Showing posts from October, 2014

Thousands support campaign to save People's History Museum

(Originally Published by Equal Times)
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An online campaign to save the only museum in England documenting the history of working people has received mass support following news that it faces £200,000 cuts in government funding.
In 2010 the Coalition government announced that it would cut funding to a number of museums across the UK. Among them is the People’s History Museum in Manchester which faces 20% cuts by 2015.

The museum contains a collection of printed material, physical objects and photographs which celebrate the lives of working people anddocuments the history ofdemocratic movementsinBritain over the last 200 years.

Its staff have been seeking alternative sponsorship but with the cuts fast approaching there are concerns that they may not be able to make up the shortfall in time. 
Melissa Bassil, a supporter of the museum who created an online petition on the website told Equal Times the government should seriously consider reversing the…

Blind injustice: Jordan Cunliffe's story

(Originally published by the Big Issue in the North)

In 2008, 15-year-old Jordan Cunliffe was sentenced to life in prison for murder. Although the judge accepted he was blind and took no part in the violence that led to the victim's death, he was convicted under a controversial law known as joint enterprise. Mischa Wilmers speaks to his mother about the fight for justice and why her campaign for urgent legal reform is gathering momentum. 
Janet Cunliffe is sitting on the living room sofa anxiously awaiting her son’s prison call. “Jordan phones home every day at six,” she says, adding that he rarely talks to the media and is unlikely to make an exception for me. Suddenly the phone rings and she answers it. They chat for several minutes before she mentions that a journalist wants to speak to him. It’s obvious he’s reluctant, but after some persuasion she hands over the phone.

We exchange pleasantries and I ask what life is like in prison. “Boring. Every day is the same,” he replies. Is…