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


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

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