In late January, the government threw a spanner in the works of Nick’s county council election campaign by deciding that campaign literature could no longer be delivered by unpaid volunteers. It can still be delivered by post or by paid staff, but the effect is to raise the cost of delivering campaign literature 14-fold (from 4.5p per item to 62.5p per item). This decision clearly benefits the larger parties, who are not only wealthier but more likely to hold power in safe seats where they know they will win by default if campaigning stops. The government’s decision is therefore a serious threat to democracy, and we must do everything that we can to avoid Nick’s election campaign grinding to a halt. We will probably have to limit distribution of the February newsletter to the 750 people who voted in the last local elections. Considering how much effort Nick has put into creating the newsletter, this is a very disappointing decision to have to make! If we can raise £650 in the next week, however, we’ll be able to deliver the newsletter to all 1,900 houses in the Humshaugh ward. Please consider donating to Nick’s campaign fund if you can afford to, would like Northumberland County Council to have a Green councillor, and would like to confront this assault on our democracy.
This link will take you straight to Nick’s campaign fundraiser:
Thank you very much indeed. Your support is hugely appreciated.
A big thank you to all those who have already donated to Nicks Crowdfunder! A grand total of £400 has been reached. Unfortunately to deliver the campaign strategy which will give Nick the best chance of success at the county Elections in May we need to generate even more funds, so we have decided to switch the on line fundraising to Action Network, the Green Party equivalent to Crowdfunder. If you possibly can, please donate to Nicks Action Network
campaign and don’t forget to share the link too!
If you don’t feel that you can make a donation but would like to support the campaign in another way, please get in touch via: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
– we’re currently looking for people to help with leaflet delivery.
Our next meeting on 26 Nov 2020(7:30 to 9.30 PM) will be a little different to the usual format in that the first half of the session will be dedicated to a guest appearance by Anna Hughes, Director of Flight Free UK. Whilst there will be a certain amount of preaching to the converted, Anna is keen to tell us about the Flight Free 2021 pledge campaign. The presentation will be about 20 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A session.
After a short break we will then squeeze the business-as-usual matters into the second half of the session.
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Come along for a sociable evening, getting together to discuss fossil fuel divestment and how to write convincing letters to politicians and then getting straight down to some communal letter-writing to Hexham MP Guy Opperman. Fossil fuel divestment is a growing movement devoted to getting public institutions like local government pension funds, universities and religious institutions to stop funding climate change by investing in fossil fuels and reinvest in ethical climate solutions. MP Guy Opperman, who is also UK Pensions Minister, recently started opposing divestment, saying that we should instead ‘nudge and cajole’ fossil fuel companies into shifting their business practices. But, despite years of investors voting and encouraging companies to become more climate friendly, there has been very little action – the 5 biggest fossil fuel companies put only 3% of their 2019 expenditure into renewables.We want to write to him and arrange to meet with him as constituents to show our support for full divestment from fossil fuels. As pensions minister, Opperman has national influence on this and we as local constituents are uniquely well placed to change his mind. Join us for a Zoom call where we will learn more about fossil fuel divestment and Guy Opperman’s position on it from a member of the Divest Parliament campaign, who will also share tips and tricks for how to write convincing letters to MPs. We’ll then stay together on the call to write some letters, share our thoughts, and chat.