Castries, December 07, 2015; The seven sub-communities which make up the Mon Repos area are coming together to march against the many social ills and unwanted criminal activity that have been plaguing the community for the last few months. The demonstration is part of an initiative themed “Building Community starts with me” to make public Mon Repos’ unified stance against gender violence, abuse of the vulnerable, and the recent spate of break-ins and robberies.
The overall objective of “Building Community starts with me” movement is to mobilize to push back collectively against any erosion of the sense of community and sense of safety that has always characterized the wider Mon Repos area.
The march is organized by the Mon Repos Community Action Group, which came into being following the recent rape of a 97 year old community elder. To date, no one has been detained in connection the crime, something which the organizers report is extremely debilitating on the community’s psyche.
In a show of empowered citizen action, Mon Repos is seeking to express its zero tolerance for what it says is the escalation of anti-social and criminal behaviors which have the potential to destabilize the close-knit community.
This inaugural activity of the “Building Community starts with me” movement takes place on Wednesday December 09, 2015. Demonstrators will congregate at the Patience gap from
3 p.m., then will march to Mon Repos, where a formal program of speakers and performances will speak to the underlying contributing factors. All residents of Mon Repos and environs, like-minded Saint Lucians and well-wishers are invited to join in solidarity, and are encouraged to walk with placards and wear green and black.