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Launch of Camden and Islington Citizens Commission on Youth Violence

Blog by Hugh Murdoch, North London Citizens Organiser

This morning I was pleased to hear London Mayor Sadiq Khan announce plans for a violence reduction unit to tackle the endemic rise of youth crime in London. The unit, which will treat youth violence as a public health issue, will be based on a model in Glasgow which had significant success.

However, this morning’s announcement came alongside news of yet another fatal stabbing on our streets. A young man in his 20s was killed on Tuesday night by Tufnell Park, on the border between of Camden and Islington.

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New Harrow Citizens alliance wins change and prepares to expand

Harrow Citizens is the newest Borough alliance of Citizens UK in North London. It launched in May 2017 with the aim of bringing different civic society organisations together to organise and act for the common good. In just over the year, Harrow Citizens has already made great strides and is keen to keep growing in both strength and numbers. Continue reading to find out more about Harrow Citizens' achievements and their next steps.

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Welcome to our new Sunderland Organiser

Welcome to our new Associate Organiser for Sunderland, Claire Rodgerson, from everyone at Tyne and Wear Citizens. Click here to read more about her background and plans for the future.

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Legacy Tour of the Olympic Park: join us

New tower blocks continue to be built next door on the Olympic Park. But who are these homes for? Is this luxury housing for developers to profit or homes for local people? There are 15,000+ jobs coming to the Olympic Park in the next few years, will these go to local people and will people be paid a decent wage? Read more to find out how this action can help us get some clear answers.

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Westminster Citizens: forging a new alliance

Revd Simon Woodman of Bloomsbury Baptist Church shares some reflections about why his institution and others are coming together to rebuild Westminster Citizens - and what their hopes for the future are.

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Organising among Anglican churches in Ealing: a reflection

The tools of community organising have had such a positive impact on how I fulfil my role as churchwarden. In fact, I’ve felt a real calling to share our experiences with other Anglican churches in the Ealing Deanery. With the support of our area bishop, Pete Broadbent, and our area dean, Steve Newbold, Fr Justin Dodd, St Barnabas Pitshanger and I convened a local clergy and lay leaders’ roundtable to share stories and listen. Read more to find out what we learnt from one another.

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Community sponsorship: a joint endeavour

Westminster Quaker Meeting, Bloomsbury Baptist Church and LSE's Faith Centre are working together to jointly welcome a Syrian family to the heart of the city in 2019. Read more about our journey.

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Nottingham Citizens win 'Upstanding Organisation' Award at 2018 No2H8 Crime Awards

Nottingham Citizens have been recognised at yesterday's No2H8 Crime Awards, a national award ceremony that aims to celebrate those contribute toward the cohesion of different communities the UK by tackling hatred and prejudice.

 

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The Living Wage benefits local economies as much as employees

For many years now, Citizens UK leaders have campaigned for more employers to pay the real Living Wage. There are countless benefits for the employees who are paid the real Living Wage instead of the government minimum; employees are paid a fair wage for the work they do, a wage which is vital for employees to keep their heads above water. Read more about the research behind this here.

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Newly announced Government review of hate crime legislation is a win for broad-based organising

On Wednesday 5 September, speaking to the House of Commons, Justice Minister Lucy Frazer MP announced a comprehensive Government review led by the Law Commission into the coverage and approach all hate crime legislation. This important commitment comes as a result of campaigning by Citizens UK leaders in Nottingham, Manchester, Tyne and Wear, London and beyond. Read more to see our full response.

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