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  • “ London’s Communities Acting Together for Change”
  • London Citizens is made up of 160 member communities across 22 London Boroughs which include schools, universities, churches, mosques, and many other institutions (a posh name for a group or organisation)
  • London Citizens works to develop citizens’ skills of doing politics – with young people and adults, together. Here one of our leaders is negotiating with the Mayor of London
  • London Citizens Trains and Supports leaders in all our communities develop their skills for making change happen. Each borough has an organiser who supports the communities who join. Before he was President, Barack Obama was a community organiser!!
  • London Citizens Takes Action To improve London. Here are some examples
    • Ending Poverty by winning a London Living Wage of £7.60 per hour
    • Supporting the rights of people forced to flee their countries to seek safe sanctuary (help and support)
    • Making Streets Safer by building relationships between the community, shopkeepers and the police with City Safe Havens
    • Campaigning for affordable Housing, Our Homes our London
    • Enabling young people and communities to become responsible and streetwise with their money:
    • Launched in 2001
    • Living Wage now £7.60/hour
    • £30m and counting into pockets of lowest paid.
    • 5500 families lifted out of working poverty.
    Action for Change - Living Wage Campaign
    • Campaign for affordable family housing
    • Calling for Community Land Trusts (where housing is owned by the community, not privately) to build stable affordable communities.
    Action for Change - Our Homes, Our London Campaign
  • Strangers into Citizens Campaign 18,000 people gather in Trafalgar Square to push for an earned pathway to legal citizenship for half a million exploited, low-paid, ‘shadow citizens’
  • Why join London Citizens?
  • Working with other community organisations builds power – people power. Working together we can make change happen To plug into a power alliance
  • Campaigns decided by you brings many opportunities to make a real change to where you live To take action in the real world Negotiating with real power players Building power with real people Organising real events Researching on real streets Raising Awareness of real issues
  • You can learn how to improve your leadership skills and lead in the real world to make change happen To become leaders in the real world
  • “ London’s Communities Acting Together for Change”