In the presence of the Deputy Mayor of London, Matthew Ryder QC, and hundreds of community activists, Brixton Hill’s councillor Martin Tiedemann was one of four to be presented with an award to recognise his support for Latin Americans in London.
The event took place at a Colombian restaurant in Elephant & Castle, presented by the organisers of the ‘Mes Amigo‘ or Amigo Month, a month of festivities each autumn celebrating the contribution of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking communities in the United Kingdom.
Martin, whose mother is from South America, thanked the organisers for the recognition but was able to make clear that organisations like Brixton’s IRMO and the Coalition of Latin Americans in the UK have been the real heroes of the campaign for Latin Americans in London.
Martin receives his certificate alongside other activists
Martin has also been supporting the #RegisterForRuby campaign, an effort to find a bone marrow donor for Ruby, a Salvadorian mother of two from North London. We are encouraging those of Latin American heritage to urgently register on the bone marrow donors’ register at www.dkms.org.uk/en/register-now and help save a life. Read more here
Earlier this year, following a deputation by Latin Americans introduced by the late Mayor Mark Bennett with a wonderful speech in Spanish, Lambeth Council joined Southwark in officially recognising the borough’s Latin American community, which comprises some 40% of all Latinos in the UK. This means that monitoring forms will begin to have Latin American as an option so that the Council can better understand how this community uses it services – or whether the community is missing out.
Now CLAUK, the Coalition of Latin Americans in the UK, have launched a campaign to get Latin Americans resident in the UK to register to vote ahead of the elections on 22 May 2014. Latin Americans with British, European Union or Commonwealth passports are entitled to a vote but many, including here in Brixton Hill, are not registered. Continue reading
Brixton Hill councillor Martin Tiedemann has written for the Brixton Bugle newspaper about the important Latin American community in the area, a community that is often ‘invisible’ and lacks official recognition.
The article by Martin, who is himself of Latin American descent, is available to read here.