Friday, December 30, 2011

Support S.O.S. As You Bring In The New Year!

As 2011 draws to a close, we at SOS Crown Heights would like to thank everyone who has supported our work to end violence, both from the Crown Heights community and beyond. If you can help us with a contribution to continue our campaign against gun violence, please make a year-end gift today.

To make a monetary donation to S.O.S., please click here. Please make sure to select "Crown Heights Mediation Center" in the program designation dropdown menu.

If you'd like to make a donation by mail, please make your check out to our parent organization, "Fund for the City of New York" and mail it to the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, 256 Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213.

Thank you in advance for your support, and have a happy and peaceful new year!

The Crown Heights Mediation Center is a project of the Center for Court Innovation.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays from S.O.S.

Happy Holidays Crown Heights!

Wishing you and your loved ones peace in 2012. Cease the Fire. Increase the Peace.


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Kingston Avenue Pizza Supports Save Our Streets


Local merchants in Crown Heights are doing their part to support the S.O.S. efforts to stop shootings in Crown Heights. Kingston Avenue Pizza, a longtime supporter of S.O.S. and the Crown Heights Mediation Center, a project of the Center for Court Innovation, is supporting S.O.S. in a new and unique way: by putting the S.O.S. logo on their pizza boxes.

News 12 came out to Kingston Avenue to cover the story. See the clip here, and order a medium-sized pizza to support the creative ways residents and merchants are working together to stop the violence. Plus, their pizza is delicious. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Mediation Center's Year End Report



We’ve accomplished an incredible amount this year at both the S.O.S. Program and the Crown Heights Mediation Center.

Please enjoy our 2011 end of the year letter from the Mediation Center's director, Amy Ellenbogen.

2011 Crown Heights Community Center End of Year Letter

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Conflict Resolution Training Part 2 Tomorrow December 21st at 6 PM, and S.O.S. Goes Peace Caroling on Thursday December 22nd at 3:30 PM

Conflict Resolution Part 2: Wednesday, December 21st at 6 PM at the S.O.S. office (256 Kingston)


Last session we learned about the conlict escelator, the role of tone in escalating or deescalating conflict, and using "I statements" and detoxifying lanuage in our every day.

Join us this Tomorrow December 21st for the second part of our Conflict-Resolution Training. Marlon Peterson, coordinator of Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.) will lead this session following the conflict-resolution model of the Anti-Violence Project (AVP).



S.O.S. Goes Peace Caroling! Thursday, December 22nd - Meet at 3:30 PM at the S.O.S. office (256 Kingston)

Supporters of S.O.S. will go caroling on Thursday to bring some holiday cheer to our streets, and continue to promote community and safety. We will be meeting at the S.O.S. office at 3:30 PM to practice, and then heading into the neighborhood at 4 PM.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Kingston Winter Windows Kicks Off In Crown Heights

Youth Organizing to Save Out Streets will unveil their “Kingston Winter Windows” project tonight. With support from the Kingston Avenue Merchants Association (KAMA) festive storefronts have been designed and decorated by individuals ages 14 – 17 in an effort to beautify the commercial district and promote peace.

The youth organizers and merchants will convene at the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center at 430 PM, where they will distribute maps for a walking tour of the storefronts. The theme of the storefronts is “Peace in Crown Heights.” Following the tour, the group will gather with friends and family to celebrate their accomplishments and enjoy seasonal treats provided by KAMA.

DATE:    Monday, December 19th

TIME:     4:30 PM

PLACE:  Crown Heights Community Mediation Center
              256 Kingston Avenue
              Brooklyn, NY 11213-3435


Storefronts: 
  • E & S Dry Cleaners 105 Kingston Ave.
  • Arthurine's West Indian 115 Kingston Ave.
  • MS Design & Assoc. 131 Kingston Ave.
  • Crown Heights Development Corp. 254 Kingston Ave.
  • Crown Heights Community Mediation Center 256 Kingston Ave.
  • Kingston Pharmacy 1106 St. Johns Place
  • Magic Kingston Nursery School 275 Kingston Ave
  • Basil 270 Kingston Ave.
Celebration: YOasis  
221 Kingston Avenue
(Third floor of Church)

Kingston Winter Windows is a co-production of the Kingston Avenue Merchants Association (KAMA) and YoSOS (Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets). KAMA, with support from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Neighborhood Entrepreneurship Project (NEP), aims to assist merchants in accessing resources to grow their businesses and support a thriving business community. YoSOS is a youth development program that aims to empower young people to become community leaders and organizers.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

What do you think it means to be safe in this neighborhood?



Come share your ideas and meet your neighbors!

For 10 weeks this winter, join your neighbors in using theater activities to explore what it means to be safe in the neighborhood along Franklin Avenue.

Free. All are welcome. No theater experience necessary.
"Safe in This Place" is a theater-based workshop series that will engage residents of northern Crown Heights - specifically the neighborhood around Franklin Avenue - in exploring the question: "What does it mean to be safe in this neighborhood?" It will culminate in a public event in March that will be designed by participants to share what we've discovered and extend the dialogue to more people in our neighborhood.

The workshops will be facilitated by three local artists who are trained in using theater and drama to engage groups in creative reflection and dialogue. The workshops will be offered free of charge to adult residents who live, work, and/or socialize on or near Franklin Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Eastern Parkway.

Dates: Every Thursday from January 12 through March 15, 2012 (Participants are asked to attend all 10 sessions.)
Time: 7:00-9:30pm
Location: Georgia's Place, 691 Prospect Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11216 (corner of Prospect Pl. and Bedford Ave.)

There will be light refreshments at all the sessions.

No theater experience is necessary. Any interested adults (18 and over) are encouraged to attend. Join us!

For more information, please contact Julia at safeinthisplace@gmail.com or 708-408-2004.

Safe in This Place is a research project of the M.A. in Applied Theatre program at the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

The project is being conducted with support from the Crow Hill Community Association.

More Photos of the S.O.S. Week of Peace, YO S.O.S. and the Virtual Shooting Response


Check out these photos by photojournalist Lauryn Gyrstle of the S.O.S. Week of Peace and YO S.O.S. own Virtual Shooting Response. 

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Monday, December 12, 2011

S.O.S. 101: Wednesday, December 14th and Conflict Resolution Training Part 2 Wednesday, December 21st

S.O.S. 101
Wednesday December 14th, 5:30-7 PM
S.O.S. office- 256 Kingston Avenue (between St Johns and Lincoln)

Join us to learn all about Save Our Streets Crown Heights, including the theory behind S.O.S., the different components to the program, community collaboration and upcoming events, and how all of you can help. Please RSVP to ehorn@crownheights.org


Conflict Resolution Training Part 2
Wednesday, December 21st 6-8 PM
S.O.S. office- 256 Kingston Avenue (between St Johns and Lincoln)

Join community members and volunteers to learn some skills to resolve conflicts and help others resolve conflicts through communication, not violence.

Please RSVP and forward any questions to Eliana at ehorn@crownheights.org

Friday, December 9, 2011

Violence Interrupters the focus of WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show

Crown Heights Mediation Center Director, Amy Ellenbogen, was featured on the The Brian Lehrer Show this week on WNYC  to discuss the S.O.S. program and the role of Violence Interrupters and Outreach Workers in stopping gun violence in Crown Heights. 

The show also profiled the work of another program that uses violence interrupters, Street Corner Resources in Harlem. Beloved a.k.a Dedric Hammond, a violence interrupter at Street Corner Resources was featured on the show as well as the subject of a story by WNYC reporter Cindy Rodriguez wrote that aired today.

Listen to the show below. Please consider making a make a year-end donation to S.O.S. To make a donation click here.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Interview: Christopher Dehaney


Christopher Dehaney started off as a high-risk participant in the S.O.S. Program over a year ago. At first he was very involved with the street life, but after working with our outreach team he started coming into the office regularly. With the assistance of our office staff and AmeriCorps volunteer Micah Weiss, Christopher put together a resume and got himself a job. He lost that job after a while, and was contemplating going back to the streets, but he remained focused on his goals and was able to keep himself out of trouble. Now he has a job working at JFK Airport and because of his demonstrated commitment to the program and the evidence of his changed mindset, Lavon Walker and the outreach team decided to graduate him from the program. Christopher's story is just one example of the effect that the Ceasefire model can have on the lives of high-risk individuals.


How do you feel as first graduate?

It’s an honor, never thought I’d be here. When I first heard of SOS, I thought it was crap. Being in there, I learned new things, and it helped me keep a job, so it was a blessing. I had a job when I came in but it helped me keep that job and prolong what I wanted into the future.\

What did you learn?

I learned that a community can be more than just a hood. We don't have to be out here shooting each other, for us to be killing each other just makes no sense.

What do you do to promote SOS?

With someone like my father, now he knows about the program, he can get in touch with SOS because I'm in touch with SOS. He has Lavon's number so he can sit down with him if he needs to talk.

How do you explain the SOS program to other people?

It speaks for itself. Listen to the word: SOS, Save Our Streets. That's so positive, you can't even imagine that there's so many things to be had in those words. Save: like in a video game, we're going to continue it. Our: it's not just me or you, not just one person, but a community. Streets: so that you can walk around, not having to look behind you or be afraid of being shot.

How do you change your community?

Sometimes you have to do more than just tell people what to do. For example, if you have a dollar, you can't just tell someone that that dollar bill is a dollar, you have to show them what that dollar bill can do.

What message would you like to share with other people?

Stay positive - for every bad thing there's going to be something good after all those bad things that happened to you. God is not going to put too much for you to bear in your life.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Recap: S.O.S. Volunteer and Community Discussion on Nonviolence

This past Wednesday, on November 30th, S.O.S. Volunteers and community members came together to discuss Martin Luther King's Six Principles of Nonviolence. But those participating in the discussion didn't know they were in for a surprise..



Before discussing the principles, participants made bread in the S.O.S. Office. The breadmaking was a community building exercise, in which everyone worked together to create something that they could enjoy with each other afterwards. The process of breadmaking spurred participants to talk about the "ingredients of community": the things that make a safe and healthy community.

While the bread baked across the street at Kingston Pizza, the participants split into pairs to read and discuss Martin Luther King's Six Principles of Nonviolence. The basic principles are:

1. Nonviolence is NOT for cowards but a way of life for courageous people
2. The Beloved Community is the goal
3. Attack forces of evil, NOT persons doing evil
4. Accept suffering without retaliation for the sake of the cause
5. Avoid internal violence of the spirit as well as external physical violence
6. The universe is on the side of Justice


After the discussion, participants broke bread together and took the principles home.

A warm thank you to Kingston Pizza for allowing us to use their oven.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Bed-Stuy's Project Re-generation Hiring Supervisors

Bed-Stuy's Project Re-generation is hiring a few Supervisors (with a driver’s license) for their Foot Soldiers program throughout the year and seasonal for snow. See this link for more info: http://www.formstack.com/forms/?1042110-keGWtL317Y.

Here's a 1-minute video testimony from one of the program's students about why he values our program. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8t8Fy88NdE

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Two Employment Opportunities at D.R.E.A.M.S.

The D.R.E.A.M.S. Youthbuild program is committed to helping young adults become dedicated, responsible, educated, accountable, motivated and self sufficient, by assisting participants in obtaining their GEDs and securing full time employment in the areas of construction, health care, and technology. Along with our traditional YouthBuild Program, we recently were awarded an additional federal SMART grant to provide similar service to young adults ages 16 – 24 who are currently incarcerated, or have been released into specific census tracks in Brooklyn within the past year.

D.R.E.A.M.S. would like to hire a Senior Social Worker and Reentry Specialist.

For the job description for the Senior Social Worker, click here.
For the job description for the Reentry Specialist, click here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Upcoming S.O.S. Events

Join us for upcoming community events at our office, 256 Kingston Avenue between St Johns and Lincoln



Nonviolence in our Streets
Wednesday November 30th; 5:30 - 7:00 PM
As the kickoff for our new series of volunteer and community workshops, please join S.O.S. volunteers and members of the community for a discussion about the practice of nonviolence.

S.O.S. 101
Wednesday, December 14th; 5:30 - 7:00 PMJoin us to learn all about Save Our Streets Crown Heights, including the research behind S.O.S., the different components to the program, upcoming events, and how you can help.

Conflict Resolution Training
Learn basic tools and techniques for improving your communication skills so that you can decrease conflict in our lives and on our streets.

Part 1
Thursday, December 6th; 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Part 2
Wednesday, December 20th; 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Also see these events in our calendar to the right.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bailey's Cafe Holiday Mix & Mingle @ The Brooklyn Children’s Museum


Bailey's Cafe Holiday Mix & Mingle
@ The Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Live Music, Story Sharing & Dance Workshop
Friday, December 2, 2011, 6 PM to 8:30 PM
Hosts: Kymbali, Nubia and Stefanie

Errands for Elders is Bailey’s unique service program that offers youth the opportunity to give back to the elder community by assisting elders with day-to-day chores. The goal of the program is to build relationships between elders and youth.

This program supports our intergenerational oral history project by providing a forum for the stories of the elders to be heard, collected, celebrated and honored.

Please join them Friday, December 2, 2011, 6 PM to 8:30 PM to meet and greet the participants who are excited about working with our Errands For Elders program.

6:00 to 7:00 – Meet & Greet & Dinner
7:00 to 7:30 – Story Sharing
7:30 to 8:15 – Dance
8:15 to 8:30 – Closing

Partners:
Bedford YMCA
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Fort Greene Senior Centers

Location:
Brooklyn Children’s Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

P: (718) 670-7063
E.: ssiegel@baileyscafe.org

Friday, November 18, 2011

Shooting Responses Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sadly, there were two shootings in Crown Heights this week. On November 16th, there was a shooting at on Pacific Street between Troy and Schenectady, and on November 17th there was a shooting at Lincoln Place and Troy. On November 16th there was also a fatal stabbing on Eastern Parkway and Schenectady.

Come join us for two shooting responses on Saturday, November 19, 2011 to stand together and say that shootings and violence are not acceptable in our community. The responses will be at 5:00 PM at the corner of Pacific Street and Troy Avenue, and at 6:30 PM on Lincoln Place and Troy Albany Avenue.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

CCI Paper "From Chicago to Brooklyn"

The Mediation Center's parent organization, the Center for Court Innovation, just released a paper about Save Our Streets Crown Heights and its implementation as a replica of the Chicago CeaseFire project.  The paper uses S.O.S. as a case study to draw lessons in program replication and finds that several key areas need strong attention to detail in order to pull off a successful replication. S.O.S. encountered some challenges associated with replication in general, such as understanding the original model and adapting it to local needs, and some issues that arise in the CeaseFire model specifically, such as recruiting staff and demonstrating success. The paper also finds that S.O.S. was able to build off the Mediation Center's long history, positive reputation, and strong relationships in Crown Heights to create a successful program, and that administrative support from the Center for Court Innovation and technical assistance from Chicago CeaseFire has been critical to working out problems as they arise. Thanks to the Center for Court Innovation and the amazing TA team at Chicago CeaseFire for all your support! 


Read the paper here.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Save Our Streets Volunteer and Community Discussion on Nonviolence Wednesday November 30th at 5:30 PM

As the kickoff for a new series of volunteer and community workshops, please join S.O.S. volunteers and members of the community for a discussion about the history and practice of nonviolence.

Wednesday, November 30th at 5:30 PM
S.O.S. Office, 256 Kingston Ave (between St Johns and Lincoln)
Please RSVP to ehorn@crownheights.org or call 718-773-6886

See the flyer here


Monday, November 14, 2011

S.O.S. Fish Fry: November 18th, 5:00 - 7:00 PM


Join the S.O.S. Staff for a community fish fry! Learn about the S.O.S. Program, Meet the S.O. S. Outreach Workers and Violence Interrupters, learn what you can do to stop the gun violence, and help us put an end to the senseless violence that is plaguing our community.

Friday, November 18th, 2011 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
S.O.S. Headquarters - 256 Kingston Avenue (between St. Johns and Lincoln Place) 

Together we can stop the shootings and killings and make the community safer and healthier for all.

Call 718-679-9410 for more information.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Videos and Pictures from the S.O.S. Week of Peace

S.O.S. and the Crown Heights community is so grateful to all the people who helped make the S.O.S. Week of Peace a success, including clergy, S.O.S. volunteers, youth, and all the people who came out to the Peace March.

We now have photos and videos about the S.O.S. Week of Peace. Check out our flickr album here  Columbia Journalism students Suvro Banerji and Jackie Mader took incredible photographs of the S.O.S. Peace March; see their photos here.

Check out this video about S.O.S., and our S.O.S. Peace March:




Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO S.O.S.) surprised the streets of Crown Heights at 5:49 PM on October 17th with a dance to Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Murder to Excellence" in their flash mob on Eastern Parkway. See some footage here: 




Monday, November 7, 2011

Occupy Brownsville Highlights the Importance and Needs of Efforts to End Gun Violence



Outraged by the senseless death of Zurana Horton on November 1st, more than 250 people from Brownsville and neighboring communities departed from Pitkin Ave. and Watkins Ave. headed for Wall Street in Manhattan. The silent march across the Brooklyn Bridge aimed to bring greater attention to the problems of gun violence in the streets of inner-city neighborhoods. 

Residents of Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and any other inner-city neighborhood know that gun violence is a problem and they know what needs to be done to stop it: what they need are the resources. 

The march was an extraordinary example of grassroots logistical organizing. Marchers were transported from the staging point at Pitkin Ave. and Watkins Ave.  in cars and vans and in the vehicles of the truck and SUV clubs, Trucked Out, X Ryders and The Counsel to a parking and staging area on Cadman Plaza West that was arranged by NYPD. There, marchers walked behind two caskets, representing the deaths caused by gun violence, across the Brooklyn Bridge.

A march of the bottom 10% of "The 99 Percent", participants continued past Zuccotti Park to emphasize the economic injustice of collecting revenue from the neighborhoods’ consumers and taxpayers and not allocating funds to those neighborhoods for education and for social and economic development.

See an op-ed in The Daily News on ending the violence in Brownsville here.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Introducing the new S.O.S. Program Manager: Allen James




Allen has twenty-five years of experience as an organizational manager, project director, trainer and mediator. From 2009-2011 Allen worked in New Orleans as a community organizer and mediator focusing on police accountability and criminal justice reform. Prior to his move to New Orleans he was a project director for the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Executive Director of YouthBASE, Inc. in Brooklyn developing school-based HIV, STD and teen pregnancy prevention and violence prevention programs in public high schools. Allen also served as Executive Director of Playing 2 Win, Inc. in East Harlem and as Deputy Executive Director of The Fortune Society in New York City. As a private consultant he has developed projects for Common Ground Community, Inc. HDFC, Non-traditional Employment for Women, NYC, the Single Parent Resource Center, NYC and other organizations. Allen was a Charles H. Revson fellow at Columbia University in 2003-2004.

Monday, October 31, 2011

S.O.S. 101 November 9th, 5:30 PM (256 Kingston Ave.)




S.O.S. 101 
Wednesday November 9th, 5:30 PM
S.O.S. office- 256 Kingston Avenue (between St Johns and Lincoln)


We are in the process of developing a curriculum of trainings and workshops for volunteers and the community to give you the tools to engage neighbors and interrupt patterns of violence in your everyday life in Crown Heights. Join us to learn all about Save Our Streets Crown Heights, including the theory behind S.O.S., the different components to the program, community collaboration and upcoming events, and how all of you can help. Please RSVP to ehorn@crownheights.org

Monday, October 24, 2011

S.O.S. Week of Peace: Success!


Thank you to everyone who participated in all of the events for the S.O.S. Week of Peace. The week was truly a great success, and we could not have done it without each and every one of you.

Three hundred people marched in the streets of Crown Heights in our second annual Peace March. Throughout Crown Heights, chants like “Don’t Shoot! I want to Grow up!”, “I don’t know what you’ve been told; Bullets kill both young and old…” and “You save my child; I’ll save your child” were heard loud and clear. Everyone in the march gathered around Brower Park in a rally and ceremony to support and remember victims of violence and their families, to celebrate the positive changes we are continuing to make in our community, and to commit to continuing our work as a community to reduce gun violence and promote nonviolence. Three hundred balloons were released into the air with messages of peace, solidarity, and remembrance inscribed on them by community members.

Some other highlights from the S.O.S. Week of Peace:

Houses of Worship across Crown Heights dedicated their services to nonviolence on October 16th and October 23rd. For example, Bible Faith Tabernacle read a poem about nonviolence. The poem will be available on the blog shortly.
At 5:49 PM on Monday October 17th, over fifty people gathered on the northern island of Eastern Parkway at Utica Ave for a youth-organized Flash Mob, which took the form of a dance to Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “Murder to Excellence”. Young and old walked away talking about gun violence and the toll it takes on communities.
On Tuesday, October 18th and all throughout the week, people made posters to share their messages with Crown Heights. See some examples here.

Our Virtual Peace Day on October 19th succeeded in spreading nonviolence across the web. We are two people short of reaching our goal of 400 “likes” on our Save our Streets page. “Like” our page here.

Our Friday, October 21st screening of The Interrupters drew a crowd of over 100 people. Audience members found the movie to be powerful, and many people enjoyed asking questions of our own Crown Heights Violence Interrupters and Outreach Workers after the film. Attendees also had a chance to write notes of support to the S.O.S. team, who really appreciated hearing how their work has had an impact on the community.

Stay tuned for more pictures, videos, and details.






Friday, October 14, 2011

Second Annual S.O.S. Peace March: October 20th, 6 PM, beginning on the North Side of Eastern Parkway and Utica



On Thursday, October 20th at 6 PM, join hundreds of members from the community in demanding an end to the violence, supporting all the victims of violence and their families, and celebrating the positive changes the community has made to reduce gun-violence

We will be congregating on the north side of Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue at 6:00pm, and marching on the sidewalk along Eastern Parkway to Troy Ave, from Troy marching to Sterling Place, from Sterling Place to Kingston Ave. We will be concluding the March with a ceremony around Brower Park. 

We look forward to seeing you and all our community partners there. Register your group for the S.O.S. Peace March online by clicking HERE or print the form HERE and fax it to 718-774-5349.


Last year, hundreds of people came out for our Peace March. See some footage of the March below.

October 16th and 23rd: Non-Violence Sundays



Houses of Worship across Crown Heights will be dedicating their services to engaging their congregants in conversations about non-violence on Non-Violence Sundays on October 16th and October 23rd. Here are a few examples of what faith-based leaders have committed to doing:

- delivering sermons about non-violence
- leading youth activities, such as facilitating a group conversation about non-violence
- having congregants prepare a skit about non-violence
- having the choir sing about peace and non-violence

If you are a faith-based leader and have not yet dedicated a service on October 16th or 23rd to non-violence, please contact the S.O.S. Clergy Liasion Reverend Kevin Jones at 917-837-2032. Contact your house of worship to inquire about the activities they will be including in their services or contact our office at 718-773-6886 for more information.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

October 21st at 6 PM: Free Screening of The Interrupters at PS 289


On Friday, October 21st, at 6 PM, P.S. 289 (900 St. Marks Ave at Kingston) will host S.O.S. Crown Heights guests for a screening of The Interrupters, the critically acclaimed documentary about the Chicago CeaseFire project on which S.O.S. is based. The movie follows the stories of three violence interrupters that are doing the same work that the S.O.S. staff do every day. We are especially grateful to Principal Dennis Jeffers and Assistant Principal Shirmell Dolphin for making school facilities available to neighborhood residents for this screening. 

After the screening, S.O.S. Violence Interrupters, Rudy, Kenneth, Leon and Aaron Jones, will answer questions from the audience about their own work in Crown Heights preventing shootings on the streets with the S.O.S. Crown Heights Ceasefire Project.

There is no charge for admission to the screening. Seats are limited, so folks are encouraged to be prompt and arrive by 6 PM. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October 19: Virtual Peace Day


S.O.S. is taking over the virtual world on Wednesday October 19th to make the message of non-violence go viral! There are three things you can do to participate:

- Change your Status:

Step 1: Like the Save Our Streets Crown Heights Facebook Page

Step 2: RSVP to the Second Annual Peace March

Step 3: Update your status with the following, AND MAKE SURE TO TAG US:
Today is @Save Our Streets Crown Heights Virtual Peace Day. I am dedicating my status to say that shootings and killings are unacceptable. Make this your status and change your profile picture if you agree! I'll be showing my support in person at the @S.O.S. Second Annual Peace March on October 20th. Stop Shooting. Start Living.

- Change your Profile Picture:

Tag yourself in the Don’t Shoot photo on our page and make it your profile picture for the day. Download it off our page


- Submit a Virtual Shooting Response

Draw a picture, write a few words, take a picture, or do whatever is in your heart to respond to gun violence in your neighborhood. Upload your response to Facebook and tag it with “Save Our Streets Crown Heights” (you have to like the page first) or e-mail your response to sos@crownheights.org with the subject line ‘virtual shooting response’, and it will be published on facebook and the SOS blog.