“NO TO GUNS! YES TO LIFE” International Awareness Campaign Against GUN VIOLENCE GAINS THE SUPPORT OF MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
“NO TO GUNS! YES TO LIFE” International Awareness Campaign Against GUN VIOLENCE, is spear headed by Black Music Promotions from Portmore St. Catherine. A campaign, with the agenda to collaborates citizens and police to work as One (1) unit, to diminish illegal gun trafficking and tackle gun crimes within Portmore City.
As children live what they learn, and music is fundamental in the learning development of a child, we need to purify our entertainment & music industry, of the lewd / negative gun related songs / murder music, that is so widely been promoted, in our current society.
Black Music Promotions believes that, if the music is said to influence people to do negative, then it has the power to influence MORE POSITIVE. Artiste from time to time, has expressed concern & disgust, in their music about gun killing, and their relentless request for peace, which is quite ACTIVE & Black Music Promotions is ADAMANT to make it a reality.
Desmond Decker – Shanty Town / The Slickers – Johnny You Too Bad / John Holt- Up Park Camp-1976 / Anthony Johnson – Everyday Is A Gun Shot / Micheal Palmer- Dem A Lick Shot / George Nooks – “Tribal War” / Eddie Fitzroy –“The Gun” / Leroy Smart – “Balistic Affair” / Buju Banton – “Murderer” / Half Pint – Due to Political Friction / Capleton – “That Day Will Come” / Richie Spice- Earth A Run Red / Little Hero – No More War / Joshua – Gun Or Life / Anthony B- Mr. Heartless are just a few songs of protest against gun violence which culminates with our campaign.
The Ministry of Education, has endorsed the campaign and applaud Black Music Promotions for extending it’s valid contribution in the development of youth within the schools.
All entertainers / performers and general invitees, will be screened by the committee to ensure, that the materials / acts and lyrics to be used are in compliance with the regulation of the campaign, which must be, positive / clean and educational.
Less we forget, the invaluable lifetime contribution of Honorable Robert “Bob” Nesta Marley, Smile Jamaica Concert" in 1976 and the "One Love Peace Concert" in 1978, which to date has a significant impact on our nation. Our campaign will sustain it’s significance and re-energize its power / purpose to educate our youth, within current society.
Our primary objective of this campaign, is to promote our campaign through the school system (mainly infant / primary & high schools) to fully ignite & generate the positive energy between the community, to work cohesively with the police to fight illegal gun trafficking and gun crimes, which contributes to Three (3) major factors:-
- Collaboration of Citizens and the Police Force, to work as One (1) unit
- Conduct our campaign within the school system, as an early child wood education programme
- Create a memorandum of understanding with the Broadcasting Commission, for the media, (radio / Tv. & Cable etc), to cease and desist from airing / promoting murder music, songs / movies, that gives a negative impact.
You may view our webpage at www.notoguns.com and our campaign song, GUN OR LIFE by Joshua,
In December 2009, 152 homicide murders were committed in Jamaica. We hope the impact of the campaign will reflect on a decrease in this figure. The campaign members, along with members of the Police force, / ministers and other members of the community, will collaborate and conduct the campaign in the schools in Portmore St. Catherine. Songs and music videos that denotes / denounce illegal gun / murders that are positive / clean and educational will only be used.
The campaign will be in the following schools in Portmore St. Catherine
Bridgeport Infant / Naggo Head Infant & Waterford Infant
Ascot Primary West Ascot / Belmont Park Primary / Bridgeport Primary / Greater Portmore Primary / Gregory Park Primary / Independence City Primary / Kensington Primary
Port Henderson Primary / Portsmouth Primary / Southborough Primary / Waterford Primary
- Primary & Junior High
Braeton Primary & Junior High
- Secondary High
Ascot High / Bridgeport High / Cumberland High / Greater Portmore High
- Community College
Portmore Community College Waterford P.O.
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