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Marching over gun and knife crime: ‘We can’t just meet at funerals’

Issue No. 2072

A march in north London, against gun and knife crime is set to take place this Sunday. The march has been organised by Communities Against Gun and Knife Crime – an organisation that aims to target the reasons behind crime and campaign for better resources for young people.

Youth worker Cathy O’Leary has been involved in building for the march. She told Socialist Worker, “We’ve been doing lots of leafleting and postering, and it’s clear that lots of people know it’s happening.

“I was in the West Indian bakery on Park Lane putting up a poster when someone said to me, ‘That’s Danny’s poster’ – he’s one of the founders of the campaign. I went to a drug advisory project office with fliers and one of the staff told me that one of her clients had already given her a leaflet.

“It’s not always easy to talk to young people about the demonstration – there is a lot of cynicism about what we can do about this and how a demonstration will help. But although it might not always be easy, it’s worth trying as lots of people are interested. The march is a launch for the campaign – it’s about people standing up and saying they’re not going to sit back and do nothing.

“At a Respect meeting earlier this year, one of the speakers said, ‘We can’t just keep meeting at funerals.’

“We hope that this march will give local people the opportunity to get involved in building a stronger campaign against gun and knife crime and to improve the lives of young people.”

Demonstrate 12 noon, Sunday 14 October, Clapton Pond, Lower Clapton Road, Hackney to march to Tottenham Green, Tottenham High Road.For more information call 07930 240 095 or email cagk@hotmail.co.uk


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Tue 9 Oct 2007, 18:07 BST
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