EDINBURGH REPORT TO RIC NATIONAL FORUM, 13.1.18

Catalan Solidarity, Spanish Consulate, 11th November an Scottish Parliament, 21st December
 
RIC- Edinburgh Assemblies
            i)         13.9.17- Catalonia and the Struggle for Self-Determination
            Speakers - Quim Arrufat, International Coordinator for the Popular Unity                                       Candidacy (direct Skpe link), Luke Stobart, London journalist who has lived in Barcelona for 13                           years
            Facilitator - Pat Smith
            23 people attended. The full report of this meeting can be seen at:-
           The questions and answers were recorded and can be seen at:-.       
            ii)        RIC-E sponsored Special Assembly, Wednesday, 27th September -
                        The UK, Brexit and the Road to Self- Determination.
            This meeting was jointly organised with Haymarket Books.
            Speakers - Sean Mitchell, author of Struggle or Starve - Working Class Unity                            in Belfast's 1932 Outdoor Relief Riots
                               Neil Davidson - author of Scotland After Brexit, published in                                    Jacobin.
           
            Facilitator - Eileen Cook
            Neil's articlc can be seen at:-
           
            18 people attended this meeting. The full report can be seen at:-
            iii)       5.10.17 - The Arms Trade   
            This meeting was jointly organised with the Campaign Against the Arms  Trade (Edinburgh) , CND (Edinburgh), Stop The War (Edinburgh),  Women's International League for Peace (Scottish Branch)    
            Speaker:- Andrew Feinstein author of Inside The Arms Trade
            Facilitator - Niina Ollanketo (CAAT)
            This talk can be seen at:-
            http://radicalindyedinburgh.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/the-arms-trade.html
            40 people attended this meeting.
           
            iv)        29.11.18 - Informal Meeting
            Signe Askersjo, a researcher from Sweden, had asked to speak to RIC activists. 11 people attended the meeting for a wide-ranging discussion of experiences of the Indy Ref1 campaign.
Future Edinburgh Assemblies
            Wednesday, January 24h, 19.00, Augustine Church
            Contesting the Edinburgh City Council Cuts
            Duncan Smith (Chair of City of Edinburgh UNISON)
            Susan Rae (Green councillor)
            RIC-Edinburgh Organising Meetings
            i)         Monday, 4.9.17
                        2 people attended
            ii)        Monday, 11.10. 17
                        3 people attended
            iii)       Monday, 4.12.17
                        5 people attended
            Activities RIC-Edinburgh has been involved in since last National Forum
            i)         Catalonia Solidarity demonstrations
           
            25.9.17- Edinburgh demo at Spanish Consulate - about 150 people attended
           
            1.10.17- National demo at Spanish consulate, about a 1000 people attended,  A report can be seen in The National at:-
            11.11.17- Edinburgh demo at Spanish Consulate - about 200 people attended
            21.12.17- Solidarity with people of Catalonia on election day at Scottish Parliament - about 50 people attended
            RIC-Edinburgh banner was present on all demos. Allan Armstrong, RIC-Edinburgh speaker at Scottish Parliament demo
            ii)        Anti-SDL protest in Perth, 10.9.17
           
            iii)       Edinburgh World Justice Festival, 30. 9.17
            iv)        Resisting The Violence of Austerity - An evening of Politics, Music and Conversation, Out of the Blue 6.10.17             iv)        Unison March & Rally, Pay Up Now - Scrap The Cap demo, 7.10.17                          
            v)         Let There Be Light - Defend Edinburgh Central Library against the Developers,  7.12.17
                        see article by RIC member, Ray Burnett
                                          http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2017/12/05/reclaim-the-city/