October 11th 2015
This marked a day when the community gathered to say enough was enough. The recent deaths of Marcel Addai and Moses Fadairo hit the community hard and it was time that they stood up again to challenge the cycle of violence.
The Crib youth project took the lead in organising the March, accurately titled community peach march. This march was about all the young people that have lost their lives on the streets of London. Briefing at the Crib was at 12 noon, an army of young volunteers prepared the banners that would be used during the march.
We left The Crib youth project at 1:30 pm and walked to Haggerstoon station where the march was due to start. Roles and responsibilities were already assigned, last minute checks with the police before the march started.
At this point the crowd started to grow, more and more people started to join the march. This march was organised to let the community and the wider public know that we still have a voice in our community. When we know something is wrong we will speak up and speak out. This march was to let those who are involved in the cycle of violence know that the community cares about them, that we want to create a change that will be beneficial for everyone. To let them know that no matter what, there are those who will never give up the fight, to let them know that they are loved.
We are not in the business of condemning our youth; we are here to guide the misguided. To love those that need love, to show attention to those that are feeling neglected. We want to let them know that no one wins when they hurt or kill their brothers and sisters.
We are not saying the march will be the answer to all of our problems, what we are saying is that there are many organisations and members of the community that care. The work to change and save lives has been going on before this march and will continue after this march.
No doubt there will be more marches in the future, it is nothing but a peaceful protest to continue the strong message we have. That unity is key and it must prevail ahead of division.
The day was very emotional, just looking at all the pictures of all the young people that have lost their lives. So many stolen dreams and aspirations. So many parents who have done the unnatural act of burying their children. The pain in their eyes were unbearable. We stand strong and close to them all and we let them know we care and we support. This can never be passed on as someone else’s problem. This is OUR problem that we must take the lead to resolve.
The march ended at Hackney town hall, where many families and community activist gave speeches. It was very emotional hearing all their stories. We hope that the day has sparked something in everyone that was there, so there can go out and continue the fight wherever they go.
A very successful march with no incidents. A big thank you to everyone that was involved in making it such a great event. Much love and respect to all.