We regularly take action around issues that emerge in our classes. We are currently working on the following campaigns:
Many of our participants have no recourse to public funds and this can have disastrous consequences for their children. We are working with Southwark Council and South London Citizens to alleviate the problems.
We are working with our schools to celebrate their community languages. We believe that additional languages are often seen as barrier, whereas we think they are a wonderful resource. We would like more schools to teach community language and for more children to be able to take GCSEs in their home languages.
London Living Wage
Many of our participants are working for poverty wages. We support the London Living Wage Campaign. The London living wage is currently £10.55 per/hour and millions of workers in the capital are not getting it.
Action for ESOL
ESOL has been facing cuts for years. The Action for ESOL campaign won a significant U-turn from the government back in 2011, but the danger continues and the campaign is fighting for long-term sustainable funding for ESOL. English for Action has supported every step of the way and is now working with South London citizens to work with the Greater London Council on this issue.
Anti-fascism, anti-racism and anti-Islamaphobia
We oppose inequality and discrimination of all types. Many of our communities have noticed a marked increase in racism and Islamaphobia in the last five years and particularly after the Brexit vote. We are working to support students, work with anti-fascist groups and advocate nationally about the discrimination our students face in order to oppose this oppression.
Our report ‘Whose Integration?’ identified several barriers to integration in the form of racism, economic inequality and lack of local spaces for integration to occur. We believe integration has more significance locally than nationally and should be a process that happens in a bottom-up as opposed to top-down way. All our groups work on ways to make their neighbourhoods friendlier, more cohesive and more equal.