‘Because we care’: Faith leaders unite for march through Hackney condemning ‘senseless violence’

The march takes place on bank holiday Monday

The march takes place on bank holiday Monday - Credit: ian rathbone

Community organisations and faith groups will unite this bank holiday weekend on a march calling for an end to the “senseless violence”.

Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Community leaders will set off at 2pm on May 7 from London Fields carrying banners saying ‘Because We Care’.

The group will end up at St John at Hackney churchyard gardens at 3.45pm where a peace vigil will be held.

Methodist minister and one of the organisers, Rev Cathy Bird, said: “The deaths of young people in violent circumstances are an affront to us all and we want to join our voices together to say: “We do not want this to continue”. We are planning this walk, for people of all faiths and none, because we are united in our outrage at what is happening.”

Another organiser Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE added: “It is very easy to think that gun and knife crime only affect certain people, but we believe that when one person is hurt then we are all hurt.”