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Maya Evans at the talk

Maya Evans: Epic trek for peace

Hollington Councillor Maya Evans gave a first-hand account of taking part in an epic trek for peace at a meeting on 2 October organised by Hastings Against War. She joined a march that had begun on the Japanese island of Okinawa and would end in Hiroshima Peace Park on the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima by the US air force, an attack that would leave tens of thousands dead and devastate the city. HAW’s John Enefer reports.

Picture Credit Laurie Holden

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.

Remembrance Day photo : Hastings Against War

‘Non-violence – A Style of Politics for Peace’

Does violence perpetuate violence? asks HOT’s Zelly Restorick. Has the use of violence taught you anything? Is violence a necessary element within human beings? An over-active attribute in some members of our human race? Physical violence? Mental and emotional violence? Is violence the only way? Non-rhetorical questions. Genuinely and sincerely asked.

Fly Kites Not Drones

Fly Kites Not Drones 2017

The other day on the East Hill, a drone flew over the trees above my head. The first I have seen. It was on a mission to somewhere. I didn’t like it… I value my Drone Empty sky and regularly express my gratitude for it, aware that in other countries, people have threatening drones in their lives. And if them, why not us – the technology isn’t the monopoly of certain people in certain lands. Here, John Enefer writes about participating in Fly Kites Not Drones.

Members of Hastings Against War Flying Kites Not Drones

Drone week of action in Hastings

Sometimes I find myself looking up at the sky and thanking my blessings that I am not being targeted by drones operated by people from distant shores who see me as their enemy. I’m aware that we have military personnel in this country trained in the art of drone warfare, sitting thousands of miles away from their chosen targets for surveillance and attack – and I think: if we’re doing this to other people, why wouldn’t others use the same tactics on us? There but for the grace of God, etc. Zelly Restorick reports. 

#Enough!, a campaign to abolish war, will be launched on the International Day of Peace, the 21st of September 2015

Our Journey To Smile

Local peace activist, Maya Evans, is involved with the Afghan Peace Volunteers – and the group have recently sent out an email to supporters about an upcoming campaign coinciding with the International Day of Peace: “The People’s Agreement To Abolish War”. HOT’s Zelly Restorick reports.

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