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Happy Father's Day from DadSpace

Ahead of Father’s Day, we spoke to Sebastian Crankshaw, who is one of the fathers who attends DadSpace in Southwark. DadSpace is run by Parents and Communities Together (PACT), and is a space for babies and toddlers to play and for local Dads to meet, share and receive information on issues such as bonding with your baby, safety, parenting and many more. Click here to find out more about DadSpace.

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Black Lives Matter and structural racism. From solidarity to action

The killing of George Floyd in the United States has laid bare the extent of police brutality and structural racism faced by black people and people of colour across the world.

We stand in solidarity with those protesting peacefully for Black Lives Matter. We are inspired by their courage, which has painfully reminded us of the depth of racial injustice, including here in the UK.

In England and Wales, BAME groups are four times as likely as white people to be stopped and searched by the police, and black people specifically are nine times as likely to be stopped and searched.[1] The 2011 census showed that black people account for 3% of the population in England and Wales, yet they account for 8% of deaths in police custody. People from BAME group are also over-represented in the prison system in England and Wales where they make up 26% of the prison population.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A vigil at our London Citizens assembly with Sadiq Khan in 2018, remembering the lives lost on London's streets 

and organising with young people towards better relationships with the police and to tackle school exclusions.

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Community Organising via a Facebook Group

Andy Griffiths explains a bit about Community Organising via a local Facebook Group. " In Chelmsford, some of us have been practising our community organising skills in a local facebook group, launched in late March.  We asked people for stories and what they cared about, and we ended up with 4,500 members, loads of stories (some heartbreaking), lots of silly poems and memes and “where can I find formula” and coordination of volunteering, and 55(!) actionable issues. 

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Citizens UK response to government decision to support free school meals over summer holidays

On June 16, 2020 the government announced that they will provide about 1.3 million school children with school meal vouchers. This is off the back of a significant amount of work from the part of Citizens UK and our incredible leaders up and down the country, as well as a very high profile letter from Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford.

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Remembering our former colleague Josephine

Josephine Helen Mukanjira

 

Messages of remembrance

Today, we mourn the loss of Josephine Mukanjira, a dearly loved colleague, who passed away in a tragedy of this Covid-19 crisis and who will be laid to rest this afternoon. 

Below we share some messages from staff, past and present, shared in memory of a wonderful friend and colleague.

If you knew Josephine, or simply want to support her family and friends at this difficult time, you can donate to the Memorial Fund for Josephine to help cover her funeral costs and support Jo’s young relatives, who live in Uganda and were mainly dependent on her for their education. Thank you so much for your kind support.

Josephine with colleagues and friends (L to R): Emmanuel Gotora, Josephine Namusisi-Riley and Bekele Woyecha 

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Shining a spotlight on key workers earning below a real Living Wage

Cleaner Living Wage

Photo credit: Living Wage accredited employer Clean for Good.

Citizens UK is celebrating brave cleaners and security staff on International Justice Day for Cleaners and Security Guards, which takes place on June 15 every year.

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Co-sign our letter to Housing Minister Robert Jenrick so no homeless person is left behind in the pandemic

Homeless people across the UK are at risk of losing emergency temporary accommodation and returning to the streets.

While the Government have reinforced their aim to support homeless people after contract for temporary accommodation services end, the extending of housing support will only be available to those who qualify for welfare benefits. 

Thousands of homeless people who are currently housed in hotels around the country don't have access to public funds (No Recourse to Public Funds). This means they can't access vital services like Universal Credit and key parts of the NHS.

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Faith institutions join the call to get care workers a living wage

Churches, mosques and synagogues up and down the country have been blessing care homes as a sign of support for the work they are doing. This is in solidarity with our campaign to get key workers (including care workers) a living wage.

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Still No Place for Hate: George Floyd

The dreadful video showing the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd whilst in police custody in Minnesota, USA  has caused widespread revulsion and reaction around the world. 

As the New York Mayor said, 'he was simply killed because he was black'. Sadly this is just not an isolated incident but the result of decades of structural racism.  This awful act of brutality strengthens our resolve that the scourge of racism and hatred cannot be tolerated or ignored by any of us in our society. 

We stand with the family of George Floyd, and in solidarity with all those who are peacefully protesting against all forms of racism and hate crime in our society. Individually and together, we commit to continue to work for justice and systemic change.

Nottingham Citizens has sought to address racism and hate crime through the Love Not Hate campaign.  Our Still No Place for Hate report makes a number of recommendations to address the inequalities affecting our communities.

Remember, there is Still No Place for Hate. Stay safe.

On behalf of the Nottingham Citizens leadership group,

Clive Foster 

Senior Minister Pilgrim Church

 

For more information contact pete.rogers@nottinghamcitizens.org 

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Black Lives Matter - Citizens UK's response to the murder of George Floyd

Citizens UK releases a statement on the murder of George Floyd, and a call to redouble efforts in tackling issues of structural racism affecting black people.

       Clive FosterNottingham Citizens leader and Senior Minister Pilgrim Church said:

"The dreadful video showing the killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, while in police custody in Minnesota, USA  has caused widespread revulsion and reaction around the world. 

As New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, "he was killed because he was black".

Sadly this is just not an isolated incident but the result of decades of structural racism.

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