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Greater Manchester's Get Together

 

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Invitation from Brendan Cox, The Jo Cox Foundation, Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester and Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council

 

Dear Friend

On behalf of Greater Manchester Citizens, Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority we would like to invite you to the Greater Manchester Great Get Together.

Inspired by the memory and the values of Jo Cox, the Great Get Together is essentially a chance for people of different communities, faiths and backgrounds to come together in celebration and commemoration. We are honoured that communities and organisations across the country are holding tens of thousands of events across the country, bringing together people of different backgrounds, ages and beliefs.

After the tragic events of the past few weeks where so many innocent lives have been lost in Manchester and London, we believe that it is now more important than ever to unite to express our grief for lives lost, our resolve to fight hate in all its forms and our commitment to hold to our values.

In that light we hope that the many events across Manchester planned for the Great Get Together will provide an opportunity for people to come together. Some will want to gather in the centre of the city and this event, taking place in the Cathedral Gardens just by Manchester Arena, will provide that opportunity.

We are keen that the event unites people from diverse backgrounds from across the Greater Manchester area. We would be delighted if you were able to join us at the event with family, colleagues and other representatives of your community.

 

 

 

 

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Moving Forward: We Have More in Common than Divides Us. MPs and Citizens Working Together for the Common Good

 

An assembly in Birmingham

Citizens UK, the national community organising charity, today looks forward to working with the newly elected MPs from all parties who agreed to help us tackle issues of mutual concern identified at pre-election meetings.

During the snap-election period Citizens UK groups across England and Wales organised 55 events to meet with their local parliamentary candidates; from Citizens Assemblies, to round-table discussions and meetings. These events alerted the parliamentary candidates to local issues and asked them to work with Citizens UK around identified areas of concern. Many MPs agreed to work with Citizens UK local groups, and accepted invitations to join local Great Get Together meals, should they win the parliamentary seat.

Between the 8th and 22nd May, Citizens UK ran a voter registration campaign; 198 people were trained as voter registration ambassadors, 17 colleges ran voter turnout drives, 1,966 people were registered to vote at these actions, and in addition to the intensive voter registration work, we tasked students to maximise ‘reach’, making as many people as possible aware of the voter registration deadline, young people used online and offline tactics from Twitter, to newsletters, canteen stalls, class announcements and email blasts to push the message to over 96,000 people.

Sarah Holtam, co-chair, Citizens UK Council said: “We have come together as diverse institutions and joined forces because we recognise together we are stronger and we have more power when we are united. The work carried out during this snap election means that we now have a great base to start the business of making change happen.

“We respect the elected MPs and look forward to working with them in their constituencies.”

 

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TYNE & WEAR CITIZENS TO BUILD A WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH NICK BROWN MP, CATHERINE McKINNELL MP, CHI ONWURAH MP AND ALAN CAMPBELL MP

 

Seated from left to right: Revd Simon Mason (Tyne & Wear Citizens), Revd Phil Medley (Tyne & Wear Citizens), Neil Duffy (Tyne & Wear Citizens), Sara Bryson (Community Organiser, Tyne & Wear Citizens), Nick Brown MP.

Tyne & Wear Citizens, part of the national community organising charity, Citizens UK, today welcomes Nick Brown, Catherine McKinnell and Chi Onwurah as the constituency MPs for Newcastle East, Newcastle North and Newcastle Central, and looks forward to working with them in the future. We thank them all for meeting with us in the lead up to the General Election. We also welcome Alan Campbell constituency MP for Tynemouth who has agreed to work with us in the future too.

Before the election Tyne & Wear Citizens held a series of roundtable discussions with prospective parliamentary candidates. At these meetings Tyne & Wear Citizens talked about the types of concerns already coming up in their Listening Campaign, which includes mental health provision, in-work poverty and precarious employment, as well as asking the politicians to agree to meet and begin working with them within 100 days should they be elected.

The aim being to build and develop relationships between civil society members and whoever is elected as the local MP.

 

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Redbridge Citizens Get Together with Wes Streeting MP

 

REDBRIDGE CITIZENS TO BUILD A WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH WES STREETING MP

Redbridge Citizens, part of national community organising charity, Citizens UK, today welcomes Wes Streeting, returning as the MP for Ilford North and looks forward to working with him in the future.

Captain Naomi Clifton, a leader of Redbridge Citizens from The Salvation Army, Ilford Corps, said: “We are also very pleased that Wes hopes to join us for an iftar to celebrate the Great Get Together on 13 June in memory of Jo Cox, the MP murdered last year. This is a fitting way to mark the start of our common work; local people from a whole host of diverse institutions coming together with their MP to tackle issues around the common good. We have more to unite us than to divide us.”

Before the elections representatives Redbridge Citizens met parliamentary candidates in Gants Hill to tell them their concerns and to invite them to join in the Great Get Together, should they win the parliamentary seat.  Each candidate was also asked to meet Redbridge Citizens at an early stage if elected.

The aim was to build and develop relationships between civil society members and whoever was elected as the local MP.

Taaseen Rahman, from the Redbridge Islamic Centre, said: “We wanted to meet the candidates to let them know which issues were important to us. We thought it would be great if the elected MP joined us for the Great Get Together Meal so they could meet their electorate and help build a strong relationship with civil society. We look forward to working together on building the Living Wage campaign in the Borough, amongst other local issues.”

 

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Redbridge and Waltham Forest Citizens to Get Together with Iain Duncan Smith MP

 

REDBRIDGE AND WALTHAM FOREST CITIZENS TO BUILD A WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH IAIN DUNCAN SMITH MP

Redbridge and Waltham Forest Citizens, part of national community organising charity, Citizens UK, today welcomes Iain Duncan Smith, returning as the MP for Chingford and Woodford Green and looks forward to working with him in the future.

Fr Andy Trenier, a leader of Waltham Forest Citizens from Chingford Parish Church, said: “We are also very pleased that Iain hopes to join us for a meal to celebrate the Great Get Together on 23 June in memory of Jo Cox, the MP murdered last year. This is a fitting way to mark the start of our work together; local people from a whole host of diverse institutions coming together with their MP to tackle issues around the common good. We have more to unite us than to divide us.”

Before the elections, representatives Waltham Forest and Redbridge Citizens met parliamentary candidates in Woodford to tell them their concerns and to invite them to join in the Great Get Together, should they win the parliamentary seat.  Each candidate was also asked to meet Waltham Forest and Redbridge Citizens at an early stage if elected.

The aim was to build and develop relationships between civil society members and whoever was elected as the local MP.

Moya Moffat, a leader of Redbridge Citizens from Saint Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Church, said: “We wanted to meet the candidates to let them know which issues were important to us. We thought it would be great if the elected MP joined us for the Great Get Together Meal so they could meet their electorate and help build a strong relationship with civil society. Iain Duncan Smith spoke of his hope for greater prosperity within the constituency, of improvement to air quality and protection of open spaces, and of local housing challenges. We look forward to working with him on these and other local issues.”

 

 

 

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Launch of the Citizens Commission on Islam, Participation & Public Life Report

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The Citizens Commission on Islam, Participation and Public Life is delighted to announce the launch of its report on Monday 3rd July. Entitled "The Missing Muslims" the report seeks to explore how civil society can help unlock British Muslim potential for the benefit of all. 

Chaired by Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP, the Commission brought together several Commissioners (drawn from a wide cross section of British society) to consider how the Muslim community could better engage and participate in public life. It sought to identify examples of best practice, alongside better understanding what the key challenges may be for Muslim communities in Britain.

 

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COMMUNITY ORGANISING CO-ORDINATES CIVIL SOCIETY RESPONSE TO THE GENERAL ELECTION 2017

  Diverse civil society alliances aim to build relationships with PPCs in 100 constituencies

-   If elected PPCs are invited to eat with us at a Great Get Together meal in memory of Jo Cox

Citizens UK, the national home of community organising, which brings together over 350 diverse civil society institutions including churches, mosques, synagogues, schools, universities and community groups, has launched its response to the snap general election.

Citizens UK is calling on political candidates to engage with civil society in their constituencies and pledge to build a relationship to work together for the common good with an aim to make Britain a more just, inclusive and welcoming country by 2022.

Local leaders from the community organising movement will be meeting with prospective parliamentary candidates in at least 100 constituencies across England and Wales. Citizens UK leaders will be organising private meetings with PPC’s, hosting round-tables and Citizens Assemblies as part of their strategy to develop lasting and useful working relationships with politicians.

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Response to terror attack at Manchester Arena

Vigils in Manchester, Leeds and Bradford tonight at 6pm.

Greater Manchester Citizens, part of community organising charity Citizens UK, are saddened and horrified by the terror attack in our city, at the Manchester Arena yesterday.  Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and our emergency services who are at the forefront of dealing with this tragic incident.

Khalid Anis, Islamic Society of Britain in Manchester, and member of Manchester Citizens, said:

“Today, we wake up to the sad news of a terror attack at the heart of our city that has killed many innocent individuals, tragically some are our very young who were at the concert with friends and families. Manchester communities are strong and resilient and will no doubt deal with this latest tragedy in the usual Mancunian way; working together and not allowing anyone to hijack this tragic event for their own agenda. We ask all communities to be extra vigilant over the coming weeks and support our police service with any information that they may have to prevent any further incidents.” 

Sir Peter Fahy, Chair of the Greater Manchester Citizens Sponsor Committee said:

 “We are shocked at the tragic news of this terror attack at the heart of Manchester City Centre, the tragic loss of life and the sheer scale is difficult to comprehend. We ask for all to stay calm and support our emergency services in whatever way they can to help them in this hour. Communities will be coming together across Manchester to say clearly we will not let hatred divide us."

Greater Manchester Citizens is helping to co-ordinate communities to come together for a vigil at 6pm taking place at Albert Square outside Manchester Town Hall along with the Mayor of Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester Police. 

Vigils will also take place in Leeds and Bradford. At Leeds Minister tonight (Tuesday) the vigil begins at 6pm. It will be led by the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, and the Rector of Leeds, Canon Sam Corley.

At the same time, 6pm, at Bradford Cathedral the Bishop of Bradford, Rt Revd Toby Howarth will lead a Prayer Vigil with other civic and religious leaders.  All other churches in the diocese are being asked, wherever possible, to be open for prayer. 

 

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International community change-maker to lecture in Birmingham

 

INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED COMMUNITY CHANGE MAKER TO DELIVER LECTURE ON THE ROLE OF CIVIL SOCIETY IN CREATING A STRONG DEMOCRACY

Internationally renowned speaker, community change maker and Co-Director of the Industrial Areas Foundation, Ernesto Cortes Jnr. will be delivering a lecture, Democracy and Inequality: Why a Strong Civil Society is Needed for a Strong Democracy, at the University of Birmingham Business School on Friday 26 May 2017.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Sciences, University of Birmingham, Professor Saul Becker and national community organising charity, Citizens UK, are welcoming Mr Cortes to the UK and Birmingham to learn from his more than 50 years’ experience of building civic power across the USA. The lecture is part of a series of events and partnerships that the University, championed by Professor Becker, is undertaking as part of its commitment to civic engagement.

During his presentation, Mr Cortes will argue why a strong and active civil society is so important to the way democracy is both learned and practiced. His experience has taught him how important it is for the key institutions of civil society like faith and education to challenge the growth in inequality for many reasons, but particularly for its corrosive effect on the human condition and the quality of family and community life. 

As the UK prepares for a General Election on June 8th, it is anticipated that Mr Cortes' words and experience will prove highly relevant at such an important time, and a reminder of the central role Civil Society must play in a healthy democracy - and not just at Election time.

Neil Jameson, Director, Citizens UK said: “Ernesto Cortes has been instrumental in building more than 30 broad-based organisations whose hallmark is the development and training of ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Over the years, these organisations have leveraged billions of dollars for poorer communities across the South West of America.

 “His work has brought together pastors, teachers, nurses, schools and families to build some of the best known and longest standing Community Organisations in America.  They have fought for and won billions of dollars of investment into their communities and trained thousands of community leaders to take power by using the tools of democracy and relationship building.

 “Citizens UK has a 30-year working relationship with the Industrial Areas Foundation, with Mr Cortes being instrumental in helping Citizens UK revive the tradition of community organising; he remains a great inspiration and teacher for a new generation.

 “I look forward to the learning opportunity his presentation offers, and the chance to debate and discuss his ideas and methods with community leaders, academics and representatives of the business community who we hope will join us.”

The event will bring together a diverse audience of key stakeholders from a variety of sectors across the city as well as leading Academics and a panel of thought leaders and experienced practitioners.

 

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Hundreds of unaccompanied refugee children could have been unlawfully denied family reunion

This week the Administrative Court will consider whether the government failed to take adequate steps to protect children’s rights prior to the demolition of the Calais camp in France, and its continuing failure to deliver and operate an effective system for the transfer of unaccompanied child refugees with family in the UK. Last week, in cases brought in the Upper Tribunal by lawyers working with Citizens UK’s Safe Passage project, it was determined that five children who were in the Calais camp were unlawfully denied their rights to reunite with their families in the UK.

Lawyers working with Safe Passage have said that this week’s Judicial Review could affect the cases of hundreds of unaccompanied children in France. Citizens UK is challenging the government’s failure to set up an operational Dublin III system for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in France. This failure has meant that independent lawyers and charities such as Citizens UK’s Safe Passage programme have been forced to do the government’s job by carrying out the necessary legal and logistical work. “There is no functioning state system and what system there is, is currently almost entirely dependent on private actors,” the claim states.



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