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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

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

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

Climate campaigners dismayed by ESCC’s contradictory stance

Campaigners were left flabbergasted and angered when East Sussex County Council passed a motion acknowledging that a climate emergency exists but overwhelmingly rejected a motion calling for its pension fund to divest out of fossil fuels. Nick Terdre reports.

Women’s Voice Benefit Gig! This Sunday!

Boogie the night away at a Women’s Voice benefit gig this coming Sunday 3 November. The gig is happening at the East Hastings Angling Association (EHAA) on the Stade near the lifeboat station. Ann Kramer writes.

Posted 11:42 In: Campaigns Tags: ann kramer Women's Voice

New job centre for Rye under study, says DWP

Labour’s campaign to get a job centre reopened in Rye has gained a lot of local support though it has yet to persuade the authorities, though the DWP confirms that studies are under way. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 20:11 Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 In: Campaigns Tags: Amber Rudd DWP labour Nick Terdre Rye Hospital Rye News wellness hub

ESCC debate on investment in fossil fuels

On Tuesday 15 October at County Hall in Lewes, East Sussex County Council is set to debate a petition [2] calling on the Council to stop funding climate change through its ongoing investments in fossil fuel (oil, coal & gas) companies. The debate will take place at the next Full Council meeting on 15 October – the same meeting at which the County Council is anticipated to declare a ‘climate emergency’ motion [3]. An update from Divest East Sussex.

Posted 09:40 Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019 In: Campaigns

Afghanistan: hidden voices from a forgotten war

Afghanistan: hidden voices from a forgotten war is a recent publication written by Councillor Maya Evans, launching in St Leonards on 8 October, 6-8pm, at the Open Café, 19 Grand Parade. A timely publication marking a war which has been forgotten, claiming the lives of 455 British Service personnel and 147,000 Afghans. A war to which Britain is still very much committed, redeploying 1,000 troops only last year.

Posted 17:52 Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019 In: Campaigns Tags: Afghanistan: hidden voices from a forgotten war Maya Evans
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