Wednesday, April 27, 2011

S.O.S. on NY1's "Inside City Hall"

Last night S.O.S. Program manager Lisa Jones spoke on a panel about the recent shootings in Brooklyn on NY1's "Inside City Hall" along with City Councilman Jumaane Williams, the Reverend Taharka Robinson from the Brooklyn Anti-Violence Coalition, and community activist Lance Goodwin of Trucked Out Incorporated. The Panel's moderator, Errol Louis, previously covered S.O.S. in a Daily News column this past fall and has been a regular supporter of our program and strong advocate to end gun-violence in Brooklyn.

Click HERE to watch the full panel discussion.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Two shooting responses this past week

Unfortunately there were two shootings in Crown Heights in practically one week. On Friday April 8th, a teenage boy was shot on Troy Avenue near Pacific Street. On Saturday April 16th, another teenage boy was shot just around the corner on Pacific Street.

 S.O.S. held shooting responses for both these events. At our second response, Program Director Lisa Jones spoke on the megaphone, reminding us that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH; there have been too many shootings in this area. S.O.S. was joined by Pastor Wesley Daniels from Bethany United Methodist Church and some youth supporters from YO S.O.S., as well as residents of the apartment building where the shooting occurred. We always appreciate the support of local residents; remember, if you save my child, I'll save your child.
Stop shooting, Start living.

S.O.S. celebrates Global Youth Service Day!

On April 15th, S.O.S. celebrated Global Youth Service Day with 30 students from the High School for Public Service. The students joined us in our office for a training led by Lisa Jones and Derick Scott on the S.O.S. model and on canvassing. Afterward, we split into teams and went door-to-door throughout east Crown Heights, asking business owners to hang an S.O.S. poster in their windows. Many students were surprised by how well they were received; they found store owners to be mostly friendly and willing to help, even allowing students to put up additional posters when the store already had one. All in all, we reached out to 130 stores in Crown Heights! Ninth-grade advisor and GYSD chaperone JoeAnne Pfeil said, “The students felt empowered, proud, and excited about the work they did today, as did the chaperones!”

In the afternoon, students worked on their own slogans and posters for nonviolence. Check out some of these great designs:

We were so glad to host these motivated young people and to all learn from each other. If you’re a teacher and want your students to be involved with S.O.S., give the Mediation Center a call at 718-773-6886.