This Week in Edinburgh – 28/03/16

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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

We have a general meeting on Wednesday, don’t miss out!

Tuesday

Another Europe is Possible – Edinburgh launch

Chrystal MacMillan 17.00 – 18.00

Launch of the Edinburgh Another Europe is possible campaign. Speakers and students discuss why to vote YES/IN in the EU referendum on the 23rd of June and how we can make solid progress in transforming Europe. If possible after the event we will collect emails and names for a mailing list (totally up to your consent) so as to organise events on campus in the future. Come along for a fluid and semi-structured space, for both speeches from speakers, questions and hopefully a stimulating discussion!

Scottish Parliament debate (housing and welfare)

Teviot Debating Hall 18.00 – 19.30

Hear from candidates from parties including Conservatives, Greens, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Rise, and SNP on the subjects of housing and welfare. Candidates include:

SNP – Toni Giugliano
Conservative – Jeremy Balfour
Green – Alison Johnstone
Labour – Sarah Boyack
Lib Dem – Alex Cole-Hamilton
RISE – Natalie Reid

Wednesday

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Momentum Edinburgh Meeting #4

19.30 – 21.00 LG09 David Hume Tower Hub

Momentum is the UK-wide movement which emerged from Jeremy Corbyn’s successful campaign for leader of the Labour Party. It exists to support the ideas and values on which Corbyn was elected both within and outside Labour, connecting the party to trade unions, social movements and community campaigns.

Momentum Edinburgh is a hub for local supporters to get together, share experience and ideas, and coordinate our efforts to build peace, democracy and socialism.

This is our fourth 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.

Please feel free to invite people and share the event widely! We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday

16.00 – 17.30 Old College
Rojava is a de facto autonomous region in northern Syria that established its autonomy in 2013 creating a society based on democratic federalism, gender equality and sustainability.

After being asked by the organisation Peace in Kurdistan to host an event to educate the Edinburgh Community on Rojava and the purpose behind their movement, we are working with various other groups and activists to put together an engaging discussion!

Teviot Debating Hall 18.00 – 20.00
We’re proposing some changes that should hopefully really help students affected by sexual harrassment and assault, and that should make it clear to the university that students want tackling these issues to be a priority. It’s also a great chance to see how EUSA democracy works in action if you haven’t been to Student Council before!

Friday

Screening of the Happy Lands

Edinburgh Northern Arts Centre 19.00

It’s the General Strike 1926 – only seven years after the slaughter of the trenches, miners unions lead the country against savage austerity cuts handed to the nation by a Liberal-Conservative government.

Inspired by true stories from local families in Fife, the Happy Lands follows the journey of law-abiding citizens who become law-breakers in a heroic battle against the state. It’s never a good time to stand up for your rights – but it’s always the right time.

This Week in Edinburgh – 21/03/16

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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

Monday

EMERGENCY DEMONSTRATION #SaveLord

15.00-16.00 Scotland Office

Lord Apetsi, is a Postgrad student at Strathclyde University, the newly elected NUS Scotland Asylum Seeker & Refugee officer, and a single father.

Ten days ago, as Lord went to the Home Office in Glasgow for his monthly signing in, Lord was detained. Lord would usually have kept this appointment with his three year old son while en route to nursery, on this occasion he did not after being seriously injured in an accident a few days before.

NUS Scotland is calling this emergency demonstration on Monday afternoon, to protest this disgusting action, and to call for Lord to be returned to Glasgow.

Scottish Parliament debate (education and funding)

18.00-19.30 Teviot Debating Hall

Hear from candidates from parties including Conservatives, Greens, Labour, Liberal Democrats, Rise, and SNP on the subjects of education and funding. The candidates are:
SNP – Alison Dickie
Conservative – Miles Briggs
Green – Andy Wightman
Labour – Daniel Johnson
Lib Dem – Martin Veart
RISE – Calum Martin

Better than Zero organising meeting

18.30 STUC (GLASGOW)

We are standing up to Scotland’s Bad Bosses and demanding an end to the culture of Zero Hours, Zero Rights and Zero Respect.

Invite anyone who is interested in taking part in our activity, or finding out more about the campaing, along to the next organising meeting.

Tuesday

19.00 Brass Monkey

How do people experience a financial meltdown?

Rejkyavik Rising shows the Icelandic people’s response, the “Pots and Pans Revolution”. Little reported in the UK press, Icelanders of all stripes got to grips with their money system, because they had to.

Positive Money campaigns for monetary reform now, before we reach the next financial crash. Reforming banking isn’t an economic technicality. It matters to everyone. The Icelandic experience shows why.

Wednesday

National Student Demo & Rally

King Stables Road 11.30

The 23rd of March is the last day of Parliament before MSPs break up for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections. NUS Scotland has called a national student demonstration & rally on this day at Holyrood, so that when MSPs start campaigning for re-election, they do it fully aware of how they can make further and higher education fairer, more accessible and more equitable. Join us, and make sure the voices of Scotland’s students are #ShapingScotlandsFuture

The EU and European leftism

Teviot Row House 18.00-20.00

With a short introduction from one of our members, we’ll be discussing the European Union, the left in Europe and the up-coming referendum on Britain’s membership.
All welcome, we’ll be at Teviot Row House in New Amphion from six.

MORE TO COME

 

 

This Week in Edinburgh – 14/03/16

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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

Monday

19.00 Scottish Storytelling Centre

Real Talk will create a safe, warm and engaging environment to speak and to listen about one of our most beautiful assets – our minds.

It will leverage the power of storytelling in creating connection and community around mental wellbeing. 6 individuals will share their respective experiences after having attended a series of workshops that have supported the process of creation and articulation.

Wednesday

Edinburgh Students Against TTIP campaign workshop

14.30 Chrystal Macmillan Building

Across the UK, students are getting together to campaign against the new wave of mega trade deals, including TTIP, which are set to hand power to big business on a scale not seen before. These trade deals are changing the rules of global governance and threatening the ability of democratically elected governments to take decisions in the public interest. They threaten public services (including higher and further education), hard-won regulations to protect the environment, human rights, public health and workers – and they threaten democracy itself.

Thursday

Pentlands CLP 

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. 

Spirited Away – Social Justice Movie Night

19.00 Shrub Cooperative

Social Justice Movie Nights brings you some more wonderful/inspiring/fascinating/awesome movies!

This thursday, come down to the Shrub co-op at 7pm for Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki’s greatest master piece (8.6 on IMDb!).

Saturday

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

11.00 George Sq (GLASGOW)

This United Nations anti-racism day (March 19th, ,2016) stand in solidarity and join a march and rally in Glasgow, Scotland and say “No to racism, no to fascism, refugees are welcome here!” You will be joining a Europe-wide demonstration on this day spreading positive messages of acceptance, tolerance and speaking out for a fairer world. Let’s all drive back the tide of racism, fascism, Islamaphobia, anti-semitism and the scapegoating of migrants and refugees.

People & Planet Scotland Gathering 2016

10.00 til 17.00 Sunday, Augustine United Church

The People & Planet Scotland gathering is nearly upon us. This is where P&P groups and affiliated groups from all across Scotland get together to host workshops, learn from each others’ campaigns and create links that last longer than a weekend.

March for Syria

13.00 (TO BE CONFIRMED)

The atrocities against the Syrian people started in March 2011. The values of dignity & democracy that the Syrians sought have caused the deaths of around 500’000 people and has caused millions to flee. Causing the biggest mass exodus of people since WW2. We ask you to join us in solidarity with the Syrian people. We plan to march to the Scottish parliament where we will gather for speeches, where you will hear from Syrian refugees and other people and groups who stand in solidarity with Syria.
13.30 Edinburgh City Chambers

UN House Scotland presents an opportunity to explore the impact of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference. COP21 ushered in the first ever universal climate agreement.

In the wake of this significant event, what dynamics are most pertinent and is the world’s future brighter? Join us on Earth Day 2016 (March 19th) to discuss these issues and more from national to international expert’s perspectives.

Sunday

A Night for Refugees

17.30 Assembly Roxy

The aim of our event is to raise awareness as well as to bring together artists and creative people to encourage the attendances to gain a better understanding of refugee’s experiences.

All the funds will be set aside for LIVED PROJECT which purposes are to prevent or relief poverty, advancement of human rights and promotion of equality and diversity.

This Week in Edinburgh – 07/03/16

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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

FIGHT FOR THE NIGHT – Edinburgh

Grassmarket 1830

This International Women’s Day, let’s get angry at the presence of gendered violence against women, trans and non-binary folk, and those who present as female. Join us in protesting against the shameful rape conviction rate, the fear we feel walking home after dark, victim-blaming and rape culture, and whorephobia.

International Women’s Day Talk

17.00-1830 Festival Theatre Edinburgh

Lee Chalmers, Lothian List candidate for the Women’s Equality Party, talks about being a candidate for the first UK party to put gender equality at the top of the agenda. Lee will also take part in an evening discussion following this talk. See our Facebook event page for more details.

Wednesday

JC4PM tour – Edinburgh date

19.30 Edinburgh Festival Theatre

To show support for Jeremy’s campaign to transform the way politics is conducted, a stellar line up of comedians, singers and poets will be performing a special show compered by superstar housewife Barbara Nice.

Bernie Sanders and the American left

18.00 2 Charles Street

With a short introduction from an American comrade, the marxist society will be discussing Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the democratic nomination and leftism in America.
All welcome, room to be confirmed

Friday

A Syrian Supper: Cooking up community in Scotland.

17.30-21.00 Parish Church of St Cuthbert, 5 Lothian Rd

Join EUID, STAR and Kitchen Rituals for a night of (vegetarian!) food, language and brainstorming as we come up with ideas to help welcome refugees and migrants into our community!

Saturday

Jamnesty with EUID

20.00 Pleasance Cabaret Bar

Join Amnesty International Society and International Development Society for an evening of music, dancing and fundraising!

For the 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.