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Listen better: Your filter bubble is limiting whose voices you hear

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If you’re passionate about community organising, then during coronavirus you really need to be aware of your filter bubble.

Why? Because the bubble of online information you’re presented with is being filtered. And if you’re not aware of that then your listening won’t be what it needs to be.

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Community Organising and me: an interview with Mother Joyce

We interview Croydon Citizens co-chair Mother Joyce, a veteran leader with South London Citizens about why community organising matters to her and her community.

Community organising has enabled me in my role as a priest to carry out the First Commandment to love thy neighbour as thyself 

Whether it is listening one to one or relationship building, it has equipped me with a valuable set of skills. Community organising helps me to identify the collective need of the society and where my community sits within it.

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8 ways we're organising together during the pandemic

The last year has been tough. But amongst the tragedy and the restrictions brought by the pandemic, we've been heartened by many examples of selfless work by our member organisations. As co-chairs of Citizens UK's leadership team we are proud to be part of such a powerful netork of community leaders, mutual aid givers and justice seekers.

We wanted to share eight ways we've been organising with communities and our inspirational members for the common good since the pandemic first hit the UK.

Mutual aid and connecting across Covid divides

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Eight of our chapters and many generous online supporters raised over £40,000 in donations for the people and organisations in our membership most in need. Members have been involved in many different mutual aid efforts, from Colchester Citizens’ tech champions to the North London members making PPE for Care Homes. Read about our crisis response

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Britain Connects: A conversation with the nation

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Last month, Citizens UK leaders gathered on Zoom to participate in a ground-breaking virtual project, Britain Connects, launched in partnership with the Daily Mirror.

Britain Connects was created to encourage strangers to meet for a virtual chat to discuss issues that have arisen during the coronavirus pandemic and challenges we may face in a post-Covid-19 world. The event is a virtual successor to a similar event run by the Daily Mirror, Britain Talks, in response to an increasingly divided nation post-Brexit. 

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Tyne & Wear Citizens launch campaign to get a counsellor in all schools

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Tyne & Wear Citizens is launching a campaign to get schools-based counsellors in every single school in the area and across England.

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Empowering communities with hopeful paths

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From September to December 2020, Citizens UK is running Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope (PATH) trainings in collaboration with Educational Psychologists. PATH is designed to empower groups, institutions and citizens to plan for the future through active listening and a people-centred mindset.

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Citizens Cymru Wales win Sheila McKechnie Foundation award for Best Community Campaign

Nirushan, a leader from Cymru Wales, virtually collects the Sheila McKechnie award for Best Community Campaign in 2020Nirushan Sudarsan virtually collects the Sheila McKechnie Foundation award for Best Community Campaign in 2020 for Citizens Cymru's Community Jobs Compact work. 

 

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation  hosted their annual National Campaigner award ceremony on Wed 30th September 2020, celebrating the best local and national campaigners making change in their communities.

Citizens UK leaders were nominated twice in the Best Community Campaign award, which awards campaigns run on a local community level.

And we are proud to announce that Citizens Cymru Wales won the award for Best Community Campaign!

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How these young South London leaders got their local police to stop posting photos of weapons online

Tehillah (left) and Josephine (right) are leaders from South London Citizens who campaigned to stop their local police from posting photos of weapons on social media.

Tehillah and Josephine are young leaders from Notre Dame School in Southwark, London, and part of South London Citizens. Together, they’ve been campaigning to change their local police policies around knife crime and stop and search. They are also part of the Citizens UK team engaging the Mayor’s office on community relationships with the police. 

Here, they tell us what gives them the passion to change their community and how they have successfully won campaigns. 

 

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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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