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North London Citizens is powerful alliance crossing the six boroughs of Brent, Barnet, Camden, Islington, Haringey and Harrow. When North London Citizens founded in 2011, it was the first chapter to have founding members from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions. North London Citizens has also pioneered community organising in schools and has worked to share this learning with education groups across the country. North London Citizens is committed to changing the way our city operates and is proud to lead the Living Wage campaign within football, securing the first accredited Living Wage Premier League Football Club in December 2014.

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Barnet Council Agrees to Resettle 50 Syrian Refugees After Barnet Citizens Organise Landlords, Employers, Schools and GPs On St Vincent De Paul’s Feast Day

“Rabbi, the answer is yes”

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Barnet Citizens, part of national community organising charity, Citizens UK, organised a ‘Sanctuary Succot in Barnet’ on 27th September – St Vincent de Paul’s feast day – as part of its campaign to persuade Barnet Council to welcome 50 Syrian refugees into the community – resulting in the Leader of the Council, Richard Cornelius responding “Rabbi, the answer is yes” to Barnet signing up to the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme.

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Woman from burnt down Bravanese community centre Wins Special Jury award at the "Women On the Move Award” with Annie Lennox

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On Wednesday 4th March 2015 Asma Mohamed Ali from the Somali Bravanese Welfare association  (SBWA) won the prestigious Special Jury award at the 2015 Women On the Move awards.

Asma came to England as a refugee child with no grasp of English, but has devoted her time to running homework and women’s literacy clubs for her community. In 2013, her Bravanese community hall was burnt down in a suspected racist arson attack, but within a week, while six months pregnant and with the help of Citizens UK, Asma forged ties between the local Jewish and Muslim communities to keep the students’ programme going, and led community action to get £1.1 million of Council support to rebuild the hall.

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What about a transfer window for those in working poverty?

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The January transfer window closed at 11 p.m. last night with the Premier League clubs spending a total of £125 million. Yet only one club is offering their lowest paid staff a transfer out of working poverty.

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Islington Citizens ask their local authority to consider resettling 50 Syrian refugees from UN refugee camps this festive season

Members of Islington Citizens marked St Nicholas's Day by remembering those who will be in refugee camps over this festive period.

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Haringey Citizens launch new CitySafe Zone

On Wednesday 25th November, members of Haringey Citizens, a local alliance of faith and education groups, launched a new CitySafe Zone on West Green Road. The CitySafe scheme is a youth-led campaign run by Haringey Citizens that seeks commitments from shopkeepers to offer their premise as a safe haven for anyone who feels in immediate danger. This campaign was started in Tottenham after the riots and there are CitySafe Zones in Tottenham, Bounds Green and now West Green.

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Citizens Artist Points the Lens at Crisis in the Care System

North London Citizens leader, Annemarie Anang, 32, is exhibiting a series of images, at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham, from 12th November to 23rd November, entitled, Mum, Dementia & I, which give an intimate insight into life with her mother, Elizabeth, as together they attempt to make sense of the changes in their lives caused by the onset of dementia.

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An open letter to Arsene Wenger

Tomorrow, a team from Islington Citizens is heading to the Emirates Stadium to wish Arsenal good luck for their first game of the season and to remind them of the pressing need to champion the Living Wage by becoming the first Living Wage Football Club. Martin Wroe, a member of North London Citizens, has written this wonderful open letter to Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal, asking for his support for the Living Wage.

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Homes for Haringey becomes a Living Wage Employer

We are proud to announce that Homes for Haringey, the arms-length management organisation managing 21,000 council homes in the borough, is now an accredited London Living Wage employer. Homes for Haringey has joined over 200 employers from across London in signing up to the London Living Wage accreditation scheme, led by the Living Wage Foundation. The London Living Wage plaque was presented by local school children from the Willow Primary School and the Brook Special Primary School, both in Tottenham. The presentation was an opportunity for the young students to meet Homes for Haringey’s Managing Director, Andrew Billany, and to learn about and discuss the benefits of a local employer like Homes for Haringey paying the London Living Wage.

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Islington Citizens ask Arsenal to help them be proud of their winning team

Members of Islington Citizens were proud and excited that their local football club, Arsenal FC had not only reached the FA Cup final, but had won after 9 years in waiting! On Sunday 18th May, as the Cup, players and WAGs were paraded on an open-top bus through the streets of Islington to a richly deserved Town Hall reception, members urged Arsenal once again to do the right thing – pay the Living Wage to third party contractors.

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