• Link to images of Seb Coe and London CITIZENS members meeting to mark the 100 Days of Peace project here
The launch rally for the 100 Days of Peace project will be held on Saturday 9 June at the Scoop by City Hall. Shadow Minister for the Olympics Tessa Jowell MP and Chair of the CitySafe Foundation, Deputy Mayor of London for Planning Edward Lister, Simon Hughes MP and Leader of Southwark Council Peter John will also attend the event.
There will be 18 other CitySafe rallies organised by London CITIZENS taking place across London on the same day in 18 other Boroughs.
The objective of 100 Days of Peace, which is a London 2012 Inspire Mark project, is to promote a safer and more tolerant society across the Games period and is specifically aimed at young people. It is strongly linked to London 2012’s work around the Olympic Truce and seeks peace in London for 50 days ahead of the Games and for 50 days afterwards. At the end of this period, on October 28th, London CITIZENS will publish a new map of London with CitySafe Zones marked on it.
An integral part of the 100 Days of Peace project is the CitySafe Campaign where young people and adults will work on a number of initiatives. These include encouraging local businesses and organisations to offer their premises as CitySafe Havens, pledging to report 100% of crime and organising events that facilitate dialogue between police and young people, led by CitySafe Champions.
The aim is to build stronger communities, neighbourhood organisations and relationship with the police to strengthen CitySafe Zones.
The CitySafe Campaign is led by London CITIZENS member communities which include Families United and The Jimmy Mizen Foundation.
Both 100 Days of Peace and the CitySafe Campaign are coordinated by London Citizens, the UK’s largest independent civic alliance with over 250 schools, churches, mosques, trade unions, charities and local associations. One of the four sub-regional groups of London Citizens is the East London Communities Organisations (TELCO) which has been working with London 2012 from the start of the bid process.
TELCO has worked with LOCOG on a number of issues, including getting all London 2012 contractors to agree to pay the London Living Wage where applicable and appropriate, ensuring job opportunities were promoted to citizens in east London, and putting forward candidates for recruitment events.
Seb Coe, Chair of LOCOG said: “The 100 Days of Peace project is a great initiative and I would encourage all members of the public and businesses to back this. It absolutely fits in with the vision we set out in Singapore to inspire young people and provide them with new opportunities in life. The first meeting I had once I was appointed Chair of the Bid Committee was with London Citizens and over the years we have been driven, guided and steered by them on a number of key issues for residents in London. I would like to thank London Citizens for their leadership and very practical way in which they are helping deliver our vision at a Borough level. This is something we will always want to support.”
Paul O’Shea, Chair of London Citizens Trustees said: “We are delighted that the working relationship we forged with Lord Coe and the Bid Committee in 2004 has been so constructive throughout and adds massively to the legacy that the Games will leave behind for Londoners – particularly East and South Londoners. LOCOG has delivered on all of the commitments made to London CITIZENS and signed off in a ceremony in City Hall in November 2004 – Living Wage Jobs throughout the Estate; Construction Training for local people; money for schools and health care in Stratford and jobs for local people. We look to the Legacy Company to ensure that the land available for housing on the site includes Community Land Trusts which will ensure affordable homes for local families in perpetuity.
“We wish to thank Lord Coe and his team for their steadfastness, leadership and for honouring the commitments made eight years ago. Lord Coe’s support for our CitySafe Campaign is a bonus and fits exactly with the Olympic tradition of a legacy of peace and more integrated communities.”
Paul Amuzie, a former student from St Bonaventure’s School in Newham and other young people from Forest Gate came up with the name and concept of CitySafe in 2008. Paul attended a meeting with Seb Coe earlier this week and said: “I am very proud that Lord Coe that the 100 Days of Peace and the Inspire Mark will help us take the CitySafe campaign to over 20 London Boroughs and make those communities safer and better organised. There are now over 300 CitySafe Havens, including City Hall and the Mayor has agreed to be the CitySafe Campaign Ambassador. This not only makes our streets safer, it reduces the fear of crime in our neighbourhoods by bringing traders and neighbours together with the police to ensure folks can go about their business in peace.”
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About CitySafe Zones
A CitySafe Zone is a street or neighbourhood with CitySafe Havens and a London CITIZENS member community that has agreed to organise the communities for peace, work closely with the police and ensure the traders and neighbours all know each other and meet regularly to ensure the ‘Zone’ offers protection and security and positive relationships for the future.
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