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Flying kites instead of drones

On Sunday 18 March, kites flew on Hastings seafront as part of the Fly Kites Not Drones campaign, an international action launched by the Afghan Peace Volunteers (APV), a group of peace activists based in Kabal, the Afghan capital. The AVP began the event in 2014, concerned by civilian deaths caused through armed drones and by children being afraid to fly kites in their country because of the fear of these aircraft, which can fly so high as to be invisible from the ground. Kite flying is a much loved pastime in Afghanistan. The AVP were encouraged to begin the event by Voices for Creative Non-violence UK, a peace group co-ordinated by St Leonards resident, Maya Evans. John Enefer writes.

Posted 05:54 Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 In: Politics Tags: Afghan Peace Volunteers Afghanistan Al Quaeda Brandon Bryant Creech USAF Fly Kites Not Drones Hastings Against War Kabal Leon Panetta Maya Evans Michael Haas RAF Waddington Voices for Creative Non-Violence

PSC vigil for jailed schoolgirl Ahed Tamimi

News of the imprisonment of Palestinian schoolgirl Ahed Tamimi in an Israeli military jail has sparked international outrage. Laurie Holden of the Hastings Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) reports on the local campaign to support her.

Posted 22:27 Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018 In: Politics Tags: Israel Laurie Holden Mohammed Palestine Solidarity Campaign PSC

Chowney to stand against Rudd again

Council leader Peter Chowney has been reselected to stand for Labour in the next general election. Nick Terdre reports, photos by Roberts Photographic.

Posted 09:04 Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 In: Politics Tags: Amber Rudd Arran Neathey Brexit Hastings Borough Council Jeremy Corbyn Jon Lansman Kim Forward Michael Foster Momentum Nick Terdre Nik Slingsby Peter Chowney Roberts Photographic Theresa May

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme

HOT wanted to spread the word about this grant scheme, aware of so many active and empowering women’s groups in Hastings. 

Posted 13:18 Thursday, Jan 4, 2018 In: Politics Tags: The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme

Budget disappoints council leaders

There were no gaffes when the chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his budget in late November but nor was there much on offer for hard-pressed councils. Nick Terdre asked local council leaders for their reaction.

Posted 16:00 Wednesday, Dec 6, 2017 In: Politics Tags: budget Carl Maynard electric car Nick Terdre Peter Chowney Philip Hammond

Make Votes Matter establishes a local presence

Make Votes Matter held its first public meeting in Hastings this month as it sets out to build local support for a momentous change in our democracy – switching to an electoral system in which the number of votes cast for each party is reflected in the number of seats won. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 12:32 Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017 In: Politics Tags: First Past The Post FPTP Greens labour Make Votes Matter Nick Terdre Nigel Farage PR proportional representation Tories

Make Votes Matter’s first meeting in Hastings

Make Votes Matter, the campaigning body for proportional representation, is holding a public meeting in Hastings on Thursday 16 November with the aim of establishing a local group. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 17:18 Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 In: Politics Tags: Make Votes Matter PR proportional representation

East Sussex issues joint call for fairer funding

With the autumn budget looming, local government leaders across East Sussex have joined forces to call for an end to the constant cuts in funding which have hit public services hard. Nick Terdre reports.

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