Tomorrow, Friday, we are having Meet Me @ The Bell Tower - Be Heard! This event is the 7th of our Bell Tower meetings and some exciting things are hapening.
- A youth hip hop group will be formed to bring recording opportunities to youth in the North End
- We have confirmation from the Indian Family Centre that we can use their space for our After-Party
- We are going to plan a community contest, and then approach Nepon Autobody to talk about their roof and the 'welcome to the North End' messaging
MC talks with WPS
So, I have thought about the relationships and have invited WPS to come to our event tomorrow. I e-mailed a member of the Police force, and wanted to share with you what was said, by me, and this officer.
My name is Michael Redhead Champagne, I believe we have met several times.
MEet ME @ The Bell Tower is a grassroots anti-violence movement that has been growing in momentum, led by its youth, in the North End of Winnipeg. We have been able, over the course of 6 Bell Tower Rallies, to net 300 visits to our Anti-Violence rallies (@ Selkirk and Powers). This event is organized by AYO, and community residents. We are not an organization, we are not a business, none of us get paid for any of this stuff we are doing. We have been able to successfuly engage local businesses, community agencies and politicians to lend their voices to our call.
Several times, I have invited members of Winnipeg Police Service to attend our rallies. I can conciously remembering inviting individual police officers, well in advance of the event, and receiving verbal support. I recognize, understand and can appreciate the jobs officers have to do, but if we want to be PRO ACTIVE to stop this violence and truly build relationships between the North End, especially its youth, and the WPS, I feel you guys need to show up. Not in an enforcement role, but in an 'i suport the community' role. Its gonna take a lot of work, but many individuals at these rallies have commented that the police, and media were not around when our anti-violence rallies occur and so people don't believe that these things.
I am sending you this invite, with the hopes that at least SOME MEMBER of the WPS can come and attend our 7th rally this Friday, Be Heard, possibly even bringing greetings on behalf of the police force.
FRIDAY JANUARY 13TH 2011
MEET ME @ THE BELL TOWER - BE HEARD
6:00pm to 7:30pm
location: Selkirk and Powers(The Bell Tower)
Please let me know if there are ways you folks can help!
Respect and courage
Now, I was lucky to get a response yesterday morning, but am not sure what to make of it, considering the video below...and the officer's response.
Thanks for taking the initiative to organize this event. I will forward this email to my supervisor so she can advise the Community Officers. It is a tough day and time for officers to attend due to other duties.
I will look to see if I can attend this Friday, however no promises at this point.
I appreciate the response, and I hope that Chief McCaskill's message trickles down to the front line officers so that we really can begin to BUILD RELATIONSHIPS between these communities.
Respect, courage and love