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18 July, 2008

Tottenham school takes to the streets against crime

With the Street Weapons Commission led by Cherie Booth QC looking at solutions in the battle against gun and knife crime on our streets, the students from Gladesmore Community School in Tottenham have come with solutions of their own. VALUE LIFE is their campaign against gun and knife crime, devised through lessons, school council surgeries and during their Citizenship Studies classes.

On the 22nd of July 2008 over 600 students will embark on their fifth Value Life protest, taking to the streets of north London in ten open top buses, riding around the hot spots in the borough and then marching collectively down Wood Green, north London.

With 19 youths murdered by the gun or a knife this year Value Life is as important today as it was in 2003 when the campaign was devised as a result of the Citizenship Foundation's Youth Act training, in which nine students and two staff members participated. The school has carried on its campaign ever since.

This year's Value Life event will culminate in a Peace Rally & Concert at the Decorium N22 with guest speakers David Lammy, MP Minister for Skills, Reverend Nims Obunge, Chief Executive of the Peace Alliance and Nathaniel Levys, whose brother Robert was stabbed to death in Hackney in 2004 when he tried to protect a younger boy from an attack. A Peace Concert will follow hosted by DJ KAT from MTV and Choice FM, and Haringey students will be performing and encouraging the crowd to Value Life and Give Peace a Chance.

"Youth Act helped me gain self-confidence and communication skills that helped me do what I thought could only be done by professionals." (Jeffrey, original Value Life member)

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