Lessons from Dis-organising and Re-organising: A Catholic Parish in Forest Gate 

By Alistair Rooms I have recently been witness to the excellent work of a Catholic Parish in Forest Gate[1], disorganizing and re-organising. This deep organising work built a strong internal structure which has allowed us to convince London City Airport to change their policy on low-wages. Here are the lessons I learned. To disorganise and … Continue reading Lessons from Dis-organising and Re-organising: A Catholic Parish in Forest Gate 

The institution of the telling of the Passover story

  Reflection at the Passover Seder Table I have just been reading a book called ‘Thinking Institutionally’, by Hugh Heclow. It is all about the role of institutions in our lives and how they shape us. Tonight, we forgo the new and innovative, and ask what we owe to the past, because this is the … Continue reading The institution of the telling of the Passover story

Honoring two fearless women who shaped me

by Jeannie Appleman, April, 2019 Most of us have been shaped by fearless women. I know I have. Two women in particular have had a profound impact on me, causing me to rethink my mission in life.  They shared with me their triumphs over adversity, and challenged me to act on my passions.  They modeled … Continue reading Honoring two fearless women who shaped me

Institutional Organising – Both radical and conservative

Article inspired through a conversation of 5 institutional organisers in the Midlands and London  in March 2019 By Daniel Mackintosh Definition: radical – ‘advocating or based on thorough or complete political or social change; representing or supporting an extreme or progressive section of a political party.’ Conservative – ‘averse to change or innovation and holding … Continue reading Institutional Organising – Both radical and conservative

Building a London Living Wage Movement in Waltham Forest

By Vanessa Conant, Rector of the Parish of Walthamstow It’s nearly always a Saturday when the doorbell will ring and someone will ask for food or for help with gas or electricity, just enough to get through the weekend. In my work as a parish priest, I regularly meet people who work long hours in … Continue reading Building a London Living Wage Movement in Waltham Forest

Reflections on ‘Big Capital’ by Anna Minton – Reasons to be angry (and get organised!)

By Daniel Mackintosh ‘People stop wanting to be organisers when they lose contact with their anger’ – IAF organiser, January 2018 This is a book to remind anyone of why the London housing crisis is worthwhile being angry about. Anna Minton tells a story of how London’s housing police encourages international flows of investment into … Continue reading Reflections on ‘Big Capital’ by Anna Minton – Reasons to be angry (and get organised!)

5 Reasons why my Baptist church joined Citizens UK

By Phil Warburton @philwarbie1  Phil has lived in and worked as a Baptist church planter and Pastor in the East End of London for 20 years, and now sees community organising as an integral part or urban ministry and urban Church.   Phil continues as a pastor and has recently become a Tower Hamlets Community Organiser with … Continue reading 5 Reasons why my Baptist church joined Citizens UK

Solidarity

Reflections by Tamara Joseph (former organiser with Citizens UK, working with MDXSU and Liberal Judaism who learnt her skills as a union organiser in the USA) What was missing from our discussion of solidarity?  An understanding of solidarity as fundamentally collective and as the source of courage in the face of real jeopardy and risk.  … Continue reading Solidarity

Raising the bar in public life – Organised people and public accountability in Waltham Forest

This article appeared in the Waltham Forest Echo - http://walthamforestecho.co.uk/we-welcome-new-housing-commitments/  on 5 June 2018 By Gill Burbridge (Principal Leyton Sixth Form College), Vanessa Conant (Rector Parish of Walthamstow), Averil Watan (Warden, St Barnabas Church), Andy Trenier (Rector Parish of Chingford) and Saira Mir (Faizan-E-Islam) Public life is often dominated by slurs, egoism and disrespect as people … Continue reading Raising the bar in public life – Organised people and public accountability in Waltham Forest

What are organisers reading?

When speaking to a number of organisers who have been engaged in this craft for decades about why they are doing this work, a number of them said 'we like the person organising is helping us to become'. There are many ways to continue to grow as an organiser - action, reflection, 1on1s, writing, mentoring. … Continue reading What are organisers reading?