16 March: Sex Strike for the Climate!

East Sussex County Council (ESCC) has declared a “climate emergency” but continues to invest £175m of local people’s pensions in the giant oil and gas companies that are driving our current climate crisis – companies like Exxon and BP.

From Liberia to the Philippines, sex strikes have helped to win campaigns for peace and justice. So on Monday 16 March (the date of the next East Sussex Pension Committee meeting) we will be issuing a public call for all people of goodwill to refrain from sex with members of the Council until the latter agree to stop funding climate change.

And to celebrate this we will be performing extracts from Oscar Wilde’s (alleged) translation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata – in which the women of ancient Greece use a sex strike to end the war between Athens and Sparta – outside County Hall.

Join us to be part of the chorus (no acting skills required!): 9 – 10am, Monday 16 March, outside County Hall in Lewes, St Anne’s Crescent, BN7 1NE. Continue reading 16 March: Sex Strike for the Climate!

Greta Thunbergs descend on County Hall in protest over fossil fuel investments

Press Release
Divest East Sussex [1]
11 February 2020
More info: 07596 483 272

PHOTOS: https://tinyurl.com/thunberg-in-1 (Photo: Katie Vandyck) and https://tinyurl.com/thunberg-in-2 (Photo: Steve Lewis)

GRETA THUNBERGS DESCEND ON COUNTY HALL TO DEMAND END TO FOSSIL FUEL INVESTMENTS
Nonviolent direct action campaign launched as County Council refuses to stop funding climate change.

Tuesday 11 February, County Hall, Lewes: Scores of campaigners from across the County held a masked ‘Thunberg-in’ and Valentine’s-themed sing-a-thon outside County Hall this morning (Tuesday 11 February, 8 – 10am) to protest against East Sussex County Council’s ongoing refusal to stop funding climate change [2]. The event, entitled ‘Stop in the name of love!’, marked the launch of a nonviolent direct action campaign to compel the Council to stop investing in the giant oil and gas companies that are driving our current climate crisis – companies like Exxon, Shell and BP [3]. Continue reading Greta Thunbergs descend on County Hall in protest over fossil fuel investments

Send a card to East Sussex Pension Fund chair Gerard Fox for Valentine’s day: it’s time to stop funding climate change!

Friday 14 February is Valentine’s day. Please send our ‘Stop in the name of love!’ card to East Sussex Pension Fund chair Gerard Fox (in time for 14 Feb) to tell him: ‘It’s time to stop funding climate change.’

Here’s a way to do this in four easy steps:

Continue reading Send a card to East Sussex Pension Fund chair Gerard Fox for Valentine’s day: it’s time to stop funding climate change!

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

Here’s how to join us:

– from Hastings: purchase a day return to London terminals and catch the 7.55am bus replacement from the train station
– from St Leonards Warrior Square: purchase a day return to London terminals and catch the 8.02am bus replacement from the bus stop on the sea front opposite the statue of Queen Victoria
– from Bexhill: purchase a day return to London terminals and catch the 8.30am train to London Victoria
– from Eastbourne: purchase a day return to London terminals and catch the 9.01am train to London Victoria
– from Polegate: purchase a day return to London terminals and catch the 9.08am train to London Victoria
– from Lewes: purchase a day return to London terminals and catch the 9.21am train to London Victoria
– from Seaford: purchase a day return to London terminals, catch the 8.53am train to Lewes and change there onto the 9.21am train to Victoria
– from Brighton: purchase a day return to London terminals, catch the 9.33am train to London Victoria and meet us at 10.40am outside the branch of Lush cosmetics inside London Victoria station

If you’re coming from elsewhere in East Sussex (or want to catch a different train) then you can either meet up with us at 10.40am outside the branch of Lush cosmetics inside London Victoria station or at 11.40am outside the Oxfam bookshop just round the corner from the museum: 12 Bloomsbury St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3QA

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