Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

The SOS team would like to wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.
Thank you for your support and contributions to making Crown Heights a safer community for all. 

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

S.O.S. Position Available: Graphic Designer

We are currently seeking a graphic designer with marketing and branding experience to help S.O.S. Crown Heights create brochures, publicity materials, and public education materials that solidify our identity.
To apply, send a resume, cover letter, sample work and required compensation to Please write “graphic designer” in the subject line.
The deadline to apply is January 15, 2011.
 Click HERE for the link to the full job description.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The New York Times Covers S.O.S.

We're happy to have received great coverage from the New York Times this weekend. Please forward the link to the article about S.O.S. to those you think would be interested.

"Gunfire Will No Longer Be Met by Silence"
People gather near the site of a shooting in Crown Heights last month for rally against violence. Photo by Michael Appleton.

Derick Scott grabbed the large brass bell from a fold-out table and raised a bullhorn to his mouth.
“We’re going to ring this bell for every victim that has been shot in Crown Heights,” he said.
As Mr. Scott, 40, heaved the bell and bellowed into the bullhorn last month, a crowd of about two dozen people surrounding him chanted, “No more.” It took them nearly two minutes to complete the task. There had been 66 shootings in that Brooklyn neighborhood so far this year; a few days earlier, a 23-year-old man was hit by a bullet near Troy Avenue and St. John’s Place, a few feet from where Mr. Scott stood.
The bell-ringing last month was the most dramatic moment of the roughly 30-minute “shooting response,” as the event is called. Organized by the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, the response is part of a new effort to fight gun violence in Crown Heights called Save our Streets, or S.O.S., that is modeled on CeaseFire, the antigun violence program developed at the University of Illinois in the 1990s. Click HERE to continue reading the story.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Urgent: Shooting Response TONIGHT for Three Shootings

Tragically, there was another shooting in the vicinity of Ralph and Pacific today. S.O.S. is going to be doing a shooting response tonight for the three shooting that occured this week in North Crown Heights.

The weather outside may be cold, but taking a stand against gun-violence in our community will ignite a fire to sustain us through the darkest and coldest of times. Together we can create a safe community for our children to grow up in, free from the fear of guns and bullets.

When: TONIGHT, Friday. 12/10/2010, 7:00 PM
Where: Ralph Avenue at the corner of Pacific

Monday, December 6, 2010

Job Available: Program Analyst/ Rikers Island Outreach Worker

Getting Out and Staying Out (GO&SO) is an innovative reentry program serving 18- to 24- year-old men who have been incarcerated on Rikers Island (the NYC jail complex) and will eventually be released into the five boroughs. Our program provides life-affirming mentoring, reentry planning and supportive counseling to participants while they are incarcerated on Rikers Island and in upstate prisons. Once they are released from jail, we continue services at our community-based office in East Harlem. In the office we take a three-pronged approach to reentry that focuses on education, job readiness and placement, and social services support that includes supportive counseling and referrals to offsite treatment programs.

The Program Analyst/ Rikers Island Outreach Worker will work directly with the President and CEO in the administration of the agency’s services on Rikers Island. In that role, s/he will be responsible for recruitment in the sentenced dorms of Rikers Island, one-on-one transition counseling, tracking the populations through various jails, and reporting all data concerning enrollment and progress with the program. This is an excellent opportunity for a recent college graduate looking for a challenging experience.

For a full description of responsibilities, qualifications, compensation and application instructions see


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Job Posting: Foot Soldiers Supervisor

PR-G, a nonprofit organization that works to eliminate teenage idleness in Bed-Stuy and similar NYC neighborhoods through education, recreation and partnerships, is hiring a supervisor for their Foot Soldiers program. Foot Soldiers is a maintenance service that stipends neighborhood teens to provide homeowners in the Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, and Clinton Hill areas of Brooklyn, NY, with yard sweeping, garbage removal and snow shoveling services. The program uniquely links the stipends teens earn to their academic achievements, job readiness trainings, household responsibilities, physical activities, personal development workshops, and community projects.The supervisor will be responsible for ensuring the quality of our Foot Soldiers community maintenance service, coordinate worker trainings, and ensure workers conducts responsibilities.
 For the full job description, including time requirements, job requirements, preferred qualities, and compensation, email 

Thanks for coming out to the fish fry

Many thanks to everyone who made it out to the S.O.S. fish fry Friday night. The event was a big success - we served over 150 people delicious fried fish sandwiches, hot dogs, and drinks and everyone had a great time. We hope to see you at the next S.O.S. community event.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Daily News Promotes our Media Contest

On Tuesday, November 16, 2010 the Daily News ran an article previewing our anti-gun violence film screening and discussion at LaunchPad. The S.O.S. Media Contest got a great plug at the end, complete with the following quote from our director, Amy Ellenbogen.
"Through its anti-violence program, SOS Crown Heights, the [Crown Heights Community Mediation Center] plans to launch a media campaign of its own, soliciting young artists to come up with posters, radio and and video spots and public service announcements with an anti-gun message for its 2011 Save Our Streets Multimedia Contest. “We want to transform the culture from one that’s tolerant of violence to one that’s intolerant,” [Amy] Ellenbogen said. “Media and the arts are powerful tools in our efforts.”"
Please help us continue to spread the word about the Media Contest, and don't forget to register HERE.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Searching for Space

Space for Rent?
The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center and Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) Crown Heights is searching for additional office space. We need a location to rent that is between 1,200-2,000 square feet and located in the 77th precinct (Crown Heights North). If you know of the perfect place, please call us and ask for Ms. Charles, (718) 773-6886.

Reentry Resource Directories Have Arrived

We are pleased to finally have our updated 2010-2011 Reentry Resource Directory available for free. This is a directory of services, resources, and information for people who have been incarcerated and are now returning to our central Brooklyn community. We hope you will find it helpful and will share it with others. Copies are available at our office, 256 Kingston Ave and available to download HERE.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Reminder: anti-gun violence film screening Thursday, Nov. 18th, 7:00pm, Launchpad

This week, we're having a film screening and community fish fry on back-to-back nights. We hope you can make it to both!
As a reminder, the film-screening is 7:00pm, Thursday night at Launchpad, located at 721 Franklin Avenue. Several members of the S.O.S. staff will be on the post-film panel to discuss our work to end gun-violence in Crown Heights. We hope to see you there.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Position available at Midtown Community Court

The Midtown Community Court is an experimental criminal justice project that is one of our sister organizations under the Center for Court Innovation, a non-profit think tank that helps courts and criminal justice agencies aid victims, reduce crime and improve public trust in justice.
Midtown is currently seeking a Parent Advocate/Case Manager for its job training and parenting programs.  The position is within the workforce development project which consists of Times Square Ink, an innovative program designed to move ex-offenders and other individuals with barriers to employment to full-time work, and Dads United for Parenting, a new Responsible Fatherhood program which will provide intensive counseling services and case management to non-custodial fathers over the age of 24.  Reporting to the Fatherhood Program Coordinator/Deputy Project Director, the Parent Advocate/Case Manager is responsible for providing counseling services, workshops, and client assistance for the fatherhood initiative, the adult workforce program, and mandated groups for defendants.
To receive the full job description, email
How to apply:  Send resume to Parent Advocate, Midtown Community Court, 314 West 54th Street, New York NY 10019.  Email:  Fax: (212) 586-1144.  No phone calls please. 
Deadline to Apply: Nov. 30, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Two Upcoming Shooting Responses

Tragically, there were two shootings this past weekend. S.O.S. Crown Heights will be holding two shootings responses, one on Thursday, one on Friday, at the site of the shootings. Please come out and join us in spreading the message to stop the shootings and killings. Full details below.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Anti-Gun Violence Film Screening Night at LaunchPad

On November 18th, S.O.S. Crown Heights and our partner anti-gun violence organizations will be screening a selection of anti-gun violence films and hosting a panel discussion. This event is building on the success of last month's anti-gun violence screening by DCTV's Beyond Bullets project that featured "A Harlem Mother" and several of their short films. The panel will include several S.O.S. staff members and should be an exciting and engaging evening for all.
The event will take place November 18th, 2010 at LaunchPad-Crown Heights' new creative gathering place focused on the arts, community programs, technology, and anything else that captures the imagination. They are located at 721 Franklin Avenue.
Time: 7:00 PM 

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thank You Crown Heights!

We want to thank everyone who came out and supported our first Peace March last night. We had over 200 people in attendance as we marched from Utica to Franklin down Eastern Parkway, broadcasting the message to all of Crown Heights that we must unite as a community to stop shooting and start living.
 When we reached the end of the march, all gathered together and listened to the words of community leaders, clergy, and family members who had lost loved ones to gun violence. Touching our neighbors as we grieved and re-committed ourselves to stopping violence in Crown Heights and beyond was a powerful reminder that bullets have no names and violence affects everyone.
 We hope to see you all at next community event against gun violence and again thank all those who came together last night.

If you subscribe to cable television, check out News 12 Brooklyn's coverage of the march.

Friday, October 15, 2010

S.O.S. Peace March: Wednesday, Oct. 20th, 6:00 PM

S.O.S. is organizing a community-wide march to promote a message of peace and demonstrate that shootings and killings are unacceptable. In the wake of the rampant violence that has damaged and claimed so many lives, residents of Crown Heights, including victims’ family members, clergy, and those people closest to the gun violence, are expected to walk.

Please Join us and the rest of the community in our march to end the shootings and killings.

Wednesday October 20th, 2010 at 6:00 PM
March will begin at the Northwest corner of Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue.

We will walk West towards Franklin Avenue ending at Franklin and Eastern Parkway. There we will recognize the lives lost and those affected by gun violence in Crown Heights North.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Lisa Jones, S.O.S. Program Manager at 718-679-9410.

Click HERE to download the Peace March press release.
Click HERE to download the march flyer to help us spread the word.

Getting ready for the Peace March

Community volunteers joined the S.O.S. staff at the office today in making posters to get ready for Wednesday's Peace March. We look forward to seeing you out there with us to spread the message to the entire neighborhood that shooting and killing are unacceptable.

In preparing for the march, Lisa Jones, S.O.S. program manager stated that, “Violence is a learned behavior and together we can make it unlearned. We are asking young men and women to lay their guns down. Crown Heights is tired of the killing and we are marching for a better future.”

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Vote for us in the Brooklyn Do Gooder Award

The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center's director, Amy Ellenbogen, has been nominated for the Brooklyn Do Gooder Award and needs your vote. The Brooklyn Community Foundation's Brooklyn Do Gooder Awards celebrates the altruism, philanthropy and commitment of five Brooklyn "Do Gooders" who are working toward a stronger Brooklyn. If Amy wins, we'll receive a $5000 grant to fund some of the exciting new projects we're working on.
You can vote up to five times every day until October 15th.
Don't delay, vote for Amy today! click HERE for the link.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Reflecting back: September 23rd shooting response

Sunday September 19th and Monday September 20th two people where shot in a one block radius. Reverend Jones spoke powerful words to the community.