Birmingham unites for peace

On Sunday 14th August almost 5000 people from across Birmingham came together in a call for peace for our city.
In partnership with West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council the event was a response to the riots that shocked the city and the tragic deaths of three young men in Winson Green.

People from different cultures, backgrounds and faiths stood united under the banner – United Birmingham: One City, One Voice for Peace.

Tariq Jahan, the father of two of the murdered men whose emotional appeal helped calm tempers in the aftermath of the tragedy said, ‘Seeing the community together gave him hope’.

Giving young people a voice

Young people from all different backgrounds were also given the stage to express themselves with their own prayers and words of hope. Brad Lindo, 21, expressed how upset he was about the riots: “After seeing the events of last week at first I was confused, then I was briefly angry, but more than anything I was upset that our young people, who have so much talent and potential would resort to violence and things that should not define our generation”.

Working together for the city

West Midlands Chief Constable Chris Sims described the response as overwhelming: “Officers have been overwhelmed by the support shown by the public and it felt a million miles from the debates apparently raging in Westminster.”

Birmingham City Council Leader, Mike Whitby said: “We are working together, politicians, faith leaders, community leaders – the desire for normality in this city is tangible.”

Prayers for the city

City faith leaders including Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and Hindu faiths were also united in messages of hope and called for peace in Birmingham’s communities. The Bishop of Birmingham encouraged the crowd to seek a new future of hope:”United across Brminhgham we together seek a new framework of moral discipline and education, we seek a a new future of shared hope in the enormous creativity and generosity right across the communities of our city of Birmingham.”

See Youtube footage from the Peace Rally event

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