North London

North London Citizens is powerful alliance crossing the five boroughs of Brent, Barnet, Camden, Islington and Haringey. When North London Citizens founded in 2011, it was the first chapter to have founding members from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions. North London Citizens has also pioneered community organising in schools and has worked to share this learning with education groups across the country. North London Citizens is committed to changing the way our city operates and is proud to lead the Living Wage campaign within football, securing the first accredited Living Wage Premier League Football Club in December 2014.

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Brent Landlords and Estate Agents pledge houses in aid of most vulnerable Syrian refugees fleeing conflict in the Middle East

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Brent Action for Refugees met with landlords and estate agents from across Brent, asking businesses to do their part in welcoming refugees. The event, hosted by Newman Catholic College, brought together a diverse group of civic institutions.

Oscar Watkins, a volunteer with Brent Action for Refugees said “we decided to hold this event, because we knew that businesses in Brent could do their part to help vulnerable Syrian refugees. This is an opportunity for Brent council to work with businesses and the community to make resettlement a success."

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Camden Young People Lead the Way to making Camden High Street Safer

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On Saturday 13th February, local young people and businesses on Camden High Street joined forces to make Camden High Street a safer place for everyone, as they launched the first wave of CitySafe Havens in the area in partnership with Camden Citizens, part of national community organizing charity, Citizens UK.

Young people in Camden raised concerns that when they felt threatened or in danger they didn’t feel they had anywhere to turn, and that they were always seen as trouble makers. Fourteen local young people from across Camden decided take the safety concerns of the community into their own hands and make Camden High Street a safer place to be.

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Brent Action Group Working to Support Refugees

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Leaders in Brent came together to establish a #RefugeesWelcome support group, expressing solidarity and support with the refugees fleeing violence and unrest in Syria and other war-torn countries.

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Barnet Council Agrees to Resettle 50 Syrian Refugees After Barnet Citizens Organise Landlords, Employers, Schools and GPs On St Vincent De Paul’s Feast Day

“Rabbi, the answer is yes”

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Barnet Citizens, part of national community organising charity, Citizens UK, organised a ‘Sanctuary Succot in Barnet’ on 27th September – St Vincent de Paul’s feast day – as part of its campaign to persuade Barnet Council to welcome 50 Syrian refugees into the community – resulting in the Leader of the Council, Richard Cornelius responding “Rabbi, the answer is yes” to Barnet signing up to the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.

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Woman from burnt down Bravanese community centre Wins Special Jury award at the "Women On the Move Award” with Annie Lennox

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On Wednesday 4th March 2015 Asma Mohamed Ali from the Somali Bravanese Welfare association  (SBWA) won the prestigious Special Jury award at the 2015 Women On the Move awards.

Asma came to England as a refugee child with no grasp of English, but has devoted her time to running homework and women’s literacy clubs for her community. In 2013, her Bravanese community hall was burnt down in a suspected racist arson attack, but within a week, while six months pregnant and with the help of Citizens UK, Asma forged ties between the local Jewish and Muslim communities to keep the students’ programme going, and led community action to get £1.1 million of Council support to rebuild the hall.

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What about a transfer window for those in working poverty?

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The January transfer window closed at 11 p.m. last night with the Premier League clubs spending a total of £125 million. Yet only one club is offering their lowest paid staff a transfer out of working poverty.

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Islington Citizens ask their local authority to consider resettling 50 Syrian refugees from UN refugee camps this festive season

Members of Islington Citizens marked St Nicholas's Day by remembering those who will be in refugee camps over this festive period.

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Haringey Citizens launch new CitySafe Zone

On Wednesday 25th November, members of Haringey Citizens, a local alliance of faith and education groups, launched a new CitySafe Zone on West Green Road. The CitySafe scheme is a youth-led campaign run by Haringey Citizens that seeks commitments from shopkeepers to offer their premise as a safe haven for anyone who feels in immediate danger. This campaign was started in Tottenham after the riots and there are CitySafe Zones in Tottenham, Bounds Green and now West Green.

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Citizens Artist Points the Lens at Crisis in the Care System

North London Citizens leader, Annemarie Anang, 32, is exhibiting a series of images, at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham, from 12th November to 23rd November, entitled, Mum, Dementia & I, which give an intimate insight into life with her mother, Elizabeth, as together they attempt to make sense of the changes in their lives caused by the onset of dementia.

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An open letter to Arsene Wenger

Tomorrow, a team from Islington Citizens is heading to the Emirates Stadium to wish Arsenal good luck for their first game of the season and to remind them of the pressing need to champion the Living Wage by becoming the first Living Wage Football Club. Martin Wroe, a member of North London Citizens, has written this wonderful open letter to Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal, asking for his support for the Living Wage.

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