We held the One Minute in May event on May 1st. It was amazing to see people from all over the country come together to stand up against knife and gun crime. Below is a picture from the event and some feedback from those who attended the gathering:
'The only way to tackle this is to tackle it as a community.'
'Get to know your children, have a relationship with them.'
'We have to empower people in the community to take control and map out their own destiny.'
'Since 2011 I've lost five people close to me. It hurts when you have to say goodbye and see mothers and fathers cry at a funeral. No one understands. Everyone sees it happening, but no one is doing anything. The whole nation needs to wake up and say "enough is enough." Thank God for people like Bilal who come together to open our eyes and make change happen.'
'I thank God for this campaign. When I saw this campaign, I was so grateful that someone was doing something about it. We are going to make a difference. This campaign is going to take us to where we need to go. We are going to make a difference in this community.'
'Organisations like One Minute in May are doing such powerful work and we all have to say "I will support you."'
'I pray that we go on from here and don't stay silent. We need to come together as one movement and one voice. Not moved by finding, but by responsibility.'
'I think it's a wonderful thing that they're doing. I thank them because every single child that died came back to life today.'