, he's the SU Communications Officer. I said that ghost was trying to set up an anarchist society. He said to go and see him. He'll provide advice and help. He's also in an activist type group that may be interesting.

We also met a student from MMU who's an anarchist.

Hope this is helpful.

Cheers, thanks a lot.

Me and my mate are also in the film society with some kind of important bloke in the union who's some kind of lefty (he also looks like the guy from Godspeed you! Black Emperor), so we'll hunt down both of them and ask them about the pipe smoking society (ManPipe!) and the @ society.

How many members of staff at the uni are anarchists? They can join too, and I think (I'll have to re-read the sheet) are necessary for the creation of societies at certain points, so I may need their help.

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Oct 29 2005 21:31

I'll be at Uni on Monday and possibly Thursday/Friday. I'll join yer Anarchist group, but I won't be around to contribute since I'm living in Blackpool for another five months.

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Oct 29 2005 21:59

i think you need 30 student members to sign up (they dont have to be active members but sign up anyway, i would think getting 30 signatures shouldn't be a problem if you have an active group to do stuff with anyway).

There are three sol fed members among the staff - dont know any other anarchists. 3 out of 12k is not too good, but we have to start somewhere wink

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Nov 2 2005 13:49

Good luck with it.

Hope you have a better response that we have had here in bloody Stoke in recent months. I am considering studying for a MSc at Manchester Uni either next year or the year after, and if so I would love to get involved either with that or whatever else is happening in the area.

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Dec 5 2005 14:24

Well, looks like it's finally happening! So far it's just a handful of us, mainly people who showed interest at the bookfair. But there seem to be a few libcommers (staff & students) who'd be up for it too. Spread the word.

We're hopefully gonna have a sign-up sheet in the basement and in the veggie cafe near the John Rylands library soon, where people can put their emails down.

We are expecting some more students interested in anarchism at the Saul Newman lecture on Thursday. So our first get-together will be just after. The lecture is at Manchester University on Thursday 8th December 2005 (5-7pm in the Poetry Centre, room S.1.5 Humanities Lime Grove Building). We'll go for a drink at 7pm.

hope to see you there...

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Dec 5 2005 16:06

If we keep this level of effeciency up, we'll control the city within a year... black bloc

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Dec 9 2005 00:01

Well, that went well!

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Dec 9 2005 08:55

Honoured to share a drink with you all at the inaugral meeting of the Man Uni Anarchist group! Good luck from the Para-military wing of Age Concern (Peter) and from Brian (NAN).

Peter Good (TCA)

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Dec 9 2005 11:24

This is cool. If you're up for pushing out there are some radical pockets in Mancs Uni - particularly the sociology department.

I think this site came originally from them

http://activistnetwork.org.uk/index.php?name=Web_Links&req=viewlink&cid=76&min=0&orderby=titleA&show=10

It's a mixed bag - but with a strong Anarchist representation - could be worth highlighting your group here - that may lead on to contacts within the sociology department. Someone called Gary set it up?

Also, well worth leaving info at the Pankhurst Centre down Oxford Road. Definitely an anarchist hotspot in Manchester.

http://www.24hourmuseum.org.uk/manchester/museum/AM25570.html

The Economics & History Dept at Manchester Met is also a department with students I've met with anarchist leanings.

If anyone was feeling really brave they could get on the committee of the Working Class Movement Library. grin

Lucy I think possibly has links already with some of these areas already. Some ideas anywise.

Hope this helps, best of luck with it.

tara Mitch

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Jan 22 2006 10:54

I was wondering if the Man Uni Anarchist Group actually got off the ground? There were some good people at the inaugral meeting on 8th December. It would be a great loss to us all if nothing happened.

Peter Good (TCA)

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Jan 23 2006 00:36

I wouldn't quite call it "off the ground" yet, but we are holding our next meeting on Wednesday 25th January at 7pm in the Ducie.

Hopefully discussing some more concrete proposals this time.

Everyone welcome

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Jan 25 2006 22:56
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next meeting on Wednesday 25th January at 7pm in the Ducie.

went to the wrong ducie grin I know next to nothing about Manchester pubs...

Anyways, how did this go?

There are four Manc SF members working at the university and one as a student, i think if you get a student group off the ground we should get some joint stuff going as well.

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Jan 31 2006 17:57

sorry for late reply.

The meeting went well, we focussed on commercialisation of campus facilities, the university's corporate identity, and radical toilets (don't ask).

Next meeting is tomorrow (Wednesday, sorry for late notice). There is no set time, but the idea is to go to the Joseph Stiglitz lecture at the uni at 5 and then to go to the Ducie (the one behind John Rylands) afterwards, to discuss the lecture and other topics.

Since the meeting has been called with such short notice, it might just end up being very small and informal. But if you come to the Ducie at around 7, we'll probably be there having a drink or two.

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Feb 16 2006 18:50

next meeting is on Monday 20th, 2.30 pm in the veggie cafe next to library

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Feb 22 2006 21:17

were any of you lot watching gorgeous george galloway et al talking bob last night?