This Week in Edinburgh – 25/01/16

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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 Left Student Forum Democracy Meeting

19.00 Balcony Room @ Teviot

So let’s talk democracy – how do we want to organise (voting or consensus etc, do we want a commitee), do we want to continue using ESLF as a name or change it, what are our political and campaigning priorities at the moment ? It’s been quite informal up to now so it would be good to hash out some democratic structures and to decide exactly on what we want this to be.

Saturday

EQUALISE WEEK 2016

30th Jan to 5th Feb

After a successful first year of fundraising and awareness-raising in aid of the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, we are back with Equalise Week 2016: a range of fun, informative, creative and thought-provoking collaborative events!

The Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre offers free confidential support to survivors of sexual violence and rape in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Their work saves life and is immensely important, so please attend, invite friends and share this and help us make sure to make EQUALISE grow even bigger than last year!

CEILIDH FOR EQUALITY

21.00-0.00 Teviot Debating Hall

This event is part of a week-long event series aimed at raising funds in aid of the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre who offers free and confidential emotional and practical support and information to survivors of sexual violence.

For your diary…

1 February

Equalise: Panel Debate – Public Policy & Gender-based Violence

18:45-21.00

G.03, 50 George Square

This May the Holyrood elections are taking place. This panel debate is your opportunity to hold Scotland’s biggest political parties to account and and learn about the current state of Scottish policy on gender-based violence. This is part of Equalise Week fundraising in aid of the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre and a fantastic opportunity to pressure our local politicans to go beyond words and take action!

3 Ferbruary

Equalise: Film Screening and Q&A – A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Come and watch this award-winning Iranian film while fundraising in aid of an amazing organisation! We’ll follow the screening up with a discussion session where we will be joined by Jane Sillars from the University of Edinburgh film department; Rebecca Smyth, a researcher on gender studies; Jake Holdsworth, a production coordinator who has experience working on the portrayal of women in the media; and, Varshini Vijayakumar from Sexpression, a student-led group dealing with issues such as harassment and consent.

4 February

EQUALISE: Cabaret Evening!

Jazz Bar -20.30

As our grand finale of EQUALISE WEEK 2016 we are giving you: a fabulous Cabaret Evening at the Jazz Bar!

It will be a night of Music, Dance, Improv Theatre and Spoken word, compèred by the wonderful Agnes Török! All, of course, in aid of Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre.

6 February

Creating a Fossil Free Scotland: Activist Gathering

Methodist Church EH8 9BX – 10.00

‘Creating a Fossil Free Scotland’ is an opportunity to come together after the Paris climate talks and get energised to build a bigger and stronger climate movement in 2016.

Please join us on 6 February for a day of workshops, inspirational speakers and updates from the talks. During this one-day event, we’ll celebrate the victories; of 2015, explore solutions and get ready to rise up for the climate together in 2016. Join us as we map the way ahead for Fossil Free Scotland.

26 February

CND is calling a massive demonstration to protest against Britain’s nuclear weapons system: Trident. Join us to say No to government plans to buy a new system at a cost of over £100 billion. Parliament will be voting on this in 2016. So this is urgent – we can’t delay.

We leave Glasgow (George Square) at 2100hrs on the Friday then onto Edinburgh (approx. 1hr 15mins later) then down to London. This will have us arriving early morning (so that the driver gets a rest).

We leave London at 1800hrs on 27th . Accommodation available in Edinburgh if needed.
Tickets are £40 and £20. If you can’t come you can give a donation via Eventbrite to subsidise someone else.

This Week in Edinburgh – 18/01/16

 

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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

Divest Edinburgh & Lothians – Campaign Planning

18.30-21.00 Methodist Church

While governments praise themselves for a unique Paris climate deal at the COP21, their pledges are nowhere near to deliver the safe & just climate we demand. Here in Scotland, we can make 2016 the transition towards 100% Renewables by making our local pensions & institutions in Edinburgh Fossil Free.

A key focus could be the Lothian Pension Fund, which invests £230 million in fossil fuels.

The evening is the occasion for everyone interested to take part in a local campaign to Divest Edinburgh & the Lothian – briefing, discussion & brainstorming.

Welcome Back! – STAR Refreshers

19.00 David Hume Tower LG.07

This will also be a great oppertunity to speak to Janine, our volunteer coordinator, about any volunteering you would like to be involved with.

So whether you came to all our events last year, or if you’ve just found out about STAR please come and share you opinions and ideas in shaping the future of Edinburgh STAR!

Thursday

Human Rights for Climate Change – Action

13.15-14.00 Teviot Row

Pop down in front of Teviot this Thursday to support us by being part of a group video in support of acknowledging climate change as a human rights issue! The photos taken will be featured in a video directed to Amnesty UK so don’t miss this great opportunity!

Friday

No Child Taken

19.30 Golf Tavern

Come along to an evening of music, spoken word and short films to find out more about the topic of child trafficking around the world and what we can do to help stop this.

This event is in partnership with Tearfund’s No Child Taken Campaign.

Amnesty International Human Rights Quiz Night

19.30 Artisan Bar

How much do you know about your Rights? And other’s?
Why do we need to protect our Human Rights Act?

Please help raise support for our Rights and a bit of cash for Amnesty with us!

Sunday

A Taste of Scottish Islam

15.00-18.00 Edinburgh Methodist Church

Scotland is home to 77,000 Muslims, many of whom draw their heritage from the diverse cultures and traditions of the Muslim world. From Istanbul through to Indonesia, Muslim societies reflect local customs, and cuisine reflects local ingredients and palates!

As part of the Year of Food & Drink Scotland 2015, The Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World (part of the University of Edinburgh) is hosting a food event to celebrate and bring together the different cultures of the Muslim world, represented here in Edinburgh. We hope it will be a chance to reflect differences, appreciate similarities, and enjoy some delicious food!

Tickets are free.

Children of all ages are welcome but must be accompanied at all times.

Refuge: 59 Million And Counting

19.00 Mono Cafe Bar

As the amount of forcibly displaced people reaches a seventy year high, speakers from Glasgow University, Scottish Refugee Council, and Glasgow Girls explore what it means to be a refugee.

People and Planet Forest Cafe Jam

16.00 Forest Cafe

Join People & Planet Edinburgh and Forest Cafe this sunday for Open Mic jam night mark 2. We’re going to kick off this term with a friendly jam session hosted by Forest. A beautiful selection of local musicians, poets and story tellers will be up on stage for you to enjoy. The general theme will be focussed on social and climate justice and we’ll be hearing the stories of those who took part in the Occupation last may for any new members wanting to hear more. We only hope you can make it to hear them!

—— For your diary —–

1 February

Equalise: Panel Debate – Public Policy & Gender-based Violence

18:45-21.00

G.03, 50 George Square

This May the Holyrood elections are taking place. This panel debate is your opportunity to hold Scotland’s biggest political parties to account and and learn about the current state of Scottish policy on gender-based violence. This is part of Equalise Week fundraising in aid of the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre and a fantastic opportunity to pressure our local politicans to go beyond words and take action!

26 February

CND is calling a massive demonstration to protest against Britain’s nuclear weapons system: Trident. Join us to say No to government plans to buy a new system at a cost of over £100 billion. Parliament will be voting on this in 2016. So this is urgent – we can’t delay.

We leave Glasgow (George Square) at 2100hrs on the Friday then onto Edinburgh (approx. 1hr 15mins later) then down to London. This will have us arriving early morning (so that the driver gets a rest).

We leave London at 1800hrs on 27th . Accommodation available in Edinburgh if needed.
Tickets are £40 and £20. If you can’t come you can give a donation via Eventbrite to subsidise someone else.

This Week in Edinburgh – 11/01/16

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Happy New Year everyone!

2016 is going to be a crucial year for those who support the cause of Jeremy Corbyn to resist the constant media barrage and help out in our local community to oppose the crippling effects of the Tory austerity cuts.

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

Junior Doctors Strike EVENT: Medical Student Solidarity

9.00 Potterow Dome

“We have a responsibility to stand up for the values of the NHS and ensure that patient and doctor safety, and the sustainability of the NHS is protected”

We will be gathering in the lobby of the Chancellor’s Building where we will be joined by BMA Reps, in a show of solidarity for our friends and future colleagues down south. We will be giving out more information about the contract changes and welcome any discussion and debate. We will also be using this opportunity to discuss planning further action for the next two strike dates and it would be great to get as many of you as possible involved.

Friday

Asylum Seeker SAAS Access – Letter Hand-in

Scottish Parliament 13:00

14 students’ unions, collectively representing over 220,000 students, have signed this open letter calling on the Scottish Government to open up SAAS funds to asylum seekers at the same level as Scottish Residents:http://bit.ly/1S1zToW

Join EUSA, Equal Access Edinburgh, and representatives from student unions across Scotland for a public hand-in to Parliament of this open letter.

Scots for Palestine

14.00-16.00 Iqra Academy Edinburgh

Join us for afternoon tea and Palestinian cuisine followed by a Q&A with our Parliamentary representatives where you can ask them how our government can best work for Peace & Justice for our Palestinian Brothers & Sisters in support of international law and human rights and against all racism.

Speakers include:
Ian Murray Labour MP, Sarah Boyack MSP, Andy Murray; Convener for SNP Friends of Palestine, Tommy Sheppard SNP, Featuring El Funoun Theatre Company

Saturday

The Real Junk Food Project Glasgow – dinner

GLASGOW – Langside Parish Church 17.00-22.00

Something to look forward to in January that won’t break the bank… join us for our latest pop-up at Finn’s Place (Ledard Road) for a pay-as-you-feel dinner using ‘intercepted’ food that would have gone to waste. Also BYOB!

Arrive at 5.30pm for a 6pm dinner – this is an early one so that bairns can join in/you can go off to the dancing afterwards…

For the diary…

Stop Trident national demonstration

27th Feb – London

The majority of the British people, including the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and other parliamentary party leaders, oppose nuclear weapons. They are weapons of mass destruction that can kill millions. They don’t keep us safe and they divert resources from essential spending.

Let’s get message out loud and clear: we don’t want Trident and we don’t want a new Trident.