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Unanimous fossil fuel divestment vote passed by Labour and Conservative Hastings councillors

Hastings Borough Council became the first council in Sussex to pass a fossil fuel divestment motion last night, with Labour and Tory councillors uniting to pass the motion unanimously.

Peace image by ZR

Making Peace

Soka Gakkai International (SGI) have organised a meeting entitled ‘Making Peace’ to be held at Sussex South Coast College on 14 April 2016. A talk will be given by Robert Harrap, general director of SGI-UK starting at 7.30 pm. Zelly Restorick asks Mark Bishop about the talk and SGI.

Posted 08:41 Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 In: Campaigns Tags: buddhism Josei Toda Making Peace Nichiren Daishonin Robert Harrop SGI Society for the creation of value Soka Gakkai International Tsunesaburo Makiguchi

Hastings council to vote on ditching investments in oil, gas and coal

Local residents will be joined by campaigners from further afield in East Sussex on Wednesday 13 April, for Hastings Borough Council’s historic vote on divestment from fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas). Locally, the Labour Party is in favour of divestment, but the test will be how many Tories choose to support the motion.

Posted 05:44 In: Campaigns Tags: Andrew Durling Divest From Fossil Fuels Eastbourne Friends of the Earth Laetitia Yhap

Brighton protest about Hastings campus

Mark SU Harvey, officer for disabilities at the University of Brighton, writes with passion about the threatened campus at Hastings and tells us about a protest that’s been organised in Brighton. 

Posted 09:38 Tuesday, Apr 12, 2016 In: Campaigns Tags: education Mark SU Harvey proest about Hastings campus

Petition to bar further public funding for NBAR

Concerned at the propensity of road-building projects to bust their budgets, environmental campaigners Combe Haven Defenders have launched a petition against the allocation of any further public funds for the construction of Sea Change Sussex’s North Bexhill Access Road. Nick Terdre reports.

Abuse charities unite

A new website and freephone number for anyone affected by domestic or sexual abuse has been launched. A partnership of three leading Sussex abuse charities with over 60 years’ track record, The Portal service will make it simpler to find the right help. The website offers a choice of options, including advice for friends and family and a referral pathway for professionals. Naomi Bos writes.

Posted 14:47 In: Campaigns Tags: CRI Gail Gray Katy Bourne Naomi Bos Rise Survivors Network Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner The Portal

Request for judicial review of road permission to be renewed after judge’s initial refusal

News that permission has been refused for a judicial review of Hastings Borough Council’s decision to give the go-ahead for the Queensway Gateway Road has been welcomed by the council and by Sea Change Sussex, the developer. But Gabriel Carlyle, who sought the review, says he will renew his application. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 15:40 Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 In: Campaigns Tags: ClientEarth Emily Johns Gabriel Carlyle Hastings Borough Council High Court Nick Terdre Paul Stookes Peter Chowney Queensway Gateway Richard Buxton Environmental and Public Law Sea Change Sussex

Fly Kites Not Drones

We are flying kites on this day in solidarity with young people who live in countries where drones are causing death, injury and fear: countries like Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Palestine, Yemen and Somalia. Children should be free of war, free to play, to walk to school without fear of being bombed. Rona from Hastings Against War writes.

Posted 16:46 Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 In: Campaigns Tags: drone warfare Drones Fly Kites Not Drones Hastings Against War
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