New civic activism group established

A new civic activism charity for South London was launched last week at an assembly in Brixton.

South London Citizens is an alliance of trade union branches, schools, students, churches and mosques from six south London boroughs.

The charity is to launch a 'listening campaign' to prepare the ground for a people's manifesto which it will present to London Mayoral candidates before elections next June.

Liberal Democrat Mayoral candidate Simon Hughes attended the launch assembly.

The south London people's agenda will form part of a larger mobilisation of public opinion in Birmingham and London organised by the Citizen Organising Foundation (Third Sector, 3 September).

Rev Stephen Sichel, of St Matthew's Anglican Community in Brixton said: "Communities in South London urgently need a stronger, united voice to begin to tackle the many problems facing ordinary families struggling for a decent quality of life in this city."

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