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.

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