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XR rebel pleads mitigating circumstances

Last autumn, a Hastings grandmother was arrested in London during XR’s October Rebellion – a fortnight of direct action in London. Last Friday, over a year later, Marnie Johnson’s court case was finally held. She was allowed to read out a statement supporting her action:

Posted 21:03 Wednesday, Oct 28, 2020 In: Campaigns

XR Hallowe’en

This Saturday, 31 October, Extinction Rebellion invites you to march through the Old Town “because The Earth is on Fire, because We Want to Live and to highlight the Climate & Ecological Emergency Bill”.

Posted 20:50 In: Campaigns
In th Crosshairs © Clare Hochter

Lockdown stories in photographs

What did you do during lockdown? It meant different things to different people: to some it was a welcome hiatus; to others a sort of imprisonment; lonely; stuck; lack of concentration; walks; gardening; reading; jigsaws; boxed TV sets; cooking and baking. Some enjoyed it, others hated it. And lots thanked the weather gods for the fine weather. To HOT’s Lauris Morgan-Griffiths a black cloud settled, resulting in a sort of torpor with the occasional action spike. But I did take photographs, as did other members of Photo Hastings – and here I have to declare an interest ­ – as being part of an exhibition We Baked All Our Own Bread: one mischief always leads to another.

Local PSC raffle to raise medical funds for Palestinians

As Palestinians face up to the coronvirus with the infrastructure of their health and sanitation systems largely in ruins, Hastings & Rye Palestine Solidarity Campaign is running a raffle to raise funds for Medical Aid for Palestinians.

Posted 20:10 In: Campaigns

HBC funds charity to supply half-term food hampers

During the half-term week HBC has provided funding to Education Futures Trust to provide food hampers to children entitled to free school meals. Several Labour councillors have criticised the local MP and ESCC leader for “failing to guarantee” holiday meals for children in their wards. Nick Terdre reports.

Hastings Borough Council backs nuclear ban

Last week Hastings Borough Council voted to support a United Nations treaty to restrict the use of nuclear weapons in what is being hailed as ‘a new chapter for nuclear disarmament’ by campaigners. The Hastings Against War group issued the following press release detailing the council meeting, as well as promote their upcoming online screening of the anti-war documentary ‘War School’.

Hastings loves St Mary in the Castle

This is the title of a fundraiser on the Crowdfunder website. St Mary in the Castle closed its doors to the public in March this year and has lain dormant since then. HOT’s Chris Cormack asks: How deep is your love? How deep are your pockets?

Posted 10:23 In: Point of View

Commons bills offers glimmer of hope for legalisation of humanist weddings

Following the failure of a High Court application this summer to secure legal status for humanist weddings, a private member’s bill is now seeking the same end in the Commons. If this also fails, it is likely humanists will have to wait at least until 2023, when the Government is expected to implement recommendations for changes in wedding law from the Law Commission. Nick Terdre reports.

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