Meet Me @ The Bell Tower has become an opportunity for us as a North End Community to stand together. These rallies happen on Fridays at the Bell Tower on Selkirk and Powers. The Indian Family Centre has graciously offered to share their space for our bumpin’ After Party, aka a time of celebration and organizing for community action.
In Week 1- Stop The Violence, we had 40 people come out and those in attendance committed to bringing one person back next week. There were HOPE T-shirts provided by Ross Eadie, City Councillor and stickers provided by AYO!. This was an inspiration to all of us in attendance, and we even rang the Bell.
In Week 2 – Hands of Hope, approximately 100 people came together to lend their hands to our initiative. We had drummers, speakers and artists lending their support to us as we rang the Bell, and marched to Salter & Selkirk to share our message. We were able to engage 100 people, get ready for North End Rising and other community initiatives as well as listen to local Hip Hop artist, Lorenzo share his message of HOPE with the group.
In Week 3 – Love, we saw close to 60 community members come to hear the news that the Merchant’s Hotel has been purchased by a community coalition and all were encouraged to share their 30 second youtube video to be shared on the North End Rising YouTube page. We were able to put together the Hands of Hope, Bell Tower organizers as well as the beginnings of what will be known as the North End Anti-Crime Strategy. We had special political representation from NDP MLA Melanie Wight, as well as Liberal Provincial Party Leader, Dr Jon Gerard.
Now, those in attendance have decided our 4th event on December 9th will be our greatest and biggest event yet. This Friday, the Be The Change Potluck will be a different type of event. We are planning on having a special guest MC, as well as even more exciting entertainment in the form of some Dancing (Details TBD). In addition we will all be bringing one food item for the Be The Change Potluck, hosted at Indian Family Centre.
This will be the most exciting Bell Tower event yet, and we are still waiting to see who our guests are going to be. Please feel free to share the Facebook event and of course, come on out to our Bell Tower, this Friday December 9th for the Community Potluck “Be The Change”.
GUESTS SO FAR….
– Hoop Dancer – Evander TwoHeart:
Originally from Sagkeeng., MB and Rat Portage, Ontario I have been dancing my whole life and I have been hoop danceing for 8 years now. Dancing is important to me because I love doing what I do. I’m proud to be native and I love putting smile on peoples face’s and I’m volunteering at the bell tower because I feel that is what I need to
-Radio Personality…. (surprise!)