Teaching the skills to lead winning campaigns
Citizens Society is the first of its kind in any university - modelling the principles of Citizens UK, home of community organising. Community organising is democracy in action: winning victories that change lives and transform communities. It's about turning normal citizens - and normal students - into leaders, and turn the world as it is into the world as it should be. We do this by developing an understanding of how power works - and how to bring diverse communities together around clear goals and well-researched strategies, to wield people power of their own to transform the world into a more just place. This is politics without parties, this is democracy in action.
Last year we won the campaign to get the University of Manchester accredited as the UK's 5000th Living Wage employer - that's right, a student campaigning society that wins!
This year we have three campaigns - one focused on-campus, and two branching out into the wider community. We will also be organising training sessions so you can learn the skills to build powerful, winning campaigns.
All our campaigns will be sharing a major training day on October 3rd where we will be learning how to build networks for change.
We are launching the University's first Listening Campaign, where we ask students what they think needs to change about our SU, the University, and around the city. This is a great networking opportunity if you're a fresher or living away from halls!
We are fighting to get GM Police, and the country at large, to recognise misogyny as hate crime. After our well-attended rally last year and our recent attendance at the national Law Commission review into hate crime, we are continuing to network with women's organisations in Manchester to build the power base for this campaign and embark on further actions.
Rusholme Sponsors Refugees
Our team is working with local schools, churches and residents in Rusholme to settle a refugee family in the area.