No pensions without representation! It’s time to divest Brighton & Hove’s pensions from fossil fuels

Join us 6 – 7pm, Thursday 3 February outside Brighton Town Hall (Bartholomew Square, BN1 1JW) to send a message to East Sussex County Council: ‘No pensions without representation! It’s time to divest Brighton & Hove’s pensions from fossil fuels.’

American Revolution-style tricorn hats provided …

Action organised by Divest East Sussex and supported by Brighton & Hove Friends of the Earth and Brighton UNISON.

NB A second demo is taking place in Lewes on Thursday 8 February.

BACKGROUND:

The East Sussex Pension Fund currently has tens of millions of pounds of local people’s pensions invested in the giant oil and gas companies that are driving our current climate crisis – companies like Shell & BP.

By clinging on to these investments it is helping to provide a fig-leaf for these companies’ ongoing attempts to block effective climate action and missing a huge opportunity to show real leadership on the climate crisis.

Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) has repeatedly called on the Fund to stop investing in fossil fuels, but has been given the brush off.

Brighton & Hove employees make up more than a quarter of the Fund’s roughly 77,000 members – and pay over a third of annual contributions to the Fund – but have no say in the Fund’s decisions, which are currently made by five East Sussex County Councillors.

Later this year a BHCC Councillor will be at County Hall to propose that the Fund add two BHCC Councillors to this decision-making body, in order to ensure that the Fund finally makes a commitment to divest.



Join us 6 – 7pm on Thursday 3 February outside Brighton Town Hall for a protest and photocall to support this proposal and send a message to East Sussex County Council: ‘No pensions without representation!* It’s time to divest Brighton & Hove’s pensions from fossil fuels’ (American Revolution-style tricorn hats provided.)



Other ways that you can add your voice to the campaign:

Help spread the word about the 3 Feb demo. You can find it on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/610874770146589/. Please email divesteastsussex@gmail.com if you’re based in Brighton & Hove and can help get A4 posters (see above) up in windows, shops etc…

Sign the petition: ‘Stop investing Brighton & Hove’s Pension Fund in fossil fuels!’: https://tinyurl.com/divestbhpensions

Contact your Brighton & Hove City Councillor and urge them to take part in the photocall between 6.30 – 7pm on Thursday 3 February (though the BHCC meeting starts at 4.30pm, it should break for around ½ an hour around 6.30pm). You can use this website to do this: https://www.mysociety.org/wehelpyou/contact-your-local-councillor/ 



Template text to send to your Councillor:

Dear Cllr INSERT NAME HERE,



As you may know, Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) has repeatedly called on the East Sussex Pension Fund to stop investing in fossil fuels, but has been given the brush off.



Brighton & Hove employees currently make up more than a quarter of the Fund’s 77,000 members – and pay over a third of annual contributions to the Fund – but have no say in the Fund’s decisions, which are currently made by five East Sussex County Councillors.



Later this year, a BHCC Councillor (Tom Druitt) will be at County Hall to propose that the Fund add two BHCC Councillors to this decision-making body, in order to ensure that the Fund finally makes a commitment to divest.

I urge you to support this move by taking part in the photocall (‘No pensions without representation!’) that Divest East Sussex and friends are organising outside Brighton Town Hall between 6.30 – 7pm on Thursday 3 February, during the break in that evening’s meeting.

You can find full details here https://tinyurl.com/bhpensionsdivest and American Revolution-style tricorn hats will be provided.



I look forward to hearing from you,



INSERT YOUR NAME AND CONTACT DETAILS HERE

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* According to Wikipedia, the phrase ‘No taxation without representation’ is ‘a political slogan that originated in the American Revolution, and which expressed one of the primary grievances of the American colonists against Great Britain.’ In relation to colonial taxation, the phrase apparently appeared for the first time in a major publication almost exactly 254 years ago, as a headline in the February 1768 edition of London Magazine.

If you’d like to get involved in local action to help undermine the power of the fossil fuel industries then please fill out this online form: https://tinyurl.com/helpdivest

 

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