Stop in the name of love! Join the ‘Thunberg-in’ and sing-a-thon outside County Hall on Tues 11 Feb

Join us on Tuesday 11 February for the launch of our nonviolent direct action campaign to compel East Sussex County Council to stop funding climate change: a mass ‘Thunberg-in’ (masks provided) and sing-a-thon outside County Hall in Lewes, with a pre-Valentine’s day theme! 8 – 10am, County Hall, St Anne’s Cres, BN7 1UE. Continue reading Stop in the name of love! Join the ‘Thunberg-in’ and sing-a-thon outside County Hall on Tues 11 Feb

Join us in London @ the British Museum on 8 February for The Fall of BP!

On Saturday 8 February BP or not BP will be staging a mass creative takeover of the British Museum in London – filling the building with people, movement, props, costumes and a Trojan Horse*, to protest against BP’s sponsorship of this major cultural institution.

Contact Divest East Sussex if you’d like to be part of a Brighton and East Sussex bloc at the largest protest that the British Museum has ever seen: divesteastsussex@gmail.com or 07596 483 272.

You can also help spread the word via Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1031503930546382/?active_tab=about

Folk coming from Hastings will be catching the 7.55am bus replacement service to Bexhill, with folk from St Leonards joining en route (probably from the bus stop opposite the statue of Queen Victoria on the sea front). From Bexhill we will be catching the 8.30am train to Victoria, with folk from Eastbourne joining us at 9.01am and folk from Lewes at 9.21am. If you’re coming from Seaford then the you should catch the 8.53am train to Lewes and then board the 9.21am to London Victoria. If you’re coming from Brighton then you should catch the 9.33am train from Brighton to London Victoria, arriving at 10.35am, and meet us at the rendezvous point: 10.40am outside the branch of Lush inside Victoria station.

BP or not BP say:

– We have a detailed plan for the day that will involve taking part in a variety of activities in different spaces in the museum. When the event starts, there’ll be people who will give you instructions on where to be and when.

– You’ll get to join in with mass performance moments, hear voices from the frontlines of BP’s pollution and corruption, and team up with others in a variety of ways to expose the truth about BP’s activities, and put pressure on the British Museum to stop supporting the oil industry. There will also be some extra surprises we’ll reveal on the day 🙂

– We will also be highlighting the connections between oil sponsorship, colonialism and looted artefacts in the museum.

– We are planning a choice of accessible activities and a kids’ space for those who need them, to allow as many people as possible to participate in the day.

The Feb 8th event will start from 1pm, but try to get to the museum early if you can (ideally by 12noon) as there may be long queues. If you get in early, there are cafes and places to sit inside the museum while you’re waiting for things to start (or you could do some exploring).

Don’t bring large bags or suitcases, as these won’t be allowed in. Also, be aware that door staff will be checking everyone’s bags so don’t bring anything sharp or that could cause damage, or that makes it obviously look like you’re coming to a protest performance!

* BP is currently sponsoring the exhibition ‘Troy: myth and reality’

Santas and elves put council on notice over climate change at County Hall

Press Release
Divest East Sussex [1] and Santas and Elves Against Climate Change
3 December 2019
More info: 07596 483 272

SANTAS & ELVES PUT COUNCIL ON NOTICE OVER CLIMATE CHANGE AT COUNTY HALL
‘No toys for East Sussex County Council until they stop funding climate change’, says North Pole delegation

Tuesday 3 December, County Hall, Lewes: A delegation of Santas and elves put the County Council on notice this morning that it would face a campaign of nonviolent action in the New Year if it continued funding climate change. Members of the public can pledge to take part in the campaign at https://tinyurl.com/deedsnotwordspledge. Continue reading Santas and elves put council on notice over climate change at County Hall

Santas & elves to hold climate change protest outside County Hall

Press Release
Divest East Sussex [1] and Santas and Elves Against Climate Change
2 December 2019
More info: 07596 483 272

SANTAS & ELVES TO HOLD CLIMATE CHANGE PROTEST OUTSIDE COUNTY HALL
‘No toys for East Sussex County Council until they stop funding climate change’, says North Pole delegation

Tuesday 3 December, County Hall, Lewes: A delegation of Santas and elves from the North pole will be demonstrating outside County Hall this Tuesday (3 Dec) between 8.30 – 9.45am, to protest against East Sussex County Council (ESCC)’s ongoing role in funding climate change. Continue reading Santas & elves to hold climate change protest outside County Hall

Would your Parliamentary Candidates stop funding climate change?

Earlier this month we contacted all but three* of the 32 Parliamentary candidates for Brighton, Hove and East Sussex with three simple questions about climate change and fossil fuels: would they support the Divest Parliament pledge; would they back the calls for East Sussex County Council to divest the East Sussex Pension Fund from fossil fuels; and would they support the phasing out of the UK’s subsidies to the fossil fuel industries (estimated at £10.5bn / year)? Continue reading Would your Parliamentary Candidates stop funding climate change?

Pension Committee suspends meeting as “suffragettes” deliver climate change ultimatum at County Hall

Press Release
Divest East Sussex [1]
25 November 2019
More info: 07596 483 272

Image: https://tinyurl.com/dnwcountyhall (CAPTION: “Suffragettes” launch the ‘Deeds Not Words’ pledge outside County Hall on 25 November)

PENSION COMMITTEE SUSPENDS MEETING AS “SUFFRAGETTES” DELIVER CLIMATE CHANGE ULTIMATUM AT COUNTY HALL
‘Deeds not words’ action pledge launched for nonviolent campaign to get East Sussex County Council to stop funding climate change

Monday 25 November, County Hall, Lewes: The East Sussex Pension Committee suspended its meeting at County Hall this morning after campaigners dressed as suffragettes delivered it an ultimatum calling on the Committee to agree to stop funding climate change or face a campaign of nonviolent action. Continue reading Pension Committee suspends meeting as “suffragettes” deliver climate change ultimatum at County Hall

‘We can no longer wait for you to act’ – our ultimatum to the East Sussex Pension Committee

The following letter was delivered by Divest East Sussex to the five members of the East Sussex Pension Committee at  meeting on 25 November 2019. You can sign the pledge to take part in the ‘Deeds Not Words’ nonviolent action campaign here: https://tinyurl.com/deedsnotwordspledge

Continue reading ‘We can no longer wait for you to act’ – our ultimatum to the East Sussex Pension Committee

“Suffragettes” to launch ‘Deeds Not Words’ pledge outside County Hall

Press Release
Divest East Sussex [1]
23 November 2019

“SUFFRAGETTES” TO LAUNCH ‘DEEDS NOT WORDS’ ACTION PLEDGE OUTSIDE COUNTY HALL
Nonviolent action campaign will follow if East Sussex County Council continues to refuse to stop funding climate change

9.15am, Monday 25 November, County Hall, Lewes: Campaigners dressed as suffragettes will launch a ‘Deeds Not Words’ action pledge outside County Hall this Monday (25 Nov). The pledge – which can be signed online at https://tinyurl.com/deedsnotwordspledge – allows members of the public to commit to taking part in various forms of action, including ‘arrestable actions’, if East Sussex County Council continues to refuse to stop funding climate change. Continue reading “Suffragettes” to launch ‘Deeds Not Words’ pledge outside County Hall

Hand-embroidered ties used to deliver climate message to Councillors

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Divest East Sussex [1] and Climate Craftivists [2]
19 November

HAND-EMBROIDERED TIES USED TO DELIVER CLIMATE MESSAGE TO COUNCILLORS
Members of the East Sussex Pension Committee invited to stop funding climate change and join fossil fuel divestment “club”

19 November, 2019: Five hand-embroidered ties are being delivered to the five members of the East Sussex Pension Committee today, alongside a formal invitation for them to stop funding climate change and join the fossil fuel divestment “club”. The ties, which have been hand-embroidered by members of the Climate Craftivists, each bear the Divest East Sussex logo, the Councillor’s initials and an image of something close to the heart of the Councillor concerned. Continue reading Hand-embroidered ties used to deliver climate message to Councillors

The 3 questions we’re asking all Parliamentary candidates in East Sussex, Brighton & Hove

According to one recent poll, nearly two-thirds of the British public believe that climate change is “the biggest issue facing mankind”, and over half say that this issue will either “greatly” or “somewhat” influence who they are likely to vote for in a general election. Continue reading The 3 questions we’re asking all Parliamentary candidates in East Sussex, Brighton & Hove