This Week in Edinburgh – 18/01/16



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


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!


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!


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!


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


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.

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