This Week in Edinburgh – 29/02/16

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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


Transnational Social Strike – Edinburgh

18.00 Duke of Wellington Statue

24 hours without us! Call for a 1st of March against borders and precarization!
The Migrants’ solidarity network are hosting this protest as part of a European wide call out from the Transnational Social Strike platform. We will be holding a carnival of resistance at the Duke of Wellington statue – making a noise to highlight the conditions of migrant workers in Edinburgh and raise our voices against Europe’s militarised border regime.

African Development Week

Tuesday – Friday

EUDU, EPU and the Buchanan Institute are proud to present African Development Week. On the 1st of March, the University of Edinburgh will be visited by Chief Joseph Ole Tipanko and his wife Cicilia Seleyian Koisenke. Chief Joseph is the head of a Kenyan Maasai tribe. Along with wife, Chief Tipanko runs MAGSA outreach, an NGO which fights for human rights in rural Kenyan communities. In light of their arrival, we will be hosting a series of events exploring human rights, economic development and cultural differences in Africa. All the events are listed below and we hope you can come along!



18.00 Filmhouse

The films, which correspond to the colours of the French flag, are loosely based on the central tenets of the French Republic – liberty, equality, and fraternity. More than this, they are deeply philosophical cinematic treatises on love and loss and offer a prescient insight into the plight of present-day Europe. The films will be screened from newly restored DCPs and will be followed by an opportunity to discuss the issues raised.

(STUDENTS) Referendum Debate

17.30-18.30 Teviot Debate Hall

A referendum debate will be held Wed 2 March to discuss the following:

1) Should your students’ union change how it represents all students at the University of Edinburgh?
2) Should EUSA change its name?

We will then have open questions from the floor. Come along and find out more, everyone is welcome!


Edinburgh Fair Trade Festival

10.30 – 14.30 Southside Community Centre

Fair Trade Festival, part of our Fairtrade Fortnight celebrations. Free refreshments; Fair Trade stalls from a range of organisations; speakers, including an international Fairtrade producer; family activities; enchanting storytelling from the accomplished Kenyan Scottish storyteller Mara Menzies and Edinburgh Choir. An event for all ages to celebrate and promote Fairtrade in Edinburgh and beyond.

Eastern European Food Festival

16.30-20.00 St Peters Church

We would like to invite you to the first edition of Eastern European Food Festival! It is an amazing opportunity to try dishes from 6 different countries – Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia! We will be offering a wide range of side dishes, main dishes, soups and desserts.

Vegan Quarter

10.00 – 17.00 Leith Market

Leith market is hosting a Vegan Quarter (alongside our usual traders) on the first Saturday of the month – every month starting in March.

Amnesty International Scottish Student Conference

5 March – 6 March The Chaplaincy

Welcome to the Amnesty Scottish Student Conference, in Edinburgh University. It will be an exciting weekend of activism, socialising and skill sharing, with a number of specialist speakers and interesting workshops. The weekend includes plenaries on climate change, the human rights act, abortion rights in Scotland, and other very relevant current issues, as well as a film screening, an action , and exciting workshops. The ticket price includes lunch on both days!


International Women’s Day Event

Methodist Church 14.00 – 17.00

A multicultural celebration of women with music and dance, workshops and stalls, massage, henna painting, a keynote lecture, volunteering awards, a raffle, tea and cake and more.

Open to all, family friendly.

Have a great week everyone!

For your diary..

Pentlands CLP 17th March Meeting

All are very welcome at our meeting on Thursday 17th March at 19:30 in Pentland Community Centre, Oxgangs Brae, EH13 9LS.

Fighting Low Pay and Precarious Employment

Increasing numbers of workers, especially young people, are finding that the only work they can get is in precarious employment (such as on Zero Hours contracts) with scandalously low pay rates, Traditionally these jobs are in unorganised workplaces.

The March meeting of Edinburgh Pentlands CLP will feature speakers from Better Than Zero and USDAW.  We’ll hear about the problems of reaching out to workers in retail, catering and other low pay sectors and getting them to join a union. Better Than Zero, with the support of the STUC, have shown the way by staging innovative and successful campaigns against employers such as Sports Direct and G1in Glasgow. Now they are expanding their activities to Edinburgh and they need our solidarity and practical support to challenge low pay employers in this city.

The venue is on the 16, 27 and 4 bus routes (get off at Oxgangs Library and the Community Centre is two minutes walk). Parking is freely available in the area. 

This Week in Edinburgh – 22/02/16


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

Dont miss the third Momentum Edinburgh meeting on Wednesday – details below!


Scottish Football Against Apartheid- Edinburgh Meeting

David Hume Tower 19.00 – 20.30

The campaign of Scottish Football Against Apartheid centres around uniting football clubs and nations against Zionism and Israeli war crimes, focusing on sanctions against sporting teams and associations.Seeing as the SFA have a chance to vote to remove Israel’s status as a member of FIFA, it’s a great chance to inflict a blow on Netanyahu and co. The first meeting will be a chance to meet fellow comrades and sort out the formalities etc. Going to get a lecture theatre booked so a good turmout would be great!



19.00 Playfair Library
This year we have been running a campaign focusing on raising awareness of mental health issues and reducing the disparity between mental and physical health. We are also promoting some of the key themes of mental health first aid – we wish to equip the student community with practical skills to provide support for their fellow students who might be experiencing mental illnesses.
ESLF meeting (Edinburgh Student Left)
G.05 50 George Square  18.00 – 20.00
Chaplaincy 19.15 – 21.00
Each society will provide a point of view on the debate and then we’ll open it up for wider discussion with Urte Macikene (EUSA VP of Services) contributing with what EUSA is doing with relation to sustainable animal agriculture.



Momentum Edinburgh Meeting #3

19.00 – 21.30 David Hume Tower LG.09 

This is our third meeting, where we will hear reports from the working groups, discuss politics and some campaign ideas, and hopefully have more of a social atmosphere as well. If you’d like to be added to our mailing list, please email momentumedinburgh [at] gmail [dot] com.

Big EUSA Gaylidh!

20.00 – 0.00 Teviot Debating Hall

EUSA’s annual Gaylidh is an opportunity to let your hair down & enjoy a traditional Scottish ceilidh with a queer twist. There’s no dress code so wear whatever makes you feel good (but make sure you bring some comfy shoes!).


NO2BrandIsrael at the Scottish Parliament

11.00 Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament will be debating a motion from Tory MSP Jackson Carlaw opposing the cultural boycott of Israel. The motion attacks the Palestinian civil society’s call for BDS and has been signed by Tory, Lib Dem, Labour and SNP MSPs. It is a feeble attempt at whitewashing Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people and their culture.

Scottish PSC will be there to tell the truth about what is happening to Palestinians and their culture. For more information on our campaign go to and come along and join us at the Scottish Parliament from 11.00am to 2.00pm on 25 February.


This Week in Edinburgh – 08/02/16

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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


Abortion Rights Rally

The Scottish Parliament – 12.00

The aim of the protest is to raise awareness of the pro choice majority, in advance of the 40 Days for Life prayerful vigil outside the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where abortions are known to take place.

HSS members and supporters will be supporting the Abortion Rights Committee Scotland rally of supporters outside the Scottish Parliament next Tuesday, 9 February 2016 at 12noon.

A Lecture by Dr. Stephan Malinowski, Was the Holocaust a ‘Colonial Crime’?

19.00 – Teviot Lecture Theatre

On Tuesday 9th February Dr. Stephan Malinowski will be talking to us in a lecture entitled: Was the Holocaust a ‘Colonial Crime’? Legacies of Colonial Violence and the German War of Annihilation 1941-1945



12.00 – Chancellors Building

This week, junior doctors will be going on strike again to fight the imposition of a new contract that threatens patient safety, doctor’s working conditions and the future of the NHS. We will be holding a stall and doing some photo’s at Chancellor’s building (the medical school) @Little France all day. Please come along at any time during the day, or at least at 12 to show your support!!

Director’s Talk: Fiona Bradley

Fruitmarket Gallery – 18.00

A chance to hear The Fruitmarket Gallery’s Director Fiona Bradley talk informally about Another Minimalism in the context of The Fruitmarket Gallery’s programme.


ESFP Roundtable Meeting (Edinburgh Student Food Project)

14.00-16.00 6th floor Staff Room – Chrystal Macmillan Building

Everyone is absolutely welcome and encouraged to come along. It’s a chance for people to get involved from the start, and have their own input or just to learn a bit more about the issues of student poverty, food banks and food waste at the university.


Labour Students Scotland Hustings

16.30 Teviot Dining Room

Come along to Labour Students’ Scottish hustings! Hear from the candidates standing to represent you and put your questions to them ahead of Labour Students Conference.

Day of Action (Students not Suspects)

This day of action will coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Counter-terrorism and Security Act passing into law.

The Act brought in the legal obligation for colleges and universities to implement the racist PREVENT strategy (aka the ‘Prevent duty’), in addition to a host of other measures attacking our civil liberties – including the ability to temporarily exile citizens of Britain from returning to the UK and the ability to further track and monitor internet usage.



20.00-23.00 Teviot Underground

A collaboration of BLOGS and Amnesty International brings you the Equal Love Party!

To celebrate LGBT+ History Month, we’ll be partying away in Teviot Underground on the 13th February.


Love the Planet – Scrap Trident

12.00-15.00 Duke of Wellington Statue

The UK government is planning to go ahead with replacing Trident despite the overwhelming opposition of the people of Scotland and our representatives. We have been consistently opposed to the presence of these weapons of mass destruction because they are immoral and useless. Worse than useless they pose one of the greatest threats to humanity and the planet.

If you love the planet and its people – and we know you do – join Scrap Trident in showing it on Valentines Day.

Scottish Labour Members’ Campaign for Mental Health Launch

12.00 Teviot Row House

We can finally annouce we are launching the Labour Campaign for Mental Health’s (@Labour_MH) campaign in Scotland on the 14th of February, which will include some guest speakers to be announced. Refreshments to be provided.




This Week in Edinburgh – 01/02/16


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

Events running ’til Friday:


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!

Click the link to see whats on!


Stand Up to Racism – organisational meeting

19.30 Scottish Refugee Council

This meeting is to organise annual Stand Up to racism rally.

On the 19th March 2016 on United Nations Anti-racism day this important march and rally will coincide with demonstrations accross the world, which will gather to send out a positive message “No to racism, no to fascism, refugees are welcome here!”

What happened in Paris and where do we go from here? From COP21 into 2016: Climate activism after the Global Deal

19.00 Swap and Reuse Hub 13 Guthrie Street Edinburgh

What actually happened in Paris? What do these negotiations mean for campaigners, activists and anyone else who cares about the future of this planet? Where do we go from here?
What difference does this all make going forward into 2016?

This informal discussion will look at these questions with contributions from campaigners who were in Paris during the talks. Join us for this relaxed ‘de-brief’ session. (Food and drink provided!)


Big Brainstorm #2: Sustainability

(Student event) – 18.30-21.30 50 George Sq Project Room

What does sustainability mean to you? What outcomes do you want to see from the climate change negotiations this year? Will we ever make sustainability economically profitable? What can WE do to make our university more sustainable?


Little Miss Sunshine – Social Justice Movie Night

Swap and Reuse Hub 13 Guthrie Street Edinburgh 19.00

This Thursday, come by the Shrub at 7pm for a chilled out screening of a film that warms your heart and helps you fight the cold scottish winter.


Creating a Fossil Free Scotland: Activist Gathering

10.00 Edinburgh Methodist Church

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.

Living Rent Training Day

13.00 Central Hall, 2 West Tollcross

Come along to build your confidence in all things Living Rent, from how to make the most of the press, to what to say when you knock on the door of a potential new member. The sessions will start at 1pm, and we’ll finish up at around 4.30pm, after which time we will most likely descend on a pub.

Whose streets? Our streets!

20.00 Covernaters Memorial, Grassmarket

We were horrified to discover that on Saturday Roosh V has arranged for his supporters in Edinburgh to meet up and spread his misogynistic, hateful and incredibly dangerous ‘pick-up tips’. This advocate of rape has said that only straight men are allowed to attend his event and protesters will be filmed (so you may wish to cover your face so you cant be identified)

But that’s not going to stop us. We will not sit by and let this disgusting behaviour scare us off our streets. We’re going to stand up and show that sexism, misogyny and most definitely rape are NEVER tolerated.

They’re meeting in the Grassmarket so join us there for a rally because this man’s hate has to go!

*if you’re a man or feminist ally then this is your time to shine. For very understandable reasons some women may not feel comfortable coming so we need all of your support. There’s no pressure for anyone to attend if you don’t feel comfortable*

For your diary…

14 Feb

Scottish Labour Members’ Campaign for Mental Health Launch

18 Feb

Everything I Bought and How It Made Me Feel: Edinburgh

27 Feb

Stop Trident national demonstration (Bus from Scotland to CND Stop Trident Demo 26th Feb)

9 Mar

JC4PM tour – Edinburgh date

19 Mar

Stand up to Racism – Refugees Welcome Here – All Scotland March & Rally