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Garden of Cultural Delights

Garden of Cultural Delights

In this our 8th year of Cultural Delight we were pleased to be joined by Hastings Mayor Cllr. Judy Rogers for the Mayor’s Community Picnic and to take the opportunity to reflect on how essential it is to develop understanding and friendship beyond religious and cultural difference in order to secure a community where bonds of respect and love free us from prejudice and hatred. Report from Tim Miller of the Interfaith Forum.

Photo Lilly Stuart

Resist Trump

American Independence Day, 4 July, saw a meeting in Hastings which focused on the resistance within America to Donald Trump’s presidency. US-born local resident, Tamara Stevens, spoke about the opposition triggered by Trump’s election victory last November. At the meeting she explained that central to the opposition has been Indivisible: a guide to the most effective ways to influence Congress. The guide was produced by former Congressional workers who understood what made politicians listen, an insight gained by observing the success of the right-wing Tea Party movement in influencing US politics. John Enefer writes.

Maya Evans during the recent 150 mile walk in the US which she engaged in with other activists

Maya’s peace walk

A packed Friends’ Meeting House was the venue for a talk by local activist Maya Evans in a meeting jointly organised by the Hastings and District Interfaith Forum and Hastings Against War. The St Leonards resident spoke about her experiences of working alongside people of faith in various countries: Christians in America, Muslims in Afghanistan and Buddhists opposing US bases on the Japanese island of Okinawa. John Enefer writes.

Scene shot from Seeds of Freedom

Seeds of Freedom

A packed Friends’ Meeting House was given food for thought by a talk and film on the subject of ‘food sovereignty’. The film, ‘Seeds of Freedom’, showed how traditional farming practices around the world have been hit by the introduction of genetically modified seeds and farming methods, which place the profit-margins of multi-national companies above the needs of rural communities.

A still from the film Seeds of Freedom

Food for thought

Sustainable, indigenous farming versus a multinational commercialised agricultural system. What are the human consequences? And the remedies? Hastings Against War has united with Hastings and District Interfaith Forum to organise a talk about the consequences and repercussions of this change in farming methods and ideology. HOT’s Zelly Restorick reports.

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