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The ‘More than Gold’ Olympic justice campaign identified four key areas of social justice around the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: Human Trafficking, Homelessness, Environmental Issues and Fair Trade. The Commission is encouraging London Methodists to get involved with social justice efforts around these areas as part of the legacy of the Games.

The following organisations will help you if you wish to engage with these areas

Human Trafficking

Stop the Traffick - The power of this organisation is in the thousands of activists around the globe who give their time and energy to fight human trafficking by creating change and awareness in their community and beyond. Individuals, communities, organisations, clubs, faith groups, businesses, schools and charities are all part of STOP THE TRAFFIK. 

The statistics are sobering:

  • People trafficking is the fastest growing means by which people are enslaved, the fastest growing international crime, and one of the largest sources of income for organised crime.

                 — The UN Office on Drugs and Crime

  • 1.2 million children are trafficked every year

                 — Estimate by UNICEF 

  • 600,000-800,000 men, women and children are trafficked across international borders each year. Approximately 80 per cent are women and girls. Up to 50% are minors.

                 — US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2005

  • At least 12.3 million people are victims of forced labour worldwide.  Of these 2.4 million are as a result of human trafficking.

                 — A global alliance against forced labor, International Labor Organisation, 2005

Contact Stop the Traffik - http://www.stopthetraffik.org/

Homelessness

Housing Justice - http://www.housingjustice.org.uk/

Housing Justice is the national voice of Christian action in the field of housing and homelessness. We exist because we believe that human dignity is challenged by the lack of decent housing.

They support night shelters, drop-ins and hundreds of practical projects nationwide by providing advice and training for churches and other community groups who work with homeless people.They provide a range of supportive forums which we facilitate to ensure people feel free to express their views in a positive environment and their opinions are heard.They work to unite Christians and churches of all denominations across the country to work for change, embracing partnerships with people of all faiths (and none) who share our values of social justice and compassion.

East London Community Land Trust - http://www.eastlondonclt.co.uk/

The first urban Community Land Trust (CLT) is being developed in Mile End on the site of the old St Clement’s hospital. A CLT is a not-for-profit community organisation that protects land in order to provide permanently affordable housing for local communities. CLTs buy or are given land which they promise never to sell.  CLTs then build affordably-priced homes on that land which they sell to local families with low incomes.

The land the houses are built on forever remains the property of the local community through the trust.  So when families buy an affordable home, they buy the bricks and mortar not the land it is on.  This removes the cost of the land from the overall house price and makes it significantly cheaper. 

London Citizens has a promise that there will be CLT housing as part of the Olympic legacy on the Olympic Park. http://www.citizensuk.org/

Environmental Issues

London Churches Environmental Network - http://www.lcen.org.uk/

The London Churches Environmental Network was launched in May 2007 to continue the work of LondonSCARE (London and Southwark Churches Care re the Environment).  The purpose of the network will be to ensure that the technical knowledge and environmental expertise of many of London’s church members is made readily available to all churches.

Our remit is to hold occasional seminars and lectures and other events on environmental issues, and to act as a ginger group to keep before the London churches our Christian responsibility to honour the fact that “the earth is the Lord’s”, to live accordingly, and to accept that part of the mission of the church is caring for the earth’s resources and ensuring that they become shared more equally among all peoples in justice and peace.

Eco Congregation - http://www.ecocongregation.org/ 

Eco-Congregation is an ecumenical programme helping churches make the link between environmental issues and Christian faith, and respond in practical action in the church, in the lives of individuals, and in the local and global community.

Take a moment and complete their 'church check-up', designed to help you identify and affirm your church's current good environmental practice and prioritise future activities. It is advised that churches use this first. Further resource modules are available to help churches put their environmental plans into action.

Fair Trade

Fairtrade Foundation - http://www.fairtrade.org.uk/

The Fairtrade Foundation is the independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards. Our vision is of a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trade structures and practices so that everyone, through their work, can maintain a decent and dignified livelihood and develop their full potential.

 Is your church using Fairtrade supplies? Do you encourage your members to use them?