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Winnipeg movement to end violence in North End celebrates 3 years

A local movement aimed at ending violence in Winnipeg's North End has been meeting every Friday for three years.

Michael Champagne, Meet me at The Bell Tower founder, led celebrations just days after being assaulted

A local movement aimed at ending violence in Winnipeg's North End is celebrating its third anniversary.
Michael Champagne, Meet me at the Bell Tower founder, was assaulted Wednesday, but still led celebrations and the group's weekly meeting on Selkirk Avenue Friday. (CBC)

Meet me at the Bell Tower, a group who has been meeting weekly at a bell tower on Selkirk Avenue for three years, met again Friday night. But this week's meeting carried more meaning than usual.

Michael Champagne, peace activist and Meet me at the Bell Tower founder, was assaulted in the neighbourhood this week. He led the celebrations Friday, however, saying the incident only strengthened his resolve.

"Meet me at the Bell Tower has been very personal for me,” said Champagne. “But after the incident that happened this Wednesday, just a block away from where we're currently standing, really hardens my resolve, strengthens my commitment."

Champagne has been meeting with residents at the North End land mark every Friday for three years.

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