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NOW CANCELLED - our 27th April Accountability Assembly

Accountability Assembly Cancelled

Given the latest Government advice, and the fact that the PFCC elections have been postponed until 2021, we have cancelled our Citizens Essex Accountability Assembly on 27 April 2020 at Anglia Ruskin University.

We are still delighted that the PFCC Commissioner Roger Hirst and the other candidates had agreed to attend the Assembly and look forward to arranging another opportunity to discuss with them the important findings of our Essex-wide listening campaign.

We are using Monday 23rd March to hold a planning and strategy online meeting from 19.00 – 20.30 where we will discuss how civil society can best support each other through this pandemic.

We've left the original invitation text in this post up so you can see what we were planning.

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Happy Birthday to us !

What are your memories of Colchester Citizens Founding Assembly?  Its one year since we had our Founding Assembly on Monday evening, 4th March, at St Botolph's Church in Colchester.  If you were there that night, then maybe you can still remember the brilliant and brave young people.  They got up on stage and told the 200 or so people attending their real life stories of getting help on mental health issues, homelessness and using buses.

The 200 or so attendees at our Founding Assembly

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A London Citizens manifesto for change

London Citizens launch their manifesto for change ahead of the 2020 Mayoral Elections, and outline campaign areas and asks to put to the mayoral candidates at the assembly on 21st April 2020.  

We are concerned by housing, low wages, treatment of migrants and refugees and climate change, but safety and tackling violence affecting young people on our streets is the number one issue for London Citizens and as we launch our manifesto for London. Too many young people are losing their lives or facing serious harm because of this complex and tragic issue.

Read the full London Citizens manifesto here.

 

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My Community Organising Journey: Kulsuma Begum - Women 100

Kulsuma Begum, a Women 100 leader, was refused entry into her children's schools because she wore the niqab. This is a powerful reflection on her Community Organising journey and how the method she learned was accordant with her faith and helped her to make a change in her local community.

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Can schools work together for the Common Good? They can with Leaders like these!

This blog is written by Keith Hebden, Community Organiser for Leicester & Leicestershire Citizens. A short but powerful reflection of how students in schools can develop into effective leaders in public life and take action on the issues that affect them most through the tools and principles of Community Organising.

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Ealing Citizens Newsletter

See the incredible work of the local leaders of Ealing Citizens, through their first newsletter of 2020. Highlights include a local victory around Community Land Trust homes,  a recent blog around the Living Wage and why Acton Mosque joined the local Ealing Citizens alliance. Read it here.

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Organising towards the London Citizens 2020 Mayoral Assembly

On 23 January 2020, 25 leaders from 10 members of West London Citizens – from Hounslow, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster - gathered at Christ the Saviour Anglican Church in Ealing to participate in turnout training.

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Why service designers and community organisers need to work together

Blog by Lucy Stewart, Senior Researcher at Snook, a multidisciplinary design studio that creates products, services and tools that help people and governments thrive. In this blog (also available on Medium) she reflects on her training on Community Organising and how service designers and community organisers can work together to craft next era government. 

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Empoderando Padres; a powerful parent group!

Written by Ana Ramirez Mourraille

This winter, I had the good fortune of accompanying a group of Latin American parents living in London for the creation of the Empoderando Padres group.

The project comes from a King’s College London initiative with Citizens UK; it is an active network of mothers and fathers striving for a greater understanding of the English education system, so they can to better support and guide their children in their education.

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Está comprobado que durante la adolescencia, el apoyo de los papás resulta fundamental en reducir el “performance gap” entre los diferentes niños que asisten al colegio. El “performance gap” casi que puede definir cuáles jóvenes pueden acceder a la universidad y cuáles no. 

El proyecto surge como una colaboración entre King’s College London (KCL) y Citizens UK, es una red activa de madres y padres preocupados por entender mejor del sistema educativo inglés para apoyar y guiar mejor a sus hijos en su bachillerato.

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Scale of young people raised in UK held back by high child citizenship fees revealed

A new study by the University of Wolverhampton has estimated that over 215,000 children are growing up in the UK without any formal immigration status, as published in the Guardian today. Some arrived in the UK as children and over half were born in the UK.

Without their papers, children can access basic healthcare and go to school, but once they become adults they won’t be able to work, study or open a bank account, limiting their opportunities to thrive and fully contribute to the UK, their home.

Alongside child law experts including Coram and We Belong, Citizens UK calls for citizenship and immigration policy to integrate these children – as right now, the system to protect these children who are British to all intents and purposes is broken.

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