EPF Meeting Minutes
Apologies: BF, AA, DM, DmcG, SMcD. Sederunt: CF and CM
Minutes of last meeting
Agreed. Matters arising considered as below
Our Commemoration of John Maclean’s famous 1918 Speech from the Dock
Our plan to re-enact John Maclean’s anti-war speech on its 100th anniversary took place on Saturday 12th May outside the Edinburgh High Court that jailed him. Calum Martin, dressed as John Maclean and brandishing a red flag, delivered the famous speech ‘I stand here then not as the accused but as the accuser of capitalism dripping with blood from head to toe’ word perfectly to an audience of around 20 who came along to cheer his performance.
We received pre-publicity for the event in The National, Edinburgh Evening News and the Commonspace website as well as on social media platforms. In “addition our ‘show’ was filmed by Scott Macdonald and photographed by myself. The footage is available on our website thanks to Andy Read.
Financially our appeal to trade union sponsors covered the cost of the event.
All in all it was an event we can be pleased with. We said we’d do it and we did. We alone commemorated a very important speech/event in the nations/city’s history. We got the People’s Festival’s name out to a wider audience again and recorded our ‘show’ on film for our improving website.
The Committee’s thanks are due to Barry for his script and original idea, to Calum for his performance and to all EPF members who participated in this our first endeavor since the Gramsci symposium last year.
Scotland-Russia Friendship Society
Colin updated the meeting on an approach we have had to co-sponsor a talk by a Russian intellectual aimed at improving understanding between our two nations. The show will be hosted by Jim Sillars with the EPF a co-sponsor helping to publicise the event. Colin to bring further details to our next meeting.
We have £1,295 in the bank and outstanding expenses of £101.31. It was agreed we ask our Treasurer BF to send out appeal letters as usual in June seeking support for our Autumn plans which would include the Russia/Scotland talk and a ‘Fair Festival Living wage stunt’.
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DONM – Tuesday 3rd July 2018 at 6.30pm in Summerhall Arts Centre