The Peace and justice Centre have asked us to remind folk about their cranes workshops. Every Saturday after our vigil.
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.
The next Radical Voices is today Sunday, 25th February, 6:30 to 9:30 at the Constitution Bar, Constitution Street.
Again this year we are part of the Audacious Women Festival https://audaciouswomen.scot/content/2018-programme with the theme
Radical Voices: Celebrating Audacious Women..
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.
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."
A small vigil on a very windy day (27th Jan). After the vigil partook in sending a birthday card to Ahed Tamini
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.
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
Women in Black: Edinburgh Edinburgh CND Edinburgh Stop the War Coalition Protest in Harmony Edinburgh Quaker Meeting House Faslane Peace Camp Faslane Peace Camp Support Group!!!! Campaign Against Arms Trade Scottish Green Party WEA Breaking the Mould Project Gude Cause Media Project
Photo Margaret Ferguson Burns Gude Cause 2009, Calton Hill.