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XR perform climate change action on Hastings Pier

On Saturday morning, 11 July, Extinction Rebellion Hastings and St Leonards will temporarily install 1,000 pairs of children’s shoes on Hastings Pier, in a performance installation entitled GONE. Erica Smith checks in with XR’s Felix Lozano to find out more about the installation.

Posted 20:42 Wednesday, Jul 8, 2020 In: Campaigns Tags: action children's shoes climate change Gone Hastings pier St Leonards XR

NHS campaign launched on its birthday

To mark the 72nd birthday of the NHS, Hastings and Rother campaigners launched a local branch of the national “Keep Our NHS Public” (KONP) campaign. HOT’s Erica Smith was there to mark the occasion.

Posted 16:47 Monday, Jul 6, 2020 In: Campaigns

Battle for legal recognition of humanist marriages goes to High Court

Humanist couples are taking the government to court in an attempt to oblige it to recognise humanist marriages. The case is supported by Humanists UK and humanist celebrants, including several based in Sussex. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 17:16 Saturday, Jul 4, 2020 In: Campaigns Tags: Andrew Copson High Court Humanists UK Nick Terdre Simon Smith Stephen Milton

PSC calls for East Sussex pension fund divestments

Already under pressure due to its fossil fuel investments, East Sussex County Council now faces calls to divest from companies which the Palestine Solidarity Campaign says are involved in violations of Palestinian human rights. Nick Terdre reports.

Many new signatories for Old Bathing Pool site petition

Organising anything during the COVID-19 restrictions is difficult, but a petition signing went ahead on the Old Bathing Pool site in West St Leonards on Saturday 20 June. This was organised by Save Our Bathing Site (SOBS) and West Marina Org, both local community groups opposing Hastings Borough Council’s plan for a high-rise, high-density housing development on the site. Bryan Fisher of West Marina Org reports.

Posted 13:19 Saturday, Jun 27, 2020 In: Campaigns Tags: bathing pool Bryan Fisher Lucie Mason Save Our Bathing Site West Marina Org

Lives in limbo: the injustice of indefinite immigration detention

A few days ago Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that she has accepted all 30 recommendations of the Windrush Lessons Learned review. This is a chance to unravel the Hostile Environment, which has destroyed so many lives for so many years, and with it, one of its central pillars, indefinite immigration detention. Felicity Laurence, campaigns lead for Hastings Community of Sanctuary, describes this destructive policy, and the imminent opportunity to end it for good when the new immigration bill is debated in the Commons in the coming days.

Posted 11:42 Friday, Jun 26, 2020 In: Campaigns

Keep Hastings safe for women

On Wednesday 10 June, Kay Early, a woman in her 30s was walking her dog in broad daylight when she was brutally attacked by a man in his twenties. If it had not been for her resilience and the intervention of three passing women, she may not have been here to tell her story. The following day she wrote a detailed post on her Facebook page giving her account of what happened and photographing the result of the vicious attack. One week later, women in Hastings followed Kay’s path through Alexandra Park to show their support for her and to reclaim this public space for women to walk in safety. HOT’s Erica Smith caught up with them to tell their story.

Posted 11:56 Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020 In: Campaigns Tags: Erica Smith

BAME communities meet to discuss COVID-19 and health and social care in Hastings

This Thursday afternoon (18 June), there will be a virtual meeting for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people to discuss the issues around Covid-19 and BAME communities.

Posted 19:12 Tuesday, Jun 16, 2020 In: Campaigns
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