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My London bus attack was homophobic and an act of misogyny hate crime - it's time for the law to change

Melania Geymonat was attacked on a night bus in London. She is backing our campaign to make misogyny a hate crime.

In the early hours of 30 May, 2019, I got on the N31 night bus with my partner at the time, Chris. What happened next is largely a blur, but it projected the two of us into the national media spotlight, with even the British Prime Minister at the time, Theresa May, sending her condolences to us.

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Citizens UK welcomes Law Commission’s recommendation to protect gender under hate crime laws

Students from Manchester University are some of the leaders who met with the Law Commission to share their experiences of misogyny. 

 

Citizens UK has welcomed the Law Commission’s announcement today (23rd September 2020) that they recommend gender and misogyny be categorised as a hate crime in a once in a generation update to UK hate crime law.  

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As the eviction ban ends, we can't turn our back on our neighbours with No Recourse to Public Funds

From Monday 21st September 2020, thousands of people in the UK will be at risk of losing their homes as the ban on evictions policy ends. This is leaving many of our neighbours in an overwhelmingly vulnerable position as coronavirus cases rise throughout the country. 

People with No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) will be especially impacted, as they are not entitled to support packages offered by the Government. 

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How this podcast is helping the Somali community talk about mental health

Uni students Hakima, Hamdah and Laila who created the Somali Mindfulness Podcast smiling at the camera.

From left to right: Hakima, Hamdah and Laila who created the Somali Mindfulness Podcast to help their local community open up about their mental health.

For many of us, opening up about mental health struggles is a tough, but necessary, conversation.

And Cymru Citizens UK leaders Hakima, Hamdah and Laila are helping their local Somali community do just that. They are the creators and hosts of the Somali Mindfulness Podcast, a safe space where they discuss a range of issues relating to mental health. 

We spoke to Hakima about the inspirations to create the podcast, how older generations are dealing with their own trauma, and her number one tip for anyone struggling with their mental health right now.  

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People powered solutions to the climate crisis

 

By Lucy Stone, Aaron Befekadu, Advocacy Academy, Rev Vanessa Conant, St Mary's Church Walthamstow, and Luke Murphy, Institute for Public Policy Research 

Addressing the climate crisis has forced us to rethink the ways we live and how our neighbourhoods are designed. It’s not only highlighted baked-in inequalities, but has also brought neighbours together in mutual aid. Transitioning out of coronavirus and to a climate safe world gives us a chance to really address the inequality in accessing green spaces, public transport, cycle lanes, healthy homes and food.

After the sunniest recorded spring in UK history, and warnings of water shortages, we are reminded that climate change hasn’t gone away during the pandemic. 

Citizens UK and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) believe there is a chance to ‘Just Transition city’ in London, to show how we can address the climate crisis in a way that improves people’s lives and provides opportunities. 

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Brent Citizens schools prioritise development of young leaders during covid-19 pandemic

Despite the challenges presented by lockdown, students from Ark Academy (Wembley) and Newman Catholic College (Harlesden) have enthusiastically participated in Community Organising and Community Leadership training programmes over the past few months in order to develop their skills and be equipped with practical tools to take collective action on the issues affecting them, their families and local communities.

At a time of hardship and uncertainty, they have shown resilience and a remarkable commitment to social justice and the common good!

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New research shows women are three times more likely than men to experience both threats and acts of sexual violence and assault

Today we launch a powerful piece of research Overcoming everyday hate in the UK.  Involving hundreds of Citizens UK members in hearings across England and Wales this independent study details the shocking extent of hate crime. With a specific focus on acts of hate directed towards women it gathers experiences of the many different groups of people in our communities affected.

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Harrow Citizens engage with Harrow GPs Forum on mental health

Leaders from Harrow Citizens member organisations Kol Chai Reform Jewish Community (Hatch End) and Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue (NPLS) delivered a presentation at the Harrow GPs Forum coordinated by the Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to address some of the priority concerns of our membership in relation to mental health.

We are pleased to have built a closer relationship with local GPs and look forward to collaborating with them.

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Brent Citizens puts real Living Wage and affordable homes at heart of Brent Poverty Commission

Brent Citizens were delighted to be involved in the six-month review of the causes and consequences of poverty in Brent as part of the independent Brent Poverty Commission. Through our local Citizens Organiser, Brent Citizens members were able to share their first-hand experiences and articulate our priorities as a broad-based alliance.

The Commission produced a report in August 2020 with over 40 concrete recommendations, which Brent Council has committed to implementing to the best of its abilities. 

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Five years on from Alan Kurdi - an overview of Community Sponsorship

On 2 September 2015, the image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi lying lifeless and alone on a Turkish beach seized frontpages globally. While his death unveiled nothing new about the ongoing human disaster, the image became a watershed moment where a hitherto abstract war entered British living rooms, and made the Syrian refugee crisis everyone’s business. 

Five years on, the anniversary of Alan’s death marks both a tragedy that still haunts public conscience, and an ambivalent sense of achievement that this managed to open borders to 20,000 Syrian refugees in desperate need.

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