This Week in Edinburgh – 08/02/16

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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

Tuesday

Abortion Rights Rally

The Scottish Parliament – 12.00

The aim of the protest is to raise awareness of the pro choice majority, in advance of the 40 Days for Life prayerful vigil outside the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, where abortions are known to take place.

HSS members and supporters will be supporting the Abortion Rights Committee Scotland rally of supporters outside the Scottish Parliament next Tuesday, 9 February 2016 at 12noon.

A Lecture by Dr. Stephan Malinowski, Was the Holocaust a ‘Colonial Crime’?

19.00 – Teviot Lecture Theatre

On Tuesday 9th February Dr. Stephan Malinowski will be talking to us in a lecture entitled: Was the Holocaust a ‘Colonial Crime’? Legacies of Colonial Violence and the German War of Annihilation 1941-1945

Wednesday

SUPPORT THE JUNIOR DOCTOR STRIKE 10th FEB

12.00 – Chancellors Building

This week, junior doctors will be going on strike again to fight the imposition of a new contract that threatens patient safety, doctor’s working conditions and the future of the NHS. We will be holding a stall and doing some photo’s at Chancellor’s building (the medical school) @Little France all day. Please come along at any time during the day, or at least at 12 to show your support!!

Director’s Talk: Fiona Bradley

Fruitmarket Gallery – 18.00

A chance to hear The Fruitmarket Gallery’s Director Fiona Bradley talk informally about Another Minimalism in the context of The Fruitmarket Gallery’s programme.

Thursday

ESFP Roundtable Meeting (Edinburgh Student Food Project)

14.00-16.00 6th floor Staff Room – Chrystal Macmillan Building

Everyone is absolutely welcome and encouraged to come along. It’s a chance for people to get involved from the start, and have their own input or just to learn a bit more about the issues of student poverty, food banks and food waste at the university.

Friday

Labour Students Scotland Hustings

16.30 Teviot Dining Room

Come along to Labour Students’ Scottish hustings! Hear from the candidates standing to represent you and put your questions to them ahead of Labour Students Conference.

Day of Action (Students not Suspects)

This day of action will coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Counter-terrorism and Security Act passing into law.

The Act brought in the legal obligation for colleges and universities to implement the racist PREVENT strategy (aka the ‘Prevent duty’), in addition to a host of other measures attacking our civil liberties – including the ability to temporarily exile citizens of Britain from returning to the UK and the ability to further track and monitor internet usage.

Saturday

EQUAL LOVE PARTY

20.00-23.00 Teviot Underground

A collaboration of BLOGS and Amnesty International brings you the Equal Love Party!

To celebrate LGBT+ History Month, we’ll be partying away in Teviot Underground on the 13th February.

Sunday

Love the Planet – Scrap Trident

12.00-15.00 Duke of Wellington Statue

The UK government is planning to go ahead with replacing Trident despite the overwhelming opposition of the people of Scotland and our representatives. We have been consistently opposed to the presence of these weapons of mass destruction because they are immoral and useless. Worse than useless they pose one of the greatest threats to humanity and the planet.

If you love the planet and its people – and we know you do – join Scrap Trident in showing it on Valentines Day.

Scottish Labour Members’ Campaign for Mental Health Launch

12.00 Teviot Row House

We can finally annouce we are launching the Labour Campaign for Mental Health’s (@Labour_MH) campaign in Scotland on the 14th of February, which will include some guest speakers to be announced. Refreshments to be provided.

 

 

 

This Week in Edinburgh – 01/02/16

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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

Events running ’til Friday:

EQUALISE WEEK 2016

After a successful first year of fundraising and awareness-raising in aid of the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, we are back with Equalise Week 2016: a range of fun, informative, creative and thought-provoking collaborative events!

Click the link to see whats on!

Monday

Stand Up to Racism – organisational meeting

19.30 Scottish Refugee Council

This meeting is to organise annual Stand Up to racism rally.

On the 19th March 2016 on United Nations Anti-racism day this important march and rally will coincide with demonstrations accross the world, which will gather to send out a positive message “No to racism, no to fascism, refugees are welcome here!”

What happened in Paris and where do we go from here? From COP21 into 2016: Climate activism after the Global Deal

19.00 Swap and Reuse Hub 13 Guthrie Street Edinburgh

What actually happened in Paris? What do these negotiations mean for campaigners, activists and anyone else who cares about the future of this planet? Where do we go from here?
What difference does this all make going forward into 2016?

This informal discussion will look at these questions with contributions from campaigners who were in Paris during the talks. Join us for this relaxed ‘de-brief’ session. (Food and drink provided!)

Tuesday

Big Brainstorm #2: Sustainability

(Student event) – 18.30-21.30 50 George Sq Project Room

What does sustainability mean to you? What outcomes do you want to see from the climate change negotiations this year? Will we ever make sustainability economically profitable? What can WE do to make our university more sustainable?

Thursday

Little Miss Sunshine – Social Justice Movie Night

Swap and Reuse Hub 13 Guthrie Street Edinburgh 19.00

This Thursday, come by the Shrub at 7pm for a chilled out screening of a film that warms your heart and helps you fight the cold scottish winter.

Saturday

Creating a Fossil Free Scotland: Activist Gathering

10.00 Edinburgh Methodist Church

Please join us on 6 February for a day of workshops, inspirational speakers and updates from the talks. During this one-day event, we’ll celebrate the victories; of 2015, explore solutions and get ready to rise up for the climate together in 2016. Join us as we map the way ahead for Fossil Free Scotland.

Living Rent Training Day

13.00 Central Hall, 2 West Tollcross

Come along to build your confidence in all things Living Rent, from how to make the most of the press, to what to say when you knock on the door of a potential new member. The sessions will start at 1pm, and we’ll finish up at around 4.30pm, after which time we will most likely descend on a pub.

Whose streets? Our streets!

20.00 Covernaters Memorial, Grassmarket

We were horrified to discover that on Saturday Roosh V has arranged for his supporters in Edinburgh to meet up and spread his misogynistic, hateful and incredibly dangerous ‘pick-up tips’. This advocate of rape has said that only straight men are allowed to attend his event and protesters will be filmed (so you may wish to cover your face so you cant be identified)

But that’s not going to stop us. We will not sit by and let this disgusting behaviour scare us off our streets. We’re going to stand up and show that sexism, misogyny and most definitely rape are NEVER tolerated.

They’re meeting in the Grassmarket so join us there for a rally because this man’s hate has to go!

*if you’re a man or feminist ally then this is your time to shine. For very understandable reasons some women may not feel comfortable coming so we need all of your support. There’s no pressure for anyone to attend if you don’t feel comfortable*

For your diary…

14 Feb

Scottish Labour Members’ Campaign for Mental Health Launch

18 Feb

Everything I Bought and How It Made Me Feel: Edinburgh

27 Feb

Stop Trident national demonstration (Bus from Scotland to CND Stop Trident Demo 26th Feb)

9 Mar

JC4PM tour – Edinburgh date

19 Mar

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

 

 

 

This Week in Edinburgh – 25/01/16

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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

Edinburgh Left Student Forum Democracy Meeting

19.00 Balcony Room @ Teviot

So let’s talk democracy – how do we want to organise (voting or consensus etc, do we want a commitee), do we want to continue using ESLF as a name or change it, what are our political and campaigning priorities at the moment ? It’s been quite informal up to now so it would be good to hash out some democratic structures and to decide exactly on what we want this to be.

Saturday

EQUALISE WEEK 2016

30th Jan to 5th Feb

After a successful first year of fundraising and awareness-raising in aid of the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, we are back with Equalise Week 2016: a range of fun, informative, creative and thought-provoking collaborative events!

The Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre offers free confidential support to survivors of sexual violence and rape in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Their work saves life and is immensely important, so please attend, invite friends and share this and help us make sure to make EQUALISE grow even bigger than last year!

CEILIDH FOR EQUALITY

21.00-0.00 Teviot Debating Hall

This event is part of a week-long event series aimed at raising funds in aid of the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre who offers free and confidential emotional and practical support and information to survivors of sexual violence.

For your diary…

1 February

Equalise: Panel Debate – Public Policy & Gender-based Violence

18:45-21.00

G.03, 50 George Square

This May the Holyrood elections are taking place. This panel debate is your opportunity to hold Scotland’s biggest political parties to account and and learn about the current state of Scottish policy on gender-based violence. This is part of Equalise Week fundraising in aid of the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre and a fantastic opportunity to pressure our local politicans to go beyond words and take action!

3 Ferbruary

Equalise: Film Screening and Q&A – A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Come and watch this award-winning Iranian film while fundraising in aid of an amazing organisation! We’ll follow the screening up with a discussion session where we will be joined by Jane Sillars from the University of Edinburgh film department; Rebecca Smyth, a researcher on gender studies; Jake Holdsworth, a production coordinator who has experience working on the portrayal of women in the media; and, Varshini Vijayakumar from Sexpression, a student-led group dealing with issues such as harassment and consent.

4 February

EQUALISE: Cabaret Evening!

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As our grand finale of EQUALISE WEEK 2016 we are giving you: a fabulous Cabaret Evening at the Jazz Bar!

It will be a night of Music, Dance, Improv Theatre and Spoken word, compèred by the wonderful Agnes Török! All, of course, in aid of Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre.

6 February

Creating a Fossil Free Scotland: Activist Gathering

Methodist Church EH8 9BX – 10.00

‘Creating a Fossil Free Scotland’ is an opportunity to come together after the Paris climate talks and get energised to build a bigger and stronger climate movement in 2016.

Please join us on 6 February for a day of workshops, inspirational speakers and updates from the talks. During this one-day event, we’ll celebrate the victories; of 2015, explore solutions and get ready to rise up for the climate together in 2016. Join us as we map the way ahead for Fossil Free Scotland.

26 February

CND is calling a massive demonstration to protest against Britain’s nuclear weapons system: Trident. Join us to say No to government plans to buy a new system at a cost of over £100 billion. Parliament will be voting on this in 2016. So this is urgent – we can’t delay.

We leave Glasgow (George Square) at 2100hrs on the Friday then onto Edinburgh (approx. 1hr 15mins later) then down to London. This will have us arriving early morning (so that the driver gets a rest).

We leave London at 1800hrs on 27th . Accommodation available in Edinburgh if needed.
Tickets are £40 and £20. If you can’t come you can give a donation via Eventbrite to subsidise someone else.

This Week in Edinburgh – 18/01/16

 

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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

Divest Edinburgh & Lothians – Campaign Planning

18.30-21.00 Methodist Church

While governments praise themselves for a unique Paris climate deal at the COP21, their pledges are nowhere near to deliver the safe & just climate we demand. Here in Scotland, we can make 2016 the transition towards 100% Renewables by making our local pensions & institutions in Edinburgh Fossil Free.

A key focus could be the Lothian Pension Fund, which invests £230 million in fossil fuels.

The evening is the occasion for everyone interested to take part in a local campaign to Divest Edinburgh & the Lothian – briefing, discussion & brainstorming.

Welcome Back! – STAR Refreshers

19.00 David Hume Tower LG.07

This will also be a great oppertunity to speak to Janine, our volunteer coordinator, about any volunteering you would like to be involved with.

So whether you came to all our events last year, or if you’ve just found out about STAR please come and share you opinions and ideas in shaping the future of Edinburgh STAR!

Thursday

Human Rights for Climate Change – Action

13.15-14.00 Teviot Row

Pop down in front of Teviot this Thursday to support us by being part of a group video in support of acknowledging climate change as a human rights issue! The photos taken will be featured in a video directed to Amnesty UK so don’t miss this great opportunity!

Friday

No Child Taken

19.30 Golf Tavern

Come along to an evening of music, spoken word and short films to find out more about the topic of child trafficking around the world and what we can do to help stop this.

This event is in partnership with Tearfund’s No Child Taken Campaign.

Amnesty International Human Rights Quiz Night

19.30 Artisan Bar

How much do you know about your Rights? And other’s?
Why do we need to protect our Human Rights Act?

Please help raise support for our Rights and a bit of cash for Amnesty with us!

Sunday

A Taste of Scottish Islam

15.00-18.00 Edinburgh Methodist Church

Scotland is home to 77,000 Muslims, many of whom draw their heritage from the diverse cultures and traditions of the Muslim world. From Istanbul through to Indonesia, Muslim societies reflect local customs, and cuisine reflects local ingredients and palates!

As part of the Year of Food & Drink Scotland 2015, The Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World (part of the University of Edinburgh) is hosting a food event to celebrate and bring together the different cultures of the Muslim world, represented here in Edinburgh. We hope it will be a chance to reflect differences, appreciate similarities, and enjoy some delicious food!

Tickets are free.

Children of all ages are welcome but must be accompanied at all times.

Refuge: 59 Million And Counting

19.00 Mono Cafe Bar

As the amount of forcibly displaced people reaches a seventy year high, speakers from Glasgow University, Scottish Refugee Council, and Glasgow Girls explore what it means to be a refugee.

People and Planet Forest Cafe Jam

16.00 Forest Cafe

Join People & Planet Edinburgh and Forest Cafe this sunday for Open Mic jam night mark 2. We’re going to kick off this term with a friendly jam session hosted by Forest. A beautiful selection of local musicians, poets and story tellers will be up on stage for you to enjoy. The general theme will be focussed on social and climate justice and we’ll be hearing the stories of those who took part in the Occupation last may for any new members wanting to hear more. We only hope you can make it to hear them!

—— For your diary —–

1 February

Equalise: Panel Debate – Public Policy & Gender-based Violence

18:45-21.00

G.03, 50 George Square

This May the Holyrood elections are taking place. This panel debate is your opportunity to hold Scotland’s biggest political parties to account and and learn about the current state of Scottish policy on gender-based violence. This is part of Equalise Week fundraising in aid of the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre and a fantastic opportunity to pressure our local politicans to go beyond words and take action!

26 February

CND is calling a massive demonstration to protest against Britain’s nuclear weapons system: Trident. Join us to say No to government plans to buy a new system at a cost of over £100 billion. Parliament will be voting on this in 2016. So this is urgent – we can’t delay.

We leave Glasgow (George Square) at 2100hrs on the Friday then onto Edinburgh (approx. 1hr 15mins later) then down to London. This will have us arriving early morning (so that the driver gets a rest).

We leave London at 1800hrs on 27th . Accommodation available in Edinburgh if needed.
Tickets are £40 and £20. If you can’t come you can give a donation via Eventbrite to subsidise someone else.

This Week in Edinburgh – 11/01/16

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Happy New Year everyone!

2016 is going to be a crucial year for those who support the cause of Jeremy Corbyn to resist the constant media barrage and help out in our local community to oppose the crippling effects of the Tory austerity cuts.

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

Junior Doctors Strike EVENT: Medical Student Solidarity

9.00 Potterow Dome

“We have a responsibility to stand up for the values of the NHS and ensure that patient and doctor safety, and the sustainability of the NHS is protected”

We will be gathering in the lobby of the Chancellor’s Building where we will be joined by BMA Reps, in a show of solidarity for our friends and future colleagues down south. We will be giving out more information about the contract changes and welcome any discussion and debate. We will also be using this opportunity to discuss planning further action for the next two strike dates and it would be great to get as many of you as possible involved.

Friday

Asylum Seeker SAAS Access – Letter Hand-in

Scottish Parliament 13:00

14 students’ unions, collectively representing over 220,000 students, have signed this open letter calling on the Scottish Government to open up SAAS funds to asylum seekers at the same level as Scottish Residents:http://bit.ly/1S1zToW

Join EUSA, Equal Access Edinburgh, and representatives from student unions across Scotland for a public hand-in to Parliament of this open letter.

Scots for Palestine

14.00-16.00 Iqra Academy Edinburgh

Join us for afternoon tea and Palestinian cuisine followed by a Q&A with our Parliamentary representatives where you can ask them how our government can best work for Peace & Justice for our Palestinian Brothers & Sisters in support of international law and human rights and against all racism.

Speakers include:
Ian Murray Labour MP, Sarah Boyack MSP, Andy Murray; Convener for SNP Friends of Palestine, Tommy Sheppard SNP, Featuring El Funoun Theatre Company

Saturday

The Real Junk Food Project Glasgow – dinner

GLASGOW – Langside Parish Church 17.00-22.00

Something to look forward to in January that won’t break the bank… join us for our latest pop-up at Finn’s Place (Ledard Road) for a pay-as-you-feel dinner using ‘intercepted’ food that would have gone to waste. Also BYOB!

Arrive at 5.30pm for a 6pm dinner – this is an early one so that bairns can join in/you can go off to the dancing afterwards…

For the diary…

Stop Trident national demonstration

27th Feb – London

The majority of the British people, including the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and other parliamentary party leaders, oppose nuclear weapons. They are weapons of mass destruction that can kill millions. They don’t keep us safe and they divert resources from essential spending.

Let’s get message out loud and clear: we don’t want Trident and we don’t want a new Trident.

 

This Week in Edinburgh – 07/12/15

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

Edinburgh Student Left Forum mini-meeting

The agenda will be very short, and the meeting will be very brief – only about half an hour…

Depression in Sport – The Silent Injury

George Square – 19.30

Depression is one of the commonest mental illnesses globally, and also affects elite athletes. In addition to a large number of high-profile cases (e.g. Kelly Holmes, Jonny Wilkinson, Marcus Trescothick), many remain undetected. Several factors have been implicated (e.g. performance disappointment, being dropped, injured, relocated or even being promoted), but little is certain in this intriguing field of medicine.

Thursday

No to the Trade Union Bill. No to Austerity

19.00-21.00 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

A major rally organised by the STUC featuring Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, a special guest and a host of other speakers & entertainment TBC. Free ticketed event. 

Saturday

Conference – The Changing Face of Racism

Speakers include: Moazzam Begg (former Guantanamo prisoner), Salman Sayyid (author of Recalling the Caliphate), Craig Murray (former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan), Nicola Fisher (Stop the War Coalition Scotland), Abed Choudhury (IHRC), AbdulAhad Hussain (FOSIS Scotland), Ade Johnson (bother-in-law of Sheku Bayoh), Charlotte Ahmed (UAF Scotland), Douglas Chalmers (UCU Scotland President) and many more.

 

National Demonstration: Stop bombing Syria

12.00 Portland Place, London (Transport info here)

We must campaign against the latest war which politicians have led us into. The decision by MPs to bomb Syria will not make the world a safer place. It will not stop terrorism. It is the fourth major military intervention by British governments in 14 years. But the previous wars – in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya – have not ended. Instead we have seen death and injury, instability across theose countries, and millions of people made refugees by war. We have also seen the growth of terrorism. ISIS itself grew out of the war and occupation in Iraq.

 

 

This Week in Edinburgh – 30/11/15

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 30/11/15

18.00 Teviot Study room
Does this raise alarm bells in your head? Find out more and tell us what you think at EUSA’s consultation event – all students welcome!

TUESDAY 1/11/15

Edinburgh Student Left Forum meeting and social

Join us for the last meeting of the semester!
We will be in room LG.08 in the David Hume underground, and our meeting will be followed by our social event, a film screening of Pride. Bring drinks, snacks and comrades!

Meeting: 6-8pm
Social: 8-10pm

WEDNESDAY 2/12/15

 
Teviot New Amphion 12.00-13.00
We believe that the ability to come to university and the amount of debt you leave with should not be determined by your background. If you do too then help us protect maintenance grants.

THURSDAY 3/12/15

December Student Council & Democracy Consultation

18.00 Teviot Debating Hall

This is the main opportunity for reps and students to contribute in depth to the review of our representative structures, student council, and sabbatical roles. This is open to ALL students, but reps are particularly encouraged to attend.

The last Student Council of the semester!

FILM SHOWING: Concerning violence

19.99 Augustine United Church

The ‘Edinburgh Revolutionary Communist Group – Fight Racism Fight Imperialism’ is organising a screening of the documentary ‘Concerning violence’ (2014) a stunning, thought-provoking documentary on the decolonisation of Africa based on the writings of the Algerian revolutionary Frantz Fanon and narrated by Lauryn Hill. A film which demands to be heard, it “suggests that the lesson has yet to be learned, and it’s only a matter of time until history repeats itself again, and action is taken.” The ‘refugee crisis’ is a crisis of imperialism—this is a call to tear down this rotten system once and for all.

FRIDAY 4/12/15

Momentum Edinburgh Meeting #2

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Augustine United Church – Studio Room – 19.00-20.40

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 second meeting, where we will discuss the Democracy Working Group’s proposals for a sustainable, democratic and engaging decision-making structure so that we can coordinate our activities as effectively as possible. Details of these proposals will be circulated before the meeting, along with an agenda.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

 

 

This Week in Edinburgh – 15/02/16

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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

Tuesday

EqualBITE Writing Workshop

LG10 David Hume Tower

We are creating a ‘recipe book’ which aims to share practical and effective strategies for creating more gender balanced working environments in higher education. The recipes will be written by The University of Edinburgh staff and students, drawing from their real life experiences.

Wednesday

Who owns Scotland? Who owns Edinburgh? Why Land Reform matters

19.00-21.00 South Bridge Resource Centre

Free public seminar
Speaker: Andy Wightman
Everybody welcome! No need to book, just turn up.
If you have any specific requirements, let us know in advance.
For further infomation contact 0131 558 3545.

Thursday

GenderJam: Gender Inequality in Higher Education

Crystal Macmillan Building

Join us for a half-day conference exploring gender inequality in Higher Education as part of Innovative Learning Week 2016!

Everything I Bought and How It Made Me Feel: Edinburgh

Appleton Tower 18.15-21.15

Harry’s got a problem. Maybe you do too. He keeps buying things to feel better, but they just make him more miserable. So he started keeping a diary…

Friday

2016 Edinburgh Iranian Film Festival

Running Friday until Monday – Film House Lothian Road

Following on from the success of its 2015 edition, the Edinburgh Iranian Festival presents a set of five new feature films, centring on the themes of masculinity, alienation and the family.

Saturday

Presentation of the miners conflict in Spain

Black Medicine Coffee 18.30

Socrates Fernandez will present on the ongoing conflict, and the fight of the miners. We will also be hearing from special guests, testifying on their experiences of mining and trade unions within Scotland.

SYL Political Day 2016

10.00-16.00 Lecture Theatre 183 Old College

We will be have a workshop from Lesley Brennan MSP on the 101 of Economics and why we should oppose austerity as well as 3 more ran by members of SYL on:

How we approach liberation politics. Strategy, tactics and labour movement organisation. What the Labour Party is and what it’s for.

 

This Week in Edinburgh – 16/11/15

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 17

International Students’ Day of Action – Equal Access for Asylum Seekers: 10:30, Teviot Row House. Edinburgh University students are participating in the National Union of Students’ national walk-out day in support of international students. International students have been among the many victims of a recent rise in attacks on immigrants by governments across the world. In Edinburgh the action will focus on securing access to student support funding for asylum seekers. Walk out of your lectures at 10:30 and join a brief rally outside Teviot. After that there will be speakers, a story-sharing session, and banner and poster-making in the Debating Hall.

Wednesday 18

10 Years of Boycott Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) Talk: 19:00-21:00, Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 4. Not sure what and how effective BDS is? Curious how you can help ensure that Israel “complies with international law and Palestinian rights”? All your queries and concerns can be answered here.

Thursday 19

Edinburgh Southern Constituency Labour Party all-members meeting, 7:30pm, Mayfield Salisbury Church Hall. Members of the Labour Party in Edinburgh Southern will plan local constituency work and discuss ways of funding local government.

Friday 20

Rally & Broad: Said the Joker to the Thief!: 19:00-22:00, The Bongo Club. A seven-act feast of literary delight, celebrating new and emerging Scotland-based poets, performers, authors and generally talented and innovative users of WORDS. Three from that Edinburgh, three from Glasgow, PLUS two sets of fine tunes from acclaimed singer-songwriter Findlay Napier.

Night of Palestinian Culture: 20:00, Teviot Loft Bar. Edinburgh University’s Students for Justice in Palestine Society is hosting an event celebrating Palestinian culture (including food!). Tickets are £3, which includes delicious food and a contribution to Medical Aid for Palestine.

Saturday 21

Momentum Scotland Launch: 10:15-15:00, 9 Partick Burgh Hall, Peel Street, Glasgow G11 5LW. At this launch event for Momentum in Scotland, Labour Party members and Corbyn supporters will discuss discuss how this organisation will be taken forward and what campaigns will be supported.

For your diary…

Wednesday 26 – Billy Bragg, ‘A Lover Sings: Selected Lyrics’ Book Launch, 18:30, Word Power Books

Wednesday 26 – Winter Ceilidh in Aid of Refugee Survival Trust, 20:00-23:00, Teviot Debating Hall. 

Saturday 28 – Scotland’s Climate March

This week in Edinburgh – 26/10/15

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

26th-30th

Make Life Worth Living’ Photography Exhibition, Nick Hedges & Shelter Scotland – 8am-6pm every day until 30th, St. Andrews Square GardensAn open air exhibition of photography commissioned by the housing charity Shelter in the 1960s. The photos show the appalling conditions of housing in some areas of Glasgow in the late ’60s and early ’70s, and – in a country where sky-high rents and a shortage of decent housing are still enormous problems – they are a stark reminder of the need for a democratic and accountable housing system.

Tuesday 27th

Edinburgh Student Left Forum – 6pm, Medical School, Teviot, G200 Seminar Room 3, Doorway 3: Edinburgh Student Left Forum brings together the student left in the capital to educate, agitate, organise and socialise. They say: “Let’s get together, chat about campaigns on campus and what the various left/activist societies are up to so we can collaborate. The meeting will be under an hour. We’ll also be chatting about the Free Education demo on Nov 4 and hearing updates from working groups on the action and discussion this week to promote the demo. Afterwards, we’ll go to the pub to get to know each other a bit more.”

Wednesday 28th

Film Screening: Si Si Puede! – 6.30-8.30pm, G.02, 50 George Square: Edinburgh University Marxist Society are screening a a documentary, filmed a year before the Spanish elections, in Barcelona where the PAH (Platform for People Affected by Mortgages) are fighting the mass evictions being carried out on behalf of the banks and enforced by the state. Local people have organised a movement to resist them that has become so powerful that only year later it governs the city of Barcelona and one of the films participants, Ada Colau, is the new mayor.

All Weekend

Scottish Labour Party Conference – 9am Friday 30th-3pm Sunday 1st, Perth Concert Hall, Perth: The Scottish Labour Party’s conference – the first since Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader – may feature some crucial votes for the left, particularly on whether to support Trident Renewal. There is a Labour CND (Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament) fringe meeting on Friday, 5:30pm, in Perth Museum and Art Gallery. Corbyn will be addressing conference at 2:20pm on Saturday.

For your diary:

Monday 2nd November – Living Rent Open Meeting/Focus Group, 7pm, Tollcross Community Centre

Tuesday 3rd/Wednesday 4th November – Edinburgh goes to the National Demo for Free Education, 9pm on the 3rd – late on the 4th, bus from Edinburgh to London and back (approx. £15 each)

Wednesday 4th November – Harry Giles’ TONGUIT: Collection Launch, 6.30-7.30pm, Blackwell’s Bookshop, South Bridge