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December 3rd 2018

London Citizens Mayoral Accountability Assembly

On the 29th November, The Halley Academy Social Action Group attended the 2018 London Citizens Mayoral Accountability Assembly at St George's Cathedral. We stood as part of almost 1,500 organised London Citizens in a Citizens Assembly with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. It celebrated his recent work with London Citizens (affordable housing, support for the Community Land Trust, citizenship and integration and the launch of living wage week) to make London a place for all. It was also an opportunity to ask him to commit to work with Citizens on new challenges and hold him accountable to the hundreds of thousands of London based members Citizens represent. 

On the evening, Sadiq Khan pledged to address the escalating violence in London to make it a safer place to live. We heard moving stories from victims of knife crime and their families, performances from refugees living in London and poetry from primary school children seeking citizenship.  Sadiq ended the night saying "I LOVE London Citizens!" and "Power does not concede without pressure".

In 18 months time, The Halley Academy Social Action Group will be presenting their campaign to make misogyny and violence towards women and girls a hate crime at the next Citizens Mayoral Assembly. As always, the group were impeccable and a credit to the academy.

All students from Year 7 to Sixth Form are welcome to join the Social Action Group, as are staff. We meet every Thursday during the enrichment period in the student boardroom.

If you would like more information regarding the Social Action Group and the work that it does, please speak to Vickie Williamson, Assistant Principal or email her on (vickie.williamson@thehalleyacaemy.org.uk)

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