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BACK IN BUSINESS PULLOUT See our second guide to City of London businesses that have reopened, from gyms and hairdressers to art galleries and restaurants Starts on Page 7 THE RETURN OF THE GYM Fitness studios across the Square Mile have pulled out all the stops to ensure gym goers feel as safe as possible when getting their sweat back on Pages 14 & 15 September 2020 The City’s SOCIAL ENTERPRISE newspaper with 40,000 READERS Edition 121 The City’s Statues linked to slavery reviewed Consultation comes as organisations assess cultural legacy of slavery and colonialism in light of the BLM movement PEOPLE are being asked to give their views on statues, street and building names and other landmarks in the City of London with historic links to slavery and racism in all its forms. The City of London Corporation is launching a three-month consultative exercise asking people which landmarks they think are a problem and what action they would like to see taken. The survey is being promoted by the authority’s Tackling Racism Taskforce, set up in June with the aim of considering what action the organisation can take to tackle racism in all its forms. It comes as organisations across London and the UK review the cultural legacy of slavery and colonialism in the light of the Black Lives Matter movement. Caroline Addy, co-chair Tackling Racism Taskforce, said: “Like many areas of the country, the City of London has a number of statues and other landmarks with links to the slave trade and historic racism. GLOBAL MOVEMENT: racial equality protests have taken place across the world. “It’s important that we acknowledge and address this legacy with openness and honesty, and carefully consider what should be done. “We are committed to equality, inclusivity and diversity, and to ensuring the Square Mile remains a place where people of all ethnicities and backgrounds feel safe and welcome.” During the exercise, people can give their views online and by post on landmarks and historic items such as plaques, statues and street names in the City of London and on City of London Corporation sites outside the Square Mile. The City Corporation is seeking the views of Square Mile residents, workers, students, visitors, and the general public. It is also asking other stakeholders including City firms, cultural institutions and political bodies across the capital and nationally to take part. All views expressed will be considered before a recommendation is made by the Taskforce to the Policy and Resources Committee for a final decision. Andrien Meyers, co-chair of the Tackling Racism Taskforce, said: “We know that historical symbols continue to have an impact today and we want to understand how people feel about this aspect of our cultural history and whether such landmarks should be re-sited, reinterpreted or retained as they stand. “We want to hear as broad a range of opinions as possible from City residents, workers, learners, visitors and other stakeholders before any decision is made on how we should deal with this issue.” historiclandmarksconsultation Barbican Centre’s new exhibition P8 Rooftops in the Square Mile P12 Luxury London staycation P17

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