Banardos Candl project paper on gun crime to provoke thought and debate
The Connected programme is part of the Home
strategy to tackle gun crime and gun culture, aimed at working with community groups. The website has been designed as a one-stop shop for anyone working in the area of gun crime reduction, in the voluntary, public or private sector.
Gunz Down is a multi-media show touring schools in
, Sheffield and
.The 45-60 minute performance piece incorporates music, drama & film to hammer home the importance of making good choices.
Mothers Against Guns calls for people to set up campaign groups in their communities, to see an end to
's rising gun culture and lobby the government to introduce stiffer penalties for people convicted of gun-related crimes.
Mothers Against Violence (MAV) is a voluntary group comprised of mothers who have been affected in some way by gun violence. We seek to work with young men and their families to promote positive change in communities that have been affected by gun violence.
Street Pastors is an inter-denominational Church response to urban problems, engaging with people on the streets to care, listen and dialogue. It was pioneered in
in January 2003 by Rev Les Isaac, Director of the Ascension Trust, and has seen some remarkable results, including drops in crime in areas where teams have been working.
Non-fiction: In 'Guns and Gangs' Graeme McLagan lifts the lid on a hugely unreported but important modern-day problem. After terrorism, the single greatest worry for law enforcement agencies is gun crime, and in particular the so-called 'black on black' shootings. Black people are the victims of three quarters of London's gun murders and non-fatal shootings. The shooters in 80 per cent of cases are also black. 'Guns and Gangs' traces how the trend first started in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the emergence of the Yardies, the rise of crack cocaine and the consequent turf wars. This fascinating in-depth study, containing interviews with police officers, victims, their families, witnesses, lawyers and perpetrators, highlights this under-explored phenomena and offers valuable insights into the psychology behind this disturbing form of crime.
Fiction: Fela Moore is a 21-year-old ex-convict trying to do the right thing. Up until the time of his incarceration it was all about making fast money the illegal way, but whilst in jail he experienced a dramatic change. Now released, he is faced with the challenge of remaining positive whilst dwelling in a negative environment. What follows is a tale of one person's struggle to find liberation from the trappings of inner-city living. Confronted by a vicious cycle of stereotypes, joblessness, corruption, depravation and violence-Fela must rely on wisdom and faith if he is going to stay on the right track and overcome the obstacles before him.
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