Wednesday 24th October
6-8pm (Press Reception – 5pm)
O2 Academy Brixton, London
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London Citizens to launch 50 new “CitySafe Zones” set up by teenagers during “100 Days of Peace” as a lasting Olympic Legacy.
On Wednesday 24th October, over 1000 young people from across London will come together at Brixton Academy for a stunning celebration concert for CitySafe – a community campaign to tackle crime and rebuild community relationships.
Hosted by Choice FM’s DJ Abrantee, the event will feature a stellar line-up of talented young entertainers including Vibe Squad, Mista Silva, Flava Kwamz, Kyla, A Dot Comedian, DJ Afro B as well as the finest talent from London’s diverse communities.
The concert will celebrate the achievements of hundreds of young people who have spent the summer encouraging local shops and businesses to open their premises as CitySafe Havens – places of safety for people in immediate danger. These “CitySafe Champions” will receive awards from Dame Tessa Jowell MP, Chair of the CitySafe Foundation. Their work, one year on from the riots, has created over 50 new CitySafe Zones. The zones are made up of over 300 CitySafe Havens across the capital, including shops, libraries and even the office of Mayor Boris Johnson at City Hall.
Alongside the music, dance and comedy, the concert will launch a new CitySafe Map of London and a CitySafe Roadshow, led by DJ Abrantee, which will use music to inspire young people in schools across the capital to take action for peace. The concert also marks the end of 100 Days of Peace – a London 2012 Inspire Mark initiative to promote peace for 50 days before and after the Olympic Games.
Inspired by the tragic murder of teenager Jimmy Mizen in 2008, CitySafe is a community-led campaign from London Citizens to tackle crime and reconnect fractured neighbourhoods. The campaign sees teams of young people building relationships with local shopkeepers and business owners to open their premises as CitySafe Havens. These are places of safety for people in immediate danger; whose have staff have also pledged to report 100% of crime to the police.
Mayor Boris Johnson announced on 26th April 2012 that he is to become Ambassador for the CitySafe Foundation and has pledged to help find resources from private sponsors and others for 50 “CitySafe Champions” to work in schools around London.
Mayor Boris Johnson said:
“CitySafe Havens work with the police to make it clear that crime will not be tolerated and that every young person in trouble will be protected.”
Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse described CitySafe as “London’s best civil society crime prevention strategy.”
Dame Tessa Jowell, MP for Dulwich & West Norwood is Chair of the CitySafe Foundation.
Dame Tessa Jowell said:
“CitySafe will change the nature of London by making communities more resilient, more assertive and clearer of not just of their power but also their responsibility. This is a very purposeful way to build the strengths and resilience of communities and shows that civil society is strong where the state, through local government or the police, is supportive and engaged.”
CitySafe and the 100 Days of Peace is a London 2012 Inspire Mark Project. Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic & Paralympic Games (LOCOG) launched 100 Days of Peace in June 2012.
Lord Coe said:
“The 100 Days of Peace project is a great initiative and I would encourage all members of the public and businesses to back this. I would like to thank London Citizens for their leadership and very practical way in which they are helping to deliver our vision at a borough level.”
The CitySafe campaign has been led and inspired by the families of young people murdered in London over the last 4 years:
Lorraine Dinnegan, whose 14 year old son Martin was murdered in Holloway, North London, said:
“On the day Martin was killed one of his friends went into a shop to ask for help and was told to leave. Soon after, Martin was murdered. If the shopkeeper had telephoned the police, Martin may still be alive today. CitySafe stickers are a reassuring sign to let young people know that if they are in danger, they can access help quickly.”
Barry Mizen, whose son Jimmy died in a violent attack in a bakery in Lee, South-East London, said:
“Through London Citizens we are working with local business to rebuild trust and make London a safer and stronger community. What happened to Jimmy shouldn’t happen in strong communities. We’ve lost sight of each other over the years.”
Billy Mizen, brother of Jimmy, said:
“It takes an organised community to defeat violence. London Citizens has helped us to get organised”
Tyeisha Litambola, whose brother Bob was beaten to death in broad daylight, in Custom House, East London said:
“If the CitySafe campaign had been working at the time that Bob passed away, he could still be here today.”
Since 2008, several more of the communities represented by London Citizens have lost young people to violent crime, including Bob Litambola in Newham, Martin Dinnegan in Finsbury Park, David Idowu in Southwark, Godwin Lawson and, most recently Junior Nkwelle, who was murdered on the Loughborough Estate, less than a mile from Brixton Academy. In memory of these young people, the CitySafe campaign has provided a practical and effective way for communities to come together to overcome violence.
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NOTES FOR EDITORS:
 London Citizens is Europe’s largest community alliance, bringing together over 230 schools, churches, mosques, synagogues, charities and community groups to work together for the common good.
 A CitySafe Haven is shop, business or public building which has pledged to:
- Report 100% of crime to the Police
- Offer its premises as a safe haven for any young person in immediate danger
- Maintain a relationship with neighbours, police and the local community
- Encourage its staff to attend London Citizens’ CitySafe training
- Refuse to sell alcohol, knives or other dangerous items to underage or drunk customers.
A CitySafe Zone is a network of CitySafe Havens, supported by one London Citizens’ member organisations and its local Met Police Safer Neighbourhood Team.
 The 100 Days of Peace initiative is inspired by the truce that was called 50 days before and after the ancient Olympic Games, to enable athletes to reach the competition safely. London Citizens marked this period around London 2012 by working with communities to turn dangerous areas into CitySafe Zones.