by Rob Smith
took place on 13th January at the SADACCA Day Centre in response
to the rise in violence affecting our community. The recent fatal
shooting on Spital Hill, combined with another, of a man with close
ties to this community, has raised major concerns.
I expected a stormy meeting and for things to somehow get out of
Over sixty members
of Sheffield’s black and Caribbean community were in attendance.
The meeting was chaired by Milton Samuels and attended by a panel
consisting of police and high-profile members of major community
organisations. “The voice of this community has made it clear,”
said Ruggy Johnson, “calling on the authorities to divert
young people from gun crimes and to stop the supply of drugs.”
are the grass root causes of violence?
This question prompted many responses from those attending. Levi
Roberts, rising to his feet, passionately reminded us of the many
social inequalities that we all know and have lived with since so
many of us can remember.
up and be counted
Superintendent Brennon’s recent radio statement suggesting
he’d spoken to and consulted with leaders and representatives
of our community was challenged. People wanted to know exactly who
these community leaders were, again inadvertently highlighting one
of our present problems.
Brennon, unable to name any reps or leaders he’d spoken to,
only adds fuel to criticisms of statutory agencies, paying lip service
to the community and giving misleading messages.
angry and one spoke out about the centrally affected generation,
who, as always, weren’t present. I listened as speaker after
speaker let out their grievances and reasons why they believe things
are the way they are today. I chose my time before voicing my own
a fact that we have already lost one generation, but that does not
mean we must falter again, get waylaid, and lose another.”
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