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
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
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?
By Amanda Walters, Citizens UK Community Organiser In the summer of 2016 West London Citizens (WLC) was campaigning to get Heathrow airport to sign up as a Living Wage employer. The campaign had already been running for two years but there had been a 6 month period of inaction. It was an opportunity to change … Continue reading Heathrow: Making every journey Living Wage
The following story was shared by Sheila Oscroft, a leader from Maun Valley Citizens, at the Anglican Symposium on the Common Good at St Nic's Church in Notthingham I am going to share an action that began with a heartbreaking story. 2015 Maun Valley Citizens extended into Ashfield and a dozen or so from St … Continue reading A38 Story from Ashfield – how organising with schools and churches delivered change on a dangerous road
Keith Hebden, Director of the the Urban Theology Union, leader on Leicester Citizens Sponsoring Committee. These are the notes that Keith shared at a recent Leicester Citizens Sponsoring Committee meeting. I want to talk with you briefly about money. Not always an easy subject. Having done my fair share of wedding preparation with couples I … Continue reading I want to talk with you briefly about money
By Caitlin Burbridge and Daniel Mackintosh “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller For 2 ½ weeks in January 2018, we ran with the Industrial Areas Foundation in California and New York City. The … Continue reading Reflections on trip to IAF Alliances in USA
By Jonathan Cox This week marks the launch of ‘Sponsor Refugees – the Citizens UK Foundation for Community Sponsorship of Refugees’. The whole of our staff, membership and movement will be asked how they can promote the Foundation’s work by encouraging more groups to come forward and resettle a Syrian family through community sponsorship. There … Continue reading Five Ways Community Sponsorship of Syrian Refugees Makes Organising Sense
After 3 and a half years learning the craft of organising, I am both becoming competent at its basic skills and, by reading and observing experienced organisers, beginning to understand what I don’t know. Jane McAlevey, veteran US union organiser, sets a high organising standard. She has developed scientific systems to identify and develop leaders … Continue reading Mobilising or Organising?
By Neil Grant What did you get up to in the summer? The inevitable question we all get asked at some point. Where did you go? Who did you see? What did you do? Well, I know my answer so far. For the month of July, I occupied myself by having coffee with total strangers. … Continue reading Reflections on my Summer (organising) Internship