Take Back the City met with two different groups of Turkish-Kurdish young people and left inspired by the depth and breadth of their community organisations.
The Alevi community in London are mainly of Turkish origin. Alevism is a branch of Islam that follows different practices and traditions to mainstream Sunni and Shia denominations. The Alevi Cultural Centre & Cemevi in Dalston hosts arts lessons, advice sessions and funerals, as well as space to simply hang out and chat. On a Friday evening in summertime, around 60 young Alevi Londoners assembled for their weekly session on Alevi culture, and told Take Back the City about their demands for London. The group came up with the following five demands:
DayMer and other Turkish-Kurdish organisations operating in London are an inspiration to Take Back the City in that they recognise the importance of maintaining strong collective bonds. Anyone interested in learning from and supporting DayMer's work should go to their flagship Park Festival on Sunday 5th July. It is the culmination of DayMer's festival season and more than ten thousand people are expected to attend.