It was the World Development Movement Bexhill and Hastings branch but has now been relaunched as Global Justice Bexhill and Hastings.
Together with the Bexhill Fairtrade committee the group held an event with film and debate about inequality around the world.
we want a fairer world and we want justice for the world’s poor nowAlex Scrivener
The visiting speaker was Alex Scrivener of GlobalJustice Now London and author of ‘The Poor Are Getting Richer and Other Dangerous Delusions.’
Local member, Julia Dance summed up the event as “a rich mix” of documentary film and live expert input, which brought the conflict between global agri-businesses and family farming in the poorest countries “vividly” before an appreciative audience of GlobalJustice Now, Fairtrade and CAFOD supporters in St Mary Magdalene’s hall.
The film Seeds of Freedom showed corporations taking control of food production worldwide and the effect this is having. Farmers spoke movingly of traditional ways of caring for their land, feeding it organically and saving a variety of seed for use in future years. Their very existence had depended on it for many generations.
Hastings born and bred Alex expressed delight at being guest speaker and explained the reason for the change of name: “ unlike World Development Movement, the meaning of Global JusticeNow is immediately recognisable - we want a fairer world and we want justice for the world’s poor now.” He spoke about “a new colonialism” taking place in Africa with companies taking over large areas of fertile land and developing farms on an industrial scale. The concluding piece was on the Transatlantic Trade in Investment Partnerships (TTIP). Alex explained how TTIP would grant big businesses the power to sue governments, lock in the privatisation of public services such as the NHS, and education and undo regulations to protect workers and the environment. “Our NHS is slowly being privatised, and if the TTIP treaty goes ahead it will be impossible to bring it back under government control,” he claimed.
Local branch members held protests to raise awareness of concerns - info at www.groups.globaljusticenow.org.uk/bexhillandhastings