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Newsletter, April 2019
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diverse communities taking action together for a thriving, more inclusive and fairer MK

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At the Assembly on Thursday...
 
Council leaders, Police Area Commander and other power-holders will be asked for action on this year’s campaigns:  Fair Work (in zero hours contracts), Refugees Welcome (community sponsorship and school support) and Primaries & Police  (police presence in primary schools). 
 
The power of Citizens:mk comes from its diverse communities and the size of its turnout at the annual Assembly.  Everybody counts.  Booking your place is easy, click here.  Please attend.
Click here for Calendar of Citizens:mk events

WEAVING TRUST BETWEEN LEAVE AND REMAIN, Thursday 16th May
 
With the European elections approaching, and strong feelings about Brexit in the air, Citizens:mk wants to promote dialogue and trust between people who have opposing views. We are organising a special ‘Weaving Trust’ event at Cornerstone 5.30-7pm on Thursday 16th May, one week before the European Election. 

We want individuals from Citizens:mk member organisations to bring to the event one person who voted opposite to the way they did in the 2016 EU Referendum. This event is open only to people who are accompanied by someone who voted the other way, and both labelled accordingly. 

At the event, participants will be asked to take up positions in two circles of facing chairs around the cloisters - Leave facing Remain voters - and have a series of short conversations about their current thoughts and feelings about living in MK today. 

If you are interested, you can sign up at the Assembly on 25th April...or follow the link from www.citizensmk.org.uk the following week.
10 more leaders complete Two-Day Training


Funded by MK Community Foundation, the training taught the universal concepts of power and self-interest and the tools of Community Organising.

Trainees came with a range of motivations and left with the following:

  • 109% average increase in ‘My awareness of tools for building relational power
  • 123% average increase in ‘My confidence in my community leadership’
  • 45% increase in ‘My motivation to make positive change in my community’

Click here to read more about the training

Click here to see video of participants’ comments on the course.

Click here for Saira’s testimony.

Book for Accountability Assembly 25th April
ARGUMENT FOR COMMUNITY ORGANISING

To make change, we need power. 
We develop relational power by sharing self-interest through 121 meetings with followers, peer leaders and power holders. 
We develop leaders and build a broad-based alliance, ready to make change through a process of research, action and evaluation.


To find out more, contact our Community Organiser, tel 07962 838685, if you can't wait!
Members

Church of Christ the Cornerstone
Congolese Community
Green Alliance
Jubilee Wood Primary School
Middle East Cultural Group
MK Academy
MK Council of Faiths
MK Deanery
MK Muslim Association
MK Quaker Meeting
Open University
Q:alliance
Southwood Primary School
St. Augustine’s RC Church
St. Frideswide’s Church
St. Monica’s Catholic Primary School
St. Paul’s Catholic School
Stantonbury Ecumenical Partnership
Summerfield Primary School
Truby’s Garden Tea Room
Citizens:mk is a chapter of Citizens UK,
funded by membership dues and small grants from MK Community Foundation
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