Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Let the Bro’s Do it for Themselves

Gangs Talking Peace – Let the Bro’s Do it for Themselves


In its latest blog, Rethinking Crime and Punishment has urged the government to work positively with those gang leaders who want to live in peaceful co-existence, renounce crime, and become a force for good in the community.

“This is not a ‘spur of the moment’ thing, said spokesperson Kim Workman.
“Peaceful co-existence has been on the agenda of some leaders since the 1990’s and there is a significant group of leaders who have been meeting regularly over the last decade, to see their vision become a reality.”

“No one ever thought it was going to be easy, but having made a public declaration of their intentions, the last thing they need is a negative response from the Minister of Police or her advisers. There is a prevailing view among gang leaders that the harder they work at gaining acceptance, the harder the government works at keeping them at arm’s length.”

“The Minister seems to be saying is that gang leaders will only get Police support, if they can get their members to stop offending. Gang leaders cannot be expected to take personal responsibility for the behaviour of 3,500 gang members, any more than the Minster of Police can be expected to take personal responsibility for the individual behaviour of 8,800 police officers. The most we can ask is that the leaders of both organisations will work to develop a culture in which criminal behaviour and sexual harassment becomes unacceptable.”

“What the gangs need more than anything, is for the Police and community to support their positive intentions, and encourage and empower them in their efforts to renounce crime and promote a peaceful co-existence.”

“Other government agencies can assist by refusing to buy into what gang expert Dr Jarrod Gilbert calls the “Blue Vision” - a grossly inflated Police image of gangs as inherently criminal, evil and illegitimate – a view which becomes more pronounced as the general election approaches.”

“It is time to acknowledge the good intentions of this small group of gang leaders, and provide whatever support they need to bring about change.”
Reference: Gangs Talking Peace, Renouncing Crime, Doing Good – The Bro’s are Doin’ it for Themselves http://blog.rethinking.org.nz/

ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Budget

It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?

Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year lolly scramble no less – for the eight years of belt tightening that they’ve endured, and for the rundown of essential public services.

Well, what Budget 2017 delivered instead in Education and in Health were allocations barely sufficient to maintain the current levels of service delivery More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search

 
 

Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>

ALSO:

NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

ALSO:

Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Navy’s Dealings With Fat Leonard, And Twin Peaks

At an official level, our “she’ll be right” attitude routinely spills over into a keen resentment of anyone who suggests the outcomes may be less than satisfactory… The Navy has now gone one step beyond. It won’t even ask itself whether it did a good job. More>>

ALSO:

NZDF: Fifth Rotation Of Troops Heads To Iraq

The fifth rotation of New Zealand Defence Force troops left today for a six-month mission training Iraqi soldiers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Demonising Of Iran

Will New Zealand still be willing to pursue its recent trade overtures to Iran, now that US President Donald Trump has used his speech in Riyadh to single out Iran as the main source of terrorism and instability in the Middle East? More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election