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Sponsor Refugees launch 2018 Community Sponsorship Awards

Citizens UK's foundation for the sponsorship of refugees, Sponsor Refugees, has launched the nomination period for the first ever Community Sponsorship Awards in the UK. The launch was announced on Monday 7 May at the annual Migrants' Mass at St George's Cathedral in Southwark, London. 

 

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Citizens Cymru Wales hold Living Wage protest at Cardiff Airport

Supporters of a campaign initiated by security workers at Cardiff Airport held a protest today calling for the airport to become an accredited Living Wage employer - and ensure that all airport workers are lifted out of poverty pay. 

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Putting power into people's hands

From the industrial revolution to the internet: power to the people

This is a guest post by Julia Unwin, Chair of the Independent Inquiry on the Future of Civil Society. Citizens UK has been supporting the inquiry over the last 12 months as it explores how Civil Society is changing and how to ensure it remains relevant, trusted and accessible to everyone.

Civil society? We may not use this phrase every day, but it’s at the heart of our everyday lives – from churches to charities, social media to social enterprise, it’s so often where we find community, meaning and purpose.

But even though it’s the foundation stone of our country, civil society doesn’t and cannot stand still. It is shaped at times of change and also has its biggest impact at just those times.

I’ve been constantly reminded of the importance of civil society – and how we need to respond better to a changing world – through the many events and national debates in this first year of the Civil Society Futures inquiry. Terrorist attacks in London and Manchester, Brexit, Grenfell, #metoo, Oxfam and now Windrush.

Read the Civil Society Futures progress report

 

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London Citizens set to hold local pre-election Assemblies

Photo from the Merton Citizens launch, 19 April 2018

Local Citizens UK chapters are holding eight borough election assemblies this week with key Council leaders, as the London Borough and UK local elections are just 10 days away.

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Sumaya's Story

Sumaya.jpgSumaya was one of two students last year who secured a paid internship at creative advertising agency, Wieden + Kennedy, through Citizens UK's Good Jobs Campaign. During her time on the programme, she was a first year student at Mulberry Sixth Form studying her A Levels in Media Studies, Psychology and Sociology. She is now in her second year and we have very high hopes for her as she decides upon her next steps.

 

 

 

 

 

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Matthew Bolton named incoming Citizens UK Executive Director

Citizens UK Deputy Director and lead organiser for London Citizens Matthew Bolton is to lead Citizens UK from September, as founder Neil Jameson steps down after 30 years at the helm.

Matthew steps up to the role after community organising with Citizens UK for 14 years and leading the Living Wage campaign between 2008 and 2014, including setting up the Living Wage Foundation, which has now accredited over 4,000 Living Wage Employers. He has led the expansion strategy for Citizens UK across London and the UK and oversaw the London Citizens campaign for an Ethical Olympics, as well as current London Citizens campaigns on affordable housing and rogue landlords.

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Organising around the Living Wage: the story of Heathrow Airport

Last year, we announced the fantastic decision by Heathrow Airport to become the world’s first Living Wage airport, a decision taken by management that ensures the business is doing the right thing and its workers can live in dignity.

I wanted to tell you a bit about the story of how West London Citizens got there, after years of painstaking organising work, in the hope that others can take inspiration from this story in their own Living Wage organising.

In the summer of 2016 West London Citizens (WLC) was campaigning to get Heathrow airport to sign up as a Living Wage employer. The campaign had already been running for two years but needed a boost.

 

West London Churches holding a living wage mass in support of workers

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Amanda Walters and Bekele Woyecha announced as 'Churchill Fellows' - Citizens UK

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Citizens UK Community Organisers Amanda Walters (left) and Bekele Woyecha (right) with Executive Director Neil Jameson (centre), mark their fellowship announcement.

 

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Citizens reject hatred with human chain around mosque

Citizens UK chapters once again mobilised in the face of vile vitriol aimed at Muslim communities across Britain by forming a human chain around mosques in response to so-called 'punish a Muslim day'.

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FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION ASKED TO PAY LIVING WAGE

Young people from the Wembley area have undertaken research to reveal shocking pay-gap their parents, some of whom work at the stadium, face and met outside the Stadium to sing Living Wage themed football chants [Watch video]

Campaigners are inviting the Minister for Sport and fans to support call for Chairman Greg Clarke to put forward a plan to implement the real Living Wage at the FA’s next board meeting.

Over 2,000 workers are reported to receive below the London Living Wage of £10.20 an hour, with the majority as low as £7.50 an hour with those under 18 earning even less.

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