This Week in Edinburgh – 07/12/15

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

Tuesday

Edinburgh Student Left Forum mini-meeting

The agenda will be very short, and the meeting will be very brief – only about half an hour…

Depression in Sport – The Silent Injury

George Square – 19.30

Depression is one of the commonest mental illnesses globally, and also affects elite athletes. In addition to a large number of high-profile cases (e.g. Kelly Holmes, Jonny Wilkinson, Marcus Trescothick), many remain undetected. Several factors have been implicated (e.g. performance disappointment, being dropped, injured, relocated or even being promoted), but little is certain in this intriguing field of medicine.

Thursday

No to the Trade Union Bill. No to Austerity

19.00-21.00 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

A major rally organised by the STUC featuring Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, a special guest and a host of other speakers & entertainment TBC. Free ticketed event. 

Saturday

Conference – The Changing Face of Racism

Speakers include: Moazzam Begg (former Guantanamo prisoner), Salman Sayyid (author of Recalling the Caliphate), Craig Murray (former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan), Nicola Fisher (Stop the War Coalition Scotland), Abed Choudhury (IHRC), AbdulAhad Hussain (FOSIS Scotland), Ade Johnson (bother-in-law of Sheku Bayoh), Charlotte Ahmed (UAF Scotland), Douglas Chalmers (UCU Scotland President) and many more.

 

National Demonstration: Stop bombing Syria

12.00 Portland Place, London (Transport info here)

We must campaign against the latest war which politicians have led us into. The decision by MPs to bomb Syria will not make the world a safer place. It will not stop terrorism. It is the fourth major military intervention by British governments in 14 years. But the previous wars – in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya – have not ended. Instead we have seen death and injury, instability across theose countries, and millions of people made refugees by war. We have also seen the growth of terrorism. ISIS itself grew out of the war and occupation in Iraq.