This Week in Edinburgh – 02/05/16

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

This Thursday is polling day! Dont forget to go out and support the Scottish Labour Party, and send a message that we support Jeremy!

Tuesday

Public meeting – Edinburgh Schools Scandal: Open the Books on PFI/PPP

19.00-20.30 Quaker Meeting House

Common Weal, People Vs PFI and Jubilee Scotland have launched a petition to Open the Books on PFI/PPP in wake of the Edinburgh Schools Scandal: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/after-the-edinburgh-school-scandal-open-the-books-on-pfi-ppp-contracts

This public meeting will discuss the issues around public-private contracts in Scotland, especially in light of the Edinburgh school closures, and how to progress the campaign going forward.

Edinburgh Southern:

Campaign teams will be leaving the campaign shop throughout the day to campaign so please head down if you have a spare hour. 

Eastern:

Doorknocking – 14.30 – Gilburston. Meet at the enterance to Gilburston

Doorknocking – 18.00 – Duddingston. Meet outside Portobello High School 

Central:

10.00 – Street Stall. Meet outside the Co-op on Dalry Road

Visit the campaign office, 78 Buccleuch Street, for duties on the day.  Teams will be leaving the office at:

First session: 10:00 – 12:00

Second session: 14:00 – 16:00

Third session: 18:00 – 20:00

Northern and Leith:

Meet at the campaign rooms to leave for doorknocking at 10.00, 14.00 and 18.00. 

Pentlands:

Campaign teams will be leaving Blair’s room all day so please head down and help out if you have some spare time! 

Wednesday

Edinburgh Southern:

Campaign teams will be leaving the campaign shop throughout the day to campaign so please head down if you have a spare hour. 

Eastern:

Doorknocking – 11.00 – Fernieside. Meet at the Lidl on Drum Street 

Doorknocking – 14.30 – Liberton. Carnbee Avenue 

Central:

Visit the campaign office, 78 Buccleuch Street, for duties on the day.  Teams will be leaving the office at:

First session: 10:00 – 12:00

Second session: 14:00 – 16:00

Third session: 18:00 – 20:00

Northern and Leith:

Meet at the campaign rooms to leave for doorknocking at 10.00, 14.00 and 18.00. 

Pentlands:

Campaign teams will be leaving Blair’s room all day so please head down and help out if you have some spare time! 

Thursday

POLLING DAY – #BOTHVOTESLABOUR

Don’t forget to head down to your local polling centre to place both votes for the Scottish Labour Party!

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Saturday

Housing Bloc at Edinburgh May Day

11.00 Johnston terrace

Join the Living Rent Campaign at the Edinburgh May Day march and rally!

There is a long and proud tradition of unity between tenants’ struggles and workers’ struggles. During the Glasgow rent strikes of 1915, when tenants were being taken to court for non-payment, it was the threat of a general strike – the unity of tenants and workers – that forced the government to act.

Momentum at Edinburgh May Day

11.30 Johnston terrace

Edinburgh Momentum will be taking part in Edinburgh’s May Day Celebrations, Look out for our banner and join us on the march aswell as for a drink afterwards.

The annual May Day march assembles 11.30am at Johnston Terrace and sets off at midday marching to a rally at the Pleasance.

 

This Week in Edinburgh – 25/04/16

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

Wednesday

Momentum Edinburgh Meeting – 7pm 22 York Place EH1 3Ep 

This time we will be discussing how each of the working groups are getting on and the question “how should Labour campaign the European Union?”

Thursday

Campaigning with Kezia – 6pm 1 Wolseley Place 

On Thursday 28 April we will be out supporting Kezia Dugdale, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party in Edinburgh Eastern. Meet at 6pm at the campaign rooms (1 Wolsely Place, Edinburgh, EH8 7AD) for a doorknocking session followed by a sociable drink.

http://www.scottishlabour.org.uk/page/event/detail/bothvoteslabour/4jj53#sthash.MeczktRq.dpuf

Campaign info for Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern) this week:

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Upcoming…

7th May

Edinburgh transport – Surround Dungavel protest

We will be meeting around 10.30 in order to leave at 11am. We will be returning to Edinburgh for around 7.30pm. Bring a packed lunch and plenty of water!
We are currently getting quotes but it will depend on numbers of people attending,,If you definately want a ticket, click ‘going’ and we will contact you with further details.
We are estimating costs to be £10-£15 per person but want to offer asylum seekers free seats and unemployed / precarious workers discounted rates so we are asking for donations too. We will update information about how to pay and donate asap

Housing Bloc at Edinburgh May Day

Join the Living Rent Campaign at the Edinburgh May Day march and rally!

There is a long and proud tradition of unity between tenants’ struggles and workers’ struggles. During the Glasgow rent strikes of 1915, when tenants were being taken to court for non-payment, it was the threat of a general strike – the unity of tenants and workers – that forced the government to act.

Today, we know that sky-high rents and rip-off landlords are just the other side of the coin of poverty wages and exploitative bosses, so we will be joining trade unionists and workers’ organisations on a march through Edinburgh to commemorate International Workers’ Day on Saturday, May 7th.

We will gather at Johnston Terrace from 11:00, to set off at midday.

This Week in Edinburgh – 25/4/16

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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

Wednesday

Momentum Edinburgh Meeting – 7pm 22 York Place EH1 3Ep 

This time we will be discussing how each of the working groups are getting on and the question “how should Labour campaign the European Union?”

Thursday

Campaigning with Kezia – 6pm 1 Wolseley Place 

On Thursday 28 April we will be out supporting Kezia Dugdale, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party in Edinburgh Eastern. Meet at 6pm at the campaign rooms (1 Wolsely Place, Edinburgh, EH8 7AD) for a doorknocking session followed by a sociable drink.

http://www.scottishlabour.org.uk/page/event/detail/bothvoteslabour/4jj53#sthash.MeczktRq.dpuf

Campaign info for Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern) this week:

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Upcoming…

7th May

Edinburgh transport – Surround Dungavel protest

We will be meeting around 10.30 in order to leave at 11am. We will be returning to Edinburgh for around 7.30pm. Bring a packed lunch and plenty of water!
We are currently getting quotes but it will depend on numbers of people attending,,If you definately want a ticket, click ‘going’ and we will contact you with further details.
We are estimating costs to be £10-£15 per person but want to offer asylum seekers free seats and unemployed / precarious workers discounted rates so we are asking for donations too. We will update information about how to pay and donate asap

Housing Bloc at Edinburgh May Day

Join the Living Rent Campaign at the Edinburgh May Day march and rally!

There is a long and proud tradition of unity between tenants’ struggles and workers’ struggles. During the Glasgow rent strikes of 1915, when tenants were being taken to court for non-payment, it was the threat of a general strike – the unity of tenants and workers – that forced the government to act.

Today, we know that sky-high rents and rip-off landlords are just the other side of the coin of poverty wages and exploitative bosses, so we will be joining trade unionists and workers’ organisations on a march through Edinburgh to commemorate International Workers’ Day on Saturday, May 7th.

We will gather at Johnston Terrace from 11:00, to set off at midday.

 

This Week in Edinburgh – 25/04/16

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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

Wednesday

Momentum Edinburgh Meeting – 7pm 22 York Place EH1 3Ep 

This time we will be discussing how each of the working groups are getting on and the question “how should Labour campaign the European Union?”

Thursday

Campaigning with Kezia – 6pm 1 Wolseley Place 

On Thursday 28 April we will be out supporting Kezia Dugdale, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party in Edinburgh Eastern. Meet at 6pm at the campaign rooms (1 Wolsely Place, Edinburgh, EH8 7AD) for a doorknocking session followed by a sociable drink.

http://www.scottishlabour.org.uk/page/event/detail/bothvoteslabour/4jj53#sthash.MeczktRq.dpuf

Campaign info for Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern) this week:

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Upcoming…

7th May

Edinburgh transport – Surround Dungavel protest

We will be meeting around 10.30 in order to leave at 11am. We will be returning to Edinburgh for around 7.30pm. Bring a packed lunch and plenty of water!
We are currently getting quotes but it will depend on numbers of people attending,,If you definately want a ticket, click ‘going’ and we will contact you with further details.
We are estimating costs to be £10-£15 per person but want to offer asylum seekers free seats and unemployed / precarious workers discounted rates so we are asking for donations too. We will update information about how to pay and donate asap

Housing Bloc at Edinburgh May Day

Join the Living Rent Campaign at the Edinburgh May Day march and rally!

There is a long and proud tradition of unity between tenants’ struggles and workers’ struggles. During the Glasgow rent strikes of 1915, when tenants were being taken to court for non-payment, it was the threat of a general strike – the unity of tenants and workers – that forced the government to act.

Today, we know that sky-high rents and rip-off landlords are just the other side of the coin of poverty wages and exploitative bosses, so we will be joining trade unionists and workers’ organisations on a march through Edinburgh to commemorate International Workers’ Day on Saturday, May 7th.

We will gather at Johnston Terrace from 11:00, to set off at midday.

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This Week in Edinburgh – 18/04/16

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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

Thursday

Peace and Global Justice Hustings

19.10-21.15 Augustine United Church

Candidates address our questions on bombing Syria & Iraq, nuclear disarmament, arms trade, refugees, climate justice, TTIP & other global justice issues.
Alys Mumford, Scottish Greens Lothians candidate.
Cospatric D’Inverno, Liberal Democrats candidate for Edinburgh Eastern.
Calum Martin, RISE Lothians Candidate.
Marco Biagi, SNP, outgoing Edinburgh Central MSP.
Iain McGill, Conservative candidate for Edinburgh Northern & Leith.
Candidates from Labour.
Chair: Lesley Orr
Bring your written questions.
Organised by the Peace and Justice Centre and Campaign Against the Arms Trade. FREE.

Saturday

Neil Findlay – NEXT BIG CAMPAIGN DAY :

10 am start

COME ALONG AND JOIN US

We will have two meeting points – one at Livingston North Train station as it is accessible to people coming from both Edinburgh and Glasgow. The person coordinating in Livingston will be David Cleghorn. We will have leaflet teams and canvassing teams going out in Livingston.

The 2nd team will go out in the Breich Valley ward, leaving from my house at 5 Bellona Terrace, Fauldhouse EH479EP again we will have leafleting and canvass teams out.

We will retire afterwards for a few drinks and some lunch.

PLEASE COME ALONG AND JOIN IN WITH OUR TEAM. MESSAGE ME OR EMAIL TO CONFIRM YOU CAN ATTEND

[email protected]

Best wishes

Neil Findlay – Labour candidate Almond Valley

Celebration of the 1967 Abortion Act

Scotland’s Annual Pro-life Chain

11.00 – 13.00 Lothian Road

Every year we celebrate the day the 1967 Abortion Act became law: healthcare and human rights for women!
Buchanan Gallery Steps 12.00
With dodgy trade deals like TTIP, CETA and TISA on the horizon, our basic working rights, democratic powers and environment are under serious threat. Come take part in our day of action to raise awareness about the dangers of these trade deals for the NHS, the anti-fracking movement and political accountability!

Edinburgh Northern and Leith for candidate Lesley Hinds

Meeting point – Tesco supermarket at Broughton Road at 2pm on Saturday

Contact – Eilidh Munro (07514 045436)

Sunday

Edinburgh Western for candidate Cat Headley

Meeting point – Outside Blackhall Mosque at 11am

House o Hill Door Knocking and Leafleting

Contact – Alison Munro (07590 496264)

The weeks Campaign Schedule for Edinburgh Southern:

 

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Momentum Edinburgh Meeting #5

David Hume Tower, 27th April

More details upcoming

This is our fifth meeting, where we will hear reports from the working groups and discuss the upcoming EU referendum.

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. 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!

 

This Week in Edinburgh – 04/04/16

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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

OCCUPY CHARLES STEWART HOUSE ROUND 2

Chambers Street NOW

We are back home!! Everyone come down to Charles Stewart house for Divestment occupation round 2!! Bring your pals, bring you smiles and brace yourselves for demanding FULL DIVESTMENT!

Tuesday

Open Megaphone

19.00 Charles Stewart House

Like, an open mic, but, like, a megaphone…right?

Come down to the divestment occupation for sweet jams and jazzy moves. Bring your instruments, songs, jokes, poems political rants and most importantly your friends!

NB we have a no alcohol policy, but snacks are highly encouraged

Wednesday

Stand-up for Refugees! Fundrasing for Re-Act

20.00 Loft Bar Teviot

Amnesty International Society & Re-Act are collaborating on a funny-raising extravaganza of comedy and spoken word! Join us for a night of laughter and get involved with raising money for Re-Act.

Thursday

Sustainability and the EU: Linda McAvan MEP and Catherine Stihler MEP

17.00-19.00 EUSA

EUSA is hosting Linda McAvan, chair of the International Development committee in European Parliament, and Catherine Stihler MEP to discuss EU regulation and legislation on sustainability issues such as conflict minerals, ethical investment, and fair trade.

Both MEPs will speak, and students will also have a chance to ask questions surrounding sustainability issues in the EU and more broadly, the impact of the EU referendum on students and the UK policy environment.

Saturday

The Look of Silence + Q&A with Signe Byrge Sørensen

17.00-20.00 Grassmarket Community Project

Join us and our co-hosts We Are The Tonic for this screening of the Oscar nominated film, The Look of Silence at the Grassmarket Community Project. We’re honoured to announce that we will have the film’s award-winning Producer, Signe Byrge Sørensen, with us on the night for a Q&A afterwards!

 

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.