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Seasons greetings to South London Citizens! Below you can find the latest news on our 2012 Mayoral Agenda, SLC award winners, updates on local actions and dates for next year's meetings, actions and opportunities for training.

South London Citizens Launch 2012 Agenda

  • South London Citizens takes on the 2012 CitySafe Challenge
  • Housing voted top priority for London Citizens Mayoral Agenda 
  • Boris & candidates to publically answer to Agenda on April 26th

South London Delegates Assembly

On 9th November, 350 people gathered in Battersea Arts Centre to celebrate another year of power, action and justice in South London. The event was a rich combination of politics, drama and musical performances.

Delegates heard testimonies from 11 leaders on a range of issues that arose from our Listening Campaign. Chris and Mae Richard moved us with a powerful story and video of their fight to secure better quality housing. 9 year old David Okhoibole called on delegates to join the CitySafe campaign, saying "I am just 9 years old and have been working on this since I was 7. So, if i can do it, anyone can do it right?". After the testimonies, delegates voted in the following order for issues to take forward in South London and contribute to the London-wide Agenda for the Mayoral Elections in 2012:
1. A Safer London
2= A Living Wage For Londoners
A Brighter Future for Young Londoners
4. Better Housed London 
5. A More Welcoming London
Voting by individual boroughs will be discussed at borough executive meetings and reflected in 2012 borough agendas.

After the voting, South London Citizens members pledged to take on the CitySafe Challenge and to take responsibility for their streets, with a campaign to open new CitySafe Havens  across the capital in 2012. Each institution chose which streets to visit and nominated people to lead the campaign locally. Our actions in 2012 will build towards town centre rallies in every borough on June 9th 2012, to mark the beginning of 100 Days of Peace for London 2012 - a modern revival of the ancient Olympic truce, led by Barry Mizen.

Finally, South London Citizens ratified its Strategy Team and Borough Co-Chairs, who will oversee and guide the work of the alliance in 2012. Receiving their SLC Strategy Team badges and voting cards, the 150 citizens (3 per institution) assembled on stage in a powerful demonstration of collective leadership and local ownership of our campaign agenda.

London Citizens Mayoral Agenda

Our sister chapters in Shoreditch, North, West and East London also held Assemblies after similar Listening Campaigns earlier this year. North London Citizens held its first ever Annual Assembly, attended by 600 people and addressed by 5 local politicians who pledged to work with them in 2012. Over in East London, TELCO (The East London Citizens Organisation) celebrated 15 years of community organising with a spectacular 15th Anniversary Assembly in the Troxy Arena. In the presence of 2000 people, Lord Sebastian Coe, thanked London Citizens for making London 2012 the first ever Living Wage Olympics and for our pioneering Olympic job fairs, which have secured Living Wage Olympics jobs for East Londoners.

Following our largest ever Listening Campaign and over 1000 votes by delegates at our 5 Assemblies, London Citizens has voted for a credible and authentic people's agenda for the 2012 Mayoral Elections. Our member institutions have voted to prioritise issues in the following order:
1. Housing
2. Crime & Safety
3. Opportunities for Young People
4. Living Wage
The Agenda will be presented to Boris Johnson, Ken Livingstone, Brian Paddick and Jenny Jones on 26th April, a week before the election, in the presence of over 2000 people at Methodist Central Hall. We hope to see you and your institution at this event. Before then, members are invited to the London-wide Policy Workshop on Sunday 8th January, where we will shape these broad themes into specific and winnable asks for the Mayoral candidates.

Mayoral Policy Workshop

Join members from across London to help turn the agenda we voted for into specific policy proposals for the Mayoral candidates

Sun 8th Jan, 2pm
(City Temple, Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2DE)

SLC Strategy Team

3 people per institution meet to set the agenda for action in South London:

Sat 28th Jan, 10am
Induction & Training

Limited Places - please register early
(St Peter's Church, Battersea)

Wed 28th Mar, 7pm
(St John's Church, Waterloo)

Wed 13th Jun, 7pm 
(St John's Church, Waterloo)

Wed 12th Sep, 7pm 
(St John's Church, Waterloo)

Training Opportunities

All institutions are encouraged to send their leaders and volunteers on Citizens UK training in:

Strengthening institutions;
Connecting faith & values with action;
Understanding power

To book your place, please contact your organiser for an application form.

Residential Training:
12th-17th Feb (Half Term)
10th-15th June
14th-19th Oct

2 Day Training:
6th-7th Feb
30th-31st Mar
11th-12th May
2nd-3rd July
28th-29th Sept
Prendergast Lead 800 Hands in CitySafe Human Chain
Over 800 young people, teachers, police and shopkeepers joined hands across Crofton Park in Brockley, to celebrate the opening of a new CitySafe zone. With the chant of  "These are our shops, these are our streets, this is a safe community, this is our community, this area is a City Safe Haven, this is our City Safe Haven”, school children from 8 schools came out and took responsibility for their streets. The event was led by Simon Jones and the students at Prendergast Ladywell Fields College, who spoke movingly of their commitment to working with the police and local shopkeepers to make the area safer.

Having built strong relaionships with the local police over the last 3 years, the students welcomed a huge police turnout including two horses and a helicopter, which flew overhead to take photos of the human chain. Later, the students were addressed by Heidi Alexander MP, the Deputy Mayor of Lewisham and Barry Mizen. The event was a huge success, generating plenty of positive press coverage for Lewisham Citizens. More importantly, local shopkeepers have taken ownership of the campaign, with Jay Patel from Budgens revealing "We are a part of a big local family; these are our children. When they grow up, I want them to be proud of Crofton Park and then come back and do something for the community.”

South London Citizens Scoop 3 Awards
The London Citizens AGM and Awards Ceremony is an annual highlight, where we recognise the achievements of the many leaders and institutions who have taken action for the common good. This year's ceremony took place in the London Living Room, on the top floor of City Hall, the office of Mayor Boris Johnson on the South Bank. As well as offering stunning 360 views of the capital, the venue is also one of 250 CitySafe Havens in London. South London Citizens emerged with an impressive haul from the event, picking up 3 awards.

Cynthia Masiyiwa, 21, was named Young Leader of the Year. Her work with Active Horizons in Bexley has seen her take a leading role in Greenwich Citizens, developing a following of 40 people who have taken the lead on local CitySafe walks and Olympic Jobs fairs. Cynthia has also negotiated with the Head of the UK Border Agency (UKBA), sharing her own personal immigration story, chaired the South London Delegates Assembly and performed at the first ever Diaspora People's Assembly. Cynthia was also nominated for a Spirit of London Award this summer.

Barbara Nalumu received the Award for Services to Civil Society. She has been a leader in Croydon for 4 years and her [continued over] 
South London Citizens Scoop 3 Awards [cont]
tireless campaigning helped win the battle to transform the "cattle shed" at Lunar House Immigration Centre into an £800,000 public enquiry office. Barbara's negotiation with UKBA has also led them to remove the word "asylum" from their terminology, while her pinning of David Cameron on child detention helped ensure the campaign was a success. Barbara will be leaving us for the USA next year, but she leaves behind an impressive legacy.
Lewisham Citizens capped an amazing year with the highly coveted Borough of the Year gong. The alliance in Lewisham is recognised by elected the Mayor, MPs, Police Borough Commander, business and health sectors. Lewisham Citizens pioneered the first Living Wage health centre, the first CitySafe Summer Academies for young people, the first CitySafe Shopping Centre and have succeeded in convincing the local authority to become a Living Wage employer. As well as the national campaigns, Lewisham institutions are taking responsibility for their local areas, as the recent CitySafe action by Prendergast demonstrates, which also contained another first -  helicopter flypast and human chain!

Your Organisers

To develop a local campaign, contact your South London Citizens organiser.
Bernadette Farrell - Lead (Southwark)
07786 806 089

Emerald Chao - Chinese Community
07501 967 782
Tom Chigbo - Lambeth
07908 055 606
Jonathan Cox - Wandsworth
07919 484 066
Derron Wallace - Lewisham
07837 701 740
Carina Crawford-Rolt - Greenwich
07867 625 302
For more information about Citizens UK chapters please click on the links below:
North London CitizensSouth London CitizensTELCO
West London CitizensShoreditch CitizensCitizens:MK

For more informaiton about Citizens UK campaigns please click on the links below:
Citizens for SanctuaryLiving WageCity Safe Haven
East London Community Land Trust          Money Mentors
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