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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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#MisogynyIShate: a summer of campaigning across Greater Manchester

Sylvie Pope, Citizens UK leader at the University of Manchester, blogs about how Greater Manchester Citizens have led a powerful campaign to classify groping, stalking and other crimes motivated by misogyny as hate crimes - in the region and at a national level.

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Payday lender Wonga goes into administration: Citizens UK reaction

Payday lender Wonga has collapsed into administration this week. In part, this comes as a result of the introduction by law of a cap on the cost of credit which was campaigned for by Citizens UK from 2009 and won in 2015. Read this blog to learn more about this campaign, which helped protect vulnerable people from falling into even greater debt.

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Citizens leaders hold EqualiTeas event with Andrea Leadsom MP

Citizens leaders engaged with Andrea Leadsom MP, the Leader of the House of Commons, over tea and coffee to mark the centenary of some women earning the right to vote and discuss modern day barriers to greater democratic participation, as experienced by our membership.

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5 reasons why my Baptist church joined Citizens UK

Phil Warburton has worked as a Baptist Pastor in the East End of London for 20 years. In this blog he explains why he sees community organising as an integral part of urban ministry. He has recently become a Community Organiser with Citizens UK in Tower Hamlets and continues his work as a Pastor.

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