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. 

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