Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Shan Oakes campaigns for Europe at Friends of the Earth Northern Gathering

- Shan Oakes pictured with Andy Atkins, Director of Friends of the Earth.

The Northern Gathering of Friends of the Earth was held in Manchester this weekend.

I was there, full on campaigning for Europe and it was great to spend so much time with friends and allies in FOE.

We had a good input on climate change and workshops on loads of things.

Bill did his pieces for Marinet and the Marine Bill going through Parliament. Latest figures show complete declines in all the major fish stocks.

Again and again we see what a huge impact we have on the planet.

The campaign for Europe is in full swing now. We've had Mark Thomas endorse us last month, Salma Yaqoob and the Respect Party throw their weight behind us on May 4th, Jonathon Porritt too, and Tony Juniper - the former Director of FOE - is now going to stand for Parliament for us at the next general election.

The huge sleaze revelations are disgusting. It's all across the major parties in the Commons. People expect more from their MPS - and have every right to!

We really need a Green MEP in Yorkshire! We really need Greens in Westminster! Please get out there and help us do it!


Friday, 8 May 2009

Friends of Hull Screen Newsletter, May 2009


N E W S L E T T E R May 2009

Dear Member,

In response to the many enquiries from FHS members, we can only say that we are still waiting for definite news of a transfer date to Reel, but it does seem, from our various meetings, emails and conversations with Council officers and with Mr. Suri, that negotiations are proceeding. Moreover, to date, the Screen staff are being treated fairly.

The equipment is already in place at Reel, Screen 2, and indeed was used for the recent Film Festival held there. We feel that this is a positive step.

On the Council website and our own, you will see that the transfer is scheduled for “some time in the summer” - we hope sooner rather than later.

Sorry not to be able to convey more concrete news at present, but we will, of course, keep you informed. Meanwhile, could members please submit any ideas and suggestions about special membership offers and ‘deals’ that we could present to Mr. Suri as and when the transfer is effected?

Very best wishes to all our membership and thanks for your support.
The final evening’s screening at Lincoln University was excellent, with a wonderful atmosphere and a feeling of shared values and enthusiasm; let’s sustain that!