Take Back the City is a growing group of disillusioned Londoners who are getting organised because we know that we can't take on the issues the injustices of life in the city alone. From rip off rents, to racist policing, pollution, lack of community spaces and unaccountable politicians the need to Take Back the City is clear.
We want to create a democratic, diverse London for all, especially marginalised Londoners.
We want to do this using the resources we already have: community, creativity and solidarity- and by taking power away from big business and politicians who don’t represent us.
This year- 2017- we are focusing our energies on building power in communities. We are doing this through knocking on doors, organising community and creative events and working with marginalised Londoners to fight and win on issues that impact them. If you are passionate about this too and are interested in community organising, doing research for community purpose, applying any creative skills you have (eg making films) or doing admin- we need you! Get in touch with us: takebackthecity2016[at]gmail.com
What we do and how we do it
We are a group of Londoners who meet regularly. We spend our Organising meetings planning events, discussing the best way to intervene with our energy and we place importance on respecting and acknowledging each Organiser’s contributions and talents. We also have less frequent Open Meetings which new folk are very welcome to attend to get a flavour of what we do. We especially welcome people who are new to political organising to get involved.
We have spent the last 18 months listening, discussing, workshopping and creating.
We have organised over 80 workshops to listen to what Londoners- migrant groups, school kids, cleaners , community groups, young people- are saying, and what they need from the city they live in. In 2016 we made these ideas and demands into a Peoples’ Manifesto which our group member Amina Gichinga used as a platform to run on during the London 2016 GLA elections.//
After the spike in hate crimes following the vote to leave the EU in June, we took to the streets of Stratford and got hundreds of people to share how they were feeling and what their hopes and fears were // We've organised Tale of Two City events which centre creative expression as a means to explore and amplify the voices of marginalised Londoners // We've held meetings, events and community consultations at centres around London, especially in Newham. We advertise these events through knocking on doors.
We think that listening and engaging with everyday issues is a central part of building power in communities.
We are working to create a space for marginalised communities to give voice to their hopes, fears and ideas and in doing so support them to fight against the structures that have marginalised them/us.
We are committed to equality for all and oppose all forms of oppression whether on the grounds of race, sex, class, gender, sexuality, age, or disability. In this spirit we seek to amplify the voices of marginalised groups.
We recognise and value the role that creativity and the arts has in achieving meaningful social change and commit ourselves to organising events and opportunities for this political experience to take place.
We believe that change comes with united communities and we seek to make connections with London’s diverse and multiple communities in our outreach sessions and events.
We demand a more democratic and fair London and oppose the control of the city by a financial, political and corporate elite. We strive to embody our democratic goals in our everyday organising.
If you share our values and drive for change, please get in touch- particularly if you are interested in becoming an Organiser or Member of the group.
From Lewisham and Ladbroke Grove, the consensus is clear. We need a city we can afford to live and raise children in, not luxury flats on every other corner. We need people in power who really represent us, who reflect the ethnic and cultural diversity of the city and who walk like us and talk like us. That is what Take Back The City will fight to deliver.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org / @TBTCLondon