Blog by Taj Khan, Newcastle Central Mosque, Tyne and Wear Citizens
With a new Prime Minister in post and the prorogation of Parliament, another General Election is likely to be on the horizon. A lot is at stake and communities like mine can't afford to sit this out.
However we may each personally feel about the current political situation, we have to take every opportunity we can get to fight for a better, fairer society.
See, for a long time I was angry about injustice and I took part in countless demonstrations but... nothing ever seemed to change and I began losing hope that people like you and me could be heard.
It's not an exaggeration to say that all of this changed when my local mosque in Newcastle joined Citizens UK's alliance in Tyne and Wear. Being trained in community organising meant that I could see a way forward.
Since then, in the space of less than 2 years we've secured real change in Newcastle. We launched a Hate Crime Charter that was adopted by not one, but four, public transport companies that have now, as a result, improved how staff respond to hate crime incidents.