On 12th October 2019, Birmingham Says No will be protesting in central Birmingham and they want young people, parents, carers, youth workers, teachers, emergency service personnel and all who want to see an end to violence in our city to join them.
The Birmingham Says No group will be making a stance from 2pm in Victoria Square to make a symbolic march.
They are part of a nationwide campaign called #YOURCITYSAYSNO, originally founded by a small group of bereaved women in London.
There will be acts and guest speakers – including youth worker, inspirational speaker and reformed gangster Darryl Laycock – and a minute silence will be held at similar events across the country at 3pm, in memory of those lost to knife crime.
The founders of the Birmingham Says No movement are Zoe Pope from Bartley Green and her co-ordinator Rachel Warren who lives in Handsworth Wood.
Both feel passionately about the need to stand up against serious violence. Nail technician Zoe lost her son to knife crime in August 2018 and primary school teacher Rachel’s son has been a victim of a knife point robbery.
Zoe says: “We are unfunded so we are raising funds both for our event to take place and to move forward with tackling youth violence and knife crime in our city.”
The movement started with just 10 cities involved but that number has risen to 42.
They are fundraising by selling ribbons that you can buy from any shops stocking them. They are £1 each and the donations go back into the movement by raising money for the events.
Zoe says: “We’d love to see everyone from Birmingham wearing one as I’m sure that we are all unhappy with the raising levels of youth violence . Not just Birmingham, but nationwide.
“These are growing in numbers and we have more and more places wishing to stock our ribbons daily.”
Recently the girls at Egghill chip shop in Northfield have sold 30 ribbons in a few hours.
Anyone wishing got stock the ribbons can contact their Facebook page directly.
Their mission statement will be released over the weekend on their social media so make sure not to miss out!