Driving rain did not stop a hugely successful meeting on “Who takes the rap for gun crime” hosted by South Manchester Respect in Moss Side on Thursday of last week.
Over 60 people came to hear speakers including a well known local activist and leading academic Gus John, and anti-racist campaigner Weyman Bennett.
Gus John spoke of how positive support is being denied to today’s youngsters, and how education and youth facilities are being commercialised.
Several speakers spoke about the attack on our civil rights under New Labour and how the government prefers to build “super prisons” instead.
Weyman Bennett summed up the mood of the meeting when he said that the real criminals are New Labour politicians.
“The people who should be in jail are those who are responsible for our involvement in illegal wars that have murdered thousands of innocent victims,” he said.
The feeling was that the meeting was the start of building resistance to attacks on the community. Activists have agreed to meet to discuss action to build on this mood.