The sixth issue of Birmingham’s Slaney Street is now out! This issue features the crisis surrounding the city council, with articles on the new Library of Birmingham, community libraries, children’s social care and the threat to care workers’ pensions. Other articles cover; the local health service, an inspiring struggle for social housing in London, opposing Islamophobia, fighting gender violence, stopping racism in football, and a fair bit more. For example, there is an article critical of Russell Brand, (and he has been offered a right of reply)
The theme of the editorial is to RECLAIM OUR CITY! It calls for an alternative future for Birmingham, compared to the miserable, austere one that is on offer at the moment. The front page photo shows the real, bombed-out Slaney Street during the 2nd world war, but makes the point that the spirit of this street, where trades unionism began in the city two hundred years ago, needs to be re-captured.
It is certainly a very different read to the mainstream local press, but for it to blossom and grow, it needs more people to write for it, distribute it and help with its production. To that end, its third conference will be held on Tuesday January 20th, and people are invited to put this date in their diary.
10,000 copies of the last issue were distributed, and groups that would like an advert within its pages should get in contact regarding the next issue in the new year.
Why not take some copies for your organisation/group/friends? Remember, it is FREE!