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International Women’s Day in Hastings!

Women’s Voice invites women to join them in celebrating International Women’s Day on Sunday 8 March from 1pm – 3pm at Central Hall, Bank Buildings (between 1066 Bakery and The Body Shop) in the town centre. The theme is women and the environment and guest speaker will be Councillor Maya Evans, cabinet member for climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development. Ann Kramer, chair of Women’s Voice, writes about the upcoming event, and future plans for Women’s Voice.

Posted 09:00 Monday, Mar 2, 2020 In: Campaigns Tags: ann kramer Hastings Women's Voice
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Margaret says, “Hands Off the Conquest Cath Lab”

Hastings Online Times sent off Erica Smith to meet Margaret Burns (formerly Williams) and find out about Hands Off the Conquest and their new campaign to keep the very successful cath lab at the Conquest Hospital.

Posted 16:10 Saturday, Feb 22, 2020 In: Campaigns Tags: Cath Lab Conquest Hospital Friends of the Conquest Hands Off the Conquest Hands off the Conquest Cath Lab Hastings Margaret Burns Margaret Williams petition

Greta Thunbergs descend on County Hall to demand end to fossil fuel investments

Divest East Sussex officially launched a nonviolent direct action campaign this week as a result of East Sussex County Council’s refusal to stop funding climate change. HOT’s Erica Smith went along to meet the Gang of Gretas.

Posted 17:43 Tuesday, Feb 11, 2020 In: Campaigns
Walking the walk: a stroll along part of the proposed greenway network in Hastings (photo: Tony Polain).

Greenway folk and others get ready for fresh campaigning

Walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable locomotion are in focus as Hastings Greenway Group holds its agm and calls for the reinstatement of £3m diverted by the county council from walking and cycling purposes, and a meeting is called to set up a local branch of the Living Streets movement. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 17:10 Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020 In: Campaigns Tags: Community Speedwatch ESCC Green Party Greenway Nick Terdre Queensway Gateway Ramblers Transition Town
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See the film about four women who challenged the electoral status quo in the US

Hastings and Rother Refugee Buddy Project is to screen Knock Down The House, an inspiring documentary about four women who challenged the electoral status quo in the US, changing the face of American politics. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 18:40 Wednesday, Nov 20, 2019 In: Campaigns Tags: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Doc Society Knock Down The House Migrants Organise Nick Terdre Promote the Migrant Vote
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Council declines to help clarify ‘tax for terrorism’ claim

Anti-war activist Chris Coverdale wants to query the legality of paying taxes, including council tax, which are used in part to fund military activities – according to a Supreme Court ruling, the government’s military activities may be classifiable as terrorism, and could therefore fall foul of laws outlawing fundraising for terrorist purposes. He has tried, without success, to enlist the help of Hastings Borough Council in clarifying whether paying council tax makes us all potential criminals. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 11:06 Monday, Nov 18, 2019 In: Campaigns Tags: Hastings Borough Council HBC Nick Terdre Peter Chowney
A white poppy wreath laid at the war memorial in Alexandra Park.

Hastings Against War holds remembrance ceremony

On Saturday 9 November Hastings Against War (HAW) held its annual remembrance for all victims of war at the war memorial in Alexandra Park. Local people, including council leader Peter Chowney, gathered to remember the victims, military and civilian alike, before a wreath of white poppies was laid at the memorial. HAW’s John Enefer reports.

Posted 17:05 Thursday, Nov 14, 2019 In: Campaigns Tags: Hastings Against War Jen Painter John Enefer Lorna Vahey Peace Pledge Union Peter Chowney poppies Rona Drennan Women’s Co-operative Guild
Part of the greenway route through Ore Valley (photo: Tony Polain).

Join the Ore Valley greenway walk this Sunday!

Come and join Hastings Greenway Group’s last walk of the year this coming Sunday, and see the protected open space which the council plans to transfer to community hands, through which part of the greenway network is set to pass. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 20:10 Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 In: Campaigns Tags: Greenway Nick Terdre Ore Valley Peter Chowney Sea Space Tony Polain
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