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Peckham Votes Yes to Launching Peckham Citizens

On Thursday 20th November, 94 people from 17 institutions across Peckham came together at Rye Lane Baptist Chapel, on Rye Lane, for the Peckham Citizens Commissioning Assembly. The group unanimously voted to work towards founding a formal alliance of civic institutions in Peckham, called Peckham Citizens. The alliance will work together to tackle social injustices throughout the local area, putting people in Peckham at the forefront of making their neighbourhood a fairer and better place for all. Thursday night - which was co-chaired by Rev. Paul Collier of Copleston Church and Community Centre and Fran Botley of Southwark Primary Free School - also marked the start of 1,000 Voices, a listening campaign to talk and listen to 1,000 people in Peckham about the challenges people face in the local area.

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Moorlands residents win campaign for street lights

Residents on Moorlands Estate in Loughborough Junction celebrated after a pledge was made to fix their street lights by Christmas. The commitment to fix the lighting came after Jackie Andrews, regional Head of Housing Services from Metropolitan housing association, visited the estate to hear the concerns of residents. After meeting residents and being given a tour of the estate, Jackie Andrews promised that the street lights would be fixed within four weeks.

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Young Citizens ask Allianz to ‘insure’ Croydon’s future

Forty five young people set out to prove that Croydon has talent by handing in CVs on mass to the Allianz Global Assistance UK's George Street HQ near East Croydon station. The 16-19 year old leaders, from community organising charity Croydon Citizens, part of national charity Citizens UK, aimed to prove that young people in Croydon have the skills and potential to work in London’s top companies by showcasing their achievements.

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130 Peckham Residents Join Credit Union

On Monday 27th October, over 130 people in Peckham joined their local credit union together. A group of Peckham residents delivered the applications to the credit union to highlight the services offered by the local credit union as an alternative to payday lenders. The effort was a joint venture by South London Citizens, Copleston, a church and community centre in Peckham, and the Church Credit Champions Network.

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Rabbis, pastors and imams unite to call for Lambeth council to offer sanctuary to 50 UN refugees

Lambeth faith leaders, Rabbi Janet Darley, Pastor Suzette Ashley and Imam Abdulkadir Mohammed, with the support of their congregations and local communities, joined together at Windrush Square, on 9th October during the Jewish festival of Sukkot, to call upon Lambeth Council to offer resettlement to a small number of vulnerable refugees living in UN camps near war-zones such as Syria and Iraq.

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Lambeth Citizens launch financial resilience strategy with Lambeth Council

On Monday 14th July, Lambeth Citizens and Lambeth Council joined forces to launch their Financial Resilience Strategy for the borough.

At a launch event in Lambeth Town Hall, Lambeth Citizens leaders spoke about their campaign to tackle the spread of pay day loan shops and civil society's role in reducing poverty.

There were also speeches from Cllr Paul McGlone, Deputy Leader of Lambeth Council and Lucky Chandrasekera, Chief Executive of London Mutual Credit Union.

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Council candidates commit to action on youth, crime and jobs at Lambeth Assembly

On Wednesday 14th May, candidates from Lambeth’s 3 main political parties agreed to the work with Lambeth Citizens on a range of community issues ahead of next week’s local elections. In front of an audience of 200 local residents, Cllr Lib Peck (Labour)Cllr Alex Davies (Liberal Democrats) and Graham Pycock (Conservatives) committed to specific proposals on crime, jobs and youth opportunities, developed after a 6 month Listening Campaign.

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Both candidates for leader of Croydon Council agree to pay Living Wage

Last night, 30th April 2014, at the Croydon Citizens Accountability Assembly, both candidates for leader of Croydon Council, Cllr Mike Fisher and Cllr Tony Newman, agreed to accredit the council as a Living Wage Employer. Should Cllr Fisher become leader of the council, this would make Croydon the first London Conservative borough to become a  Living Wage Employer.

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Southwark Council Candidates Commit to Community Land Trust

Over 170 Southwark residents, who are members of Southwark Citizens, local branch of national community organising charity Citizens UK, came together at William Booth Training College this week to hold local politicians to account and present them with their People's Manifesto ahead of the borough elections in May.

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Croydon Citizens ‘cross’ at dangerous road: Community alliance calls for longer green man at unsafe crossing

Community leaders from Croydon Citizens took action on Sunday to highlight a dangerous pedestrian crossing in Thornton Heath.

The leaders, dressed in green, crossed the road between Tesco and Superdrug on Brigstock Road in Thornton Heath behind elderly and disabled peers to show how difficult it is to get across safely before the green man turns red.

The leaders held banners saying ‘give us time to cross’ and ‘stay green for longer’ in an attempt to send a clear message to Transport for London (TfL) who are responsible for all traffic lights and crossings in Croydon.

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