only as Miss Tunapuna, this woman prays for
peace at the Executive Council of Laventille press conference
yesterday. In the background is council member Herbert Screw
Up Francis. Photo: Andre Alexander
Thats the motto of the newly-formed Executive Council
of Laventille whose members not only say that they want
peace, but also to have their young men unburdened by labels
of gunman and gang leader.
And, they say, the first to effect such a change must be
the media, who came into the firing line at the groups
press conference held at Hasely Crawford Stadium, Invaders
pen is mightier than the sword. You have shown your photographs
and we have not accused you in anyway. But at no time could
you have stopped the haemorrhaging, stop the onslaught,
could you have stopped the advance of the destruction of
the young people, said Spiritual Baptist archbishop
Randoo said the organisation represented a new beginning,
a new understanding and it is coming from the bowels, coming
from the place where they say nothing good can come out.
The organisations president Selwyn Sandy said: I
believe we are all good boys now and I am a good man. And
the men who you see here today are good men.
Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Roger Boynes instructed
the media to give them a chance and encouraged
the young men gathered to work on their bonds of friendship.
When asked if the Government will consider a gun amnesty,
for community leaders who were willing to disarm,
he said that is something to be looked at.
Boynes said his Ministry will be utilising sports programmes
to assist the organisation and under consideration was creating
a semi-professional basketball league.
Social activist Clive Nunez called for the Minister of National
Security Martin Joseph to stop calling them gangs
and to refer to the young men as leaders of groups.
Vice-president of the organisation Sean Bill
Francis entreated the media to be fair and balanced.
He said, If somebody from the media is uncomfortable
in going in a particular area, they can contact the executive
and we will gladly contribute our services.
Francis added,We want the media to know that we respect
The main item on the organisations agenda is a Laventille
proposal to be sent to Government for the upcoming national
Kerwin Fresh Phillip and Herbert Screw
Up Francis were the two prominent community
leaders who were added to the committee.
The council met yesterday afternoon at the Beetham Gardens
home of Dwight Augustine who was gunned down near his home
on Wednesday night.
Selwyn Sandy, Vice-President Sean Bill Francis,
Public Relations Officer Sandra Warrior Princess
Emmanuel, Assistant Public Relations Officer Kerwin Fresh
Phillip, Secretary Juliette Davy, Assistant Secretary Sherma
Wilson, Mc Donald Padmore, Herbert Screw Up
John, Salim Muhakil, Martin Cedeno, Nigel James, Sheldon
Scott and Jah Jah.
The Advisory committee members are chairman Muhammud Shabazz,
Monica Randoo, Brian Boy George Brown, Christopher
Blues Williams, Leo Phillip and Sister