Spirited rally opens Workers Party – Birmingham campaign

The Workers Party – Birmingham held a well attended and spirited rally on Friday 3 December in Highgate, Birmingham.

In freezing weather just over 80 people ventured out to hear speeches from former Derby MP Chris Williamson, Birmingham section secretary Lauren Wilson, Community Team lead Reuben Lawrence and party leader George Galloway. The speeches were broken up with poem by Eugene Egan, party member and prospective candidate for Alum Rock in next year’s local elections and cde Nasri Barghouti a well-known Palestinian rights activist . Local artist Nehanda generously supported the rally by singing a mix of classic soulful tunes and performing her own powerful defence of J K Rowling “I am woman”.

The Birmingham party will be standing in a number of seats in next years local elections. A Crowdfunder is raising money for the campaign, if you wish to donate, please follow this link: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/birmingham-fund-wpb

Videos and clips from the rally can be watched on Youtube.

Fundraiser launched for Workers Party in Birmingham 2022

The Workers Party of Britain have launched a fundraiser as preparations continue for the 2022 electoral challenge to Labour in Birmingham. In recent weeks the local party has distributed 29,000 leaflets in B8, B9 and B12 and this coming Friday 3 November is the official launch of party campaigning.

George Galloway, leader of the Workers Party of Britain will speak at a meeting in Highgate this Friday 3 December.

George will be joined by friends of our party, the former Derby North MP and well known socialist Chris Williamson, as well as talented local artist and women’s rights activist Nehanda.

The rally will also be addressed by candidates running in the 2022 local elections for the Workers Party, which has already selected challengers for Brandwood & Kings Heath, Bordesley & Highgate, Balsall Heath West and Alum Rock. Balsall Heath East, Sparkbrook, Shard End, Bordesley Green are all in the process of selection.

Those wishing to apply to run as a candidate can do so in writing to info@workerspartybritain.org or in person at the party offices 274 Moseley Road, B12 0BS on a Saturday or Sunday after 5.00pm.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/george-galloway-the-workers-party-birmingham-rally-tickets-207590949117

Former Derby MP Chris Williamson and local artist Nehanda join George Galloway on 3 December in Birmingham

George Galloway, leader of the Workers Party of Britain will speak at a meeting in Birmingham on Friday 3 December.

George will be joined by friends of our party, the former Derby North MP and well known socialist Chris Williamson, as well as talented local artist and women’s rights activist Nehanda. Nehanda who has recently signed to a record label will perform her incredible tribute song “I am Woman”:

The rally will also be addressed by candidates running in the May 2022 local elections for the Workers Party, which has already selected challengers for Brandwood & Kings Heath, Bordesley & Highgate, Balsall Heath West and Alum Rock. Balsall Heath East, Sparkbrook, Shard End, Bordesley Green are all in the process of selection.

Those wishing to apply to run as a candidate can do so in writing to info@workerspartybritain.org or in person at the party offices 274 Moseley Road, B12 0BS on a Saturday or Sunday after 5.00pm.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/george-galloway-the-workers-party-birmingham-rally-tickets-207590949117

George Galloway to speak in Birmingham Friday 3rd December 7.00pm

George Galloway, leader of the Workers Party of Britain will speak at a meeting in Birmingham on Friday 3 December.

The rally will also be addressed by candidates running in the May 2022 local elections for the Workers Party, which has already selected challengers for Brandwood & Kings Heath, Bordesley & Highgate, Balsall Heath West and Alum Rock.

Those wishing to apply to run as a candidate can do so in writing to info@workerspartybritain.org or in person at the party offices 274 Moseley Road, B12 0BS on a Saturday or Sunday after 5.00pm.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/george-galloway-the-workers-party-birmingham-rally-tickets-207590949117

Successful residents meeting

A well attended residents meeting met on Monday 1 November to discuss progress in Bordesley and Highgate.

Highgate, Deritend and Digbeth

Residents in Hodnet Grove and Charlbury Tower have made progress with collective efforts to address issues with vermin, and a collective letter and petition was discussed and a sub-committee formed for seeing to it that residents are organised to sign it and it shall be sent to the Director for Housing. The letter will demand that the city council treat the mass infestation of cockroaches in the tower as a single issue, rather than on a flat by flat basis. Dealing with the pest on a flat by flat basis only pushes the roaches around the building as they vacate one treated flat to reside next door and so on. Efforts to bring the mice and vermin around the Grove under control are ongoing, and residents noted that the lights are now operational for those coming back from work in the dark. Small wins were welcomed by everybody present as an improvement and a sign that we were not powerless to improve the area.

Similar collective letters are planned with delegates from Brinklow and Studley Tower who share issues with vermin, and the resident with three teenage children sharing a one bedroom flat with himself and his wife will also have his issues raised with the Director by our Housing officer.

The meeting also heard had a new copy of the Birmingham Worker freesheet distributed which included a report from residents who were active in the campaign for Free Bus Travel for children, a demand first put forward by the Workers Party local branch. More than 250 additional signatories had been collected over the last couple of months and the issue is picking up traction amongst working class people struggling to cover the cost of bus fares. A Campaigns Team will be tasked with identifying new areas of the town to seek out support, with a door-to-door campaign and a schools drive in the Spring.

Supporters can sign up either with the Workers Party or Change.org:

https://www.change.org/p/transport-for-west-midlands-free-bus-travel-for-children-in-the-west-midlands

Keep Bordesley Clean

After surveying more than 200 homes a complaint was made to Birmingham City Council over a rats nest along Cherrywood Road. Rubbish which was crawling with rats was raised for collection with the council and a short video put on social media to demonstrate the scale of the problem. The meeting praised the efforts of local volunteers who every day undertake litter picking, and it was suggested that the efforts of some were worthy of nomination for recognition from civic authorities.

St Andrews Road and Gray Street residents have arranged a volunteer litter picking for Saturday 27 November 11am with support from Highgate and Bordesley Community Forum activists. Details will be circulated by local newsletter. The Highgate and Bordesley Residents Forum is to request bags from the city council.

Committee elected

Before closing the meeting a number of residents were elected to the committee by a show of hands and a date set in early December for the first Committee meeting. The residents come from all parts of the area and include NHS workers, retired workers and local businesses and council workers.