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In the summer of 2005, while the G8 met in Scotland and made promises that have yet to be kept, a people’s movement was born in Edinburgh. Under the banner of “Make Poverty History” a quarter of a million people marched on Edinburgh’s streets calling for an end to man-made poverty through changes to a glaringly unjust trade system and a suffocating debt burden. The following year a group of activists and organisations met to keep the spirit of those events going. Since then the Edinburgh World Justice Festival has continued to keep world justice issues on the agenda in our city. The Festival gives us an opportunity to explore what we as individuals and as a community can do to work for positive change.
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Festival Programme 2017
Creating Hope Through People Power
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Supporters of EWJF
I recall taking part in the great Make Poverty History march in Edinburgh, and before that the excellent Jubilee 2000 campaign on world debt. With the credit crunch, action on world poverty is now even more urgent and so the Edinburgh World Justice Festival is an even more vital contribution to the campaign. It has my full support and encouragement.
I fully support the aims of the Edinburgh World Justice Festival. Knowledge and understanding of the causes of poverty, war and injustice are the first steps in tackling these issues. The simple act of discussing and debating the problems affecting people around the world provides hope and optimism for the future.
By Caitlin Logan Kurdish community centre and homes raided by plain clothes police. THE Kurdish Community Centre and a number of Kurdish families in Edinburgh experienced raids by plain clothes police officers in the early hours of Wednesday (30 August) morning. Scottish Solidarity with Kurdistan and the Kurdish Community Centre condemned the raids as “an open form of racism” and have said that they believe that pressure from the Turkish consulate is behind the raids. Police confirmed that searches were carried out as part of an ongoing investigation into possible support or fundraising for the PKK, or Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which is […]
By Friends of the Earth Scotland Scottish Councils invest £406 million of pension fund money in companies fracking overseas according to a report published today by Friends of the Earth Scotland . The 23 fracking companies which Councils invest in include Range Resources, which has received record breaking fines for polluting water in Pennsylvania, and Cabot Oil and Gas, one of the top federal environmental violators amongst US fracking companies. Other companies include ExxonMobil, BP and Shell. Glasgow City Council had the largest investment holding a £142 million stake through the Strathclyde Pension Fund, which the council administers . Friends […]
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