On December 10th in City Temple Church, Holborn, 1,000 leaders from 50 diaspora communities in the UK will come together to launch a new peoples’ movement. The historic event takes place exactly 45 years to the day when Martin Luther King, speaking in the same venue, declared “The basic thing about a man is not his specificity but his fundamentals, not the texture of his hair of the color of his skin but his eternal dignity and worth “. It also coincides with Human Rights Day. Striking a new alliance to launch the Diaspora Peoples’ Assembly movement is an ambitious first step in building diaspora power in Britain.
Set to be an annual event the Assembly will bring together the year’s campaigns, drawing in major power players to answer to Britain’s new diaspora movement.
This historic event, the Inaugural Diaspora Peoples’ Assembly, will feature cultural celebrations of the diversity diaspora communities bring Britain, studies of the heroes and heroines of diaspora organising, and announce the birth of a new, powerful peoples’ movement. The event is organised by Citizens UK (www.citizensuk.org.uk). Citizens UK is the national home of community organising, an alliance which has successfully campaigned to make streets safer,won over £70 million for low-paid workers through its Living Wage Campaign, and led the successful campaign to end the detention of children for immigration purposes prior to the last election
Saturday’s event will feature the following business:
· Formal launch of the alliance with messages of support from MPs, Peers and other civic leaders
· Negotiation with Superintendent Stuart Smith of the Metropolitan Police on improving relationships with diaspora communities
· Negotiation with Suzanne McCarthy, the Immigration Services Commissioner, to work with us to crack down on cowboy immigration advisers.
· Memorial to Jimmy Mubenga, tragically killed during removal from the UK and launch of the CITIZENS UK Commission into Forced Removals which will review the practice of forced returns and produce recommendations for reform.
· The public launch of the ‘Mother Tongue’ campaign to ensure that community languages can be studied as GCSEs.
The Assembly will sit from 14:00-16:30 in City Temple Church, Holborn Viaduct, EC1A 2DE, London. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance.
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