This Week in Edinburgh – 07/03/16


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



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.


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


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!


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. 

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