This week in Edinburgh – 26/10/15

Every week, we’ll try to keep you updated with local events – public meetings, strikes, occupations, marches, protests, elections and so on. We might also throw in some cultural goings-on, too. If you know of an event that we’ve missed out, please let us know: momentumedinburgh [at] gmail [dot] com

26th-30th

Make Life Worth Living’ Photography Exhibition, Nick Hedges & Shelter Scotland – 8am-6pm every day until 30th, St. Andrews Square GardensAn open air exhibition of photography commissioned by the housing charity Shelter in the 1960s. The photos show the appalling conditions of housing in some areas of Glasgow in the late ’60s and early ’70s, and – in a country where sky-high rents and a shortage of decent housing are still enormous problems – they are a stark reminder of the need for a democratic and accountable housing system.

Tuesday 27th

Edinburgh Student Left Forum – 6pm, Medical School, Teviot, G200 Seminar Room 3, Doorway 3: Edinburgh Student Left Forum brings together the student left in the capital to educate, agitate, organise and socialise. They say: “Let’s get together, chat about campaigns on campus and what the various left/activist societies are up to so we can collaborate. The meeting will be under an hour. We’ll also be chatting about the Free Education demo on Nov 4 and hearing updates from working groups on the action and discussion this week to promote the demo. Afterwards, we’ll go to the pub to get to know each other a bit more.”

Wednesday 28th

Film Screening: Si Si Puede! – 6.30-8.30pm, G.02, 50 George Square: Edinburgh University Marxist Society are screening a a documentary, filmed a year before the Spanish elections, in Barcelona where the PAH (Platform for People Affected by Mortgages) are fighting the mass evictions being carried out on behalf of the banks and enforced by the state. Local people have organised a movement to resist them that has become so powerful that only year later it governs the city of Barcelona and one of the films participants, Ada Colau, is the new mayor.

All Weekend

Scottish Labour Party Conference – 9am Friday 30th-3pm Sunday 1st, Perth Concert Hall, Perth: The Scottish Labour Party’s conference – the first since Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader – may feature some crucial votes for the left, particularly on whether to support Trident Renewal. There is a Labour CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) fringe meeting on Friday, 5:30pm, in Perth Museum and Art Gallery. Corbyn will be addressing conference at 2:20pm on Saturday.

For your diary:

Monday 2nd November – Living Rent Open Meeting/Focus Group, 7pm, Tollcross Community Centre

Tuesday 3rd/Wednesday 4th November – Edinburgh goes to the National Demo for Free Education, 9pm on the 3rd – late on the 4th, bus from Edinburgh to London and back (approx. £15 each)

Wednesday 4th November – Harry Giles’ TONGUIT: Collection Launch, 6.30-7.30pm, Blackwell’s Bookshop, South Bridge

This week in Edinburgh

Every week, we’ll try to keep you updated with local events – public meetings, strikes, occupations, marches, protests, elections and so on. We might also throw in some cultural goings-on, too. If you know of an event that we’ve missed out, please let us know: momentumedinburgh [at] gmail [dot] com

All week

8am-6pm every day, St. Andrews Square Gardens – ‘Make Life Worth Living’ Photography Exhibition, Nick Hedges & Shelter ScotlandAn open air exhibition of photography commissioned by the housing charity Shelter in the 1960s. The photos show the appalling conditions of housing in some areas of Glasgow in the late ’60s and early ’70s, and – in a country where sky-high rents and a shortage of decent housing are still enormous problems – they are a stark reminder of the need for a democratic and accountable housing system.

Monday 19th

7pm, Tollcross Community Centre – Living Rent Meeting with Betsy Dillner (Generation Rent) and Dr Hamish Kallin (Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh): Recently, one of the most important campaigns in Edinburgh has been the Living Rent Campaign, which is fighting to secure fair rents and better rights and protections for tenants in Scotland’s private rented sector. This meeting will feature presentations from Dr. Kallin on the history of council housing in Edinburgh, and Betsy Dillner will talk about the ‘Generation Rent’ campaign.

Tuesday 20th

7-9pm, Beehive Inn (Grassmarket) – Better Than Zero, Edinburgh meetingThe ‘Better Than Zero’ campaign for fair pay and conditions for workers in Scotland has had a lot of success in Glasgow, forcing the restaurant Las Iguanas to end its unfair tipping policy and staging a flashmob in Ashton Lane. Head over to the Beehive Inn to talk about fighting for workers’ rights in Edinburgh.

Wednesday 21st

7pm, Beehive Inn (Grassmarket) – Momentum Edinburgh, founding meeting: Come along to our very first meeting, where we’ll discuss what Momentum Edinburgh can do to fight for socialism in Edinburgh, Scotland and the UK.

Thursday 22nd

7-10pm, Room G.05, 50 George Square, Edinburgh University – PUBLIC MEETING: Justice for Sheku Bayoh: Sheku Bayoh died in police custody on Sunday 3 May. A range of organisations from trade unions to political parties have been campaigning to find out what happened, to bring those responsible to justice, and to fight racism in our institutions and wider society. Please come to the meeting to hear from Sheku Bayoh’s family about what happened and discuss how Edinburgh can play its part in countering such racism.

Friday 23rd

7-10pm, The Bongo Club (Cowgate) – Rally & Broad/The Mental Health Foundation Present: TANGLED UP IN BLUE!Rally & Broad are a critically-acclaimed Edinburgh-based duo putting on monthly cabarets across Scotland. Their first ‘season 4’ show is in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, and features a range of brilliant Scottish acts: Delighted Peoples, Loki & Becci Wallace, Harry Giles, Chrissy Barnacle and Dog on a Swing.

Saturday 24th

1pm, 4 Pennywell Road, Muirhouse, EH4 4TY – #DemocracySOS – National Voter Registration DayJoin Momentum Edinburgh on Saturday afternoon, October 24th as we take part in a national day of action to register voters. We’re still working out a specific location to meet, so keep checking back for more details. Many people have fallen off the electoral register recently due to the government’s recent changes to how people register, and hopefully a big co-ordinated action on the 24th can put the issue on the political map. This is urgent as the government are about to redraw electoral boundaries and are using numbers of registered voters to determine where the new constituencies will be – without a real drive for registration, areas of the country with less registered voters could end up even further underrepresented in Westminster. Hope Not Hate estimate that Edinburgh might lose about 6% of its registered electorate, over 24,000 people, as a result of these changes. Find out more here: http://www.hopenothate.org.uk/vrdrive/

All Weekend (24th-25th)

10am on the 24th-5pm on the 25th, Edinburgh University Old College, South Bridge EH8 9YL – Migrants Resistance Forum/Jornadas de Resistencia Migrante: PIE (Information and Advice Point for Spanish Speaking Migrants) invite you to a weekend of events to build solidarity with and between migrant groups, featuring presentations, a solidarity gig, a football match and a community lunch.