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.




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