ZOOM MEETING, WEDNESDAY, 24.2.21, 19.00
Many Edinburgh RIC members have been involved in the continuous work our group has been doing since April 2013. This includes the important part we played in ‘IndyRef1’ in this city, joining with autonomous ‘Yes’ groups to register and canvass voters. We also organised well-conducted debates with Left ‘No’ groups. Our preparedness to engage with others was also taken into the election hustings, which we organised and participated in, in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
We have been involved in support for a wide variety of economic and social struggles, e.g. striking workers in Dundee and Glasgow, Living Rent campaigners , and have provided immediate solidarity for victims of racist attacks, e.g. Deborah Kayembe and Shabaz Ali. We also have a consistent record of solidarity work with the Welsh, Irish ,Catalans, Kurds and Palestinians. We participated in the mass rally in support of Black Lives Matter in June 2020
Edinburgh RIC has sponsored a successful RIC national conference in Spring 2018 and two Scottish Radical History conferences in 2015 and 2016.
Edinburgh RIC took the lead in an attempting to revive a national RIC at the 2019 conference, in recognition of the changing political circumstances. We face an intransigent, reactionary unionist, Tory government, the collapse of Labour in Scotland and an SNP leadership which has no effective strategy to win independence. We also face attacks on jobs, pay, working conditions, the right to secure accommodation, and on consumer and environmental safeguards. These will be greatly exacerbated by Covid-19 and the growing environmental crisis.
We need to act not as passive British subjects but as active Scottish citizens. Come to the meeting and make your views and suggestions for the future known.