No photographers available with unfrozen fingers yesterday, but 8 of us survived the chill factor -6C for the hour's vigil, and the public were very supportive. Worth it!

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The Peace and justice Centre have asked us to remind folk about their cranes workshops. Every Saturday after our vigil.

Sat 2:00 PM UTCEdinburgh Peace and Justice Centre, 5 Upper Bow, Edinburgh EH1 2JN
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A slightly smaller than average turnout yesterday but still a great deal of interest. Thanks to all who braved the rain.

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WIBE : Legacy, Solidarity and Statistics
With International Women's Day approaching this week, this seems a good time to address the periodic challenge (another one yesterday) we face: Why is Women in Black Edinburgh a women-only vigil?
After frequent discussions, this choice is based on legacy, solidarity and statistics.
Legacy: WIB was founded in Jerusalem by Israeli and Palestinian women who came together in 1988 for a weekly demonstration against Occupation and Oppressio...n of Palestinians.
They found inspiration in the Grandmothers of the Disappeared, Madres de la Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, and the Anti-Apartheid Black Sash women in South Africa.
Solidarity: WIB stand together in solidarity with all victims of war and oppression, a considerable number of whom are civilian women and children.
Statistics: Men dominate worldwide leadership and decision-making for 365 days each year. WIBE make a stand for peace, justice and equality on 52 days, for one hour - an inspired and inspiring presence.

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Vigil in the snow 3rd March.

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A good turnout for our vigil on the 24th Feb

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Sharings from Sheila Skinner's memorial gathering - her life of activism for Peace and Justice in her banners of cloth and paints.

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Edinburgh CND

Sheila Skinner's funeral was held today (19th). There were many pictures commemorating her through her wonderful banners. Here is an example of one (held by Sheila herself).
We will be organising a bus to the 22nd September Faslane demo in Sheila's name.

Vigil Saturday 17th February. Cold but with a bit of sun. After the vigil some of us watched the film Nuclear Savage. A devastating account of how the USA government used the Marshall Islanders as Nuclear 'guinea pigs'. The DVD can be borrowed from Scottish CND.

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We were a small band of nine women in sunny Edinburgh today...

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Women in Black Edinburgh stand in an old tradition, as determined, just less colourful.

It has been called The Mud March, the first, and today is 100 years since those women succeeded.
It may have been the privileged who led, but they were not alone. Women all over Britain came out too.
"The sight of thousands of women from across social divides marching together was enough of a novelty to persuade people to brave the rain."

At the start of the twentieth century, the campaign for women’s suffrage was gathering momentum. The National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) organised the first large march…

Sheila Skinner’s funeral will be in Edinburgh at Mortonhall Crematorium on Monday 19th February at 1.30pm. All are welcome.

A small vigil on a very windy day (27th Jan). After the vigil partook in sending a birthday card to Ahed Tamini

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Sheila stood and sat with us over many years, and shared stories of her life as an activist and much more with many a mischievous smile. Evidence of her wonderful stitching and handiwork is seen on our cloth banners every week, the last being the outstanding white on black: Around the World Women in Black Stand in Peace.
"Just tell me what you want, and I'll make it," she would say.
What treasured memories and memorabilia! Rest in Peace, Sheila.

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Margaret Ferguson Burns to Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre

Very sad news that our good friend and peace campaigner Sheila May Skinner died peacefully on the 24th January after a long illness. Our condolences and best w...ishes go to her daughter, son, granchildren and great grandchildren. xx

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